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September 29th, 2016

September 29th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Best Places for Women to Start a Business in 2016
Thumbtack
Across the United States, women are taking the lead in business ownership. At last count, women owned more than 9 million businesses nationwide.  In fact, recent data from SCORE shows that women-owned businesses are growing 1.5 times faster than the national average, and the trend particularly benefits female business owners of color:  a National Women’s Business Council study found that Hispanic and black women are dramatically outpacing their Asian and white counterparts in business ownership. On Thumbtack, 200,000 skilled professionals  offer 1,100 types of services and women represent 40 percent of small business owners, on par with U.S. Census Bureau data.


Causeway’s Reverse Pitch Kickoff Seeks to Spark Ideas to Address Youth Violence
Nooga.com
When Causeway organizers announced the latest Causeway Challenge to help create ideas to solve youth violence in Chattanooga, they knew it would be the most daunting challenge yet. The local nonprofit is offering up to $30,000 for “community-based projects” to help build safer neighborhoods and reduce youth violence. Specifically, the question is “How can we empower youth in Chattanooga to create safer communities?” Up to 10 individuals will be awarded $3,000 and four months of mentorship for their ideas.

Gary Stevenson- Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference (MNVC)
OrthoSpineNews
My name is Gary Stevenson and I am co-founder and managing partner of MB Venture Partners in Memphis. We started in 2001 and raised our first fund in 2002. In our first 15 years, we have focused a disproportionate amount of our investment capital on the musculoskeletal niche where we have domain expertise and relationships that have resulted in high-quality investment opportunities. Over the years, our start-ups have been acquired by Wright Medical, Medtronic, Smith & Nephew, and Zimmer Biomet.

Samsung Licences ORNL Transparent Superhydrophobic Glass Coatings for Electronic Devices
Linkedin
Samsung Electronics has exclusively licensed optically clear superhydrophobic film technology from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to improve the performance of glass displays on smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. An ORNL-developed thin glass film with superhydrophobic properties repels water that carries away dust and dirt, reduces light reflection and resists fingerprints and smudges.

Skyhawk Entrepreneurial Vision Workshops
Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center
This series of free workshops will provide a platform for gaining a more comprehensive understanding of how to create a sustainable, growing and scalable business. Over the span of six weeks, participants will learn from the real-life experiences of successful entrepreneurs: How to identify the true purpose of a business; the value of knowing the competition; and how to view a business through the eyes of potential investors. From an experienced intellectual property law attorney, participants will receive valuable information about how to identify and protect intellectual property.

UT Joins I-Corps South to Expand Entrepreneurial Training
Haslam College of Business News
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will receive grant funding to teach technology entrepreneurship, perform research and foster innovation through the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program. A public-private partnership, I-Corps was created in 2011 to train researchers to evaluate the commercial potential of their scientific discoveries. The program is offered in a “startup boot camp” format.

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