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April 13th, 2015

April 13th, 2015


Securing Startup Capital Requires Innovative Thinking (Charlie Brock’s bi-monthly column)
The Tennessean
We spend a lot of time working with new companies. Throughout Tennessee’s statewide accelerator network and in our direct interactions, we’re talking with entrepreneurs who are at every stage of development, so that we can support them all along the way. For the earliest visionaries, that means help with crafting a business plan, introductions to potential co-founders and pilot customers, or some space to set up shop. As these companies grow, our network of mentors and business partners works with them on everything from patents to sales strategies to how to attract and retain employees.

Google All Over the Map in Nashville Office Search
Nashville Business Journal
Google is scouting a wide variety of buildings where it would set up shop locally, as the tech giant prepares to start selling its Google Fiber Internet service in Nashville. Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) has two chief needs: office space and “retail” space, which would allow consumers to test-drive the network and provide Google the room to make presentations to various groups.

Knoxville Entrepreneur Center Teaming with UT, Walmart on “Women’s Entrepreneurial Seminar”
The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center has teamed up with the University of Tennessee, Walmart, and Sam’s Club to host a half-day “Women’s Entrepreneurial Seminar” on Friday, April 17. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Crowne Plaza in downtown Knoxville. Cost is $15 for the very limited tickets remaining. The event is open only to women. To register, click here.

Kloess Replaces McWhorter as Clayton Associates Chairman
Clayton Associates, a Nashville-based investment firm, announced today that Larry Kloess has been named as the new chairman. Last week, the firm’s co-founder, Stuart McWhorter, announced his transition as the EC’s new CEO. McWhorter, who starts his role at the EC this week, believes Kloess has the necessary experience to continue the firm’s success. “Larry has been a leader within our team from the first day he joined us in 2012 and brings a knowledge, skill and dedication to our firm that fits perfectly with the culture we have built for almost 20 years.”

Tech Talent and Diversity Thriving in TN Community at theCO
theCO, a West Tennessee based community of entrepreneurs, creatives and developers, is pleased to announce that twelve area high school students have won a trip to San Francisco for earning the highest honors in the second annual “CO:de Catalyst” coding course and competition. The seven girls and five boys in the winning group provide a welcome contrast to the much-discussed nationwide lack of diversity in STEM fields. “Our winners truly represent West Tennessee and its bright future,” said theCO CEO Ben Ferguson.

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