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October 17th, 2014

October 17th, 2014

Tennessee Innovation in the News

MomForce Connects Mothers with Flexible Work Opportunities
President of MomForce Network Courtney Jones used to lie awake at night wondering why women often have to choose between staying at home with a family or going back to work after giving birth. Although she was able to negotiate a flexible corporate work schedule that allowed her a good balance between work and motherhood, she encountered many women who didn’t find that option.
ORNL Research Reveals Unique Capabilities of 3-D Printing
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated an additive manufacturing method to control the structure and properties of metal components with precision unmatched by conventional manufacturing processes. Ryan Dehoff, metal additive manufacturing lead at the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, presented the research in an invited presentation at the Materials Science & Technology 2014 conference.
Under 30 Summit: Steve Case is Giving $400,000 to One of These 5 Young Entrepreneurs (feat. Chattanooga Startup ReadyCart)
While Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, who will give a keynote talk at next week’s Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia, is generating enormous buzz, more than 100 young entrepreneurs have been nervously anticipating a different moment: the announcement of who gets to go on stage and pitch Steve Case, Forbes Media CEO Mike Perlis and Philly’s own Troy Carter for a winner-take-all jackpot: $400,000.

National Innovation in the News

Is the Wild West of Hack Schools about to be Tamed?

Fast Company

General Assembly, a coding school that aims to churn out web developers with its 12-week courses, is actively recruiting companies to develop standards for credentialing programming students without a formal degree in computer science. The companies, which thus far include PayPal, General Electric, Medium, and about 20 others, will comprise a consortium responsible for developing the standards.

New Paradigm for Investors Focuses on Entrepreneur’s Potential, Not Gender


Inherent gender differences between men and women do not make one gender better or worse at high-growth entrepreneurship, said Teresa Nelson, Ph.D., Astia Global Advisory Board, Astia Executive in Residence 2013-14, and Chair in Entrepreneurship at Simmons College. Social norms, expectations, and early training direct men and women down different paths. It is only recently that there has been a concerted effort to change perceptions and provide training.

Once or so a week Janna Levin ventures from the Upper West Side, where she teaches astrophysics at Barnard and Columbia University, to Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood. She usually ends up at Pioneer Works, a renovated warehouse space near the industrial waterfront. There she’ll work on her book about black holes or chats with Matthew Putman, a former Columbia professor and owner of Nanotronics Imaging, a startup developing atomic force microscopes.

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