Knoxville News Sentinel
Knoxville startups Fiveworx and Closeup.fm are among 10 companies chosen across the state to participate in Launch Tennessee’s master accelerator program The Tenn., sponsored this year by UBS, a global financial services firm. So far the group has visited Knoxville, Kingsport and Chattanooga. Today The Tenn are traveling to Memphis. A public event will be held at The Brass Door starting at 6 p.m. central time.
Nashville Business Journal
It’s happening: Google Fiber is coming to Nashville. Nearly a year after the California tech giant included Music City on a list of potential recipients of its gigabit Internet service, the company has announced it will roll out the service here. “We’re coming to Nashville because of the hard work, passion and commitment of the city and [its] leaders,” Kevin Lo, director of Google Fiber business and operations, said during a conference call Monday. The decision was formally announced during a news conference Tuesday afternoon with Google and Nashville officials.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Ten of the most promising graduates from Tennessee’s regional accelerators are touring the state this week as part of the Launch Tennessee TENN Roadshow. On Tuesday, leaders of the companies, which include Feetz from Chattanooga, pitched their ideas at Coyote Logistics in Chattanooga. The companies will later fly to California and the East Coast to network with other entrepreneurs.
Powered by the Nashville Technology Council, the NTC Awards annually recognize Nashville’s “companies, innovators, thought leaders, volunteers and leaders in the technology community that push the limits in their respective fields every day.” These are the men and women who have been helping to transform Nashville from Music City to IT City. As Bryan Huddleston, CEO of Nashville Tech Council, describes Nashville, “It’s no longer a flyover city for technology, it is a destination city.”
A team of Vanderbilt students will compete in the regional finals of the Hult Prize Challenge, a social enterprise project developed by the Hult Prize Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. The winner will receive $1 million in start-up funding for a social enterprise project. The challenge is to develop a social venture designed to provide early childhood education to children under the age of six living in urban slums worldwide.
Vanderbilt Center for Tech Transfer and Commercialization
This March, the SBIR Bus Tour (Small Business Innovation Research) will make a pit stop at Vanderbilt University and offer expert advice to innovators, entrepreneurs and small technology firms interested in SBIR/STTR grants. The event will be held March 25, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Venue details are coming soon. If you are interested, please save the date and register!
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