Local startup pitch competition to award bitcoins

The team at Southern/Alpha has come up with an interesting idea to set apart its Spark Nashville pitch competition, which will take place early next month. The winner selected from the entrepreneurs throwing their hat in the ring will receive two bitcoins — today, they're worth about $1,150 — to do with as they please.

Aug 7, 2014 8:47 AM

Counting down to JumpStart's investor day

The team at JumpStart Foundry is a little more than two weeks from hosting its annual Investor Day, where the incubator's latest crop of startups will strut their stuff. At Southern Alpha, Ben McIntyre has a rundown of each company's goals and progress. Among them are interesting concepts featuring localization technology, parking management software and three-dimensional scanning. One of the companies, wearable technology play Octovis, already is close to securing a round of funding; founder Ryan Macy says his pitch at Investor Day will be for the next sack of growth cash.

Aug 4, 2014 8:42 AM

Life Science Tennessee to host pitch competition

Industry group Life Science Tennessee will this October host its third startup pitch competition as parts of its annual conference at downtown's DoubleTree Hotel. In addition to various support services from firms including Waller and Kraft Analytics, the winner will for the first time be guaranteed a presenting spot at the Southeast Bio Investor and Partnering Forum late this year in Atlanta. Applications are being accepted through Sept. 8.

Aug 4, 2014 6:58 AM

Spark startup competition coming in September

Southern/Alpha will in a few weeks host its second Spark:Nashville event, which is highlighted by a rapid-fire pitch competition. The event will take place Sept. 4 at Events on 3rd in Printer's Alley. Here's some info on the inaugural shindig.

Jul 22, 2014 9:47 AM

UBS supporting The TENN

On the heels of setting up shop in the downtown tower formerly known as the Regions Center, global bank UBS has committed to be the presenting sponsor of Launch Tennessee’s The TENN master accelerator program for the next two years. The investment has a value of $150,000.

“We are thrilled to partner with UBS for the second and third cohorts of The TENN,” said Charlie Brock, Launch Tennessee CEO. “UBS has a long history of helping Tennessee’s economy grow, including its recent commitment to creating 1,000 news jobs at the company’s Business Solutions Center in Nashville. They are a perfect partner for Launch Tennessee and we look forward to working with them in building on The TENN’s inaugural year successes.”

The TENN gathers a group of promising startups from the state’s nine accelerator programs and exposes them to investors and entrepreneurs around the state (via a bus tour) and elsewhere. (Check out more info here.) The Launch Tennessee team will begin accepting applications for the second cohort in late August.

"We are excited to partner with a first-class organization like Launch Tennessee in support of their incredibly innovative The TENN program," said Lori Feinsilver, head of community affairs and corporate responsibility for the Americas at UBS. "We look forward to supporting and working with early-stage ventures from across the state, as they grow their businesses and create jobs in local communities."

Jul 21, 2014 1:08 PM

Dedicated applicant spots for VU startups in Memphis incubator

Vanderbilt University's Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization and the Memphis Bioworks Foundation have agreed to work together to develop medical device technology concepts coming out of the university, most specifically by giving Vanderbilt applicants fast-track access to Bioworks' ZeroTo510 incubator. The partnership also will give VU-based startups better access to investment capital via Bioworks' relationship with pre-seed and early-stage firm Innova.

SEE ALSO: Two Vanderbilt startups accepted in Memphis incubator

Jul 10, 2014 7:18 AM

Checkd.in wins $100K investment from AOL co-founder

A data marketing company won a $100,000 investment from AOL co-founder Steve Case in Nashville Friday, the Nashville Business Journal reports.

Locally founded, Checkd.in received the big investment, plus an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with additional investors, in a pitch competition among 10 startups. The pitch competition was the final piece of Case's Rise of the Rest tour, a series of events highlighting startup and entrepreneurial activity in regions beside Silicon Valley.

Also on Friday, Case praised Nashville's health care startups and advised entrepreneurs to stay competitive in an increasingly global economy.

Jun 30, 2014 10:00 PM

AOL co-founder talks globalization, diversity

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Jun 27, 2014 2:00 PM

Mexican company wins Southland pitch competition

A Mexican company marketing a pre-paid debit card that connects to any smartphone or tablet won this week's startup competition at the Southland Southern Culture and Technology Conference. The company will receive $110,000 from the contest's 11 judges — with the stipulation that that money be the final $110,000 of a $4 million round that Sr. Pago executives plan to raising.

Sr. Pago was selected from a group of 10 early-stage companies that pitched at the conference. Its card will be sold at Best Buy or about $50.

“We were pretty surprised,” said Pablo Gonzalez Vargas, CEO of Sr. Pago. “As a Mexico-based company, we knew we would bring diversity to this conference, and it’s a very good thing for Southland to be this open to an international company.”

Separately at Southland, PandoDaily Editorial Director Paul Carr revealed that the staff of the website selected Nashville-based musical instrument maker Artiphon as their favorite company and said they will fork over a financial prize soon.

Jun 13, 2014 10:27 AM