The Cumberland Business Incubator (CBI), operated by Roane State Community College, is holding a new type of accelerator. Holly Hanson, CBI Director, says the “MBA Crash Course Accelerator” will be a roughly 100-day program designed to better prepare individuals to successfully run a business. As the name implies, it is a crash course covering many of the topics that are covered over a longer period of time in a formal MBA curriculum.
The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory just showed us the future of off-the-grid living. Not only did they use an enormous 3-D printer to build a tiny home and burly little hybrid adventuremobile, they also figured out how to make each device power the other, wirelessly. On sunny days, solar panels charge the house’s battery, which in turn charges the battery on the hybrid car via a wireless charging pad underneath the vehicle.
The Commercial Appeal
Memphis Bioworks Foundation’s entrepreneurship arm has opened a suburban office. EPIcenter Germantown has leased 900 square feet at Carrefour at Kirby Woods, a retail center on Poplar Avenue. EPIcenter announced the initiative Friday. The City of Germantown partnered with EPIcenter, which says “scheduled programming, networking events and office hours will provide access to local experts in venture capital, finance and accounting, marketing and sales, City of Germantown services and support, and connections to other EPIcenter programming and events around the region.”
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Google is planning to build a data center at a former TVA megasite in Middle Tennessee, according to people familiar with the development deal. The Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant is negotiating to buy the Hemlock Semiconductor property in Clarksville for the project, which would expand its footprint in the greater Nashville region. Google plans to invest more than $500 million in the data center and create about 70 full-time jobs.
Great Schools Partnership
Forty-five entries. Twelve winning ideas. Congratulations to this year’s TeacherPreneurs! These Knox County teachers embody the spirit of innovation and we’re eager to see their ideas come to life. Great Schools Partnership received an $85,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help fund this year’s TeacherPreneur grant program. TeacherPreneur is an a initiative of Great Schools Partnership and KCS Office of Innovation that invites Knox County teachers to be creative problem solvers by developing new instructional ideas to improve student learning.
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