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October 5th, 2016

October 5th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

AgLaunch Virtual Pitch Competition  
AgLaunch
We’re opening up the opportunity for any ag entrepreneur to upload a pitch video and win some cash! All pitches will be reviewed by the experts at Ag Innovation Development Group and our accelerator partners at Start Co. Winner of the pitch competition will receive $1,000. Second place gets $500. Both will have an opportunity for an extended pitch and feedback session with a panel of investors, farmers, corporates, and entrepreneurs. Apply by October 20, 2016.


GrowthX Establishing Strong Presence in Nashville
Teknovation
A Silicon Valley venture fund now has a significant presence in Nashville as it expands into the start-up acceleration arena. The fund is GrowthX which was launched in San Francisco but now has offices in Dallas and at 41 Peabody Street in Nashville. If the Music City address sounds familiar, it should. It is home to the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. We caught up recently with Brad Holliday, a Partner at GrowthX and the individual who opened the Nashville office. He’s been a well-known player in Nashville’s entrepreneurial scene for more than a decade. Holliday was joined in Music City in late June by Andrew Goldner, a GrowthX Founding Partner, who recently moved his family from Silicon Valley to Nashville.

Knoxville Helps Pave Way for Grow Bioplastics
Knoxville News Sentinel
Grow Bioplastics is a Knoxville startup company that is working to commercialize plant-based biodegradable plastic made from lignin, a renewable waste stream from the paper industry. It also is the epitome of what entrepreneurship is in the Knoxville area. The company has been touched by the University of Tennessee, the UT Research Foundation, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and others.

New Business Spotlight: FunLPro Technology
Knoxville News Sentinel
FunLPro Technology is a closure innovation designed to eliminate the hassle and mess of transferring CPG (consumer packaged goods) fluids such as automotive lubricants, household cleaning products and industrial compounds from the container to the desired location. FunLPro Technology provides consumers with a lengthy, extendable pouring spout that is built directly into the leak-proof closure system, eliminating the need to use a separate pouring device to transfer fluids safely and eliminating the spillage associated with free-hand transfer. Every year in the U.S., more than 15.5 billion containers of chemical fluid products are sold without the means to safely and accurately transfer these products.

She Started It
Geeked Memphis
October 25, 2016– Geeked Memphis is proud to kick off SHE STARTED IT’s Tennessee tour in Memphis onTuesday, October 25th at Malco Studio on the Square. Following five women over two years as they pitch VCs, build teams, bring products to market, fail, and start again, SHE STARTED IT takes viewers on a global rollercoaster ride from San Francisco to Mississippi, France, and Vietnam. Along the way, it weaves in big-picture perspectives from women like investor Joanne Wilson; White House CTO Megan Smith; GoldieBlox CEO Debbie Sterling; and Ruchi Sanghvi, the first female engineer at Facebook.

‘Unsexy’ Startups Seek Funding at Dynamo Demo Day in Chattanooga
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Ted Alling has aimed high — including with WayPaver Labs’ Lunar Project to establish a settlement on the moon — in his role as a partner in The Lamp Post Group, a startup business “accelerator” in downtown Chattanooga. But the Lamp Post Group got back down to earth — and its founders’ roots — Tuesday morning at Demo Day for the Dynamo Accelerator when representatives from 10 startup companies in the logistics, transportation and supply chain business made their pitch for funding. Startups in these industries have been cast aside by other accelerators as “less sexy.”

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