Sarah Lacy, whose Pando team is co-organizing next week's Southland conference at Marathon Music Works, says she has accidently exceeded her goal of having 10 judges for the event's startup pitch competition. The 11th investor to commit is Paul Judge, an executive at Barracuda Networks, which means the winning startup team will get the opportunity to negotiate for a $110,000 investment.
Advanced Network Solutions has won a multi-year contract to manage various information technology services for BreatheAmerica, which runs treatment centers for patients with chronic airway diseases. ANS will rebuild and upgrade BreatheAmerica's IT infrastructure and compliance functions. In a statement, CEO Richard Pinson said "working with BreatheAmerica validates the level of hard work and services we provide our medical clients to meet and support companies of their size and IT needs."
Locally based Ecoviate, which is aiming to develop sustainable technologies, has been accepted into the inaugural class of the Halcyon Incubator, a socially oriented business incubator in Washington, D.C. The Halcyon program is a 14-month fellowship that includes a four-month residency, eight months of rent-free space, various support and mentoring services and access to a network of potential funders.
SEE ALSO: The Halcyon Incubator's homepage
Two Vanderbilt-born startups have been accepted in the third class of the 2014 ZeroTo510 medical device accelerator in Memphis. Blood Monitoring Solutions and EndoInsight will begin the 12-week Memphis Bioworks Business Incubator next week, each receiving $50,000 in initial seed capital.
Led by a recent Vanderbilt University grad, Blood Monitoring Solutions has created a tracking system that reduces the amount blood wasted in hospitals. EndoInsight uses patented Vanderbilt University technology and provides a low-cost carbon dioxide insufflation systems intended to reduce pain associated with colonoscopies.
Two other teams, Innometrix from Oxford, Mississippi, and Compression Kinetics from Chapel Hill, N.C., have also been chosen.
Director of entrepreneurship and sustainability for Memphis Bioworks Foundation Allan Daisley said in a release the program chose to accept fewer teams into the program this year to focus on "what types of concepts and products have the greatest likelihood of emerging into our ecosystem with both the potential for follow-on funding and long-term business viability."
Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority officials today announced that Nashville International Airport (BNA) passengers can now check email, post to social media and browse the Internet through the airport’s enhanced public Wi-Fi network.
The complimentary service is enabled by the airport’s longtime Wi-Fi provider, Boingo Wireless, using the company’s media platform to provide free Wi-Fi through advertising sponsorships. Nashville passengers can enjoy 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi access after watching an ad, completing a survey or downloading an app. The service will not cost the authority any extra expense.
“BNA continues to set monthly and yearly record passenger levels,” Rob Wigington, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority president and CEO, said in a release. “Our enhanced ad-supported Wi-Fi model makes it possible for us to offer high-quality free service while still investing in the network to ensure an outstanding connectivity experience.”
Los Angeles-based Boingo manages services at more than 75 airports. Founded in 2006, the company totaled revenues of $106.7 million in 2013.
Four out of 10 health care executives surveyed by group purchasing organization Premier are dissatisfied with or (maybe worse) indifferent toward their company's investments in electronic health records. As Lena Weiner at HealthLeaders points out, "The growing dissatisfaction continues despite almost half (49%) of respondents stating that their largest capital investment this year will be in health IT, an area that includes EHR as well as hospital telecommunications systems, telemedicine, and advanced data analytics."