Vanderbilt School of Engineering
There’s little sign that the Voxel8 team is just back from impressing visitors to this month’s Consumer Electronics Show — they’re working as intensely as ever in their tight, chaotic lab space in start-up community Greentown Labs. But talk to co-founder and software engineering lead Jack Minardi (EE’12), and the excitement becomes apparent. Voxel8’s custom-electronics-producing 3D printer is already a darling of tech media – attracting attention from sites such as Wired and Popular Mechanics. Fast Company named it one of The 9 Best Ideas from CES 2015.
Memphis Commercial Appeal
ZeroTo510, an accelerator program for medical device product and services entrepreneurs, is accepting applications until March 15 from which up to six companies will be selected, the Memphis Bioworks Foundation announced Friday. The companies will receive $50,000 in seed capital and a 12-week program to speed development. Finalists selected by a group of investors could receive as much as $100,000 more in capital.
Chattanooga was #81 on a venture capital list for 2014. Venture capitalists invested $48.3 billion into companies located in 160 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in 2014, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters.
Nashville Business Journal
Jumpstart Foundry has settled on two of its satellite locations, part of a new approach the city’s original business accelerator is taking as it transforms at its five-year mark. Earlier this month, Jumpstart CEO Vic Gatto said the accelerator — which is upping its startup investment, focusing on health care and transitioning to a year-round multifaceted platform — would continue to operate out of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, but also add other unique office spaces for specialized purposes.
Local business Wind River Custom Homes is teaming up with a grassroots organization to raise money to bring a tiny house community to Chattanooga. Wind River Custom Homes creates small houses that provide a simpler, more affordable lifestyle. The tiny home trend has been growing in popularity over the past decade, according to a Country Living article that featured Wind River Custom Homes last year.
The first call from Publix came in September. The grocery chain wanted the Everly natural ingredient drink mix — created by two recent Vanderbilt University graduates — in 1,000 stores by March. Everly founders Kyle McCollom and Chris Cole had already placed their product in 60 Whole Foods stores. While the Publix order would demand a drastic increase in production and packaging, they could make this work.
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