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September 18th, 2015

September 18th, 2015

EO NERVE Day 2: The Passion of Business
Nashville Business Journal
At Day Two of EO NERVE in Nashville, 800-plus entrepreneurs from across the East Coast got passionate about running a business. They learned that they are successful to the degree that they love what they do … that they treat their customers like the most important people in the world … that they share their passion with their management team … that they passionately disrupt the marketplace … that they don’t allow their passion to confuse and threaten their employees … and, finally, that they don’t fall prey to the emotional roller coaster that comes with running a growing, innovative business.

Emory’s Pitch Event for Post-Revenue Startups Makes Last Call for Applications
Emory University’s Goizueta Business School is hosting its inaugural RAISE Forum on November 6, and they are looking for post-revenue startups based in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Florida, that are currently seeking $1-5 million in funding to pitch at their event to active investors. There is one catch. You must agree to keep your company in the Southeast for the next five years. “We are deeply committed to helping startups grow in Atlanta and across the Southeastern U.S.,” says Charlie Goetz, Distinguished Lecturer at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.  “RAISE Forum nurtures investment in business, but also across the region as a whole.”

Hip Hues: An Experience Company
Tennessee ECD
Hip Hues, owned by Sondra Noble and Tracy Dunn, is a Nashville based company that focuses on custom screen-printing. They do everything from t-shirts to canvas prints to drink cozies. We’re excited Hip Hues will be on hand at this year’s Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development Oct. 13-14 showcasing their skills and making screen printed t-shirts for attendees. Sondra Noble is originally from Ohio and moved to Nashville in 2004 to attend Vanderbilt University. Sondra has lived in Nashville on and off since and has grown to love Music City’s uniqueness during her time living here. I sat down with Sondra to discuss the growing success of Hip Hues and her love of all things Nashville.

Memphis Startup Aims to Increase Responsible Voting and Voter Turnout
High Ground News
Tennessee startup Votus has created a new way to keep up with politics, and this web-based app aims to encourage a more engaged electorate. Votus is a civic tech company that tells users when, where, and how they should vote. Brandon Harris, the politically savvy CEO of Votus, said their main goal is to give every eligible person the means to vote responsibly. He believes there is a need for this sort of technology so the public can have more efficient and honest interactions with the government or possible elected officials. “I think that people don’t have the tools or knowledge they need to interact with their government, which is why we have so much apathy and inefficiency,” Harris said.

Paul Ney Joins LaunchTN Board
The Nashville Ledger
House Speaker Beth Harwell has appointed Paul Ney, a partner in the Nashville law firm of Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C., to the LaunchTN board of directors.Ney is a registered patent attorney with experience in law and public service that includes serving as director of the Nashville Davidson County Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development, deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense, acting general counsel and principal deputy general counsel of the Department of the Navy and as a partner in the law firm of Trauger, Ney & Tuke.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s (UT) VOLstarter program has a unique name, but the foundational concept – crowdfunding – is something that is being undertaken at other universities. “It’s a new hot topic and trend in higher education fundraising,” according to Lance Taylor, UT’s Director of Annual Giving and Student Philanthropy. Universities are seeking new ways to engage their alumni, and making investments in specific initiatives is an interesting alternative to many who have never given. In the process, VOLstarter also helps students, faculty and staff find funding for worthy efforts. “One hundred percent of the donation goes to the project,” Kristen Watt, Assistant Director of Annual Giving who works with the program, said. That’s an important principle. The costs associated with administering VOLstarter are paid from university funds.

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