Two of Knoxville’s more seasoned entrepreneurs were on center stage yesterday when a top official of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) visited the region. Bill Malkes, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Gridsmart Technologies, Inc., formerly known as Aldis, and Tommy Thomas, Chief Technical Officer of Third Dimension Technologies, had the opportunity to discuss their technology-based start-ups during a visit by Matt Erskine, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and Chief Operating Officer of EDA.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
More than two dozen Chattanooga-area techies will buckle down this weekend for a first-ever multi-city gigabit hackathon. GigHacks CHA is expected to include designers, developers, writers, marketers, business-development specialists and entrepreneurs. It’s not meant just for experts or professionals, said Mozilla community catalyst Lindsey Frost. “Hackathons are learning events.” The 48-hour event, which is free to participants, is still open for registration.
Nashville Business Journal
Students in the Nashville Software School’s first round of night classes are only about a fourth of the way into the curriculum, but soon a second group of aspiring developers will have the opportunity to prepare for a career change without giving up their day job. John Wark, the school’s founder, said the first round of night classes have gone “certainly well enough we’re planning to continue to do it.”
LaunchTN just announced fashion industry speakers for 36|86. The new additions will speak about creating and building brands with longevity, the importance of American manufacturing, and the role of the newly formed Nashville Fashion Alliance.
Nashville Business Journal
Kindful, a Nashville-based software company serving nonprofits, has purchased well-known Nashville entrepreneur Nicholas Holland’s buzzy startup, Populr.me. Holland declined to disclose the exact purchase price, but said it was seven figures. The deal, which the two companies began talking about in November, closed last week. Populr, which lets users create single-page websites, will continue to grow on its own while also being integrated into the Kindful platform, said Holland and Kindful founder and CEO Jeremy Bolls.
Thirty students at the University of Memphis will launch businesses at an expo Wednesday as part of school’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship class. The event, to be held at 6 p.m. at 320 University Center, is the culmination of a semester led by local entrepreneur and instructor Jennifer Sadler. Among the ideas created during the semester was TEA M. I., a tea garden concept that supports locally grown tea farms cared for by community members. The startup was funded by crowdfunding site Ioby during the course of the semester.
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