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September 9th, 2015

September 9th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS
ECD Accepting Applications for Trade Excellence Awards
Teknovation
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is accepting applications through this Friday (September 11) for the “2015 Governor’s Award for Trade Excellence.” There are three categories based on size – large companies (500 employees and more); medium companies (more than 100 employees) and small companies (100 or fewer employees). All companies registered as businesses in the state of Tennessee are eligible to apply and include manufacturing, agribusiness and service sectors. The award will be presented at next month’s “Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development.

Exit Interview: Nashville Tech Veteran Says Industry Growth “Not Hype”
Nashville Business Journal
When tech veteran Kate O’Neill first moved to Nashville in the early 2000s, the decision made sense. She was coming here to write music. “When I first moved here … a lot of my friends from the [San Francisco] Bay area and Chicago and Portland were like, ‘Nashville? Why, why would you move to Nashville?’ ” O’Neill told me over coffee Tuesday morning, one week before she’s relocating to New York City. “And they understood because of songwriting. If I had moved here for any other reason than songwriting I don’t think it would have made any sense to them. Probably wouldn’t have made sense to me.” But O’Neill, who, among other West Coast technology jobs, worked at Netflix in its early days, soon became ingratiated in the emerging tech scene here. Over the past decade, with a resume that includes building technology systems at hospital giant HCA Holdings Inc. and launching her own marketing analytics firm, she’s become one of the leading voices in the Nashville tech community.

Indie Memphis Releases First Glimpse of Film Festival Lineup
Memphis Business Journal 
Indie Memphis released a first glimpse of the eight-day festival’s programming Wednesday with the announcement of opening and closing night films. The full lineup for the 18th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival will be announced at a Preview Party at the Rec Room Sept. 30. Directors will be present at most festival screenings, with soul singer-turned-restaurateur Syl Johnson, subject of “Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows,” making a special appearance at that screening. Oscar-nominated production designer Judy Becker will participate in a conversation after the screening of “Carol,” directed by Todd Haynes and starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, where she will discuss her role designing the 1950’s production.

Memphis Web App Connects the College Search to Social Media
High Ground News
Brian Summerhill chose to launch his business idea through Start Co. before he was accepted into the accelerator program. His idea was based on the realization that school guidance counselors, with an average caseload of 500 students, are struggling to help their students find the right college fit. He developed MyCollegeSTREAM as a web application that helps guidance counselors get students engaged in the college search process by using college social media. “Seventy-five percent of high school students research college on social media, and there are plenty of accounts floating around across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. MyCollegeSTREAM has found a way to harness these accounts onto one platform, making them easily accessible to students so that when they visit their guidance counselor, they will have a better idea of the college they are considering, as well as potential majors and future careers,” explained Summerhill.

NERVE Conference Speaker Preview: Arnie Malham Gives Insight Into Their Intriguing Lineup
SouthernAlpha
Next week, over 750 entrepreneurs of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) from the eastern United States will head to Nashville for the three-day EO NERVE Conference, held at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Expected to be the largest NERVE gathering ever, this annual regional event for these members, hosted by EO’s Nashville chapter, is expected have double the attendance of all previous years’ festivities. The Nashville EO members who organized this massive conference have certainly put in the Music City twist, such as live entertainment for each of the three days.  To say that the lineup of speakers for the event is fascinating may be an understatement.  In addition to some noted Nashville entrepreneurs, you may recognize some speakers’ names simply because you should.

Stony Creek Colors Wins Best in Show at Kingpins NYC Denim Show, Young Entrepreneur Award
Stony Creek Colors
Stony Creek Colors CEO Sarah Bellos accepted the Association of American Textile Chemists and Colorists Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the AATCC conference this Spring, an important validation that the textile and fashion industry is embracing new bio-based dyes! The Young Entrepreneur Award is given to an Under-40 leader changing the textile or dyestuffs industries. Our recently announced exclusive supplier arrangement with Cone Denim, part of International Textile Group, comes following our successful pilot run at their White Oak Denim Facility in Greensboro, NC. The samples shown at the Kingpins show mark first use of natural indigo in industrial denim mills in the USA in over 100 years!  The Stony Creek Colors team is thrilled to have one of the most innovative, yet true to its heritage, denim mills in the world as our first industrial customer.

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