They are described as the best prepared start-ups with the most diverse technologies in the three-year history of the autoXLR8R. Tech 2020, which assumed responsibility for the program this year after providing support earlier, has announced the nine start-ups that will participate in the 2015 program starting July 7 in Oak Ridge. The accelerator activities conclude August 28 in Oak Ridge after “Road Show” stops in Greenville, SC and Birmingham, AL.
Chattanooga is one of 11 cities whose leaders have pledged to make it easier for entrepreneurs to start businesses by streamlining the business licensing process. This week, leaders with the White House and U.S. Small Business Administration, in coordination with the National League of Cities, announced the initiative, which is called Startup in a Day. The goal is for cities to develop online tools that will make it possible for entrepreneurs to apply for all the state, local and federal requirements for opening a business in less than one day.
Startup Angels, a global organization for new angel investors to learn about the industry and new markets, will host a summit in Chattanooga this fall. “Startups are everywhere, but venture capital isn’t,” Startup Angels founder and CEO Leslie Jump said in a prepared statement. “We’re on a mission to eliminate the problem of access to capital by unleashing the potential of millions of new startup investors around the world.” The event, called AngelSummit US, will bring investors, entrepreneurs, and corporate and community leaders to Chattanooga Oct. 13 and 14, according to a news release.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
HR Business Solutions is a startup that helps startups manage the ins and outs of being a startup. Lynn Talbott launched the company in October 2012 and two months later moved into Chattanooga’s Business Development Center — home to about 70 startups. As its name suggests, HR Business Solutions helps companies with human resources, as well as business basics such as bookkeeping.
Memphis Business Journal
When it comes to technology development, Memphis has long been behind the curve. But the four participants in the 2015 Sky High accelerator are working to change that. Sky High focuses on developing nonprofit organizations, a category three of the four organizations in this year’s cohort fall into. MyCollegeSTREAM, by Bryant Warren and Brian Summerhill, is developing an application that uses college social media to provide information to high school students looking for a college.
Nashville Entrepreneur Center
There’s certainly an ongoing conversation around equality in tech and entrepreneurship, including women in tech and entrepreneurship in our region. I have over 380 minutes from my podcast interview coverage at Launch TN’s 36|86 conference. I interviewed entrepreneurs from the Village 36 competition (including the winner PartPic), accelerator participants from around the state, and also regional perspectives on what is next in Southeast entrepreneurship. Embedded within these stories are themes of collaboration, community, acceptance and diversity.
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