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March 17th, 2016

March 17th, 2016


Amid Dramatic Primary Season, Political Tech Startup Seizes Opportunity
Nashville Business Journal
They say all politics is local, and that’s where Nashville political technology startup icitizen sees its greatest potential. Still, a wild presidential primary season doesn’t hurt. “The election’s pretty extreme, as they usually are in the primaries, it’s so far left, and so far right,” said Russ Reeder, the startup’s CEO. “And so people are coming to icitizen to have their voice count from the majority middle of where people usually are.”

BSides Knoxville Returning for Second Year, Calling for Session Proposals
The headline on the webpage says everything: “BSides is coming back to Knoxville!” The one-day event, which drew a capacity crowd of 200 in its inaugural year in 2015, will use two venues when it returns on May 20. In addition to the primary location – Scruffy City Hall on Market Square, BSides Knoxville will also have some of its sessions in the nearby Knoxville Entrepreneur Center. “BSides is held in cities all over the world,” Jed Eaton, one of the members of the planning committee, told us. “Everybody liked last year’s event, so we are expanding it this year.”

Dyer Farmer John Butler to Lead Agricenter
Memphis Daily News
John R. Butler has been selected as the new president of Agricenter International, officially beginning his position on July 1 of this year. Butler, a fifth-generation farmer who also held various management roles at Cargill, Inc., will succeed retiring president John Charles Wilson. For the last 20 years, Butler, 47, has been owner/operator of Jones Creek Farms in Dyer County. The farm has both a diversified row crop and cattle, making Butler’s background similar to that of Wilson.

Jumpstart Foundry: Innovation at the Click of Your Mouse
Jumpstart Foundry
While applications are open year round, applications for 2016 consideration are due April 8th. We’ve already started digging into all the great applications we’ve received so far, so be sure to get yours in as soon as possible. The earlier we get an application, the more we can dig into it! Apply now!

KickShark Announces RaiseTN, Tennessee’s First Equity Crowdfunding Platform
For this installment of the “Why Tennessee” series, we introduce to you Leslie Smith, president of the Memphis Entrepreneurship-Powered Innovation Center (EPIcenter). The EPIcenter is one of the entrepreneur centers that LaunchTN oversees in its statewide network. The EPIcenter is a collaborative and community-wide strategic initiative led by Memphis Bioworks that is helping entrepreneurs conceive, launch and scale businesses in the Memphis region.

Venture Notes
Venture Nashville Connections
The latest news on Pendleton Square Holdings, rockhopper-ZSG, Mark Filaroski, Vanderbilt tech and more!

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