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March 26th, 2014

March 26th, 2014

Tennessee Innovation in the News

Tennessean: HHS tech boss: Data will drive change in health care
It’s a bold thing to say in a health care town – that some the best industry innovations come from people new to health care. But Bryan Sivak, the chief technology officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, told a room full of executives at a Nashville Health Care Council meeting on Wednesday that an outside perspective is crucial for the industry. Specifically, for using health care data to drive change. Sivak, who took his post at HHS in 2012, is also known as the organization’s “Entrepreneur in Residence.” He is charged with bringing an entrepreneurial mindset to a traditionally slow-moving, design-unfriendly organization – the United States government.

Nooga: Leaders announce new direction for The Enterprise Center
City and county officials announced that leaders with The Enterprise Center will shift their mission and structure to focus on increasing Chattanooga’s “innovation economy” and working on issues such as access to technology for all citizens. “The Enterprise Center has executed great projects in our community in the past,” Mayor Jim Coppinger said in a prepared statement. “This is a great opportunity for us to revisit the mission of the organization and form new partnerships to help small businesses leverage technology to grow jobs in Hamilton County.” Established in 2002 by the city of Chattanooga, The Enterprise Center has specialized in high-tech economic development and helping entrepreneurs commercialize technology that comes from research institutions, such as universities or Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Event: Institute of Biomedical Engineering Annual Symposium
The annual iBME symposium is a two-day event focusing on the breadth and depth of biomedical research taking place amongst institute faculty. The symposium will highlight a multitude of research topics in order to stimulate discussion amongst those in attendance. Topics will include neuro-rehabilitation; medical imaging; cellular, molecular, tissue engineering; bioinformatics; biomechanics; sensing technology; and industry relationships. You may also register and find more information by visiting iBME2014Symposium.eventbrite.com.

Startup Memphis: Memphis to be EPIcenter of entrepreneurship
The idea is audacious, innovative and perhaps a little crazy, but if it works, brilliant. A coalition of Memphis leaders propose to recruit 1,000 entrepreneurs to launch 500 new startups in Memphis over the next decade. Sounds great, but how? First off, provide them with support and resources and opportunities to take chances. Next, hold them accountable to the mission of developing solid companies staffed by energetic creatives who will ignite this city with a belief that anything is possible.

Oak Ridge Today: UT, ORNL, NASA, TVA help robotic ‘football’ kick off this week
The FIRST Robotics Competition Smoky Mountain Regional returns to the Knoxville Convention Center March 26-29, and is centered around a game featuring strong elements from football and soccer called Aerial Assist. The idea behind Aerial Assist is that the 50 teams at the competition—from as far away as St. Louis and as close as the L&N STEM Academy across World’s Fair Park—will each build a robot capable of throwing, kicking, or running with a round ball with the goal of scoring a goal at each end of a field, or one capable of playing defense. The University of Tennessee’s College of Engineering in Knoxville helps sponsor the event along with various technology and industry organizations such as NASA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

National Innovation in the News

Fast Company: Searching For The Soul Of Startups
I recently moved from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to Silicon Valley. Many startup founders and entrepreneurs that I met rivaled those in finance with their sense of entitlement, outlandish parties, and insider rhetoric full of vacuous promises for “disruption,” “pivots,” and “growth hacks.” Contrary to my Amish roots, in San Francisco, emphasis is not placed on elders, but on youth. If you turn 30 without having started at least two companies, you are socially dead. The tech industry is awash with happy-go-lucky wunderkind. Those that build apps, code until dawn, and end up black-out drunk and naked on beaches in India. But the more time I spent in the Valley, the more I asked myself, where is the soul in startups?

Forbes: Three Ways To Hone Your Entrepreneurial Skills
So while I agree there are people who are born with or hard-wired with natural entrepreneurship traits that will help them become successful, to think that one cannot learn these skills and pick up these traits is simply prideful. Natural entrepreneurs can still receive formal education and experience in entrepreneurship to become great entrepreneurs (I did), and non-entrepreneur types can receive entrepreneur education and experience to become better entrepreneurs. Here are 3 ways you could hone your entrepreneur skills and elevate your competitive advantages — whether you’re a “natural-born” entrepreneur or not.

Huffington Post: Who Are the Social Entrepreneurs of 2014?
The notion of social entrepreneurship continues to grow in the popular imagination but it is vital to make it much better known. We have moved from ignorance about this new entrepreneurial field to polite interest, and on to a real desire to cooperate on the part of political leaders and large companies. This year, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship has recognized 37 individuals for their outstanding work in this field. These are people who have decided to go it alone. When someone creates a social enterprise, they do not have a management team that flanks them or spurs them on. They are impassioned individuals, determined to find solutions to the problems they come across.

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