Tennessee Innovation in the News
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 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.
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.
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Coding Boot Camps Teach a Trade for the Digital Age
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.