Memphis Daily News
The numbers are startling: Only 43 percent of African-American males in Memphis graduate from high school, and the city’s poverty rate for families with children younger than 18 is 44.3 percent, double the national average. But local entrepreneur Ty Cobb believes real change is possible. As president of Have a Standard Foundation and founder of Corefire Commando, Cobb interacts with young people on a daily basis through the work his organization does within the Salvation Army Kroc Center.
Budding businesses will contract March Madness next year when New Orleans entrepreneurs square off against counterparts from other cities in a bracket-style pitch competition. The Idea Village announced Tuesday (Dec. 22) that New Orleans will take part in Launch Pad Pitch with startups from Buffalo, N.Y., Charleston, S.C., Nashville, Tenn., Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and San Antonio. Entrepreneurs from the seven cities will compete against one another during Collision, a global technology conference that takes place for the first time in New Orleans from April 25–27.
A Vanderbilt University grad with a passion for boosting the local food economy has launched a business to deliver goods from Nashville farms, bakeries and artisans straight to consumers. In its second month since the website launched, The Local Collaborative is now working with about 35 local producers. The business offers a curated selection of produce, prepared foods, baked goods and artisanal products. “You get something that’s literally been baked or butchered or picked specifically for you,” said Ashley Schuering, co-founder of The Local Collaborative with Steven Klein.
Venture Nashville Connections
Williamson County, adjacent to Nashville, is likely to become the MidSouth’s hub for startups built on science-based technologies, said Don Lazas, M.D., founder and managing partner of NueCura Partners, the Angel group based in Franklin. Discussing the region’s future, Lazas also said he shares others’ concerns that Nashville must step-up its leadership for innovation in healthcare services; must expand local access to Seed capital; and, must secure a beachhead in HealthIT, or risk being preempted by other cities.
Nashville Business Journal
When it comes to the Christmas box office, “Point Break” was handily defeated by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” But for a young Franklin-based company, the film was yet another win in its pursuit of high-end Hollywood business. Founded by Preston Ryon and Spencer Valdez in 2008, Snaproll Media was one of the earliest entrants into the world of drones. Today, the small company films arial shots for movies — not just “Point Break,” but also “Fast & Furious 6,” “Transformers,” and several other major motion pictures, CEO Steve Brugman said.
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