For about five years—as the city’s gig infrastructure and public-private partnerships have helped create a business boom—Chambliss Startup Group, which is made up of lawyers from Chambliss Bahner and Stophel, has been one of many organizations dedicated to supporting the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. “This really cool thing is happening in Chattanooga, and we want to be in the middle of it,” Kirby Yost, associate with the law firm and member of the startup group, said.
“The accelerator was a huge difference for us,” Mik Bertolli, Chief Scientific Officer at Avrio Analytics, says of the recently concluded 12-week “CodeWorks” program for start-ups operated by the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center. Now, just a few months since graduating with five other start-ups, the company has completed its initial Beta testing with plans to launch a second Beta and start selling services in the second quarter of 2016.
Venture Nashville Connections
The Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s diversity and inclusion program is to take another step forwardtomorrow (Sat., March 12) with announcement of the appointment of an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) who’ll help the EC in that arena. EC President Sam Lingo today confirmed for Venture Nashville that the announcement is in-the-offing, and will occur during Austin’s SXSW Interactive conference, in collaboration with Code2040, which is an advocate for more Blacks and Latino/as in the Tech sector and in the Innovation Economy, generally.
Memphis Daily News
The smaller the drone, the higher the sound of its electric whine. If it is high enough you might not hear it at all. Drones represent many possibilities: weapons carrier, pizza delivery system a new wave of photography with a previously unattainable perspective for amateur photographers. On the other side, they’re a reminder about the malleable state of privacy 14 years after the Patriot Act and 32 years after the Orwellian landmark of 1984.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Don’t take no for an answer. And steer clear of people who do. That was some of the advice that Lori Greiner, one of the entrepreneurs who star on ABC’s reality TV show “Shark Tank,” had Friday for a crowd that packed into a $50-a-seat luncheon at the Chattanooga Convention Center for the kick-off of the Mad, Bad and Dangerous women’s entrepreneurial summit this weekend at Girls Preparatory School. And Mad, Bad and Dangerous will expand next year, since, in addition to the Chattanooga event, the Knoxville Entrepreneurship Center will hold a Mad, Bad and Dangerous conference.
Nashville Business Journal
It’s safe to say President Obama is the most noteworthy attendee of this weekend’s South by Southwest conference in Austin. But a handful of Nashvillians have made the trek to Central Texas as well, looking to take in the sights, sounds and culture of the tech and startup hub Nashville often aspires to emulate. “It’s been awesome for us,” said Channing Moreland, co-founder of music events startup EVAmore. “This is just a much bigger opportunity in the sense of just more startups, more everything.”
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