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November 18th, 2016

November 18th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

2016 Next Awards by Nashville Chamber, Entrepreneur Center
Venture Nashville Connections
The Next Awards for entrepreneurship, sponsored by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC), with presenting sponsor Lipscomb University College of Business, were announced Nov. 17. Here are excerpts from the sponsors’ subsequent press release: “There is tremendous energy in Nashville in starting new companies and taking small businesses to the next level,” said Nashville Mayor Megan Barry. “We see that energy in the wide range of companies honored by the Next Awards and in their willingness to share the lessons they’ve learned along the road to success.”

Defiant Roadster Wins Innovation Award at National IDTechEx Show
Teknovation
Good news this week for the team at Shockwave Motors located in Russellville, TN. The startup, which captured one of the three top honors during the 2015 business plan competition hosted by the Tennessee Veterans Business Association, received a big award yesterday at the IDTechEx Show in Santa Clara, CA. The company was honored with the “Most Significant Innovation Award” for its Defiant EV3 Electric Roadster.


Ignite Memphis, Vol. 10
Ignite Memphis
November 21, 2016– Ignite is a nationally syndicated presentation series with a unique twist: 12 speakers fire off 20 slides in 5 minutes each, for a night of rapid-fire talks about their biggest passions. Here in Memphis, we find our city’s most passionate and talented people to share stories, ideas, and inspiration on just about any topic. You’ll learn, laugh, and leave fired-up. Tickets even include complimentary beer, wine, and light appetizers. 

Impact Coffee with Jacob Greer
Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance
December 9, 2016– Impact Coffee is a morning event designed to highlight individuals who are creating great impact through their work – and, of course, we’ll bring that coffee to kick off your morning right. This month’s Impact Coffee features Jacob Greer, CEO and Founder of 6th Man Movers. Jacob has grown his business steadily and successfully over the last six years, delivering outstanding services to customers on one of the most stressful times of their lives. Additionally, Jacob has built incredibly diverse teams and will speak to us about the strategy and effort behind that work.

Next Awards 2016: Julia Polk Named Mentor of the Year
Nashville EC
Julia Polk of New Ventures Consulting, LLC was named Mentor of the Year at NextNash 2016. The award is given to a well-versed entrepreneur who has given significantly of their time to advise, support and prepare entrepreneurs to be successful in their own venture. She spoke with us afterward about the win.

Why the Micro-VC Surge Will Drive Innovation Across the US
Medium
Over the last several years much has been made of the opportunity, or perceived lack thereof in technology centers outside of the Bay Area and NYC. From Steve Case’s Rise of The Rest Tour to Google for Entrepreneurs, to Brad Feld’s Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem , the discussion has consistently been overwhelmingly positive. It’s easy to understand the stance as who wouldn’t want to support entrepreneurship, irrespective of geography? However, it’s hard to discern whether these opinions were borne out of a utopian desire or a sincere belief of true financial viability in markets outside of NYC and the Bay Area.

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