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October 21st, 2016

October 21st, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

ACA Bringing Its “2016 Angel Insights Exchange” to Tennessee 
Teknovation
The Angel Capital Association (ACA), an organization with more than 13,000 accredited investors, is bringing its “2016 Angel Insights Exchange” conference to Nashville next month. The day and one-half event, which is expected to attract as many as 300 angels, is set for November 8 and 9 at the Nashville Public Library Conference Center, 615 Church Street. “This is a huge honor for Tennessee and recognition of how far our state has come in recent years,” Eric Dobson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Knoxville-based Angel Capital Group, says. “I started lobbying two years ago for the Exchange to be held in Tennessee.”

City Of Chattanooga Hosts National Smart Growth Workshop to Develop Economically Vibrant Neighborhoods
The Chattanoogan
The City of Chattanooga announced Thursday that it has been chosen to host a workshop from Oct. 26-27 with Smart Growth America to develop ways to foster growth in communities and to create vibrant neighborhoods. Chattanooga is one of only seven communities selected nationwide for this special program that will be open to City leaders and community members for technical assistance on planning for economic and equitable growth in Chattanooga.

EC, CMA Extend Project Music Partnership
Nashville Post
The Nashville Entrepreneur Center and the Country Music Association announced Wednesday a two-year extension of their Project Music partnership. Launched in 2014, Project Music has since graduated 13 music-tech startup companies and a nonprofit, according to a release. Applications are now open for the 2017 cohort, with six to eight applicants to be selected to participate in a 16-week “high-intensity boot camp” at the EC, the release notes. There, participants will have their ideas and models guided via entrepreneurial process education, mentoring and music industry immersion.

Governor’s Conference Hacks
TNECD
Our annual Governor’s Conference is fast approaching and will be here in less than a week. Whether this is your tenth time attending or your first, here’s a list of helpful hints to know before you go: The early bird gets the worm parking spot. If this isn’t your first year to attend the conference, then you already know the parking garage across the street from the Renaissance fills up fast. Therefore, the earlier you can arrive, the better.

LaunchTN Chooses Everly, Utilize Health For TENN Program
The Tennessean
Launch Tennessee, a state-funded nonprofit, announced eight companies chosen to participate in its annual business accelerator program for Tennessee-based startups, called The TENN. The TENN taps companies that have participated in the statewide network of entrepreneur centers and programs. The TENN program lasts four months and connects companies to mentors and industry experts and provides entrepreneurship training. It includes a statewide tour of Tennessee and trips to visit investors in San Francisco and New York.

Remember Your “Why” of Entrepreneurship
Startup Southerner
Why did you start your company? It seems like a simple question, but it’s an important one. In the long days of entrepreneurship, it’s important to remember your “why.” The reason you get up each day and the reason you can’t not do it. It could be to bring a product to market, to fulfill a missing piece of a niche industry or to help an underprivileged population. Whatever it is, entrepreneurship won’t always be easy, so it’s important to get back to that moment you told yourself, “I could do that.”

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