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November 14th, 2014

November 14th, 2014

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

An Audition Music City Can’t Afford to Lose
Nashville Business Journal
Nashville is home to a $9.7 billion music industry, but the nickname “Music City” wasn’t earned by following the status quo. Nor will it be kept. The new “Nashville sound” is evolving beyond country music, but industry leaders warn that the influx of creative talent alone won’t keep Nashville’s music industry thriving as the global music business shrinks. That’s why some of the biggest names in Nashville’s music community are doubling down on the industry’s next frontier: music tech.

Bellhops Wins Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Innovation Award
Chattanooga Times Free Press
A company that college friends founded by capitalizing on an obvious campus need won this year’s Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Innovation award. Bellhops carved a niche for itself by providing manpower to help college students move. Today, small- and medium-sized moves are the company’s domain. “This is awesome!” co-founder Cameron Doody exclaimed Wednesday during a ceremony at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Bi-Lo works with Chamber, Entrepreneurs to Get Local Products in Store
Nooga.com
Bi-Lo is partnering with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce for a new buy local initiative, and they are ramping up efforts to work with entrepreneurs to get more local products in stores. This week, Derek Lott Sr., Bi-Lo director of supplier diversity, told a group of local entrepreneurs how to get their products in the store at a free event organized by chamber leaders.

Entrepreneurs Gain Access to Free Data Center, Work Space Downtown
The Tennessean
365 Data Centers, a California-based company, is launching a downtown data center and tech hub for Nashville tech startups. Businesses will be able to work out of the 17,000 square-foot-space 365 days a year for free or at a discount and will have access to Internet access, power and other services.

Healthcare MarketMaker and the TENN Program: Part 1
Healthcare MarketMaker Blog
Healthcare MarketMaker is one of ten startups that were accepted in LaunchTN’s TENN Program, which is a master accelerator for graduates of Tennessee’s nine startup accelerators. A total of 89 startups were eligible to apply to the TENN program. The first meeting of Launch TN’s TENN program was on Oct 23 and 24 in downtown Nashville.

TSU Unveils New Center for Entrepreneurs
Nashville Business Journal
Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover announced Thursday a new center for entrepreneurs. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development will be on TSU’s Avon Williams Campus in downtown Nashville. It will oversee the university’s Nashville Business Incubation Center and the Small Business Development Center.

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