The Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management has been named a 2014 sponsor of the Forté Foundation, a nonprofit consortium with the goal of helping women launch meaningful careers.
This is the first year since 2011 Forté has invited U.S. schools to apply to become sponsors. Vanderbilt is one of six new universities named as sponsors. Forté now has 48 member institutions in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Christie St-John, director of admissions at Owen, led Vanderbilt’s effort.
“It is a great honor to join this distinguished group of peer business schools, top corporations and important non-profit organizations,” St-John (pictured) said in a release. “They have all demonstrated a commitment to furthering the career aspirations and achievements of women across the globe.”
Forté Foundation was founded in 2001 to address the underrepresentation of women in leading business schools and the impact on the business landscape. Forté enables its corporate and business school sponsors to effectively reach, recruit and retain top female talent.
In addition to Vanderbilt, the institutions joining Forté are Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business; George Washington University School of Business; Ohio State University Fisher College of Business; Rice University Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business; and University of Maryland Smith School of Business.
The Metro Codes Administrative Services Department has issued two permits related to local educational entities.
First, Vanderbilt University will construct an addition to its existing heating/power building. Messer Construction Co. will oversee the work, with the permit valued at $4 million.
Second, the Metro Education Department is ready to start work on a gymnasium (see image below) for Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School. (Read more here.) The first order of business is interior demolition work. D.F. Chase Inc. will handle the effort via a permit valued at $700,000.
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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."
Jumpstart Foundry announced today a new collaboration with Vanderbilt's Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization to boost Vanderbilt-based proposals into the Foundry's annual business accelerator.
Through the partnership, Jumpstart and CTTC will identify and evaluate select proposals from Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students, and CTTC will nominate select proposals for placement in Jumpstart's top 30 applicant pool. The accelerator will then rank the Vanderbilt group, and approximately the top dozen teams will be given an offer to participate in the business incubation program.
"This new engagement represents a dynamic extension of our growing relationship with Jumpstart Foundry that promises to create new and valuable opportunities for entrepreneurial-minded members of the Vanderbilt community," Alan Bentley, Vanderbilt's assistant vice chancellor of technology transfer and intellectual property protection, said in a release.
Vic Gatto, CEO of Jumpstart, said the accelerator is impressed with the potential at Vanderbilt. Last year the company selected Vanderbilt-based startup InvisionHeart, which was recently selected to pitch at Google Demo Day.
"The combination of Vanderbilt intellectual property and human talent with the Jumpstart Foundry curriculum and mentor network will create successful startups driving disrupting large industries and improving people's lives," Gatto said.
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