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October 20th, 2014

October 20th, 2014

Tennessee Innovation in the News

After Active Q3, What Tennessee Still Needs in Venture Capital
Nashville Business Journal
The startup and entrepreneur space in Tennessee stills needs larger sources of venture capital funding, says Charlie Brock, the president of Launch Tennessee, which uses state funds to make early-stage investments in companies throughout the state. The state had the most active venture capital deal volume in at least twenty years during the third quarter, according to The MoneyTree Report.
At its New Co-Working Space, The Skillery Targets a Different Kind of Entrepreneur
Nashville Business Journal
So far this year, Nashville startup The Skillery has started offering a new business development program and opened the doors of its Germantown co-working space, complete with coffee shop. Both represent an expanded mission from the company’s original model, which was to offer workshops and classes connecting small businesses, primarily, and people interested in their product or service.
Closeup.fm, Fiveworx Ready for Thusday’s “The TENN” Launch
The second iteration of Launch Tennessee’s “The TENN” begins Thursday with two Knoxville start-ups among the 10-cohort group. The top executives of both Fiveworx and Closeup.fm are excited to be part of the unique master accelerator program. The former has been around a little longer than the other Knoxville company, but both have strong technology bases.
For Tech Talent, Look to Nashville’s User Groups
The Tennessean
On a recent Tuesday night at the Emma Bistro, 20 software developers gathered from throughout Middle Tennessee with laptops and plates of food to learn about a functional programming language, taught by a software developer from Dublin, Ireland. They came from throughout Middle Tennessee — East Nashville, Gallatin, Hendersonville — to experiment with new software and discover the things that drew them to computers in the first place.
LAUNCH Event to Help Raise Funds for High School Entrepreneurship Program
LAUNCH is hosting an upcoming mixer to support its High School Entrepreneurship Program. “Main St. Mixer is a series of social events that combines business and social networking in a professional yet comfortable environment,” organizer Chester W. Sharp said in a prepared statement. “In addition, we provide new and existing businesses a platform to share their products or services by highlighting two local businesses at every event.”
TN Code Academy: Training Tennessee’s Workforce of Tomorrow
What does a room full of 12 to 18 year olds at Nashville State Community College all have in common? On this particular Wednesday in July, it was an intense focus on the computers in front of them. When we visited, eleven students were participating in the TN Code Academy, a five-day summer intensive course aimed at teaching middle and high school students how to create with code.

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