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November 16th, 2015

November 16th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

3D Ops Preparing to Launch Its Erlanger Project
Teknovation
It’s all about visualizing what you are about to do and going forward with as perfect an execution as possible. For 3D Ops, there’s the extra incentive of value-based healthcare. “We’re delivering value-based impact,” Campbell says in describing the product that 3D Ops is finalizing, thanks in part to the just announced partnership with Erlanger. “We’re focused on the new value-based reimbursement model for healthcare – greater patient outcomes and satisfaction at a reduced cost.” What is it that 3D Ops is doing? The start-up founded about 18 months ago will take the image of an organ from a patient’s MRI or CAT scan as a template and employ 3D printing technology to create an exact replica or model.

Applications Open for 6th Annual “Will This Float?” Competition
The Chattanoogan
The Company Lab is seeking applications for its sixth annual Will This Float? competition, which showcases up-and-coming startup ideas in southeast Tennessee. Prospective participants must submit their business concepts by Dec. 1 to enter into consideration. The competition will take placeDec. 10 from 6-10 p.m. at Revelry Room. Tickets cost $7 in advance or $10 at the door. The 2015 edition of Will This Float? will incorporate a special emphasis on startups that focus on music and entertainment. Applications involving streaming, 3D projection, augmented reality and other technologies that enhance the entertainment experience or could potentially utilize ultra high-speed networks will receive careful consideration from the Will This Float? selection committee.

Ignite Memphis Set to Return This Month
Memphis Daily News
Downtown’s new Halloran Centre later this month will host a gathering of creatives, emerging leaders and influential Memphians who come from different backgrounds but have at least one thing in common. They all have an interesting story to tell, which they’ll do as the 12 presenters at Ignite Memphis, Vol. 9 on Monday, Nov. 23. This latest version of Ignite Memphis, for which Launch Tennessee is the title sponsor, is being produced by the local Undercurrent organization in partnership with Start Co. and the New Memphis Institute. It will follow the usual “Ignite” format, featuring speakers making rapid-fire, slide-based presentations about any topic they think can hold a crowd’s interest.

Pakistani Native, Female Entrepreneur Contributes to Local Economy with New Business
Nooga.com
Entrepreneur Amna Shah has been working diligently toward success since she came from Pakistan to the United States at age 16. She started her higher education when she came here as a teenager. She worked—sometimes two jobs at once—to put herself through college. Last year—after years working in freight forwarding, international logistics and finance—she launched her own company, AHS Consulting Inc. She now has 10 consultants and projects $1 million in revenue by the end of 2015. “It … feels good to give back to U.S., for it gave me my American dream,” she said.

Seattle Health-Tech Company Opening Nashville Office
Nashville Business Journal
Seattle-based Carena Inc. has announced plans to open a Nashville office. According to the Nashville Post, the telemedicine company announced the plans following an undisclosed investment from Martin Ventures. Carena’s executive vice president of business development, Jeremy Hogg, will lead the Nashville location. The company provides virtual clinics and software to connect them with existing hospitals and clinics. Carena operates in 12 states.

The Tennessean
Most people don’t curse their trip to the gas station, but that may be because they never considered an alternative. Now, in Nashville, they have one. Yoshi, a gas delivery service, is officially launching in Nashville on Monday, having built a customer base over the past four months. While getting someone else to fill up a car’s gas tank may sound unnecessary, most Yoshi customers abandon the gas station once they try it, says Yoshi co-founder Bryan Frist. “The whole mission of Yoshi is that you never have to go to the gas station ever again,” Frist said. “Everyone has to drive to get to them. It’s inefficient.”

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