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November 7th, 2014

November 7th, 2014


AccelNow Role is Just a Continuation of a Lifetime of Economic Development Work
John Campbell has been involved in economic development in one way or another his entire professional life, so his latest job is a continuation of that work. The former City Manager of both Kingsport and Johnson City is the new Executive Director of AccelNow, the Northeast Tennessee accelerator affiliated with the Launch Tennessee network. He succeeded Interim Executive Director Kanishka Biddanda on October 1.

Batch Subscription Service Expands, Adds Gifts
The Daily News, Memphis
The Batch subscription service that sends a surprise collection of local goods each month to subscribers’ doorsteps expanded to Memphis at the beginning of this year after launching first in Nashville. Since arriving in Memphis, the service has picked up a little more than 100 subscribers, built up its corporate business side and hired an on-the-ground coordinator for the Memphis area.

Healthcare MarketMaker, the “Amazon of Healthcare” is a TENN
Southern Alpha
Healthcare MarketMaker, the “Amazon (or maybe Zillow) for medical goods and services,” just graduated from Jumpstart Foundry, one of the top accelerators in the country (according to TechCrunch). They also just accepted a spot in LaunchTN’s “TENN,” a program that chooses 10 startups to represent a sample of disruptive, scalable, and tech-focused companies throughout Tennessee. They were the only team from Jumpstart Foundry accepted.

Local Entrepreneur Aims to Raise Capital for Business while Supporting Education
Local entrepreneur Josh Dillon is working toward launching a new crowdfunding platform that raises money for education, and his first step is to raise capital to get the project started. The name of his business and fundraising platform is Eduency, and the current campaign to raise capital to get it going is called Eduency Swag.

The San Francisco Startup CTO Summit 2014
Graph Story
As a brand new, Graph-as-a-Service startup (hosting Neo4j instances, natch), it was a no-brainer that Graph Story would attend this year’s Graph Connect in San Francisco. Once Greg registered us for the conference, he started looking for related events in San Francisco that same week. One of the events he found was the San Francisco Startup CTO Summit. As soon as Greg told me about the summit, I knew I had to go.

Start Co. Leaders Heading to Coasts
The Daily News, Memphis
The leadership of Memphis’ Start Co. organization is fanning out to both coasts next week – looking to, among other things, exchange best practices and to spread a little taste of Memphis along the way. Some of the group is heading to the San Francisco area for a “Demo Day”-type event at the 500 Startups organization. Meanwhile, Start Co. vice president of diversity Al Pickett will head to Washington on behalf of the Global Accelerator Network and the kickoff of the Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund, which awarded Start Co. $50,000 earlier this year.

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