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  • Startup Snapshot: SOMAVAC

    Get to know the companies and entrepreneurs changing the Tennessee landscape — designing innovative solutions, creating jobs, and building communities. This week, we chatted with SOMAVAC CEO Esra Roan. Give us your elevator pitch. SOMAVAC creates solutions that improve the post-op recovery experience and reduce healthcare costs. SOMAVAC’s flagship system, SOMAVAC® 100, is a powered,…

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  • A parable of the King

    As Tennesseans #TitanUp with the team’s riveting playoff run, we take a look at the success of Derrick Henry as a business tale: how to devise a strategy that reacts to changes in cyclical markets — and utilizes an uncommon asset in a 250-pound bruiser to capture the attention of the nation. As we enter…

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  • LaunchTN welcomes entrepreneur, business and civic leader Van Tucker as COO

    Tucker brings a wealth of entrepreneurial, leadership, and financial experience to Tennessee’s innovation-based economic development organization. Nashville, TN – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN), a public-private partnership that empowers a high-functioning statewide network of resources focused on core priorities that support Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, today announced that Van Tucker has joined the organization as Chief Operating Officer. In her new…

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  • Cam Doody: How to overhaul an outdated industry

    This Chattanooga startup is overhauling an outdated industry Bellhops founder Cam Doody says Tennessee was the perfect launchpad for his disruptive startup to become the fastest-growing in the moving industry. Hear more in our latest episode of Disrupt the Continuum. Since its humble beginning on Auburn University’s campus in 2011, the Chattanooga-based startup Bellhops has moved nearly…

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  • Startup Snapshot: StoragePug

    Get to know the startups and entrepreneurs changing the Tennessee landscape — designing innovative solutions, creating jobs, and building communities. This week, we chatted with StoragePug’s Tommy Nguyen. Give us your elevator pitch: StoragePug helps self-storage owners and operators grow their business and simplify operations. We make it easy to find space, rent space, and…

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  • Learning to walk again

    For people living with paralysis, access to therapy is critical. Nashville-based medical device company Healing Innovations has developed the Rise&Walk, neurorehabilitation technology to help patients get back on their feet. Imagine losing the ability to move. You’re completely reliant on medical professionals and family for round-the-clock care, and your rehabilitation depends upon expensive machines and…

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  • Doug Speight: Why Southeastern startups are thriving

    Why Southeastern startups are thriving In our latest episode of Disrupt the Continuum, AnnexTech Partners founder Doug Speight says diverse talent, a creative culture, and a supportive community differentiate the Southeast’s startup ecosystem. AnnexTech Partners founder and Chief Innovation Officer Doug Speight has built his business on making connections: uniting the Southeast’s underrepresented talent with global tech companies…

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  • Survey says … Possip makes history

    After a conversation about difficult communication, Possip founder Shani Dowell created an easy, survey-based method for parents and schools to share info. Today the edtech company is growing — and Dowell has hit a historic milestone. A conversation with her husband lit the spark that led Shani Dowell to Possip. Both educators, the couple were chatting…

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  • Startup Snapshot: SecondKeys

    Our new Startup Snapshot series helps you get to know the companies and entrepreneurs changing the Tennessee landscape — designing innovative solutions, creating jobs, and building communities. First up, we chatted with SecondKeys CEO Amber Hayes. What’s your elevator pitch? SecondKeys is a property management platform for improving tenant retention and cash flow by automating maintenance…

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