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September 8th, 2016

September 8th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Entrepreneurs Give Elevator Pitch for Knoxville Startup Day
WATE
The elevator door opens. And there stands your ideal investor. It’s the chance of a lifetime. But that chance only lasts as long as the elevator ride – you have a finite amount of time to make the right impression. WATE 6 On Your Side partnering with Innov865 for a series called the “Elevator Sessions.” Six startups, selected for Startup Day’s pitch competition, have less than one minute to sell their business to WATE 6 On Your Side Anchor Bo Williams.


Grow Bioplastics Invited to “SXSW Eco Startup Showcase”
Teknovation

Grow Bioplastics, the local start-up founded by doctoral student Tony Bova, has been invited to participate in another major pitch event next month. It’s the “SXSW Eco Startup Showcase” set forOctober 10-12 in Austin, TX. A total of 48 companies were invited to pitch in one of six categories. In the case of Grow Bioplastics, the category is “Food and Agriculture” where it is one of eight start-ups. For more information on the 48 teams, click here.

Life Science Tennessee’s Monthly Podcast Released
Life Science TN
Listen in as Boire talks with host David Shifrin about the Life Science Tennessee Academic Alliance. As a current Vanderbilt University student and LifeSciTN member, Boire will give a fresh perspective aboutthe landscape for life science workforce development in Tennessee.

Organization Gets Grant to Expand Get Covered Tennessee
The Tennessean
Family & Children’s Service is receiving $1.6 million from federal health officials to expand its statewide efforts to help people in underserved populations buy insurance on the federally run exchange. The Nashville-based organization, which leads Get Covered Tennessee, will receive the money to bolster a campaign to reach a variety of people across the state, including African-American, disabled, Hispanic, immigrant and rural communities. Get Covered Tennessee provided in-person enrollment assistance in all 95 counties for the first time in the 2016 enrollment period.

Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Startup Accelerator
Prosper Women Entrepreneurs  
Every day in America, women start more than 1,200 new businesses. That number has doubled since 2011. But getting those ideas off the ground isn’t easy. Prosper Women Entrepreneurs is changing that. Our Startup Accelerator is supporting women business owners by making investments in women-led startups.We’re looking for women-led startups with a focus on technology, healthcare technology, and consumer products. We define a women-led business as a company with at least one woman in a position of leadership and significant and meaningful equity. We define startups as companies that have a working product and preferably customers.

TNECD Announces Five Counties Chosen to Participate in Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program Fall Round
TNECD
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today the five counties chosen to participate in the fall round of the Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program (PEP). The counties selected are Decatur, Greene, Grundy, Hickman and Putnam. The purpose of Select Tennessee PEP is to improve the inventory of industrial sites and buildings in Tennessee. Launched in 2015, the program provides counties with the tools they need to make themselves more marketable to potential new business.

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