The Chattanooga Startup Awards committee has opened nominations to recognize innovative leaders and businesses. Six award categories are open: Business to Business, Business to Customer, Education, Bootstrapper, Startup Advocate of the Year and Startup of the Year. Nominations will be open until Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. The awards ceremony will be Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Granfalloon, in conjunction with Startup Week.
The Company Lab (CO.LAB) and Mozilla have selected seven teams to compete for prizes in this year’s 48Hour Launch: Internet of Things business hackathon. Projects range from drone-enabled utility repairs to Wi-Fi connected plush toys that allow kids to send and receive voice messages. 48Hour Launch is a weekend-long business competition that challenges teams of entrepreneurs and specialists to spend 48 hours transforming a startup concept into a viable business model or prototype.
Innov865 Week is a week-long series of events, taking place September 19-23, 2016, to celebrate and showcase Knoxville as a great place for entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses. We have partnered with the Innov865 Alliance to bring you stories of innovation born in East Tennessee. Today, we’re talking to Bryan Crosby, the founder of Maryville, Tennessee-based FunLPro Technologies, which walked away a winner at last year’s Startup Day competition.
Venture Nashville Connections
We invite Venture Nashville and Venture Tennessee readers to join us in focusing on upcoming events and issues that might’ve gotten off our radars during the Dog Days. There are a handful of Post-LaborDay events to eyeball, without delay. Beyond that, we strongly recommend you scan the full itemized 2016 remaining-events list, which is frequently updated here.
Launch Tennessee is hitting the road starting the middle of this month to explain the state’s new angel tax credit. The legislation, passed in the 2016 session of the Tennessee General Assembly, applies to the Hall Income Tax and goes into effect January 1. View part of the schedule here.
High Ground News
Joe Puccio, Cofounder of Coursicle, was just a freshman in college when he came up with the initial script for his startup. Puccio had trouble enrolling in the classes he needed for graduation, and university administrators didn’t have a great solution. “Their solution was ‘oh go take an easy class you can get an A in.’ So Joe wrote a script that texted him when a class had an available seat,” said Tara Aida, CEO and Cofounder of Coursicle.
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