Chattanooga Public Library
GIGTANK artists and techies agree, the 4th floor and the Chattanooga Public Library are Chattanooga’s new intersection of art, technology and education. This summer, as the GIGTANK teams and specialists were busy developing apps and business ideas to build on top of the city’s gigabit-per-second internet, the engineers and developers with local start-up nonprofit ENGAGE 3D, were on the 4th floor collaborating with local composer and intermedia artist, Tim Hinck.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
A single event marked the headway that Gig City has made and stands to make more of in living up to its tech-centered nickname. Startup Week Chattanooga debuted in 2014, joining sister weeks that have rolled out across the country in recent years. The multi-day mixer of thinkers and entrepreneurs spanned design, technology and manufacturing.
Memphis Daily News
In a variety of ways, the biosciences industry in Memphis helped lead the way in 2014 in terms of job creation and laying a foundation for economic growth in the future. About that groundwork for growth to come, for example, the Memphis Bioworks Foundation got tapped early in 2014 to lead a new entrepreneurship venture in the city called The EPIcenter, with the goal of creating 1,000 entrepreneurs and 50 companies in the city over the next decade.
A Nashville-based technology company focused on portable cooling systems has rebranded with a new moniker, website and product line, and is planning to add employees and to move its distribution facility in January. Culer, which began operations in 2008 and was formerly called Auramist, launched its new website Monday, according to Tim Thomas, company vice president of sales and marketing.
Nashville Business Journal
SouthComm, the locally based parent company of the Nashville Scene and Nashville Post, among others, has bought the remaining media properties of Cygnus Business Media, a Wisconsin-based company. Earlier this year, SouthComm doubled in size when it bought “10 magazines, nine websites and four trade shows,” from the Wisconsin group, according to a tweet from its founder and CEO, Chris Ferrell.
Chattanooga is getting a national reputation for fostering startups, and there are several incubators here that support new businesses. The definition of a startup varies, depending on whom you ask. This isn’t a comprehensive list, but here are some highlights from Chattanooga startups this year.
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