Chattanooga Times Free Press
Michael Castellano and Garrett Schaefer have been moving at a dizzying rate all week, probably all month, perhaps since arriving at GigTank in late May after coming from Silicon Valley, where making a living, particularly of the startup variety, demands breathtaking stamina and a steadfast belief that you’re The Next Big Thing. It’s a steamy mid-July afternoon, but Co.Lab’s offices are cool. The room is cramped and buzzing with a quiet energy, like the pressure from a storm before it cracks open the sky. Demo Day, Gig Tank’s denouement, is less than a week away, on July 28, when startups get a chance first to woo investors and then to win over the public.
Knoxville News Sentinel
They have long been a staple of welcome centers, hotel lobbies, gas stations and other tourism-related businesses, but the brochure rack has now gone digital. Brochure Distribution Services, a Sevier County company that has 750 brochure displays representing more than 160 businesses, has expanded with a new web application that offers an interactive platform for connecting users with restaurants, hotels and attractions.
The Commercial Appeal
The inaugural TEDxMemphis, a locally organized offshoot of the popular TED (technology, entertainment, design) Conference, will be held at the University of Memphis’ Rose Theatre onAugust 29, with tickets on sale August 1.The theme of the conference will be “What’s Next,” and will stick to the traditional TED format of short, usually 18-minutes-or-less speeches by prominent and influential individuals and industry leaders.
High Ground News
The city of Memphis has a long history of fostering entrepreneurship, and now one organization aims to make a change through entrepreneurial education. Inner L.I.G.H.T. is a local nonprofit founded by David Rose in 2012 that focuses on creating positive impact in communities through interactive youth programs. The organization recently held the second annual Start Camp at the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship, the University of Memphis think-tank space. The camp gives Memphis high school students the opportunity to learn entrepreneurial thinking and cultivate their own ideas and businesses during a week-long summer camp.
Medalogix, a Nashville-based healthcare technology company, announced the hiring of Carleen Rogers, RN, CHPN, as Clinical Transformation Consultant, Josh Clifford as Software Engineer and Emily Patton as Office Manager/Executive Assistant. With the hiring of these three new members to their team, they have more than doubled the employee count over the past ten months. As for what’s allowed the hiring of three new people, Medalogix says they’ve tripled their client base in the last year. They also just signed a partnership that will lead to more business, and created two new products in the past ten months that have expanded their market.
Engajer is not a start-up in the traditional sense, but the company’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer still believed there was value in participating in this year’s “GIGTANK” accelerator. “We are doing very high bandwidth intensive work,” Michael Castellano told us recently. “This is a good place to show-off the strength of our platform.” It also helped that the resident of Silicon Valley knew Alex Lavidge, this year’s “GIGTANK” Director. The latter is a Knoxville native and well-known catalytic player in the city’s local entrepreneurial space, perhaps best known for his Knoxville Overground initiative.