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November 17th, 2014

November 17th, 2014

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Finalists Selected for Will this Float 2014
Chattanoogan.com
The Company Lab has announced the finalists for its fifth annual Will This Float? competition. Will This Float? is a business pitch competition and showcases up-and-coming entrepreneurs as they compete for cash prizes and business services to move their startup ideas forward. The theme of the 2014 edition is Outdoor Recreation and Sustainability. The event will kick off Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. at the Chattanooga Public Library, 4th Floor, 1001 Broad St.

Global Action Summit Fights Hunger, Disease
The Tennessean
Ask Scott Massey what he is working on these days and he will share a tall agenda: creating abundant food, health and economic prosperity for everyone in the world. Fortunately, he is not tackling these lofty goals alone. Massey leads a business and university alliance called the Cumberland Center, focused on developing meaningful solutions to large-scale problems related to these areas through its Global Action Platform.

Lenders Look for Inner-City Entrepreneurs to Help Fund and Grow
The Daily News
Mid-South Drug Testing president Kelly Dobbins is the kind of entrepreneur banks and lenders are increasingly making it a point to seek out. Her business is situated in the inner city – near East High School, close to the Binghamton neighborhood. A move in support of that business is the kind of thing that can resonate beyond the business’ four walls, sometimes giving a much-needed boost to the area around it.

Nashville Women Chosen for Entrepreneur Program
The Tennessean
Two Nashville women, consultant Beth Chase and real estate developer Britnie Turner, were chosen for a North American executive leadership program along with 11 other U.S. and Canadian women running companies. The Entrepreneurial Winning Women program, run by London-based tax and advisory services firm EY, supports women-owned businesses and recognized Chase, CEO of management company c3/consulting, and Turner, CEO of real estate firm Aerial Development Group.

Startup Day Returns as Knoxville’s Entrepreneurial Culture is Growing
Knoxville News Sentinel
When Chuck Morris founded Morris Creative Group more than 20 years ago, no one was talking about entrepreneurship, much less how to build a regional ecosystem around it.

Variable Inc. to Host Social Mixer for Regional Manufacturers, State Politicians
Nooga.com
Chattanooga’s Variable Inc., which makes the NODE Plus wireless sensor platform for smart devices, is hosting an upcoming event to explore public policy and mobile sensor technologies in the manufacturing industry. The event will be at the Hamilton County Business Development CenterNov. 20 at 6 p.m. “When we first launched NODE Plus, it started conversations with manufacturing companies with workforces already using smart devices to improve productivity,” Dr. George Yu, chief executive officer and founder of Variable Inc., said in a prepared statement.

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