After a first year in which 28 Vanderbilt football players landed internships at Entrepreneurs Organization Nashville companies, the group is aiming to nearly double the program and bring in student-athletes from other sports. Kelley Boothe has more info at Southern/alpha.
Accounting firm Frazier & Deeter has expanded its Women Leadership Initiative to Nashville. The program, which also is active in Atlanta and Tampa, includes a blog as well as some events and will look to back other events aimed at helping female entrepreneurs and executives. Partner Debbie Willett, pictured here, is taking the local lead.
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce will next week host Bizaroo, a half-day conference for business owners to hear from experts on business startups, entrepreneurship, financing, social media and other topics. Keynote speaker at the event will be Dave Delaney of FutureForth. Also among those on the schedule to talk are Bongo Java's Bob Bernstein, Mignon Francois of The Cupcake Collection, Avenue Bank Chairman and CEO Ron Samuels and Dan’s Gourmet Mac & Cheese founder Dan Stephenson.
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The legal kerfuffle between Launch Tennessee and PandoDaily over their competing entrepreneurship conferences planned for this spring has come to a conclusion. The two parties on Wednesday signed an agreement outlining the role of members of the media scheduled to take part in LaunchTN's 36|86. Kelley Boothe has the details at our Southern/alpha sister blog. LaunchTN's full statement on the matter is here.
The Jumpstart Foundry team — now featuring our former publisher, Tori Hughes — is cranking its end-of-summer Investor Day concept up a notch with Health:Further, a two-day conference that will spotlight innovations of all kinds in the delivery of health care. The incubator, which this year is focusing full-time on health care, is partnering on the event with the Nashville Health Care Council, the Nashville Technology Council and the Entrepreneur Center. Check out more information on Health:Further, which will take place at the Omni Nashville, here.
Economic development group Launch Tennessee has received $250,000 from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation that will help it evangelize for the state's startup community, including by funding the Southern Series of pitch competitions around the region. The winners of those events will travel to Nashville for LaunchTN's 36|86 conference in June. Kelley Boothe at Southern/alpha has more info, including on the other Southeastern accelerators getting some funding.
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