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September 3rd, 2015

September 3rd, 2015

Chattanooga Business Bits: Bank Merger, Tech Classes and Fortune Feature
Cornerstone Bancshares and SmartFinancial Inc. leaders announced Wednesday that they have completed their merger. Cornerstone Bancshares is the parent company of Cornerstone Community Bank, and SmartFinancial is the parent company of SmartBank. The newly created company will operate under the name SmartFinancial Inc. Fortune.com recently featured Chattanooga startup and Gig Tank winner Branch Technology. Branch Technology has combined 3-D printing technology, conventional construction materials and robotics to create buildings of the future, leaders said at Gig Tank.

Fall Vol Court Speaker Series Launches September 15
It’s the beginning of another academic year, so launch date for the “Fall Vol Court Speaker Series” can’t be too far away. In fact, it is Tuesday, September 15, with the first one-hour session beginning at 5:15 p.m. in Room 104 of the Haslam College of Business Building at the University of Tennessee (UT). At that time, participants will be introduced to the business model canvas, a concept and one-page sheet that will drive their activities over the ensuing weeks. “Vol Court” is a twice-a-year offering from UT’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEI). It is open to faculty, staff, students and interested citizens. Last year’s winners were Rentique (Spring Semester) and Grow Bioplastics (Fall Semester).

Nashville UX Focuses on Experiences for All Users of Technology
When I arrive at the office of redpepper, one can see that this is a place for creativity.  The main set of stairs always remind me of the staircases in a M.C. Escher work, though the ones at redpepper certainly lead to their large space where the NashvilleUX folks gather once a month. You’re also likely to be welcomed by the enthusiastic Tomiko Peirano, a senior stairsstrategic consultant at Centresource and one of the organizers of the group. “First and foremost, it’s a chance for me to interact with and learn from my fellow practitioners. I am not shy about the fact that I will always be able to learn something about this field — that’s what keeps me engaged,” said Peirano when asked why she decided to be a volunteer-organizer for this meetup. “Secondly, I take a lot of pride in the fact that we’re able to provide a forum and a breadth of content that’s valuable for people in all stages of their career. It’s not an easy thing to do, but I think we’re doing a pretty fantastic job of it.”

Project Music Tech Accelerator Begins Accepting Applications
Nashville’s Project Accelerator is entering year two with a new round of applications. Music tech startups in social media, big data, content monetization, hardware, distribution, engagement and others from around the globe will be invited to apply for the accelerator program starting September 1st. The 2015 Accelerator program launched eight new music-tech startups covering everything from audio quality to distribution that have collectively raised over $2 Million in funding.

Tech Goes Home Chattanooga Expands to New Locations
The Chattanoogan
Tech Goes Home Chattanooga, the new digital equity initiative from the Enterprise Center, is expanding to 20 locations across Hamilton County this fall. The growth of the program has been made possible through support and funding from the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County, as well as local foundations and businesses. Graduates of the program are also spreading the word. Gwendolyn Moore, who took the course at Second Missionary Baptist Church last spring, is a huge fan. “There’s so many things you can learn from using a computer. I’m beginning to pay my bills online and doing research. I feel important.”

WHO KNEW… Partners with MTSU College of Media and Entertainment for Event at 3rd & Lindsley
Music Industry Forum
WHO KNEW…, presented by MusicRowSearch, is partnering with the College of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University for the networking and speaker series at 3rd & Lindsley on Thursday, September 24 at 5:30 p.m. WHO KNEW…continues to bring together thought leaders and powerbrokers with yet-to-be discovered change-makers in the entertainment industry.  The September 24 event features industry leaders who’ve fundamentally impacted the creation and distribution of product — be it music, platform or device.

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