Vanderbilt Center for Technology & Commercialization
When we think about inventions, discoveries, and the products derived from them, many tend to focus on outcomes from cutting-edge research in engineering and medicine. But innovation can happen anywhere, by anyone, at any time- as we are often reminded by the variety of inventions disclosed to CTTC each month.
Entrepreneurial cities share characteristics with successful entrepreneurial individuals: confidence, motivations other than financial, a willingness to receive and offer help, a passion to improve, and an acceptances that risk and failure are steppingstones in the pursuit of dreams.
SocialCoaster CEO and Founder Jonathan Burdon has closed a seed/bridge round of $650,000 in funding for his Nashville-based tech startup, which offers an app for micro-communities. Burdon, 26, said he invested $400,000 of his own money in the company, thus differentiating the effort from more commonly seen seed/bridge funding rounds.
Nashville-based music industry veteran Tom Truitt recently launched MusicIndustryForum.com and is about to re-launch MusicRowSearch.com, a full-service executive search firm specializing in placements within the music industry. Music Industry Forum began as a LinkedIn discussion group seven years ago.
The way Nicholas Holland sees it, a nonstop flight to Oakland, Calif., from Nashville will allow him to knock out several hours of work while en route to the San Francisco Bay area, a path he has traveled as many as 10 times a year as he builds his startup company. Holland won’t even have to worry about running out of power for his laptop, and it is far better than burning a day in the Denver airport.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Wafflez Factory, budding startup Bellhops and an unnamed company currently based in California are getting a total of about $22,500 in city money through Chattanooga’s Growing Small Business incentive program. Mayor Andy Berke, who announced the program earlier this year, on Wednesday stopped at Bellhops’ downtown office to announce the first three recipients.
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