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October 27th, 2016

October 27th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd to Make Economic Development Trip to Germany
The Chattanoogan
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd will travel to Germany from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 in an effort to build and strengthen ties with the country’s business leaders as well as increase foreign direct investment opportunities (FDI) in Tennessee. In addition to meeting with German executives who already operate businesses in Tennessee, Haslam and Boyd will pitch the state’s advantages to a number of German companies interested in setting up operations in the Southeastern U.S.

Mayor Unveils Four Ways the City Will Improve Minority Business
Memphis Business Journal
Memphis City Mayor Jim Strickland rolled out four initiatives and partnerships that represent the next step in his plan to improve support for minority and women-owned businesses. The highest profile initiative is Propel, a minority business accelerator that is now taking applications for its first cohort of 10 to 15 companies. The accelerator will begin Oct. 24 and conclude with a Customer Day, where participants will meet with potential business partners.

Meet Soundstr, the Tech Startup Trying to Streamline Performing Rights Royalty Payments
American Songwriter
Royalty payments for songwriters and musicians aren’t what they used to be. And while new technologies can be blamed for some of the downturn, Soundstr, a tech startup based in Cincinnati, has sought to streamline the process by which performing rights royalties are collected. We corresponded with musician and Soundstr founder Eron Bucciarelli-Tieger via email about their service and how it affects independent songwriters.

Social Enterprise Newly Sells Home Goods From 100% Recycled Materials
The Tennessean
When four Nashville men came together over beers last year, they batted around ideas on making an impact together. This week, they are putting their chosen concept into action, launching a company that makes home goods with 100-percent recycled materials. The new social enterprise is called Newly and its initial products include glassware, cutting boards, acrylic trays and throw blankets. The founders envision eventually adding every home good product possible, while sticking with their recycling mission.

Tennessee Bankers Association Partners with SIGNiX to Ignite Digital Signature Adoption in the Banking Industry 
PRWeb
The Tennessee Bankers Association (TBA) and SIGNiX, the leading provider of cloud-based Independent E-Signature™ solutions, announced today a partnership in which the TBA will endorse SIGNiX’s Independent E-Signature™ technology to all member banks. SIGNiX’s Independent E-Signatures™ are based on digital signature technology—a type of electronic signature platform that permanently embeds the legal evidence of a signature into the signed document.

The Boss: Clint Smith, Emma Inc. (Video)
Nashville Business Journal
At a recent event, when asked to write a fun fact about himself on his name tag, Emma co-founder and CEO Clint Smith chose to share with the attendees this little gem: His first concert ever was Foreigner. The smoky stadium left a lasting impression on the young teenager, who today maintains a devoted passion for music of seemingly all kinds.

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