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September 23rd, 2016

September 23rd, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

EC Names Health Care Program Lead
Nashville Post
The Nashville Entrepreneur Center has brought on board a former population health management and health IT executive to be the entrepreneur-in-residence for its first Project Healthcare Accelerator, which will run from January through May. Dov Hirsch will be the lead industry expert for Project Healthcare, helping select the cohort — applications run through Sept. 30 — and working ­­with the startups to refine their business models.

Dev Catalyst Tackles Socktober Website
The Jackson Sun
Socks are often forgotten garments, especially to those kept safe from winter’s fury and utter harshness. They are second thoughts to more fashionable looks for those who have houses to keep them safe year-round. They are often lost in the fray of washers, dryers, and laundry baskets. But for the less fortunate, socks are almost nonexistent. Socks are the reason why Brad Montague, Kid President creator and owner of Montague Workshop in Henderson, Tennessee, created “Socktober.”

Hurdl Enterprises $1.8MM Seed Raise Afoot for Direct-Fan Marketing
Venture Nashville Connections
Hurdl Enterprises is halfway home in its pursuit of $1.8MM Seed capital for market expansion of its live-event ticketholder activation, engagement, commerce and analytics platform and RF-connected wearables. CEO Betsy McHugh, the founder, CEO and majority owner of the year-old Nashville startup, said Hurdl has raised $750K toward its Seed goal, including founders’ personal investments and the balance in the form of convertible notes. A year from now, the company is likely to pursue a Series A in the $3MM-$5MM range, she affirmed during a Venture Nashville interview.

Rhythm Lab Presented by A.I.R. Labs
IndieGoGo
A.I.R. Labs will launch a music production class this fall called Rhythm Lab to allow underserved youth in our community to learn how to create their own musical story. Through the creation process, the students will have a better appreciation of music in the ways that it has inspired them and the memories it has created. We’re raising funds for a pilot course of Rhythm Lab. One of the major upfront costs of this course is the purchase of the software and hardware package from Native Instruments. Purchasing a classroom set of the materials will allow A.I.R. Labs to continue the course for this first class and future students. Going over our goal will create a fund that will provide scholarships to future students who are in financial need.

T & T Scientific, NewsBreak Media Take Top Awards During Knoxville’s Fourth Annual “Start-up Day”
Teknovation
T & T Scientific Corporation walked away yesterday afternoon with the $5,000 grand prize as winner of the “Pitch Competition” during Knoxville’s fourth annual “Start-up Day,” and NewsBreak Media Networks captured the “Traction Award” for the progress that the three-person company has made.

Why You Need to Surround Yourself With Non-Entrepreneurs
Startup Southerner
Entrepreneurship is hard, we know that. And in order to become an effective entrepreneur, we need a community. That often means finding other entrepreneurs who can help you through the rough spots, offer support and celebrate the wins. But what I’ve realized recently that it’s important to remember your non-entrepreneur friends, too.

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