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September 16th, 2016

September 16th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Chattanooga Launches One of First Electric Vehicle Ride Share Programs in U.S.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Twenty-six years after the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority debuted one of the country’s first all-electric downtown shuttle services, Chattanooga will soon become one of the first cities in the nation with an electric vehicle ride share program. Within the next couple of weeks, 20 Nissan Leafs will be stationed in various parking facilities in Chattanooga and Collegedale to provide drivers all-electric vehicles to rent by the hour through a smart phone app.

Global Action Summit Nashville
Global Action Platform
November 14-15, 2016– The Global Action Summit is an annual forum held in Nashville, Tennessee, that fosters cross-sector perspectives on food, health, and prosperity. The aim of the Summit is to create, guide and facilitate leadership initiatives. Summit participants include senior-level business leaders, research scientists, global agencies, NGO directors, and Summit Fellows. Events, conferences and outreach activities are also hosted throughout the year by the Global Action Platform to help facilitate program goals. Attendance to the annual Global Action Summit is by invitation only.

Knoxville, ETSY, Scripps Networks, Entrepreneur Center Spotlight Local Creatives with Innov865 Week
Inside of Knoxville
What the heck is all this “Maker” business? The word pops up everywhere and seems to refer to all manner of activities. Wikipedia defines “Maker culture,” as “a contemporary culture or subculture… that intersects with hacker culture… revels in the creation of new devices as well as tinkering with existing ones… interests… include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and, mainly, its predecessor, the traditional arts and crafts.”

National Science Foundation Supports Stony Creek Colors and Danforth Center Collaboration for Bio-Based Indigo Business Project
News Wise
Stony Creek Colors, a manufacturer of biobased textile dyes and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science announced they have received a one-year grant of $224,676 from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnership (IIP) to improve the available genetic resources for plant-based indigo dye production to help make the manufacturing of blue jeans more sustainable. The collaborators will use a portion of the research funds to create a high-throughput handheld assay device capable of rapid measurements of the naturally occurring chemicals for indigo which is formed in the plant leaves.

Project Music 2017
Project Music
Project Music – The Accelerator returns in 2017. The program is the first of its kind in the country – an accelerator designed specifically for music-driven tech startups. Six to eight startups will be accepted into the 2017 program which runs from 1/22/17 through 5/17/17 in Nashville, TN. Applications make a soft open on August 9, 2016. Each startup will receive curriculum, connections and capital during the program.

Randy Boyd Donates $250K to Nonprofit Conexion Americas
The Tennessean
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd has donated $250,000 to Nashville nonprofit Conexion Americas to expand its culinary incubator and entrepreneurship program. The donation from Boyd and his wife, Jenny Boyd, marks the largest individual gift to the nonprofit in its 14-year history, Conexion Americas announced this week. Founded in 2002, the nonprofit’s mission is to build a welcoming community and create opportunities for Latino families.

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