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November 3rd, 2016

November 3rd, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

3D-Printed Permanent Magnets Outperform Conventional Versions, Conserve Rare Materials
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated that permanent magnets produced by additive manufacturing can outperform bonded magnets made using traditional techniques while conserving critical materials. Scientists fabricated isotropic, near-net-shape, neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) bonded magnets at DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL using the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine. The result, published in Scientific Reports, was a product with comparable or better magnetic, mechanical, and microstructural properties than bonded magnets made using traditional injection molding with the same composition.


How to Drive Digital Marketing Success at Scale
Technology Advice
The pressure is on. Marketing is leading your company’s growth strategy, but it also needs to improve the efficiency of that growth to lower your customer Acquisition cost (CAC). New marketing technologies and platforms are critical to scaling growth, but not at the expense of old fashioned planning and execution. Tomorrow’s winning companies will be both digital and data-driven, but your core strategy is equally (if not more) important as growth accelerates. If you attempt to scale without a clear vision and realistic goals, you will only hit a wall faster.


Local CEO Highlights Company, Helps Tell Area Tech Innovation Story
Nooga.com
This week, CEO of Chattanooga’s Skuid Ken McElrath went on the “Eric Holtzclaw Show” and explained what his company does, as well as provided insight into the business’ unusual name. “It’s a great interview and may help people understand what Skuid actually does,” Skuid public relations manager Ellie Gamache said via email. “[Launch Tennessee CEO] Charlie Brock was on the show a few months back. This is a step toward reinforcing the Tennessee innovation story loud and clear.”

Surgiorithm Among 5 Startups Pitching LaunchTn-LSTN Venture Match
Venture Nashville Connections
Nashville-based healthIT startup Surgiorithm is raising capital and is among five budding companies chosen to present during a Venture Match event Friday morning, Nov. 4, at Innovation Park in Franklin. When interviewed by Venture Nashville, CEO Amnon Keynan and President Diane Weiner, two of three co-founders of Surgiorithm, confirmed they have had early conversations with potential Angel and VC investors, including well-informed medical professionals.

TechTown Receives $10,000 Grant From Best Buy Foundation to Support Teen Initiatives
The Chattanoogan
TechTown Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from the Best Buy Foundation Community Grant program to support the STEAMgirls and STEAMteens initiatives which strive to engage, promote, and provide educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, art, and math that are uniquely designed to encourage teens to develop 21st-century skills needed for ever-changing technological and scientific landscape. Currently in the United States, STEAM education goals are broad and include expanding the number of students who pursue STEAM fields, broaden workforce readiness, and target STEAM literacy for all students. STEAMgirls and STEAMteens at TechTown address the specific need of closing the socioeconomic, gender, ethnic, and availability gap that currently exists for many in our community.

These 15 Companies Are Bringing Tech to Fashion
Entrepreneur
With the rise of ecommerce, many of us now do the majority of our shopping from the comfort of our homes. But buying clothes online can be daunting. Startups utilizing emerging technologies are trying to change that, such as a company that uses 3-D imaging to let you “try” on clothes before you buy to one that uses a chatbot to personal shop for you. This year marks Decoded Fashion’s fifth annual New York Summit. The event also features a competition, “The FROW,” where tech startups looking to change the future of fashion and beauty pitch a panel of professional judges and executives from companies such as Coach, Equinox, Parsons School of Design, Google, Simon Venture Group and more. Think of it like the Shark Tank of fashion and beauty.

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