Charlie Brock, The Tennessean
When you put on a major event, there are always some last-minute jitters. Even with an amazing lineup of speakers, high-caliber attendees and every other positive, there’s always a little worry. But, as usual when it comes to Launch Tennessee’s annual June event, there was nothing to worry about. The feedback we are receiving about last week’s 36|86 conference is tremendous. That’s due to everyone who took part, including:
- 34 outstanding start-ups from seven Southeastern states and the District of Columbia
- 57 speakers who graced the stage over two days, including more than 30 percent females
- 120 investors from 15 different states and 86 different firms
- 900+ attendees
Start It Up
Created by Launch Tennessee, the 36/86 Technology Conference in Nashville featured dozens of startup companies from across the southeast. Among these technology innovators were Dynepic from Charleston, SC and Artiphon from Nashville, TN. Krissa Watry, Co-Founder and CEO of Dynepic, explains on this week’s episode that the toy industry has lagged behind in adopting new technologies. Dynepic has developed ways to make toys more interactive, even making action figures play along with their counterparts on film and TV.
36|86, Launch Tennessee’s third annual event highlighting entrepreneurialism and Southern culture, was a smashing success! However, this success was not a result of the hospitality we have come to expect from the Nashville community, which once again rolled out the ‘Red Carpet’; it was not because the event included a strong bevy of outstanding startups, which it did; it was not because of the strength of the programming offering, which was outstanding; and it was not because of the vibrancy which we always experience from Nashville’s entrepreneurial community. It was, in fact, because the event was a showcase for the strong and improving state of female entrepreneurialism in the Southeast!
There is new investment capital available to business owners in the Chattanooga area. The new capital is being made available through Appalachian Community Capital, which is a new central bank founded to support business investment in the 13-state Appalachian region, including Chattanooga. The Appalachian Regional Commission—which is a state and federal partnership that promotes community and economic development—partnered with other investors to raise more than $15 million in capital. The commission put in $3.45 million in equity and operating support, and other lending partners—Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Calvert Foundation and the Ford Foundation—raised $12 million in debt and equity.
Oak Ridge Today
Oak Ridge National Laboratory will open its doors July 14-15 for its “Explore ORNL” conference designed to introduce the region’s business community to the lab’s world-class research and development facilities and expertise, a press release said. “Explore ORNL is an outreach event that provides companies both large and small with a unique opportunity to learn about collaboration possibilities,” said Tom Rogers, ORNL’s director of Industrial Partnerships and Economic Development.
Times Free Press
A new place to cultivate young creators of video, robotics and graphic design opens its doors next week in downtown Chattanooga, an airy space whose leaders are looking to evoke the sense and sensibilities of independent thinkers. TechTown is expected to be the first of many hands-on instruction hubs for youths that will be built across the country, all rooted in technology and run without the formulaic format of classroom learning.
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