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November 13th, 2014

November 13th, 2014

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Bellhops Receives 2014 Spirit of Innovation Award
Chattanoogan.com
The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce presented the 2014 Spirit of Innovation Award to Bellhops, an online platform for moving help, at the Chamber’s 14th annual Spirit of Innovation Awards Luncheon. “Our Spirit of Innovation Award recognizes the creativity of our entrepreneurs and lets innovators know they can count on us to support them and take the time to appreciate and applaud their success,” said Bill Kilbride, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Chamber.

Entrepreneur Center CEO Burcham’s Tips for Innovation
Nashville Business Journal
When Michael Burcham left HCA after 10 years to ride “the roller coaster of entrepreneurship,” it was a scary decision, but something he said he knew he needed to do. “I’ve come to think that every five to 10 years should be a period of introspection for all of us,” Burcham said, the first of many pieces of advice he shared with the attendees of the Nashville Business Breakfast, presented by the NBJ and Lipscomb University, Wednesday morning.

Charlie Brock’s Four Tips for Securing Financing
Knoxville Startup Day Blog
Securing financing is a journey that takes months, sometimes even years, for many entrepreneurs. It requires a mix of humility, perseverance and skill. I’ve worked on both sides of the table – as an entrepreneur seeking financing and as an investor evaluating equity opportunities. Here are some tips for success.

Ignite Memphis Returns with More Rapid Fire Ideas
The Daily News
Ignite Memphis returns next week with what organizers say looks to be the biggest Ignite event ever, on track for another sellout. The basic idea behind Ignite Memphis: Get a group of creative professionals and Memphians of all stripes, really, to take the stage and make a presentation. That’s pretty much it, other than a few parameters, such as the requirement that the presentations include slides and last a total of five minutes.

Memphis Startup Weekend: Women’s Edition
Storify
Memphis was host to Startup Weekend: Women’s Edition this past weekend. During the event, a diverse mix of talent and ideas came together to build businesses in 52 hours. The weekend concluded Sunday evening when participants had the opportunity to showcase their teams and the progress they achieved  over the weekend.

Nashville Companies Top Garden & Gun’s Annual ‘Made in the South’ Awards
Nashville Business Journal
Garden & Gun’s fifth annual “Made in the South” awards, which honor the best products made in the south, was released this week and Nashville companies once again make an appearance. East Nashville chocolate company Olive & Sinclair was named the winner in the food category for its newest product, duck fat caramels. According to the magazine, owner Scott Witherow, a long-time duck hunter, dreamed up the caramels while sitting in a duck blind.

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