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September 1st, 2015

September 1st, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS
Baracksdubs to Relaunch with Growth Plans
Knoxville News Sentinel
His musical mashups of President Barack Obama singing popular songs have reached tens of millions of viewers. Now, Fadi Saleh is taking his three-year hobby called baracksdubs and turning it into a business.

City of Memphis, EPICenter Get $50,000 for Startup Efforts
The Daily News
When Walter Perry, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Tennessee district office, joins other SBA staff in presenting Memphis officials Wednesday, Sept. 2, with a $50,000 Start Small Model prize, the ceremony will be more than a perfunctory civic affair. That’s because the event, happening at 12:30 p.m. at Rec Room, 3000 Broad Ave., is another in a string of recent indications that Memphis’ startup community is in the midst of a bumper crop of good news.

Our Uganda Launch Pad Visit, Another Google for Entrepreneurs Hub
Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Recently, the EC’s very own Gradi Ellis, graphic designer, had the opportunity to visit Uganda Africa for The Launch Pad. The Launch Pad, an event similar to a 5-minute TED talk, invites entrepreneurs from around the region to share how their business benefits the people of East Africa. A total of eight companies pitched at the event, and Ellis went in-depth with the startups that stood out. She also had the opportunity to sit down with members of the Outbox team to learn more about their entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Q&A with Joe Calloway, Executive-In-Residence for Belmont’s Center for Entrepreneurship
SouthernAlpha
On Tuesday, Belmont announced author Joe Calloway will be the Executive-in-Residence for the school’s Center for Entrepreneurship. The Speakers Hall of Fame inductee will work with entrepreneurship students in the Jack C. Massey College of Business and with participants in the accelerator and hatchery programs. Southern/alpha spoke with Calloway about the program, his vision and Fall Out Boy.

Rocket Hatch Inviting Tennessee Startups, Investors to September 10 Event
Teknovation
We had a chance a few days ago to catch-up by phone with Antonio Montoya of Huntsville’s Rocket Hatch to learn more about the organization’s “Investor Day” set for September 10. Since he helped launch Rocket Hatch 15 months ago, Montoya says he’s come to realize the weakness of the region’s capital formation component which is obviously very critical to any successful start-up ecosystem. “We have seen some good connections happen in the last year and some Tennessee funds invest in North Alabama companies,” he says. Most recently, several start-ups from the region participated in Chattanooga’s “GIGTANK.” Yet, when he looks at data from reports like those of the Kauffman Foundation, Montoya sees a more vibrant investor community in Tennessee than he does in Alabama.

Two Local Tech Entrepreneurs Launch KnoxFounders.com
Teknovation
Two local technology-focused entrepreneurs – James Horey and Ken Cavagnolo – have created an online community for founders and fellow entrepreneurs in the Knoxville region. Appropriately named KnoxFounders.com, the new offering consists of a webpage that will list blogs written by local founders along with links to additional resources like co-working spaces, conferences, and meet-ups. In addition, there is also a public Slack community where members can chat with each other, share news, and virtually network.

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