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October 4th, 2016

October 4th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

3 Lessons From Top Business Leader Kay Koplovitz 
Nooga.com
Startup Week keynote speaker Kay Koplovitz, who was the first woman to head a television network and is the leader of a nonprofit business accelerator, spoke to a crowd of about 80 people Mondayto kick off the week of all things entrepreneurial. Since 2000, Koplovitz has led Springboard Enterprises—a nonprofit accelerator that has trained 627 women-led companies in technology and life sciences to raise capital—as founder and chairman.

Chattanooga’s Multicultural Affairs Office Hosts StartUp Week Sessions
The Chattanoogan
This week, the City of Chattanooga’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting multiple events for StartUp Week to “help empower women and minority business owners and to encourage discussion on ways to promote more diversity and inclusion in the workplace.” OMA is using StartUp Week to host conversations around diversity and to connect people of all backgrounds through networking and city government procurement opportunities.

Knoxville Entrepreneurs Are Making Their Mark 
Knoxville News Sentinel
Knoxville has a prospering entrepreneurial community, but when it comes to talking about startups in Tennessee, people from outside the area generally think of Chattanooga or Nashville. That may start to change. Startup Day, designed to celebrate the startup and entrepreneur culture in East Tennessee, has grown from a half-day event to a week of workshops, networking and exposure in just four years. Now, with the help of the Innov865 Alliance, Innov865 Week has taken center stage.

VCs Invest Record $500 Million in Augmented and Virtual Reality in Q3
Venture Beat
Mainstream venture capitalists pumped up startups in virtual and augmented reality in the third quarter, with a record $2.3 billion invested in the last 12 months, according to tech advisor Digi-Capital. Tim Merel, managing director of Digi-Capital, said that half a billion dollars were invested in AR/VR startups in the third quarter. That was the ninth consecutive quarter of increased investment in the hot sector, which Digi-Capital estimates could be a $120 billion business by 2020.

Immersive “Idea Lab” Celebrates Artists as Community Leaders
High Ground News
Do you know why women and girl storytellers are the most powerful innovators in creative industries today—not just as artists, but also as community gatherers, media makers and producers? Or why arts organizations have a responsibility to encourage artists to advocate for themselves? How artists in rural communities are accessing and utilizing their transformative power? Or how nonprofit developers are putting equity and inclusion into practice in today’s complex, politically charged environment?

Weak Broadband Access Slows Rural Tennessee’s Economy
The Tennessean
In Cosby, a town in East Tennessee near the North Carolina border, reliable internet is not easy to come by. Deborah Bahr, whose dial-up service no longer works, drives 30 minutes to access WiFi at a nearby Bojangles, or she’ll go to a friend’s house a few miles away, where AT&T’s service is available. Until 2009, Bahr ran a coffee shop that had WiFi. Students attending the nearby community college often parked at the shop at night to gain access and Bahr said she looked the other way.

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