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September 1st, 2016

September 1st, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Bunker Labs Cohort
Bunker Labs
The Bunker targets existing veteran-owned startups and aspiring entrepreneurs to create and conquer the business world alongside fellow elite military entrepreneurs in the 10 week immersive Bunker Labs Cohort starting Sep 26, 2016. We will meet a total of 12 times over a 10 week period: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the first week from 4:30pm-7:30pm and every Wednesday from 4:30pm-7:30pmthereafter. Cost for the program is $495 dollars and includes membership at the EC and access to business mentors for the duration of the program + 3 months upon completion.


Innovative Thinking in Healthcare & Education: Beyond the SmartGlass
The Biz Foundry

Dr. Rafael Grossmann, Healthcare Futurist, Technology Innovator and Surgeon- Since completing his surgery residency in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Dr. Grossmann has developed as a general, trauma, advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgeon who now practices in Maine. He is the world’s first surgeon to use Google Glass during live surgery. Throughout his career, Dr. Grossmann has focused on tapping the paradoxical power of technology to coexist with a better, more humane medical care. As a healthcare futurist, being a full-time practicing surgeon gives him the rare skills, qualities and advantages that clinicians have but most technology innovators lack. He is one of the earliest Google Glass explorers and in June 20th, 2013, was the first doctor to ever use Google Glass during live surgery.

Memphis Startup Ecosystem Expands with AgLaunch
Memphis Daily News
Memphis’ startup ecosystem keeps getting bigger. Four startups have been chosen to participate in the inaugural round of a new agriculture-focused accelerator called AgLaunch. And yet another accelerator is launching soon in a partnership between the Start Co. organization and the city of Memphis focused on minority-owned businesses. The goal of that one – the Propel Accelerator – says Start Co. CEO Eric Mathews, is to “focus on existing minority-owned businesses that are looking to scale up revenue, especially those that want to do business with the city of Memphis or other procurement programs.

ORNL, Local Motors get National Spotlight
Knoxville News Sentinel
Knoxville efforts in promoting manufacturing got some national attention Tuesday, through a visit by an Obama administration economic development official to Oak Ridge National Laboratory facilities and the Local Motors micro-factory in West Knox County. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Economic Development Matt Erskine was in Knoxville Wednesday as part of a tour of 24 cities across the country that have been designated as manufacturing communities under the Obama administration’s Investing in Manufacturing Community Partnership program (IMCP).

Rural Entrepreneurship Key Theme at “Aspire Appalachia” Conference
Teknovation
Entrepreneurship was front and center at yesterday’s “Aspire Appalachia” conference hosted in Johnson City by the Appalachia Regional Commission (ARC) and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). “Aspire is not a theme for just this year,” ECD Chief of Staff Ted Townsend told the more than 400 attendees as the conference opened. “It is something we should aspire for at all times.” Sessions were focused on key strategies to bring new jobs to a region that has historically faced economic challenges and where a number of communities have been particularly impacted by the decline in the coal industry.

Startup Week Chattanooga
Startup Week CHA 2016
October 3-7, 2016– We’re in our third year and you’ve proven that there’s no stopping this community! This year’s Startup Week is record-breaking and packed with well over 100 events. That’s why it’s more important than ever to stay organized by creating your own personal calendar. Start building your schedule today!

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