Arciplex, a design and engineering firm, is expanding in Nashville, a move expected to bring 35 jobs to the area. The company is investing $500,000 in its Nashville facility. “I want to thank Arciplex for choosing to expand in Nashville,” Tennessee Economic & Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said in a prepared statement. “It’s companies like Arciplex that help Tennessee maintain its reputation as a state that continues to stay on the cutting edge.”
LAUNCH to host annual youth entrepreneurship competition Chattanooga nonprofit organization LAUNCH is hosting the High School Entrepreneurship Competition on March 6. Founded in 2010, LAUNCH aims to empower community members through entrepreneurship, job training and mentorship. Also, Launch Tennessee leaders recently announced that Jim McKelvey of Square, Tyson Clark of Google Ventures, Pelli Wang of SeedInvest, Paul Santinelli of North Bridge Venture Partners and Vijay Balasubramaniyan of Pindrop Security have been added to the roster for 36/86.
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
Youth gone wild! – The startup community awaits you! Do you love tech and media? Looking for the perfect internship? Looking to start your own business? First Friday Fanfare is back, so come hang out and experience Knoxville’s startup culture, meet the companies, and learn about all the ways you can plugin to Knoxville’s startup scene. As always, there will be FREE pizza! Learn more and register for free here!
Venture Nashville Connections
Mayor Megan Barry of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County continued last week her engagement with local Entrepreneurial and Creative communities, while sorting through a myriad of ideas for advancing Music City. Last Wednesday, Barry joined a celebration of Bunker Labs Nashville’s landing Comcast as its founding sponsor, during an event at Nashville Entrepreneur Center. There, she embraced not only support of veterans, but also their role in helping spur Nashville entrepreneurship.
Make Nashville originally started in 2012 as a co-op to gather makers to share their projects with fellow creatives and create. By 2013, the first Nashville Mini Maker Faire was organized. Now, Make Nashville, with its nonprofit designation in hand, is setting its sights on a big goal: a community makerspace. We spoke with Matt Kenigson, president of Make Nashville, about where his organization is headed and what the spirit of the maker movement is really about.
High Ground News
Funded by a special grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents, the University of Memphis will offer a residential summer session June 5-17 to let high school students explore STEM fields — the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics — to help them envision studying those subjects in college. The new program is also intended to make the STEM fields more inclusive. “Those fields to this day lack representation from women and people of color,” said Fredrika Cowley, a CARES Counselor at the University’s Center for Academic Retention & Enrichment Services.
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