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October 25th, 2016

October 25th, 2016


Atlanta’s Startup Runway Has Ties to and Implications for Tennessee
Lisa Calhoun says she consistently asked herself why she did not see more women and racial minorities at pitch events in Atlanta. After all, the city was in first place in the country for women entrepreneurs and number two for producing businesses owned by African Americans. “Let’s kick-off a new initiative,” the Founding Partner at Valor Ventures said of something named Startup Runway.

Ingram Content Group Ends 1440 Accelerator Gambit, Keeps Innovation Focus
Venture Nashville Connections
Ingram Content Group (ICG), a unit of Nashville-based Ingram Industries, has confirmed that the first cohort of its once unique 1440 publishing-startup accelerator is its last, at least for now. At the time of its inception, ICG’s 1440 may have been the world’s first publishing startup accelerator. However, since then, Börsenvereinsgruppe (The Group of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association) created CONTENTshift, a media and publishing accelerator, and announced the winner of their first cohort during the recent Frankfurt Book Fair.

With New Marketing Agency, Marcus Whitney and Jumpstart Foundry Add More Hats
Nashville Business Journal
Jumpstart Foundry, the accelerator turned investment fund, is adding yet another piece to its ever-expanding model. Undisputed, a new marketing firm officially launching today, is helmed by Jumpstart President Marcus Whitney, a well-known Nashville business player who is spearheading both his own venture to support “unlikely” entrepreneurs and one of the city’s two pushes for professional soccer. The new company — which Whitney said is more of a marketing “system,” as opposed to a typical agency – evolved from Jumpstart’s continued interaction with startups.

More Than 800 Economic Development Leaders to Attend 63rd Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development
The 63rd Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development will be held Oct. 27 – 28 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Nashville. The conference theme will focus on “Team Tennessee MVPs” and showcase Tennessee’s innovative  strategy in economic and rural development, entrepreneurship, workforce and more. The conference will be attended by more than 800 economic development leaders, state and local elected officials, and business professionals. 

Nashville Chosen for Bloomberg Self-Driving Cars Initiative
The Tennessean
Nashville is among five global cities chosen for an autonomous vehicles initiative launched  by Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York and the Washington, D.C.-based Aspen Institute. The program called the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, includes Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, Paris and Buenos Aires, along with five other cities to be added this year. The cities will have access to data and coaching from urban planners and technologists meant to help them prepare for self-driving cars and use them to address city challenges.

TSU, Google Partner to Help Prepare Computer Science Students for the Workforce
Tennessee Board of Regents 
Tennessee State University is now a Google School. The institution recently received the designation through a partnership with the technology giant. TSU one of 10 historically black colleges and universities participating in the Google in Residence Program, which uses Google engineers to teach introductory computer science classes, as well as help students further develop soft and technical skills.

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