By Charlie Brock, for the Tennessean
"Back in January, I wrote aboutTennessee’s unique accelerator network and the collaborative statewide efforts to support the nine regional entities.
Tennessee’s statewide accelerator network, as we know it today, has been in existence for almost two years. The network was kicked off in 2012 as part of Gov. Haslam’s Jobs4TN plan with the goal of spurring more entrepreneurship across the state.
Now that we are two years out from Gov. Haslam’s announcement, let’s take a look at how far we have come, as well as the future of entrepreneurship and the accelerator network.
The NextFarm Ag Innovation Accelerator, the University of Tennessee at Martin College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, and the Mid-South School of Advanced Agricultural Lending are coming together to host an agricultural symposium. The title of this event is "Innovating for Profit: Building Rural Businesses from the Ground Up." Features of this symposium will include:
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Senator Bob Corker’s office is partnering with Google to bring a "Tennessee Get Your Business Online" event to Jackson, Tennessee on Wednesday, August 13. The event will take place from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM in The Aeneas Building at 405 East College Street.
NTEC recently announced they will offer CO.STARTERS, a nine-week program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action. CO.STARTERS programs will be held in Martin, Union City, and Dyersburg, TN.
From Courtney Corlew for Launch Tennessee's The TENN:
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 2, 2014 – Launch Tennessee today announced the 10 companies chosen to participate in this year’s cohort of The TENN, its unique master accelerator program for graduates of Tennessee’s nine startup accelerators. The TENN is sponsored by UBS, a global financial services firm with a presence across Tennessee, including the recently opened UBS Business Solutions Center Nashville.
NORTHWEST TN— In mid-September, the Northwest TN Entrepreneur Center (NTEC) launched a small business building program called CO.STARTERS in Martin, Union City, and Dyersburg. Although CO.STARTERS has only just reached its halfway point, the hopeful entrepreneurs in the program have already learned valuable insights and made vital decisions for the success of their business ideas.
NextFarm graduate and current The TENN accelerator team Stony Creek Colors was just awarded a $450,000 SBIR Phase 2 grant from the USDA!
From the Stony Creek Colors webpage: "Stony Creek Colors is an emerging company based in Nashville, TN, seeking to deliver the most reliable and sustainable plant based colorants to the textile industry worldwide. The company currently monitors dye growing operations at three farms in Tennessee and Kentucky and processes waste stream dye products from agricultural sources throughout the Southeast U.S.