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July 26th, 2016

July 26th, 2016

Launch Tennessee
LaunchTN announced yesterday the recipients of their Creative Communities Grants program. This initiative was created to connect rural and underserved populations with entrepreneurial education,tools and resources. All grantees will be using their awards to run entrepreneurial or workforce development programs. Applicants were encouraged to collaborate with other local partners to customize their programming based on the demand and niche in their communities. LaunchTN provided a “tool kit” with ready-to-deploy curriculums, such as CO.STARTERS, 100 Girls of Code and Dev Catalyst, that organizations could utilize when creating proposals.

Enterprise Wellness: Chattanooga’s Spire Labs Looks to Accelerate
Venture Tennessee Connections

Spire Labs, the Chattanooga-based social-network platform for employers and payers fostering healthy behavior among covered lives, has raised nearly $4.9MM in capital from Seed and Series A investors since inception, said CEO Jay Kelley. Kelley splits his time between Spire Labs’ headquarters in Chattanooga and its business-development and engagement office in Nashville, where he resides with his family.

The Entreprelingo Series: B is for Bootstrapping
Startup Southerner
Someone new to the world of entrepreneurship will notice right away that entrepreneurs have an interesting way of speaking. From “unicorn” to “bootstrapping” to “foodpreneur,” entrepreneurs use a lot of strange language to describe what they do. By combining words, or by assigning new meaning to old ones, they have created a whole new vocabulary to better communicate their needs and ideas in an ever-evolving ecosystem. The Entreprelingo Series is an effort to fill our readers in on some of the weirder—or less straightforward—terms you’re sure hear in an entrepreneurial environment. Last time we covered the letter “A.” This week’s installment is brought to you by the letter “B.”

GIGTANK 365 Participant, Xcellent Health Driven by Founder’s Personal Cause
“I’ve always been a big picture guy,” Victor Brown, a native of Lexington, TN, says in describing himself and the mission of his newest endeavor that is part of this summer’s “GIGTANK 365” cohort. The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Xcellent Life spent most of the past 20 years working for large global enterprises like Eaton and Schneider Electric followed by small start-ups in Canada, Boulder and Columbus. Today, the soft-spoken but extremely passionate West Tennessean is driven by a single cause: improving individual quality of life by transforming healthcare through the application of artificial intelligence.

Nashville Software School Gains GI Bill Approval
The Tennessean
Nashville Software School, a boot camp for aspiring developers, has been approved to accept the GI Bill, a distinction that will help veterans cover tuition costs. Eligible veterans can be reimbursed for their expenses as they gain technology skills that are in high demand in Nashville and across the U.S. Software jobs are expected to increase by 17 percent in the next eight years, according to the school, citing the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Most Important Step Before Hiring a Dev Shop
Pilgrim Consulting
Once you’ve decided to outsource your new app’s development, the normal thing to do would be to start shopping for a dev partner, right? Well, that’s what most people do. But they’re wrong. You need to figure something out first…This is the single most important step to ensure your project is developed successfully, meets your expectations, and delivers the “promise” your customers (and investors) expect. So what is this all-important step? We’ll get there in a minute…First we need to talk about the invisible disease affecting more software projects than I care to think about.

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