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October 15th, 2014

October 15th, 2014

Tennessee Innovation in the News

Gig City Lures New Zealand Delegation to Study Virtues of High-Speed Internet
Chattanooga Times Free Press
As America’s first Gig City, Chattanooga is drawing global attention this week from telecom experts Down Under. A 13-member delegation from New Zealand is visiting Chattanooga this week to learn how gigabit-per-second Internet service can spur economic growth. New Zealand’s government has pledged more than $1 billion (U.S.) to fund construction of a fiber optic network across most of New Zealand that will match the speed of the fiber optic links built in Chattanooga two years ago by the city-owned utility, EPB.
Nashville NextGxDx Lands Millions More from Investors
Nashville Business Journal
Nashville-based health-tech startup NextGxDx has completed another fundraising round. According to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company recently raised $2.23 million from 20 investors. This comes on top $2.95 million the company raised in March. NextGxDx is pioneering a one-stop-shop online where doctors and hospitals can order and assess any of some 19,000 types of genetic tests for their patients.
NovaCopy Launches ‘3D Printing University’
The Tennessean
Recognizing a lack of understanding and a lack of confidence when it comes to 3-D printing, Nashville-based NovaCopy is launching a solution that could help teach consumers, as well as spur sales of its high-tech printers. NovaCopy 3D University, also called 3DU, launches Oct. 22, offering hands-on instruction to buyers and potential buyers and arming them with skills they can use to create three-dimensional products.

National Innovation in the News

7 Risks Every Entrepreneur Must Take

Risk-taking is almost synonymous with entrepreneurship. To start and support your own business, you’ll have to put your career, personal finances and even your mental health at stake. For most, the prospect of making your own decisions and being in charge of your own destiny is worth it. But if you’re going to be successful as an entrepreneur, you have to be prepared for the risks and challenges that come with it.

Coding Boot Camps Teach a Trade for the Digital Age
Boston Globe

A new educational institution, the coding boot camp, is quietly emerging as the vocational school for the digital age, devoted to creating software developers. These boot camps reflect the startup ethic: small for-profit enterprises that are fast (classes are two to four months), nimble (revising curriculum to meet industry needs) and unconcerned with SAT scores or diplomas.

In the last decade, I’ve had the pleasure of watching the ranks of women angels more than double. The growth of women in the field is great because it’s having a ripple effect – in terms of more individual investors, more angel dollars and more support of entrepreneurs. Women angel investors are also earning serious cred from other investors.

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