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January 16th, 2015

January 16th, 2015


An Assessment of the (Tennessee) Angel/Venture Market in 2014
For the third year in a row, we asked angel and venture investors who live in East Tennessee to share their thoughts on 2014 and their predictions for 2015. This year, our prognosticators include one new face from Chattanooga – Kristina Montague of The JumpFund. They join stalwarts David Belitz of the Chattanooga Renaissance Fund, Eric Dobson of The Angel Capital Group, Tony Lettich of The Angel Roundtable, Geoff Robson of The Lighthouse Fund, Grady Vanderhoofven of Meritus Ventures and the Southern Appalachian Fund, and Ken Woody of Innova Memphis. Today begins the first article in a six-part series.

CO.LAB Accepting Applications for Spring Business Accelerator Program
The Company Lab is seeking applications for CO.LAB Accelerator, a program that connects high-growth potential startups with the resources they need to grow. “The entrepreneurs we support through the CO.LAB Accelerator are the heart and soul of our work in this community,” CO.LAB Executive Director Mike Bradshaw said in a prepared statement. “We’re always experimenting with new ways to improve the experience for participants, as well as for opportunities to make our resources more accessible to entrepreneurs in our region.”

Local Motors Plans Two New 3D-Printing Micro-Factories
Yahoo Autos
In recent years, the technology behind 3D printing has accelerated at warp speed, allowing engineers to print larger and ever more complex creations. Phoenix-based Local Motors is arguably at the forefront of this space race. The firm began 3D-printing its bare-bones Strati car on the show floor at this week’s Detroit auto show.

Lonely Planet CEO on Nashville Developers, “I Knew There Was Talent Here”
Reparteé, a new Nashville-based web show, seeks to serve the business community through conversations with business leaders who share a common theme but come from different backgrounds. The first episode of Reparteé features two young CEOs, Daniel Houghton of Lonely Planet and Matt Rubinstein of LiveSchool.

SXSW Interactive Announces 2015 Accelerator Finalists (feat. Chattanooga Startup Feetz)
The South by Southwest Interactive Festival today announced the finalists, judges and emcees for the seventh annual SXSW Accelerator competition presented by Oracle, March 14-15, during SXSW Interactive Festival’s Startup Village. The Accelerator competition brings together leading startups from around the world to present their innovations to a live audience and panel of experts that includes successful entrepreneurs, investors and industry influencers.

Four Startups Join Expanding CLT Joules Roster (including a Chattanooga Startup)
Charlotte Business Journal
CLT Joules has chosen four startups to participate in its Energy Accelerator program in a 2015 class that demonstrates the energy group’s strategic decision to look beyond the Charlotte region for promising companies.

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