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October 12th, 2015

October 12th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Branch Technology Picked for U.S. Tour
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Branch Technology, a 3-D printing technology to help erect construction materials for buildings, is one of eight Tennessee companies picked by Launch Tennessee that will participate in a national tour billed as The TENN. The Chattanooga startup was one of those developed this summer during the 12-week Gigtank program in Chattanooga. Now in its third year, The Tenn provides Tennessee startups like Branch Technology with mentors, training on business management and day-to-day issues and a week-long trip to California and New York where entrepreneurs pitch their business plans to other business leaders and investors. Companies are chosen from the business accelerators located throughout the state.’

Knoxville’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy Announces 24 Students for Inaugural Class
SouthernAlpha
A 30-week program to learn about the processes of owning and operating a business starts next week for 24 students in Knox County.  They have been accepted into the inaugural class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a program of The Knoxville Chamber that is presented by Pilot Flying J. “The launch of the program has been a year in the making, so we’re excited to get things underway and see what these great young minds will produce,” stated Lori Fuller, vice president of marketing and events for the Knoxville Chamber. The classes, all hosted at the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, will allow the students to brainstorm and form their enterprises, make pitches to real investors, obtain funding, file their DBAs, and by the end, actually launch their own business or social movement. Six field trips are also planned, including trips to a food franchise, a personal style business, and an ad agency.

Memphis Entrepreneur is the “Mane” Behind T-Shirt Venture
The Commercial Appeal
With T-shirts that proudly declare how the word “man” is often pronounced in Memphis, Elliott Sayles is an entrepreneur hoping to make a mark for his city and his generation. Sayles, 37, said prayer helped generate the message, like a dictionary definition, he’s marketing on the front of T-shirts. With a manetshirts.com website, T-shirts he orders from Spikner in Memphis, and a lawyer working on a trademark, Sayles said his “mane” T-shirts are beginning to find their way to markets near and far. “My plan is to have this become a tourist novelty item and to help generate revenue for the city of Memphis,” he said. “We need something new, something different. I think what we’ve had, it’s been like this for years.”

Memphis Startup “Technology Happens” Launches New Product and Company
High Ground News
Founded in May 2011, Technology Happens is a Memphis-based independent programming and consulting company that provides innovative and simple solutions to empower credit unions to better serve their members. Housed in Emerge Memphis, Technology Happens serves approximately 50 client credit unions throughout the United States. The first four years have proved highly successful for the small business; it has grown to include seven full-time employees and earned over a million dollars in revenue in 2014. Having already established one successful company, founder Mike Blumenthal is now launching a new venture, seeking to change the way people sign documents all over the world.

More Than 800 Economic Development Leaders to Attend Governor’s Conference on ECD
Tennessee ECD
The 62nd Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development will be heldOct. 13 – 14 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Nashville. The conference theme will focus on “Team Tennessee” showcasing how the state’s workforce, education and transportation systems are aligning to support Tennessee’s overall economic development mission. This year’s conference will be attended by more than 800 economic development leaders, state and local elected officials, and business professionals. The two-day conference includes 12 educational sessions on topics ranging from rural development, workforce and education, to entrepreneurism, branding and more. Also on the agenda are three plenary sessions which will explore issues involving economic development alignment, the state of transportation in Tennessee and the power of education, led by Commissioner Boyd, TDOT Commissioner John Schroer and Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen, respectively.


Teknovation
Tech Goes Home Chattanooga is described as The Enterprise Center’s new digital equity program for residents across Hamilton County. It is modeled after Boston’s Tech Goes Home and has a mission to provide underserved residents the tools, education, and access required for 21st century skills development. TGH CHA has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign with a goal of $10,000. To contribute, click here.

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