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October 24th, 2016

October 24th, 2016


AOL Co-Founder Steve Case on the Rise of Second Cities
The Wall Street Journal
Seventy-five years ago, Silicon Valley was little more than an orchard, while Detroit was one of the most innovative and prosperous metropolises in America. At its peak in 1950, the city was a thriving economic and cultural hub with a population of almost two million—the envy of the world. But over the ensuing decades, the Motor City, entrenched in a single industry, failed to grapple with globalization and ran out of gas, shedding over 60% of its population.

First ‘Pitches and Pints’ Shows off Entrepreneurial Efforts
Johnson City Press
If you have a business start-up idea but need a little infusion of cash, a “shark tank”-style opportunity to pitch that idea could be the way to go, and the first one of its kind was held Thursday night in Johnson City. If you missed it, don’t worry: one organizer said he hopes the event takes hold and can be held twice a year. For Pitches and Pints, eight presenters did their best to sell their ideas to a panel of judges who scrutinized each idea, its foundation and its path to success.

Five Brilliant Female Entrepreneurs Stemming the Flow in Medtech’s Leaky Pipeline
Medtech Engine
Only 10% of Medtech startups are founded by women. But those that are, are packing a punch and supporting generations to come. In January this year, Forbes contributor Geri Stengel argued strongly in an article that 2016 should be seen as the year of female entrepreneurs. The US census results were in and revealed that 36% of all US businesses were owned by women – a hike of 30% from 2012.

LifeSciTN, LaunchTN Partnering on “Venture Match” November 4 in Franklin
Life Science Tennessee has teamed-up with Launch Tennessee to host its annual “Venture Match” event on November 4. The two-hour session, which begins at 7:30 a.m. CST, will be held in Building C of the Innovation Park, 393 Nichol Mill Lane in Franklin. Four companies are slated to present. They are: 3D Ops, SimPath, Surgiorithm, Flow MedTech.

Pigeon Forge Hosts Professional Development Conference 
Knoxville News Sentinel
Public procurement officials can expand their expertise and develop new skills in the field of public purchasing at the eighth annual fall Professional Development Conference on Wednesday through Friday at the Music Road Hotel in Pigeon Forge. In addition to the conference, the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, or NIGP, will hold a class titled, “The Principles and Techniques of Problem Solving” on Wednesday. For more information or to register for the conference, click here.

SweetBio Selected for State Business Accelerator
Memphis Business Journal
Launch Tennessee has selected eight companies from accelerators around the state to participate in this year’s cohort of its master accelerator program, The TENN. Of the eight selected, only one Memphis-based company, SweetBio, made the cut. Participants in the four-month program will meet corporate leaders and venture and angel investors in the state. The companies will also make meet with potential investors in San Francisco.

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