Knoxville News Sentinel
Knoxville-based Aldis Inc., a leader in deploying technologies to improve the safety and efficiency of transportation systems, has changed its name to GRIDSMART Technologies Inc. Bill Malkes, the five-year-old company’s founder and CEO, said the new name better reflects the company’s goals, product line and identity. The company developed the GRIDSMART System, a single-camera, tracking-based solution for data collection at intersections and highways.
Entrepreneurship is on track to become a bigger part of classroom discussions at Nashville schools. The Nashville Entrepreneur Center and Metro Nashville Public Schools are launching TeacherPreneur, a program that will help high school business teachers connect students with information on building companies. The program includes a one-day, onsite workshop to provide teachers with online resources and training, and it will be offered at all Metro high schools in 2015. The goal is to help teachers offer real world applications to students interested in entrepreneurship, and those teachers will have access to the EC’s mentors.
In 2015, LAUNCH anticipates reaching the milestone of 100 entrepreneurs that have successfully started businesses with the help of their Business Entrepreneurship Academy. LAUNCH continues to empower entrepreneurs, many of whom have overcome significant setbacks in life, in turn helping to alleviate poverty in Chattanooga and making a difference in the community. To help celebrate these 100 businesses, LAUNCH is working to raise $100,000 in order to keep pursuing their mission, uniting the community and providing hope to those with few resources.
Nashville Business Journal
Now Nashville entrepreneurs have a new resource to answer their IP questions, thanks to a collaboration between Marcus Whitney, president of accelerator Jumpstart Foundry, and Ed Lanquist, president and managing partner at Patterson Intellectual Property Law P.C. (formerly Waddey & Patterson). The two have collaborated on a free e-book, available on Jumpstart’s website, titled “Ten Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know About Intellectual Property.”
High Ground News
As part of an effort to encourage girls and young women to choose careers in technology, the National Center for Women & Information Technology and the University of Memphis will recognize six female high school students in the arena of computing and technology later this month. The awards ceremony will be held March 26 at the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Memphis with feature keynote speaker Shiloh Barnat, Vice President of Strategy at Lokion Interactive.
It’s the Artiphon, hopes creator Mike Butera. Part music philosopher, part technologist, Butera was inspired during his time collaborating with Ideo to design a musical instrument for the future; one which can be played anyway you want. Imagine a tuba played like a violin—yes, your iPhone is a bow—and you’ve got a good idea of the Artiphon’s potential. The Artiphon has no strings, but you can play it like a bass, guitar, or violin. It has no keys, but you can play it like a keyboard or a drum. There’s even a microphone that can let you play it like a wind instrument, if you want.
The revitalization of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is one of the great urban-revival stories of the past 25 years. This midsize Appalachian city cleaned up and moved up, shifting from a struggling, rusting, industry-based economy to one rooted in creativity and technology. The city’s high-speed fiber network was a key catalyst. Chattanooga was the first city in the nation to offer widespread access to one-gigabit-per-second Internet, which is 50 times faster than the U.S. average. But infrastructure alone didn’t change Chattanooga’s fortune. What really changed it is harder to quantify, especially in the short term, and even more difficult to replicate: a community-wide sense of possibility.
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