It is just days away from the inaugural Bunker Builds Nashville Muster, a day packed with veteran entrepreneurs pitching their businesses, an Idea Lab and a marketplace to buy products from veteran-owned small businesses. A stop on the 12-city Bunker Builds America Tour, this Nashville event on Tuesday, June 28, has garnered support, including a $100,000 grant from JP Morgan Chase.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
At 60 years old, David Crick is building his eighth startup business. Despite the announced closing last week of GE Power’s factory where Crick began his career four decades ago, the Chattanooga engineer said he still sees plenty of opportunity for growth in supplying precision parts for the power industry and other manufacturers. So last June, Crick started American Mechanized Technology and has already invested more than $2.5 million in building and production equipment to perform computerized milling, 3-D printing and other customized metal work for a variety of businesses.
Two week-long celebrations of entrepreneurship are scheduled later this year in the East Tennessee region. Knoxville’s inaugural event, branded as “Innov865 Week,” is September 19-23. “Start-up Week Chattanooga” is October 3-7. The organizers of the Gig City celebration are hosting an information session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 30 at the Edney Innovation Center, 1100 Market Street. The meeting with be on the fifth floor.
High Ground News
Last week the summer session of Memphis Bioworks Zeroto510 medical device startup program took a moment to relax and mingle with other local business leaders, entrepreneurs and potential investors at Wiseacre Brewery on Broad Avenue. At the event, Zeroto510 companies shared their elevator pitches. First up was Michael Ollukaren who explained how his company, FlexSpark, was working to prevent deep vein thrombosis, a problem many recovering hospital patients must contend with as they heal from whatever sent them to the hospital.
Village Capital, an investment nonprofit focused on global issues, will be working with Nashville health-care entrepreneurs to provide digital solutions targeting low-income patients as part of a partnership with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Village Capital, along with Michigan-based The Kresge Foundation, chose Nashville, Philadelphia and San Francisco for its initiative.
Thirteen years ago, Felicia Jackson was taking a drive with her son when he suddenly began choking. “He was becoming unconscious,” Jackson recalls, “and I’m a medical professional so I know CPR. But I could not remember how to do CPR on him.” Jackson was frozen at the sight of her baby boy in life-threatening danger. “He’s fifteen now. My husband stepped in and saved the day, thank God.” The incident could have been much worse, Jackson admits, but it made her think. “I know that if it’s happening to me, it’s happening to people all around the world,” she says.
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