Hello Atlanta, Birmingham and Raleigh. Get ready to host one of the second annual “36|86 Southern Series” regional start-up celebration and identification events. As it did last year, Launch Tennessee is hosting these regional sessions where 10 entrepreneurs will pitch their companies at each stop for a chance to get a ticket “punched” to compete for a $50,000 cash award at the June “36|86 Conference” in Nashville. Those interested in pitching at one of these events or just learning more about the “36|86 Southern Series” can click here.
Bellhops, a national moving company headquartered in Chattanooga, is adding a rental truck option to its moving platform. After testing the service in various cities, it is now available in Chattanooga and will gradually be phased into additional markets. From 2014 to 2015, Bellhops business grew by 400% in the Chattanooga area. Locally, there are more than 100 student bellhops from UTC, Chattanooga State, and Covenant College working jobs they claim off the Bellhops phone app, which functions similarly to the Uber platform.
Nashville had the highest income growth nationwide in science, technology, engineering and math fields from 2013 to 2014, according to a recent study by SmartAsset. Pay for so-called STEM workers rose 5.3 percent locally, which was more than three times the national average growth rate of 1.6 percent, according to the New York-based financial technology company. “It speaks to the growth of the technology industry and the value of the technology worker to the employer,” said Bryan Huddleston, chief executive of the Nashville Technology Council, whose latest tracking shows nearly 1,600 unfilled technology positions in Middle Tennessee.
Organizers are already starting to think about 2016’s Startup Week, which is planned for Oct. 3–7. The five-day showcase of the city’s entrepreneurial environment is similar to ones held in other cities such as Denver and San Diego. Organizers want to hear from community members about who they want to have as a speaker to kick off the event. Click here to provide feedback. Last year, Gary Vaynerchuk, who is the VaynerMedia co-founder and CEO and who has an office in Chattanooga, delivered the keynote speech. Click here to watch last year’s speech.
Venture Nashville Connections
Robbie Goldsmith-led BachWeekend, the Nashville startup for fun-seeking bachelorettes and bachelors, inevitably juggles a number of priorities, including cementing an alliance with a strong Hotel group and raising more Seed capital, the founder and CEO told Venture Nashville. In 2015, Goldsmith raised $190K Seed from about 11 investors, including Angels affiliated with Nashville’s Selous Venture Society. By this Fall, Goldsmith said he plans to pursue “less than $250K” additional Seed capital, a portion of which may come from existing investors.
Times Free Press
The Company Lab today announced that it will offer its GigTank accelerator program throughout the year. Co.Lab’s signature program, which has been offered only during the summer, will now have spring and fall cohorts, as well. “GigTank 365” will focus on subjects including 3D printing, healthcare and software-defined networking. As part of the program, EPB will provide 10 gigabit-per-second Internet service to Co.Lab at its new location in the Edney Innovation Center, where GigTank 365 will take place.
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