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September 15th, 2016

September 15th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

CO.STARTERS in Partnership with EPIcenter
EPIcenter
CO.STARTERS is a nine-week program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action. Unlike traditional platforms, CO.STARTERS applies the lean business modeling methods popular among high-growth startups to businesses of all kinds. Our first cohort kicks off on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and will continue every Wednesday at the same time until November 16, 2016, at EPIcenter Germantown, 6645 Poplar Ave, Suite 200. Enrollment in the CO.STARTERS program is just $399, and introductory scholarships are available.


Cre865 Talent Showcase
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
Join us for the official Startup Day 2016 afterparty presented by Audiohand and Knoxville Music Warehouse (Startup Day Class of 2012 and 2014) featuring a showcase of Knoxville’s renowned local music talent. After a long week of innovation, come have a drink and celebrate Knoxville’s other best asset: It’s Music Community in beautiful market square at Scruffy City Hall.

Healthcare, Meet Blockchain
Distributed Health
On October 3rd, healthcare and blockchain leaders from around the world will converge at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center to learn, connect and conceptualize how the most disruptive technology of the 21st century will reshape the $7 trillion global healthcare market. Plagued by increasingly large data breaches, incompatible and siloed data stores, complex regulatory requirements, antiquated payment rails and lack of transparency, few industries are better positioned to leverage the same qualities that have caused blockchain to take the financial world by storm.

‘Tech Opportunity Fund’ Launched to Award $100 Million in Code School Diversity Scholarships
The Iron Yard
The Iron Yard, the largest immersive code school in the U.S., today launched the Tech Opportunity Fund in collaboration with Code Fellows and Operation HOPE. By unifying the efforts of code schools, government, civic organizations and employers, the goal of the Tech Opportunity Fund is to increase diversity in the tech industry by removing financial barriers and increasing access to tech education for all. In addition to technical skills training, the initiative will include core financial literacy education and entrepreneurship training through programming partner Operation HOPE. The Tech Opportunity Fund was mentioned this morning in a speech by Vice President Joe Biden in St. Louis.

The Spillover Effect

AVC
The New York Times has a piece today about how bay area tech companies are giving the Phoenix Arizona economy a boost. I think this is a trend we are just seeing the start of. A big theme of board meetings I’ve been in over the past year is the crazy high cost of talent in the big tech centers (SF, NYC, LA, Boston, Seattle) and the need to grow headcount in lower cost locations. This could mean outside of the US in places like Eastern Europe, Asia, India, but for the most part, the discussions I have been in have centered on cities in the US where there is a good well educated workforce, an increasing number of technically skilled workers, and a much lower cost of living. That could be Phoenix, or it could be Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and a host of other really good places to live in the US.

TriStar Health Partners Eyes $100MM Fund for HealthIT, Medtech and More
Venture Nashville Connections
Nashville-based TriStar Health Partners LLC seeks limited partners for a planned $100MM fund for investment in tech-enabled Healthcare services, Medical Devices, Pharma and other life/bio companies, according to several sources. TriStar Health Partners (hereafter, TSHP) is a new investment-management firm that recently began operating in Music City.

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