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November 12th, 2015

November 12th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Nashville Executives Visiting Chattanooga to Learn About 3D Printing
Nooga.com
A group of Nashville executives is visiting Chattanooga Friday to learn about the city’s 3-D printing scene. Leaders of The Disruption Lab, which helps large corporations “create disruptive products and services that support continued growth,” organized the trip. Disruption Lab CEO Phil Gibbs is leading the trip and said in a blog post that disruptive innovation comes in two basic forms: business model innovation and technological innovation. “Technological innovation involves breakthrough, game changing technology,” he also said. “3-D printing represents one such breakthrough, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a hub of 3-D printing.”

New Tech901 Expands City’s Tech Field
Memphis Daily News
A new nonprofit has launched in Memphis to help guide technology job growth, while showing outside companies advantages of doing business in the Bluff City. Tech901’s mission is to train current and potential Memphians for a variety of technology jobs while working with employers to increase the local technology job base. Tech901’s goal is to help the city grow to 10,000 technology workers in 10 years. With an estimated 6,000 workers currently, it’s a rate that will take more than just a few new employers. The Tech901 team will facilitate new job training and company job growth, as well as support code-based K-12 teacher training.

TEDxChattanooga to Feature 14 Local Speakers on Everything from Biohacking to Music Therapy
Chattanooga Times Free Press
TEDxChattanooga, an independently organized event in the spirit of TED Talks, will feature more than a dozen speakers with Chattanooga stories ranging from a biohacker who made headlines when he confronted a street preacher, to a music therapist who studies the effects of music on the brain. The list includes Billy Weeks, a photojournalist who started with the Chattanooga Times in 1984, Elaine Swafford, director of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, and members of The Impressions, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singing group that rocketed to fame in the 1960s. The event, scheduled for Feb. 27 at the Roland W. Hayes Concert Hall at UTC, is celebrating the theme of “This might sound crazy, but ,” a phrase organizers believe usually is the beginning of inspiring, creative and thought-provoking.

Treetop Hideaways Holding Grand Opening Party on Saturday
Teknovation
Those in Chattanooga’s entrepreneurial community are well-aware of The Treehouse Project, a venture of Enoch Elwell, the guru behind the “CO.STARTERS” program, and a colleague named Andrew Alms. The duo launched their effort to build Chattanooga’s first eco-certified treehouse retreat about a year ago with a Kickstarter campaign. Now, almost one year after launching the fundraising campaign, Elwell reports that the entrepreneurial endeavor is finished. “We are inviting the community to our grand opening,” he said in an email to us. The date is this Saturday, November 14. “After months of hard work and overwhelming community support, the Treehouse Project is finally ready to share,” Elwell says. “Please join us to celebrate the grand opening of Treetop Hideaways. We’re kicking off the party with kid friendly nature walks, games, and treehouse tours (of course). Learn more about the event here!

Vanderbilt Engineering Team Founds Biotech Company
Nashville Post
A Vanderbilt University engineering student has founded MetaMap BioWorks, a biotechnology company that has developed an X-ray-like tool for cells. Lara Jazmin, who just completed her Ph.D. in chemical engineering, and associate professor Jamey Young are moving forward with their company with support from the Vanderbilt Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization. The company’s metabolic flux analysis — or “X-ray” — allows researchers to pinpoint biochemical reaction pathways. “Researchers don’t know which pathways are efficient or bottlenecks or which byproducts might be produced,” Jazmin said. “Our technology uncovers were bottlenecks or wasteful side pathways may be occurring.”

The Chattanoogan
Social entrepreneur Woody Tasch will be in town to talk about social investing – where money and meaning meet on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 8:3010 a.m. on Floor 5 of the Edney, 1100 Market St. Using Slow Money as an example, Mr. Tasch will discuss the idea of patient capital and explain how efforts involving local investing, civic engagement, and our food systems can intersect for a greater purpose.  His discussion will be moderated by Dr. Philip Roundy, UTC assistant professor of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneur.com calls Slow Money “one of the top five trends in finance.” Tom Miller, former head of Program-Related Investing at the Ford Foundation and an early funder of Grameen Bank, said, “Slow Money is one of the most remarkable initiatives I’ve seen in decades.”

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