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September 7th, 2016

September 7th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Bellhops Adds Trucks For Full-Service Moves
Nooga.com
On the surface, it may not seem like news—a moving business offering moving trucks. But Bellhops founder Cameron Doody said the introduction of moving trucks is the company’s next big initiative. The new service is now in three cities—Chattanooga, Atlanta and Nashville—for beta testing. Until now, customers would get their own truck or use their personal vehicles, and the Bellhops employees took care of the actual moving.


Fibers and Composites Manufacturing Facility Offers Exceptional Hands-On Experience For UT Students
IACMI

The University of Tennessee Fibers and Composites Manufacturing Facility (FCMF) is the new home to Dr. Uday Vaidya’s team of over 30 undergraduate and graduate students dedicated to the research and development of a wide range of fibers and composite materials. It’s here where Dr. Vaidya, IACMI-The Composites Institute Chief Technology Officer, leads his talented team of students and researchers as they explore the cutting edge of advanced composites and manufacturing techniques. Students begin at the basic material level, ultimately working all the way to testing and prototyping of applied products. The ability to work through the entire manufacturing process of research, design, development and testing provides an industry relevant, problem-solving experience for students at the university. These students are engaged in projects ranging from carbon fiber recycling to designing and producing versatile, light-weight products to reduce the carbon footprint in composites manufacturing. For example, the use of bamboo reinforced composites for railroad ties, truck decking, furniture, and prosthetics.

Memphis Startup EPKpage Completes Inaugural Start MMT Accelerator Cohort
High Ground News
Local startup EPKpage, led by Jack Simon, recently became an alumnus of the inaugural cohort of Start MMT, a music startup accelerator. Start MMT takes the principles of tech accelerators and applies them specifically to music tech companies. “The connections were invaluable. I was introduced to so many people on a first-name, handshake basis that I would otherwise never have access to,” Simon said.Simon has been an entrepreneur his entire life, with various location-based businesses around Memphis. He started EPKpage almost two years ago to simplify self-promotion for musicians. EPKpage demystifies the process of creating a press kit with information about bands, allowing them to more easily book gigs around town. “EPKpage was a fast solution to a complicated problem. So far, I have seen six shows and two festivals booked since I had my bands start using it,” said EPKpage user Tyler Key. Key is the CEO of Rawlings Management, a brand management agency based in Nashville.

New Nashville Tech Startup Off to a Good Start
WSMV 
Takl is a new Nashville tech startup that promises to bring the Uber and Lyft business model to daily chores. The app was created by a Willis Johnson, who lives in Middle Tennessee, and has been live now for about a month and a half. The concept is simple: if you’ve got a chore to do and are willing to pay, Takl will find someone to do it. Those chores can be anything from dog walking to yard work to music lessons.

Ralph Schulz on Tackling Brookings Initiative, Charlie Martin Eyes HealthIT
Venture Nashville Connections 
Ralph Schulz, president and CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, told Venture Nashville a couple days ago that shortly after Labor Day Weekend he’ll convene an initial working group for what promises to be a multi-year effort to capture the opportunity to make Nashville a key innovation hub for HealthIT. The city was recently challenged to pursue that goal by researchers at the Brookings Institution in the nation’s capital. The report is here.

U of M Trying to Capitalize on Highland Development
Memphis Business Journal
The University of Memphis is hoping to use increasing tax revenue from the area surrounding its campus to fund road and infrastructure improvements. With new developments going up along Highland, the University of Memphis is working to turn the area into a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district. The TIF dollars would be used to fund safety, road and infrastructure improvements to make the University District a much more walkable area, according to attorney Mike Keeney, the representative for the University Neighborhood Development Corp. (UNDC).

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