With a new health care focus and CEO in Marcus Whitney, business incubator Jumpstart Foundry has refreshed its logo. More changes are on the way. In an email to stakeholders, Vic Gatto promises the Jumpstart crew will soon announce partnerships with large players that should "bring an unfair advantage to our cohort."
These partners will be pulled from the traditional Nashville healthcare ranks. However they will also include novel, unexpected partnerships with groups not traditionally included in the conversation.
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Local entrepreneurs Beth Chase of C3 Consulting and Britnie Turner of Aerial Development have been named to the 2014 class of Entrepreneurial Winning Women, a program run by Ernst & Young that seeks to help female entrepreneurs scale their businesses beyond their initial growth stages. Turner (on the right in the photo) has built infill developer Aerial over five years to have a presence in four markets while Chase has led management consulting firm C3 to more than double its revenue over the past three years.
Tennessee State University will next week roll out its new Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. The center will be based on the Avon Williams Campus and be the umbrella entity for the Nashville Business Incubation Center and the school's Small Business Development Center. Ruthie Reynolds will be its first executive director.
Two Nashville-area companies are among the five chosen to present their stories to regional investors, industry experts and representatives of four TNInvestco funds at the Life Sciences Tennessee annual conference later this month.
The local companies are:
• VDDI Pharmaceuticals, which is looking to develop early-stage drugs, primarily to treat cancer, cardiovascular disease and infectious disease, through Phase II of regulatory approval
• PEURegen, which wants to develop a pipeline of biodegradable wound care products that will promote tissue regeneration
The winner of the pitch competition — also in the mix are EndoInSight of Memphis, Innovasan Corp. from Knoxville and 3D Operations from Chattanooga — will get $5,000 in cash from law firm Waller, a five-minute pitch video courtesy of Benchfly and some valuable presentation time for that video at the Southeast Bio Investor & Partnering Forum in Atlanta next month.
For more info on the conference, which will take place at the Doubletree Hotel downtown, check out the schedule.
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