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September 25th, 2015

September 25th, 2015


7 Things You Need to Know About CodeWorks
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
Codeworks will run from Oct 8th- Dec 17th. We meet on Monday nights once per week from 6pm-9pm. There will be one working weekend in December. There will be out of class “homework,” but otherwise it’s one night per week. You will also be asked to meet with your assigned lead mentor for 1 hour per week. December 17th will be a Demo Day where the 6 teams who get into the program pitch their ideas and demo their products in front of a live audience. The best part of CodeWorks (besides learning how to make money with your idea) is all the people you meet. 6 teams will be selected to participate and that group will become your family over the next 6 weeks, and relationships are built that last a lifetime. In addition, CodeWorks will put you in contact with mentors and experts in virtually every aspect of a business, local VIP CEOS, attorneys, marketing gurus, investors, financial specialists, operations experts, and really anyone else you can think of.

Five Ways to Make Innovation “Sticky”
The Brookings Institution
What does it take to make innovation “sticky”—that is, locally commercialized?  That was the question on the table last week when the Metro Program advanced industries project and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) brought two dozen business, economic, and development leaders together at the lab to anatomize efforts to localize the commercial benefits of regional research institutions. Going forward, U.S. prosperity depends on America’s ability to generate and commercialize advanced industry technology innovations locally and domestically.

Four Bridges’ Leader: New Tech Point Man Talks on a Rising Breed of Southern Entrepreneurs
The leaders of Chattanooga-based investment FourBridges Capital Advisors earlier this month announced they had recruited Atlanta technology executive Doug Johns to be a senior advisor. Johns is a former senior executives at Internet Security Systems and Compaq Computer, among others, who now is chairman of HDJ Wireless Enterprise, an Internet of Things venture that runs Atlanta-based sensing and control networks company Nivis. Adding Johns to the team gives FourBridges a much more extensive reach into the Southeast’s tech and telecom sectors, especially in its biggest city. Scanning the region, Johns says he sees opportunities aplenty, especially when it comes to working with companies who need advice and expertise just as much as they need to do a deal.

Startup Angels Dubs Chattanooga the Next Boulder, Colorado
Startup Angels leaders, who are bringing AngelSummit US to the Gig City next month, have dubbed Chattanooga the next Boulder, Colorado. “I think Chattanooga has the potential to be the Boulder of the South,” founder and CEO Leslie Jump told Nooga.com recently, adding that the city has smart people, great universities and similar outdoor activities to Boulder. Startup Angels is a global organization for new angel investors to learn about the industry and new markets. Through next month’s AngelSummit on Oct. 13–14—which coincides with Startup Week—leaders aim to facilitate new investment opportunities and partnerships.

TechTown October Adventure and Fall Break Camp!
Kids aged 7-17, put on your lab coats and get ready for thrills, chills and spine-tingling fun in October’s FALL-BREAK, HOMESCHOOL and AFTER-SCHOOL adventures! Register now!

Inside Memphis Business
This morning, Inside Memphis Business and the Fogelman College of Business & Economics at the University of Memphis announced the 2015 Innovation Awards winners at a breakfast held at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis. The Innovation Awards were created to celebrate persons, inventions, products, concepts, and processes that have been developed here in the Mid-South. Those innovations that have led to significant improvement in the award-winners’ chosen fields. For the 2nd-annual Innovation Awards last year, the honorees included: the Computational Biology Team from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Maximyze Development Team from Buckman, Kevin Dean of Literacy Mid-South, and Dr. Maria Gomes-Solecki of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

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