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Nashville EC announces year-long Project Music Portfolio

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) announced a new initiative yesterday named Project Music Portfolio. “After running the Project Music Accelerator for three years, the EC, with support from CMA (Country Music Association), has created Project Music Portfolio, a program combining the best features of the original accelerator with a new model that delivers more timely and relevant value to even...

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Home of University of Michigan just got its first unicorn

When you think of cities that might have spawned at least one unicorn (a start-up valued at a billion dollars), you might include Ann Arbor in that list. After all, it’s home to the University of Michigan. Well, it just achieved that goal recently. Click here to read about it....

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Mary Peters keynotes INTERSECT17 conference with history of ITS

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters keynoted the start of INTERSECT17 yesterday with a look back at more than four decades in the evolution of intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Her rapid-fire presentation also included a gaze into the future with several predictions, particularly as the country becomes even more urbanized in the...

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Cirrus Insight adds Attach.io to its platform of offerings

Cirrus Insight, which has offices in Knoxville and Irvine, CA, announced yesterday the addition of Attach.io to its platform of productivity applications. The new offering brings additional capabilities to Cirrus Insight’s leading sales productivity platform that brings email tracking, meeting scheduling, follow-up alerts, and drip campaigns into a user’s inbox. Brandon Bruce, Chief Operating Officer of Cirrus Insight, said Attach.io enables users to...

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Techstars, Nature Conservancy launch sustainability accelerator

Two well-known brands – Techstars and the Nature Conservancy – have teamed-up to launch a new initiative named “Techstars Sustainability Accelerator.” The focus is obvious; applications will be accepted beginning in January. Learn more here....

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Chattanooga’s Society of Work expanding to second co-working location

“Success breeds success,” so the old saying goes. That must be true for Chattanooga co-working provider Society of Work which is expanding once again. Founded four years ago, the enterprise moved to the Edney Innovation Center, where it has tripled its space, and is now adding a second, 5,600-square foot operation in a former Chattanooga department store. Read about the...

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CincyTech reports $1 billion of impact in first decade

Attendees at the “Future865” forum during the recent “Innov865 Week” in Knoxville learned a good deal about the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cincinnati. At an event last week, CincyTech announced that the organization has generated more than $1 billion of economic impact in Ohio in its first decade of operation. Click here to learn more....

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Utilize Health does “right for the patient so we can do right by the plan”

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA “We do right for the patient so we can do right by the plan,” Jessica Harthcock says in describing the motto of Utilize Health. The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of this Nashville-based start-up is, like many entrepreneurs, driven by her passion for the company’s mission. In Harthcock’s case, however, one might say...

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APLU report serves as backdrop for tech transfer discussion at LST|CON

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA A recently issued report from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) served as the backdrop for a discussion on the changing landscape for technology transfer during last week’s Life Science Tennessee (LifeSciTN) annual conference (LST|CON) in Nashville. Representatives from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF),...

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Hamilton County BDC reports impressive local impact

In a 12-month period, the 70 businesses that call the Hamilton County Business Development Center home generated $17 million in revenues and investment. More important, $13 million of that total represents new dollars brought into the Hamilton County economy. Read more about the overall impact in this news release from the Chattanooga Chamber (INCubator Impact)....

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Crunchbase News reporter explores the question of “peak start-up”

In this article from TechCrunch, a reporter at Crunchbase News examines the possibility that “the U.S. start-up market’s best days are behind it,” based on something called “peak start-up.”...

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IQuity wins Friday’s “Venture Forum” hosted by LifeSciTN and LaunchTN

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA IQuity, a Nashville start-up focused on helping doctors with faster diagnosis of autoimmune diseases, captured Friday’s annual “Venture Forum” sponsored by Life Science Tennessee and Launch Tennessee. The event, held in the new OneC1ty complex in Nashville, featured four companies. All were from either Middle or West Tennessee. By winning the forum, IQuity...

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