Launch Tennessee’s fourth annual 36 86 event highlighting entrepreneurialism and southern culture, like its predecessors, was a huge success. More than 950 attended this year’s event. In addition to the 36 companies who pitched, 100 investment firms joined the proceedings in search of opportunity. They were not disappointed! As was the case with last year’s event, female entrepreneurs were well represented this year. In fact, as was the case with last year’s event, a female entrepreneur won the event walking away with the $ 50,000 Prize!
Bunker Labs Nashville, the accelerator focused on businesses launched by military veterans, is set to receive a $100,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase as its leaders prepare to unveil the 10 companies they are shepherding through their early stages this summer. Housed at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and led by Blake Hogan, the EC’s director of business partnerships, Bunker Labs Nashville was started early this year with backing from Comcast.
“Being an international student and doing a start-up is not easy,” Ming Qi says, but he quickly adds, “Wanting to have this type of career gave me the courage.” Today, the 2013 graduate of the University of Tennessee (UT) with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Peroxygen Systems, Inc. The company is focused on commercializing a break-through technology for producing hydrogen peroxide onsite, targeting the paper and pulp industry.
Startup Week isn’t until October, but leaders are already planning and inviting the public to help. “In our third year, we are looking to increase the quality and attendance of our events as we continue to provide opportunities for members of the startup community to exchange ideas, learn and teach,” Startup Week project manager Nichole Abruzzise said in a prepared statement.
Nashville Business Journal
Michael Brody-Waite’s startup was operating out of an attic when he first engaged with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Six years later, having sold that startup to a publicly traded company, he’s returning to a far more mature, ambitious organization with a mandate to make the EC even more impactful for its members and for Nashville as a whole. Brody-Waite, who was yesterday named the next Entrepreneur Center CEO, officially left online patient-scheduling service InQuicker two weeks ago.
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
The Works is officially in full swing at KEC. The 12-week program is an initiative to help coders and online content creators pursue their startup business dreams. The program kicked off last Monday with all four of the video creators who came together at the KEC headquarters for an orientation and initial planning session. To learn more about what we did last week, check out our blog.
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