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October 24th, 2014

October 24th, 2014

Tennessee Innovation in the News

Clodico Makes Finals of Global Action Challenge
Oak Ridge-based start-up Clodico and Joy Fisher, its determined President and Chief Executive Officer, learned yesterday that the company was one of six companies that will compete in the finals of the “Global Action Challenge” next month in Nashville. The Challenge seeks to identify breakthrough prototypes, technologies or early stage ventures that hold promise for transformative impact on health and food and are scalable business enterprises.
Huntsville Plans to Debut the Next Big Startup to the South
Southern Alpha
Southern/alpha is partnering with Rocket Hatch on the first Will This Fly?  day-long event in Huntsville on November 20th. According to Antonio Montoya of RocketHatch, Will This Fly? is a celebration of diversity of the creative and entrepreneurial spirit throughout the South. It provides a platform for new startups to connect and pitch their ideas, debuting their talent and teams and product demos to a Southern audience of investors, community members, founders and software developers.
LeanKit Has Raised the Bar on Angel Investment in Nashville
Southern Alpha
LeanKit is a software company that helps companies work across teams and makes collaboration more efficient. Starting with only four founders, LeanKit has grown to over 50 employees and 19 more open positions since its founding in 2009. It began in the IT department of HCA Healthcare. After going their separate ways Chris Hefley, Jon Terry, Stephen Franklin and Daniel Norton decided to “get the band back together” and start their own company.
Music City Center to Add iBeacon Technology
The Tennessean
Navigating the Music City Center for conferences could be getting easier with the help of new iBeacon technology that is rapidly gaining traction nationwide. Few details are available on how the technology will be used in the convention center, but based on the Nashville Chapter of the American Marketing Association’s website and a photo on a Nashville company’s website, it will likely guide guests to their appropriate meeting hall.
Tech Town Goes Downtown Chattanooga
Chattanooga Times Free Press
TechTown has found a home. The budding youth-focused technology and entrepreneurial learning center will soon spread its robotics labs, coding and videography rooms across the second floor of the Chattanooga Lifestyle Center. That and much more. There also will be 3-D printing and a store where young students can sell their creations, with part of their profits earmarked for charities of their choice.
Where Young College Graduates are Choosing to Live
New York Times
When young college graduates decide where to move, they are not just looking at the usual suspects, like New York, Washington and San Francisco. Other cities are increasing their share of these valuable residents at an even higher rate and have reached a high overall percentage, led by Denver, San Diego, Nashville, Salt Lake City and Portland, Ore., according to a report publishedMonday by City Observatory, a new think tank.

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