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September 29th, 2015

September 29th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Billboard
One might wonder if the classical genre is big enough for its own digital distributor. “It absolutely is,” Dart Music CEO Chris McMurtry tells Billboard. Investors agree. Dart has raised $1.5 million to take advantage of a quirk — some might call it a shortcoming — in digital music: metadata (the information that describes data) is typically geared toward popular music but not classical music.  As a result, independent classical musicians don’t have the same opportunities as their peers in pop, rock, hip hop and other popular genres. That money came through the exposure Dart received through Project Music, a music-focused startup accelerator at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center backed by the Country Music Association, YouTube and Launch Tennessee.

Innovation Improving Medical Devices
The Jackson Sun
What evolved about three years ago has developed into a partnership between West Tennessee Healthcare, the Global Center for Medical Innovation and the Jackson Chamber to identify, develop and promote medical technology in Jackson. But it’s the last 10 months that has the entrepreneurial community excited, especially after Dr. Andrew Myers spoke at theCO on Thursdayabout innovation he and fellow Jacksonian Brock Smith are developing. Myers, a general surgeon with the Jackson Clinic and member of the West Tennessee Healthcare community, developed an idea that would imbue catheters — a thin tube made from medical grade materials serving a broad range of functions that can be inserted in the body to treat diseases or perform a surgical procedure — with silver particles.

LISTEN: Newest Nashville Software School Graduates Talk Code, Career Trajectory
SouthernAlpha
On Friday, the 23 graduates from the ninth cohort of Nashville Software School (NSS) entered the workforce. The six month program is focused for 12 weeks on Front-End Development with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and 12 weeks on Back-End Development with NodeJS. Scott Humphries was the instructor for their entire time at NSS, as they attended meetups and hackathons after school and weekends. These new software developers took the time to talk about their plans and projects post graduation. Listen here for the full interviews below. Many of the grads are looking for local employment opportunities in the Nashville area, but many of them are interested in launching their own apps as well.

Project Music Applications Are Now Open!
Nashville Business Journal
Project Music, the first accelerator program designed specifically for music-driven tech startups, is now accepting applications for our 2016 Accelerator! Based out of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Project Music is a year round music-entrepreneurship initiative capped by a 16-week accelerator that brings music, tech and business leaders together to nurture startups desiring to grow music industry revenue. The six to eight startups selected for the program, which runs from1/31/16 through 5/18/16 in Nashville, TN, will receive curriculum, connections and capital during the program. Applications close November 6, so be sure to apply ASAP!

Rent the Runway & UBS Announce Venture Competition & Educational Program
PR Newswire
Rent the Runway and UBS today announced the launch of Project Entrepreneur, a venture competition and educational program designed to provide women entrepreneurs nationwide with the tools to build high-growth, high-impact businesses. Project Entrepreneur is the first initiative from the newly established Rent the Runway Foundation; it is also a part of UBS Elevating Entrepreneurs, the firm’s flagship philanthropic initiative in this space. Online submissions for Project Entrepreneur open today at projectentrepreneur.org  and close on January 8, 2016. “There are so many passionate, entrepreneurial women founding businesses today, but only four percent of these women-owned businesses are generating $500K or more in annual revenue. [1],” said Jennifer Hyman, CEO, Rent the Runway. “Project Entrepreneur offers the experience, training and networks needed to ignite bold ideas and help women build economically impactful companies.”


Teknovation
Four instructional laboratories located on the second floor of a highly visible building off I-40 in West Knoxville offer exciting new possibilities for local entrepreneurs in the life science sector. The well-equipped labs are part of South College, a long-time private institution in Knoxville that launched its accredited School of Pharmacy about five years ago. The institution, established in 1882 as a branch of the Nashville Business College, was renamed in 1900 as Knoxville Business College and adopted the South College name in 2001. The School of Pharmacy laboratories were built and equipped to serve students pursuing their Doctor of Pharmacy degree and provide faculty research space, but there is available capacity and vision for additional impact. “Making these lab facilities available is a way that we can provide a community service to the region’s scientific community,” Jacob Dunbar, Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences, told us during a recent tour of the facilities. “Our President – Steve South – said he would like to see our space fully utilized.” For now, that offer comes with little or no cost to the entrepreneur.

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