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October 6th, 2016

October 6th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Chattanooga Chamber Announces Spirit of Innovation Finalists   
The Chattanoogan
The Chattanooga Chamber names Branch Technology, MediTract and Skuid as finalists for the 2016 Spirit of Innovation Award. Established in 2001, the Chamber’s Annual Spirit of Innovation Awards celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and technology in the Chattanooga regional economy. CHATECH’s Early Innovator Award finalists include Aegle Gear, Collider and i-Card. All finalist companies, as well as Young Innovator Award finalists, will be honored during the 2016 Spirit of Innovation Awards Luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 9, at the Chattanooga Convention Center.


Google Invests in Frist-Founded Aspire Health
Nashville Business Journal
Aspire Health, the palliative care company co-founded by former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, has closed a $32 million funding round that was led by another big name: GV (formerly Google Ventures), the venture capital arm of tech giant Alphabet Inc. (Google’s parent company). The investment — GV’s first in Nashville, according to a spokesperson — comes as the palliative care network is expanding to nine additional states, bringing its total footprint to 19 states and the District of Columbia.

I-Corps South: An Innovation Node
I-Corps South
The University of Tennessee has recently joined forces with Georgia Tech and 2 universities in Alabama to form I-Corps South: An Innovation Node.  I-Corps South introduces research labs, colleges, and universities throughout the Southeast to the NSF I-Corps evidence-based entrepreneurship methodology and courseware, ultimately increasing commercialization outcomes in each of the participating states. Applications close October 14, 2016. Apply here.

Innovation Crossroads- Do You Have a Game-Changing Energy Technology Idea?
Innovation Crossroads
Energy entrepreneurs all over the country are coming up with revolutionary ideas that have the potential to change how America uses energy. However, these same innovators frequently face daunting challenges that delay promising ideas from entering commercial practice, including limited early-stage capital, long validation requirements, and difficulty scaling up laboratory technology to commercial scale. ORNL recognizes these challenges and, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, has developed a program, Innovation Crossroads, to help entrepreneurs create the next generation of clean energy companies. Applications close November 18, 2016. Apply here.

Pass It Down Announces Major Partnership
Nooga.com
Chattanooga startup Pass It Down has announced a strategic partnership with the International Storytelling Center. The International Storytelling Center is a cultural and educational institution aimed at improving the world through storytelling. Pass It Down is a new, award-winning digital storytelling platform that allows users to document anecdotes and memories through video, audio, photos and text.

Top 10 Teams Win $120K in Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge
Yahoo News
The American Farm Bureau Federation today announced the top 10 teams – four finalists and six semi-finalists – in the 2017 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The challenge provides opportunities for individuals to showcase business innovations being developed in rural communities throughout the U.S. “Entrepreneurship is alive and well in rural America,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “It’s a pleasure to recognize these 10 outstanding businesses. The FB Challenge addresses some of the unique obstacles entrepreneurs typically face, namely, limited options for support such as startup funding.”

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