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February 24th, 2016

February 24th, 2016


Chattanooga’s The Company Lab to Accelerate Dozens of Startups Each Year
Venture Tennessee Connections
CO.LAB is likely to speed 30 or more startups toward scaleup each year, thanks to its new three-cycle annual operating mode for Chattanooga’s newly interwoven CoLab and GigTank365 accelerator programs. After a pilot cycle that is to begin this week with a total six startups in the two accelerators, CoLab plans to move full-bore into its model, running a series of three cohorts of each CoLab Accelerator and GigTank365 accelerator during the ensuing 12 months.

Entrada Connects with Raytheon Unit
Nashville Post
Brentwood-based clinical documentation company Entrada is weaving speech-to-text technology from a division of Raytheon into its product, a move the two companies say will further streamline the documentation process and improve the quality and efficiency of care being provided. Entrada and Raytheon say Raytheon BBN Technologies’ speech-to-text technology is more accurate in its transcription and thus requires less editing, which improves accuracy and accelerates turnaround time.

Farm Spotter Wins “What’s the Big Idea”
Farm Spotter won the finale for the 2016 edition of “What’s the Big Idea.” The 48-hour launch event, coordinated by the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, began Friday evening and culminated with a pitch competition held at Scruffy City Hall on Market Square. Farm Spotter was one of six competitors vying for up to $10,000 for business launch expenses. The prize money and free incubator space in the Fairview Technology Center were provided by the Development Corporation of Knox County. Other sponsors included the Knoxville Chamber and Pershing Yoakley & Associates, the power behind teknovation.biz.

Got an Idea for a Medical Device? Apply to ZeroTo510!
The majority of medical devices are cleared for commercial deployment through the FDA’s 510(k) process, which is the fastest and most economical route to market for new medical devices. ZeroTo510 is a unique program that enables entrepreneurs with ideas for innovative medical devices to take advantage of this fast path to market. By surrounding you with experts, training, mentors, and an infusion of capital, we aim to help you realize your dream. All we need is for you to bring you idea, and a commitment to making it happen! Apply here!

Let’s Put Clarksville on the Map!
Join Google for a workshop to help customers find your business. You’ll update your business info on Google Search and Maps, build a free website, and more. Join us Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 9AM – 12PM at Old Glory Distilling Co.

Washington, Carter, Unicoi Considering Cooperation on Economic Development
Johnson City Press
Carter and Unicoi county leaders showed preliminary support Thursday for a plan to regionalize economic development efforts, centered around Washington County’s existing board structure. Representatives of the three counties and the municipalities within them gathered at the Washington County Economic Development Council’s regular meeting and heard a presentation from Mark Bergethon, of Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, who told them the five-year, $5.5 million budget for a plan to form a regionalized economic development board could be fundraised locally.

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