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November 5th, 2015

November 5th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Bellhops Ranked in Top 5 on Entrepreneur’s Company Cultures List
The Chattanoogan
Bellhops, a tech-enabled moving company headquartered in Chattanooga with a national presence, was ranked on Entrepreneur’s Top Company Cultures list, a comprehensive ranking of U.S.-based businesses exhibiting high-performance cultures created in partnership with culture management software and service provider CultureIQ. The Top Company Cultures list has placed Bellhops as the fourth best company culture in the Large Enterprise category, for companies with more than 100 employees. Bellhops is recognized for creating an exceptional culture that drives employee engagement, exceeds employee expectations and directly impacts company success.

CHATech to Honor Local Businesses with Early Innovation Award
Nooga.com
CHATech’s Early Innovation Award will now recognize three businesses instead of one from the Chattanooga community for innovation in their field. The nominees are Feetz, a 3-D-printed shoe company that brings mass customization to a new level; Branch Technologies, which offers the largest 3-D printer in the country, able to print walls and architecture; and Ark Labs, whose leaders are rethinking the way water consumption is detected, making finding leaks and water problems easier for consumers. The companies will be officially recognized at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Innovation Awards.

Successful East Tennessee Entrepreneurs Share Insights at Friday Panel
Knoxville News Sentinel
A roundtable discussion featuring two of the three Knoxville area businesses vying for this year’s Traction Award for successful startups will be 5-6:30 p.m. Friday at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center. Panelists Harvey Abouelata of Aries Energy and Uta Preston of Little Fishkopp along with Jonathan Patrick of UT Federal Credit Union, which sponsors the award, will discuss gaining traction with a new business and insights into the entrepreneurial journey in East Tennessee. The event is a preview of Startup Day, which will be Nov. 19 at the Bijou Theatre. That event will feature discussion with local and national entrepreneurs and pitches from seven startups vying for a $5,000 prize.

Local Tech Firm Revolutionizes Fishing Industry
Bristol Herald Courier
A family-owned fishing analytics and product development firm announced the arrival of its innovative fishing scale on Wednesday. ConnectScale, a product that combines Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology and a mobile application digitally weighs and records catch data. Initially announced earlier this year, the final product is finally ready for purchase after months of development, according to a press release from the company. Founder Ben Arnold, an MBA graduate of the University of Tennessee said, “I’m excited to provide an innocative product that both professional and recreational anglers alike can use to capture catch data that will ultimately improve their fishing results.”

Nashville EC’s UAV/Drones Event May be Pivotal for TN Industry
Venture Nashville Connections
In a series of interviews, Kimberlin told Venture Nashville, “My goal from the beginning was to put Nashville in the race to be one of the first drone-friendly markets… I’d like to see the city embrace a new market that is in hypergrowth,” and take aggressive steps to attract UAV/Drone startups and generate jobs. Now is the time for action he said, because it’s still “kinda early” in the sector’s emergence. Kimberlin said he plans in December to open 500below for formal beta-participant signup and subsequent beta launch. He has more than 1,000 over-the-transom beta signups, already.  The mission of 500below is to launch and sustain a peer-to-peer network of Drone aviators supporting other Drone aviators. Users (drone enthusiasts, manufacturers and others) will download an app that allows them to connect with experienced Drone owners who can walk them through technical issues associated with specific brands and types of Drones and related matters.

PRWeb
Fast-growing technology consultancy Virsys12 continues to make moves that signal its rising position in healthcare technology, including events, hires and a location change. On October 15th, Virsys12 hosted its 2nd Annual Nashville Healthcare Technology Forum, featuring an elite panel of local healthcare leaders along with senior executives from Salesforce’s San Francisco headquarters, all sharing perspectives on analytics with the capacity crowd. Themed “Healthcare Analytics the Salesforce Way,” the Virsys12 Forum kicked off with an overview of the Salesforce Wave Analytics solution, presented by Darren Genstil, Salesforce VP, Commercial Sales, and Account Executive Britt Howard, Salesforce Healthcare and Life Sciences. Perception Health CEO and digital healthcare pioneer J. Tod Fetherling moderated an elite panel of healthcare executives discussing opportunities for change with faster, more accurate and predictive analytics. See a full recap of the Nashville Healthcare Technology Forum here.

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