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June 29th, 2015

June 29th, 2015


A Grand Design: SMTEC Constantly Adapts and Evolves to Meet Growing Demands
Launch Tennessee
It doesn’t matter where the idea comes from; it only matters how you apply it and how it works in the overall environment. That’s the guiding principle behind Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Centers (SMTEC). Under the leadership of Executive Director Dan Marcum, SMTEC helps entrepreneurs by providing educational programs, mentoring opportunities, and access to capital resources. His team’s astute analysis of the marketplace continues to give industry-specific context for entrepreneurs in a variety of niches.

Center for Entrepreneurship Preps for 2015-16 Programs at Belmont University
Venture Nashville Connections
Belmont University’s Center for Entrepreneurship (CE) has an ambitious agenda for 2015-2016, according to Director Elizabeth Gortmaker. Among other things, the CE plans to name soon the first Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) to hold that honor at Belmont in several years. The EIR executive has been identified and the arrangement is being finalized by university officials.

An Education in Innovation: UofM Student Receives Investor Funding, and More
High Ground News
Over a year after opening its doors, the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship is delivering on its mission, developing a community of young innovators who are equipped with the education and experience to convert ideas into startups and pitches into capital. It seems the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship’s vision is becoming a reality, at least for one student entrepreneur. Morgan Steffy, a University of Memphis computer science student, recently secured $135,000 in initial funding for her start-up business, most of it from Wolf River Angels, the angel investor arm of Memphis-based start-up accelerator program Start Co.

NextGxDx Partners with Seattle Children’s Hospital
Nashville Post
Online genetic testing marketplace NextGxDx has partnered with Seattle Children’s Hospital to develop a genetic test management solution for pediatric hospitals and practices. The two entities will combine the hospital’s Pediatric Laboratory Utilization Guidance Services with NextGxDx’s GeneConnect platform, which uses data tools to curb rising genetic testing costs. “We are looking forward to working with Dr. Astion and his team to develop a comprehensive UM solution that meres PLUGS’ clinical expertise and network with our GeneConnect technology and customer base of children’s hospitals,” Mark Harris, NextGxDx CEO, said in a release. 

Venture Nashville Connections
EVAmore, the music-entertainment events platform startup, is pursuing its capital raise, while focusing this summer on customers, industry partners and pressure-testing its technology. Co-Founder and CEO Channing Moreland, a 20-year-old rising senior at Belmont University along with COO and Co-Founder Makenzie Stokel, 21, said she has found that sticking with their undergrad studies helps them build relationships with their priority target customers: campus Greeks and other student groups that regularly seek talent and other support for campus events.

Technology the Future of Work in Chattanooga
Chattanooga Times Free Press
If it’s not already obvious, technology will dominate the future. That goes for jobs too, and Chattanooga is no exception, three influencers of the local workforce noted during a panel discussion at green|spaces this week. “Tech-focused” was the answer to the question they had at hand: How might jobs in the Chattanooga area look in the future, and what is the workforce development needed to fill them? Start at square one, early childhood education, to get going on workforce development, said Tony Donen, the STEM School’s principal, and Ben Schnell, Lamp Post Group’s tech recruiter.

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