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April 24th, 2015

April 24th, 2015


Forbes Highlights Tennessee’s Women Entrepreneur Scene
Forbes highlighted Tennessee as a “hotspot” for women entrepreneurs and included Chattanooga-based company Feetz. Feetz is a company that makes customizable footwear using 3-D printing technology, and CEO Lucy Beard moved it here after participating in last year’s Gig Tank.  More recently, Feetz raised $1.25 million in seed funding, which will be used to bring products to customers later this year. And Feetz is one of the companies in which female-led angel fund The JumpFund recently invested. The JumpFund invests in companies that have leaders in executive positions, such as CEO.

Girl Geek Dinner #10 Sponsored by Launch TN
Girl Geek Dinner Nashville
Calling all Entreprenistas! Now is the perfect time to be a female entrepreneur. Hear the stories of Nashville women entreprenuers. Not sure whether to bootstrap or to pursue venture capital funding? How do you know you are making the best deal you can make? Join us for a panel discussion on what opportunities exist for women entrepreneurs, who are the players in the funding world and how leveraging customer acquisitions can help gain a better bargaining position.

Nashville Political Technology Startup Brings on Well-Pedigreed CEO
Nashville Business Journal
Russell Reeder’s plans to grow the reach of political app iCitizen come down to one thing: talent. “We’re going to go for the best and the brightest in Nashville, and we’re going to recruit people into Nashville,” said Reeder, who was announced as the new CEO of the 3-year-old startupThursday. Originally with Oracle, Reeder’s career has included stints running multiple technology companies, he said, and taken him to cities including Austin and Los Angeles.

Knoxville is one of the stops for a statewide workshop series for those interested in the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer awards programs. The Knoxville session is Friday, May 8, at the University of Tennessee Conference Center, 600 Henley Street, Suite 212. It will run from 9 a.m. to 12 noon EDT. To register, click here. For the complete list of workshops across the state, read the announcement (Launch Tennessee Presents SBIR).

Project Music Startups Unveil Ideas to Industry Leaders
The Tennessean
Project Music, the first-of-its-kind music tech accelerator program, introduced its first class of entrepreneurs on Thursday to an auditorium full of potential investors and music industry heavyweights in Nashville. Shepherded through the Entrepreneur Center’s accelerator program, the eight music-focused technology startups unveiled their concepts and pitched their products in a slickly produced event at the CMA Theater inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

ZipFlip Prepares for Beta Model of Online Car Sales Link
Chattanooga Times Free Press
A Chattanooga startup that aims to make peer-to-peer car shopping more simple and safe has nabbed a national auto-industry entrepreneurship win. ZipFlip won the $20,000 grand prize at the third annual Hackomotive competition in California this spring, sponsored by Edmunds.com, the third-party car shopping website. This year’s event included “the most innovative teams” the competition has hosted to date, making ZipFlip’s win “all the more remarkable,” Edmunds.com’s CEO Avi Steinlauf said in a press release.


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