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September 28th, 2016

September 28th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Crash Creative Benefits From Innovate Atmosphere of The Edney
Nooga.com
Local web design and marketing team Crash Creative recently joined the Innovation District at the Edney Innovation Center, and leaders are already seeing the benefits they were hoping for when they made the decision to move. Crash Creative, which has been around for a little over five years, was looking to move to an area that had a stronger sense of community and provided more opportunities to work with other people after feeling isolated in its last location, leaders said.


Grajewski: VU Brands The Wond’ry innovation Center, Ramps-Up Programs
Venture Nashville Connections
Vanderbilt University’s Robert Grajewski turned to Nashville creatives at the RedPepper agency to run this summer’s branding process for VU’s new innovation center. Now, the new unit — the Wond’ry — is ramping-up programming. He said The Wond’ry appellation draws on “wonder” and “foundry,” and reflects the organization’s mission as a place “where ideas are developed, shaped, invented, created…and then forged into more tangible form.

LAUNCH Selected by U.S. Small Business Administration as Growth Accelerator Fund Recipient
The Chattanoogan
Chattanooga based nonprofit LAUNCH has been announced as an awardee of the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition by the U.S. Small Business Administration office of Investment and Innovation. The competition saw over 400 applications from organizations across 32 states and the District of Columbia. LAUNCH and the additional 67 recipients will be awarded $50,000 each totaling $3.4 million in prizes to boost the economic impact of accelerators across 32 states and the District of Columbia.

Conference to Highlight Zeroto510 Companies
Memphis Business Journal
For the past 13 years, Memphis-based MB Venture Partners has hosted its Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference in October with a blend of local and national companies presenting. But this year’s event will highlight a group of companies that have completed the ZeroTo510 accelerator program. Those companies — Cast21, FlexSpark, SweetBio and Compression Kinetics — will close the two-day conference, to be held at the FedEx Institute of Technology Oct. 18-19.

Rhodes Hack-a-Thon Delivers for Memphis Nonprofits
Memphis Daily News
Ten college students and one high school student put in long hours over the weekend, shredding code in the latest RhodesHacks computer development competition held inside McCallum Ballroom on the Rhodes College campus Sept. 23-24. The RhodesHacks series was founded to encourage talented students to collaborate and build solutions that can have a very immediate impact on the world. The Rhodes Entrepreneurship Club partnered with City Leadership/Choose901 to host the event, and sponsors included the University of Memphis, Tech 901, ProTech and Start Co.

Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union Starts Loan Program for Startups
Nooga.com
The Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union recently announced the beginning of a new loan program that will help fund startups. The goal is to help businesses avoid the risk normally associated with starting up. “We’re a community credit union,” President Todd Fortner said. “It’s our goal to make sure we meet the needs of the community.” The new program, titled Idea Leap, is directed at new businesses that are unable to get other loans because of the high risk of failure.

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