MediaWorks Hosts Its First Demo Day in Knoxville
By Charlie Brock
More than 250 people attended the first MediaWorks demo day, the “graduation event” for the nine digital media companies that completed the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center’s new accelerator program. The August 5 event, during which startup founders pitched their new business concepts to investors and others, was held in the Square Room in Market Square in Knoxville.
The companies are:
- Adagio (Chattanooga): which allows professional and aspiring musicians to manipulate multi-track audio recordings in a simple, intuitive interface on any device.
- Artist Gig (Knoxville): which empowers musicians and fans to create and distribute high-quality recordings of their favorite performances.
- Closeup.fm (Knoxville): a direct-to-fan touring app that helps bands and solo artists book concerts with their fans.
- Endwo (Knoxville): a Pandora-type platform for news that automatically filters content to a user’s feed based on previous reviews of content.
- iSpotlight (Knoxville): a mobile app that aggregates news, social media, videos and merchandise for athletes, musicians and celebrities.
- ParOne (Knoxville): a digital signage company that is building a marketplace for retailers to make their own signs – focused first on the golf sector.
- StreetJelly (Knoxville): an online live music venue where musicians stream performances to an interactive audience for tip money.
- Stuart Jones Media (Knoxville): a video production company.
- Vuture (Knoxville): the only iOS app with a patent pending process that allows users to send unlimited video messages to anyone’s email, phone or Facebook at a specified date and time.
MediaWorks demo day began with welcoming remarks by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, and the keynote speaker was Susan Packard, co-founder of HGTV – which was launched in Knoxville. Packard spoke about her experience with HGTV and the Knoxville entrepreneurial community.
Overall, it was a great first event for MediaWorks. We expect the program to grow in coming years and build on the success of this inaugural cohort.