The fall 2016 Boyd Venture Challenge awarded a total of $35,000 to four UT startup companies to advance their businesses. Prometheus, SimPath, GeoAir, and In With the Old were selected from a group of 15 applicants. The businesses were pitched to a panel of six judges who determined funding awards. Recipients include undergraduate and graduate students representing a variety of disciplines including engineering, communications, business, and computer science.
Free Marketing Clinic Launched in Chattanooga
Free marketing training and support services are available for small businesses and startups by the Chattanooga Marketing Clinic. This training is available to those businesses and startups that are based out of the Gig City and register at least one of their locations within the 25-mile radius of the Chattanooga’s Innovation District.
A local startup is looking to spark enthusiasm and put students in a forward-thinking mode with its new STEAM camps. “What you see when you have regular camps is that the already-interested kids show up,” Murray Fenstermaker, director of content for STEAM Society, said. “Kindling others’ enthusiasm is one of the most important things we can do.”
Memphis Business Journal
A local minority-owned business has secured a contract with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) as part of an effort to make the campus and the Medical District more welcoming. Immaculate Landscaping, a certified Minority Business Enterprise and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise with offices in Olive Branch, won the nearly $200,000 landscaping contract to create seasonal displays on the UTHSC campus.
Attendees at last week’s “LST|CON,” the annual conference of Life Science Tennessee, gained some great insights into the site selection process in what is a growing high wage sector in the Volunteer State. Andrew Shapiro, a Managing Director at Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company, said his firm has “developed a bit of a specialty in this area. We advise large pharma companies . . . those looking for a location.” The boutique firm has offices in Chicago, New York City, and Princeton, NJ.
We’ve made lots of changes to the way we do things over the years we’ve been in business — we opened our flexible Nashville coworking space, cut back on classes and workshops, launched our own entrepreneurship curriculum, added semi-private workstations to our main room, and lots more. Mostly, we’re trying to respond to what our community responds to, so that they’re a happier community, and we’re a stronger business.