TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS
When people express concern about how smartphones are damaging our young people, I laugh. This anxiety that the Internet is going to ruin real human interactions is reminiscent of parents in the ’50s who were worried that Elvis shaking his hips was the devil. Let’s be very clear here. Being concerned about cultural progression “damaging us as a society” always repeats itself with the current trend and will continue to play itself out again and again and again.
The entrepreneurship accelerator program was created to help startups bring innovative logistics products and technologies to market and is sponsored by FedEx. The EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator is strategically located in Memphis, Tenn. – America’s distribution hub – home to the world’s second-busiest cargo airport and in close proximity to five Class 1 railroads, the mighty Mississippi River, FedEx World Headquarters, and the I-40/I-55 corridors – making it the ideal place to launch new logistics innovations. The application deadline is today, click hereto apply!
Venture Tennessee Connections
Randy Boyd, founder and chairman of Knoxville-based Radio Systems Corporation, has solidified his control of the company, which reported to the SEC yesterday completion of a $231MM transaction by Radio Systems Holdings. Boyd, 56, is commissioner of Gov. Bill Haslam’s department of economic and community development (ECD), as well as chairman of the board of Launch Tennessee (Tennessee Technology Development Corporation, TTDC).
Five Vanderbilt University student startup pitch competitions have won funding from Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) as part of its Statewide University Venture Challenge, designed to support entrepreneurship among college students. “We are delighted to partner with LaunchTN on this exciting initiative to further support and develop entrepreneurship and innovation on our campus, particularly as we prepare to launch our new Innovation Center,” Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan Wente said.
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.
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