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November 2nd, 2016

November 2nd, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Company Lab Seeking Applications for “Will This Float?” Competition
The Chattanoogan
The Company Lab (CO.LAB) is seeking applications for its seventh annual ‘Will This Float?’ competition, which showcases up-and-coming startup ideas in southeast Tennessee. Prospective participants must submit their business concepts by Nov. 21 to enter into consideration. The competition will take place Dec. 8 from 6—9 p.m. at the Chattanooga Zoo. Tickets cost $5 in advance or $7 at the door.


Could Your Startup Answer These 23 Pitch Competition Questions?
Entrepreneur
Pitch competitions are a reality of startup life, as common as coffee mugs that say “Hustle Harder” or thought leaders expounding on the need for “grit.” Still, even the smartest entrepreneur isn’t always ready for what competition judges might ask. During Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest tour, a seven-city road trip across the U.S. highlighting entrepreneurs outside the major startup hubs, founders in Phoenix participated in their own mock pitch competition, allowing them to practice and polish their answers.


Entrepreneurs’ Day
Days of The Year
November 15, 2016– When you think about it, the world is crammed with great products that we took for granted, but that were once non-existent until they were somehow dreamed up by a budding entrepreneur. From the postage stamp to the jet engine, and the cheeseburger to the microchip, radical inventions by brilliant minds have changed the way we live our lives and shaped our futures. In recognition of these people, you can now celebrate Entrepreneurship Day which, since its inauguration in 2010, is an annual event that honours those men and women who have very often created an empire from absolutely nothing, most of them making themselves rather wealthy in the process as well.

How Elon Musk is Making Solar Panels ‘as Appealing as Electric Cars’
Memphis Business Journal
Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to ditch clunky solar panels in favor of sleek solar roofs. Tesla Motors (NASDAQ : TSLA) and sister company SolarCity (NASDAQ : SCTY) unveiled new solar roofing tiles at an event on Friday at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. The concept behind the new technology is to make solar panels “as appealing as electric cars,” Musk told the audience.

Nashville Entrepreneurs Exceed Global Averages in Revenue and Hiring
GCA News
The past six months have been good to Nashville entrepreneurs, and the next six months look even better, according to a recently released global survey of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). Data from EO’s Fall 2016 Global Entrepreneur Indicator survey found that EO Nashville members exceeded global averages in hiring employees, generating revenue and increasing profits over the past six months. The survey also revealed that 82.7 percent of EO Nashville entrepreneurs believe that, given current economic conditions, now is a good time to start a new business in Nashville.

Nashville Freelancers Access Gig Economy with Moonlighting Service
The Tennessean
Nashville guitar player and singer Derrick Royer has seen too many in the music profession hang up their dreams when their day jobs keep them from performing or lure them away from their music focus with more consistent incomes. Determined to maintain their music careers, Royer, 30, and singer-songwriter Peter Matteson formed a home remodeling and landscaping business, Greenwood BAM, that allows them and about four other musicians to complement their unpredictable writing and recording schedules on their own terms.

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