When Launch Tennessee began the 36|86 conference, our goal was to create a space for synergy between Tennessee entrepreneurs, capital providers and the IT marketplace. We’ve done that, and a great deal more. Thanks to strong interest from the outset, the conference became a draw for innovators and investors from around the country. Then we began our Southern Series, a multi-city tour to build interest in 36|86 while also tapping into best start-ups in those markets for our Village 36, a group of three dozen companies that competed for a $36,000 prize from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation (which is coming back for a second year as our sponsor, and is upping the prize to $50,000).
You may have seen the Edney Innovation Center during Startup Week 2015, but you haven’t seen it like this! The Edney Innovation Center is the front door of the Chattanooga Innovation District and contains a unique combination of assets to grow Chattanooga’s innovation economy. The Edney Open House is this Thursday, March 3rd and you’re invited to take part in the festivities. A variety of food and drinks will be provided so come one, come all, bring a guest, and hang loose. RSVP here!
Memphis Daily News
The annual Mid-South Farm and Gin Show looks like any other gathering of farmers over the years, but there is a distinct entrepreneurial underpinning this year merging technology with venture capital. The two-day event this past weekend at the Memphis Cook Convention Center drew farm families browsing farm art for sale, T-shirts, ball caps and other souvenirs, including yard sticks. But the large farm machinery that defined the geography of the convention center floor space was a reminder that agriculture is about technology, not just in the cabs of tractors but in tools used for precision ag – as it is called – and other advanced techniques.
Venture Nashville Connections
IQuity Labs, the Nashville startup leveraging Vanderbilt University intellectual property, has partnered with the local Diatherix subsidiary of Eurofins Scientific, in a deal that provides a passport to global markets combatting a rising tide of autoimmune diseases. IQuity recently announced plans to launch its first IQ Isolate™ autoimmune disease (AD) diagnostic test, for multiple sclerosis (MS), this summer. IQuity is developing further tests for gastroenterology and rheumatology, for release later this year.
The Nashville Technology Council used the once-every-four-year Leap Day as the occasion on which to launch the beta platform of We Build Tech, an interactive program designed to build a pipeline of IT talent by connecting individuals, businesses and educators throughout Middle Tennessee. Broadly, the platform promotes technology careers and companies, helps tech professionals build skills, enhances student and grad tech skills, connects students to internships and feeds new talent into the local tech community.
Two statewide organizations championing technology-based economic development are co-hosting a “Venture Match” program from 5 to 7 p.m. CST March 8 in Nashville. The collaborative event is being hosted at Launch Tennessee’s offices, 211 Seventh Avenue North, in conjunction with Life Science Tennessee. “Venture Match’s intent is to host opportunities for meaningful dialogue with some of our top innovators, to explore market interest in current research, and to match entrepreneurs and industry with inventors and their technologies,” according to Launch Tennessee’s Lindsey Cox.
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