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October 9th, 2015

October 9th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Announcing theCOtoberfest!
theCO
theCOtoberfest is a celebration of those among us that are responding to the voice within that begs them to work with their hands, pioneer software development, pick-up the paint brush and to hit the ground running on a business idea that will change their community for the better. These events are for the curious, thoughtful, hardworking, inventive — they are for ANYONE. Kiddos too (they’ll likely enjoy the Saturday events the most). Click the link for the full schedule!

CO.LAB Updates!
CO.LAB
Startup Week Chattanooga is a week-long event that showcases Chattanooga’s growing startup community. The week includes events mixing anywhere from informational to social. The CO.LAB is proud to be a sponsor of Startup Week and host and sponsor several events in this packed out schedule. CO.LAB is also a sponsor of this year’s AngelSummit USA, which will bring together 250+ leaders from across the US to Chattanooga for a two-day summit on the future of startup investing. The summit is a unique opportunity to learn from the world’s most forward-thinking investors and entrepreneurs, meet trailblazers in corporate innovation and community development, explore new opportunities and partnerships, and—for the many visiting Chattanooga—discover the Southeast’s dynamic startup scene.

Music Startups Make Launch Tennessee’s The TENN
MusicRow.com
Three music-related startups have been chosen to participate in The TENN, an accelerator program for graduates of Tennessee’s network of entrepreneur centers, presented by Launch Tennessee. The program will begin Oct. 21 when the companies have the opportunity to attend Launch Tennessee’s board meeting and meet with the mentors they will be working with during the program. This is followed by training in The Rockefeller Habits, as well as networking trips and training days on topics including marketing, financial management, and operations. The TENN is sponsored by UBS, a global financial services firm with a presence across Tennessee, including the UBS Business Solutions Center Nashville which opened in the spring of 2014.

Startup Weekend to be Held in the Tri-Cities
AccelNow
Startup Weekend will be taking place in the Tri-Cities on October 16th to 18th at Kingsport’s Innovation Forge. AccelNow, the area’s regional accelerator, is partnering with PEAK, Networks Sullivan Partnership, and Innovation Forge to produce a 54-hour startup workshop for entrepreneurs in the region.Startup Weekend will include several prize packages for our winners. Prize packages include six months working space at Innovation Forge, one year free subscription to Funding Sage premium service, business plan analysis and advisement from Angel Roundtable, CO.STARTERS entrepreneurial training, startup legal package, and a branding package from Branded. Tickets will be $99, and $65 for all students.

Tech Entries Dominate 2016 Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge, Tennessee Startup Selected for Finals
PR Newswire
The American Farm Bureau today announced the top 10 teams – four finalists and six semi-finalists – of the 2016 Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The challenge, now in its second year, provides opportunities for individuals to showcase business innovations being developed in rural regions of the U.S. It is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses. AFBF President Bob Stallman made the announcement at the organization’s October board of directors meeting, noting that four of the top 10 teams are ag technology entries. The final four teams, chosen from 165 applicants, were each awarded $15,000 and will advance to the next phase of the challenge.


Nooga.com
Startup Week, the city’s weeklong showcase of all things entrepreneurial, starts Monday. There are more than 80 events scheduled throughout Chattanooga over five days. Organizers have created three tracks—tech, social and creative—that will be highlighted during the week. Area residents and visitors can find events that range from a documentary screening to a lunchtime workout to a session that explains how to use improv skills for business interactions. Entrepreneur, best-selling author and co-founder of VaynerMedia Gary Vaynerchuk and Andrew Hyde—founder of Startup Weekend—will be keynote speakers. And the AngelSummit coincides with Startup Week. The two-day summit will unite more than 250 businesspeople from across the country.

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