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June 12th, 2015

June 12th, 2015


Atlanta-Based Startup Wins 36|86 Pitch Contest
Nashville Business Journal
After 36 micro-pitches and a final round judged on the spot by an investor panel, Atlanta-based PartPic took home the grand prize in the startup contest at 36|86, public-private economic development group Launch Tennessee’s successor to Southland. The company, headed by Nashville native and former Google team member Jewel Burks, uses visual recognition technology to simplify the process of searching for and purchasing replacement parts.

Innovasan Participating in 2015 “Cleantech Open” Accelerator
More good news for the team at Innovasan. The Knoxville-based start-up has been accepted into the “Cleantech Open” Southeast Regional competition, according to Jeff Hubrig Jr., the company’s Director of Business Development. He heads to Boston on Friday for the East Coast Academy, one of two events the “Cleantech Open” organization hosts for participating companies ahead of the regional and national competitions.

Tennessee-China Tech Commercialization Programs Provide Opportunities for TN-China Collaboration
TN-China Network
As Tennessee has made progress toward developing its high-tech economy, China too is seeking to move up the economic value chain and develop its high-tech R&D capabilities. Though not yet tapped, significant potential exists for Chinese companies to collaborate with Tennessee companies and institutions on R&D and commercialization of new technology in both the US and Chinese markets. Tennessee has a wide range of R&D and tech commercialization resources across the state that Chinese companies could take advantage of through partnerships with local Tennessee companies.

Want a Flexible Work Schedule? This Nashville Startup is Now in Nashville to Help You Out
Nashville Business Journal
Controversial Yahoo policies aside, it’s generally accepted that we live in a world where flexible work schedules and settings are, or should be, the norm, especially at tech companies and trendy startups. For proof, look no farther than a story told by Change Healthcare CTO Steve Kukulka during a tech talent salon Tuesday afternoon at entrepreneurship conference 36|86, in which he recalled receiving a note from an employee that read “WFRV.”

Wealth Access Hires 7 Veterans to Continue Growth
Wealth Access, an innovative high net worth personal financial management platform for advisors, announced growing momentum in the adoption of the Wealth Access technology solution by advisors, with record year over year growth and the hiring of seven senior technology and financial services veterans.

Why Startups Need to Focus on Resources Other Than Money
Yahoo Finance
At the 36|86 conference in Nashville, a panel of experts took on the topic of Non-dollar Capital and Culture. One of the core focuses of this discussion was on the capital resources, outside of cash, that startup founders should be thinking harder about and spending more time on. Here are some of the top, non-dollar resources that startups should be leveraging.

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