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October 7th, 2015

October 7th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

An Innovation District Grows In Chattanooga
The Brookings Institution
In the past, my colleagues and I have highlighted Kendall Square in Cambridge, Mass. as an emblematic innovation district. Anchored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and home to dozens of technology and life sciences companies, the district may be the most innovative ZIP code in the country. But not every city can replicate Kendall Square, because, frankly, not every city has an MIT. A recent visit to Chattanooga, Tenn. convinces me that U.S. cities—particularly small and medium-sized ones—can take multiple paths to unleashing their distinct innovative economies. In designating a 140-acre enclave in the heart of their downtown as an innovation district, Chattanooga has built strategically on three critical assets—quality place making, unusual anchor institutions, and a highly collaborative innovation ecosystem.

Don’t Try to be Silicon Valley: Startup Angels CEO On What Other Cities Can Learn From Chattanooga
SouthernAlpha
A flock of angels will be headed to Chattanooga next week.  Angel investors, that is. AngelSummit US, an annual gathering for the investor network of Startup Angels, is holding their summit on Oct. 13-14, which fall right in with the same time as Startup Week Chattanooga. The agenda for the two-day conference is a combination of speakers and panels, meant to foster environments “where participants discover best practices, forge new partnerships, and leave better prepared to grow their businesses, and their startup communities.” Their pick of Chattanooga is, at first,  a curious one, since their prior summit was in Dallas, but Leslie Jump, CEO and co-founder of Startup Angels, says that the Scenic City’s size brings some things that larger cities do not. “Chattanooga has been awesome to work with and we think provides a compelling backdrop for our program. We find that while larger metro areas often have greater resources, smaller cities (like startups) often are more nimble at getting things done quickly and more eager to establish themselves on the national / international stage,” said Jump.

Entrepreneur Offers Transportation Services for Startup Week
Nooga.com
Nineteen-year-old entrepreneur Derelle Roshell, founder of G-Force Security, is offering transportation services to speakers who will be coming in town for Startup Week. “I understand the struggle of hosting an event, having a speaker, and making sure the speaker is taken care of and picked up at the airport,” he said. “Next week is going to be a big market with a lot of people bringing in speakers.” Startup Week is a five-day showcase of the city’s entrepreneurial environment. The Oct. 12–16 event is similar to those held in other cities, such as Denver and San Diego, and speakers from across the country will be in town.

LaunchTN Announces The TENN Entrepreneurs
The Tennessean
Launch Tennessee has selected eight new companies that will participate in its startup initiative, The Tenn. Now in its third year, The Tenn provides a group of Tennessee startups with mentors, training on business management and day-to-day issues and a week-long trip to California and New York in which the entrepreneurs can connect with other company leaders and investors.  Companies are chosen from the business accelerators located throughout the state. “We look forward to working with this diverse group of early-stage companies who are all outstanding graduates and representatives of Tennessee’s network of entrepreneur centers,” Charlie Brock, CEO of Launch Tennessee, said in a statement. “The TENN program will offer them another level of support with increased exposure as well as networking opportunities to investors, mentors and potential customers.”

Startup Weekend at Innovation Forge!
Google for Entrepreneurs
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Startup Weekend is a chance for entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas and see if they are feasible to market. As each chosen group works on their startup they will also be building and assessing their own theories and strategies. Many participants find that they learn new ideas and skills from the people on their team. During work hours and meal times participants will have time to build networks with members of the local technology community. Click the link to get your ticket!


Memphis Business Journal
The third incarnation of Launch Tennessee’s master accelerator program, The Tenn, has selected the eight participants in this year’s class. And, once again, Memphis leads the way, with three of its companies being selected to participate. The three Memphis companies are alumni of Start Co.’s accelerators. “We look forward to working with this diverse group of early stage companies who are all outstanding graduates and representatives of Tennessee’s network of entrepreneur centers,” said Charlie Brock, CEO of Launch Tennessee. “The Tenn program will offer them another level of support with increased exposure as well as networking opportunities to investors, mentors and potential customers.”

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