MDN: The Case for Ground Floor Innovation

MDN: The Case for Ground Floor Innovation ServiceMaster wanted to open an innovation center partly for “self-serving” reasons, the company’s chief information officer said during a panel discussion Thursday, June 15, that marked the inaugural event in ServiceMaster’s new innovation space the “Ground Floor.” The company, CIO Jamie Smith said, had actually looked at launching such a space even before the company knew it would be bringing its corporate headquarters Downtown. Ground Floor will serve as a startup accelerator, co-working space and small events center. “We know we need to innovate, as ServiceMaster, to really stay relevant – we don’t … Continue reading MDN: The Case for Ground Floor Innovation

Techco: 30 Best Startup Accelerators in the US [Infographic]

Techco: 30 Best Startup Accelerators in the US [Infographic] … If you need to evaluate your startup accelerator needs, the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project (SARP) has released their fifth annual rankings of startup accelerators around the country. In hopes of encouraging discourse about accelerators as a whole, the project ranks the top 30 startup accelerators into five categories: Platinum Plus, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. While the exact metrics used for the study remained relatively under wraps for privacy sake, the authors did specify that things like fundraising and valuations played a big role in ranking the accelerators. The aim of … Continue reading Techco: 30 Best Startup Accelerators in the US [Infographic]

HGN: MIT works with young entrepreneurs to change the face of tech in Memphis

HGN: MIT works with young entrepreneurs to change the face of tech in Memphis Divya Pinnaka, a Germantown High School rising senior, wants Memphians to know that young people can bring a special edge to the startup community. … Pinnaka is the president of the Memphis chapter of the MIT Launch Club program as well as the U.S. central director for MIT Launch North America. The international entrepreneurial program for high school students is based out of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and the Sloan School of Management. The program gives high school students the tools and mentorship … Continue reading HGN: MIT works with young entrepreneurs to change the face of tech in Memphis

MDN: Eighteen Startup Teams Set to Begin ‘Summer of Acceleration’ in Memphis

MDN: Eighteen Startup Teams Set to Begin ‘Summer of Acceleration’ in Memphis Eighteen startup teams this week have kicked off the “Summer of Acceleration,” the season of joint accelerator programming across six startup accelerators overseen by the EPIcenter, Memphis Bioworks and Start Co. The startups – whose founders come from Memphis, Los Angeles and many other markets – are participating in a boot-camp style of programming that culminates on Aug. 10 with Demo Day, at which the teams will make pitches to potential investors. The startups over the course of the summer will get hands-on training and mentorship, as well … Continue reading MDN: Eighteen Startup Teams Set to Begin ‘Summer of Acceleration’ in Memphis

MDN: ServiceMaster’s New HQ Taking Shape

MDN: ServiceMaster’s New HQ Taking Shape About this time last year, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding ServiceMaster’s relocation. So when the company announced it would convert the long-vacant Peabody Place Mall into its new corporate headquarters, it sent a clear signal that, in terms of development, anything is possible these days in the Bluff City. The Daily News recently took a look inside the ambitious project. The first part of ServiceMaster’s new headquarters to open will be its IT Innovation Center, a 20,000-square-foot collaborative workspace that will occupy the former Tower Records location near the Third Street entrance … Continue reading MDN: ServiceMaster’s New HQ Taking Shape

MDN: Start Co. Teams Hit Key Business Milestones

MDN: Start Co. Teams Hit Key Business Milestones Six of Start Co.’s alumni teams have hit major business milestones recently. The teams participated in the summer accelerator programs in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as well as participating in post-acceleration activities to continue to build their businesses. • Graph Story, which provides graph databases, applications and solutions as a service, has raised more than $1 million to date and reached break-even. It’s currently working toward its next major round of investment capital. • Cabsolutely, which connects taxi fleets with passengers via a mobile app and digital dispatching, has raised $600,000 to … Continue reading MDN: Start Co. Teams Hit Key Business Milestones

MBJ: New high-tech space coming to historic building in West Tennessee town

MBJ: New high-tech space coming to historic building in West Tennessee town A coworking, incubator and maker space is on the way for historic Downtown Dyersburg. Main Street Dyersburg and a coworking space under construction there will receive a $50,000 grant for The Mill Workspace as part of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s second round Main Street Entrepreneur Grants. The projects are funded through the Rural Economic Opportunity Act to encourage the growth of entrepreneurship and revitalization of vacant and underused buildings in Tennessee’s Main Street communities. The communities are accredited through a state program and the … Continue reading MBJ: New high-tech space coming to historic building in West Tennessee town

MDN: Busy Season for Start Co. Ramps Up

MDN: Busy Season for Start Co. Ramps Up The Start Co. organization is continuing its busy start to 2017 by playing host to a group of military entrepreneurs later this month, as part of a tour designed to introduce veterans to entrepreneurship resources. The veterans will be stopping at Start Co.’s Downtown office at 88 Union Ave. on March 25 for, among other things, a workshop that covers how to create a one-page business model and the how-to’s of customer development and messaging. Meanwhile, Start Co.’s 2017 program kicks off on May 1. As part of that accelerator programming, participants … Continue reading MDN: Busy Season for Start Co. Ramps Up

MBJ ($): Young Memphis education innovator receives national honor

MBJ ($): Young Memphis education innovator receives national honor Hardy Farrow, founder and executive director of Lets Innovate Through Education (LITE), was named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the education category. …. MBJ ($): Young Memphis education innovator receives national honor Continue reading MBJ ($): Young Memphis education innovator receives national honor

HGN: Start Co. launches first cohort of minority-owned businesses

HGN: Start Co. launches first cohort of minority-owned businesses As efforts grow city-wide to invest in minority-owned businesses, Start Co. responded by launching its first accelerator aimed to serve existing minority-owned businesses. The Propel program graduated its first cohort in January. The companies launched include Casey Custom Upholstery, Durham Housing, Fifer & Associates, Fitnexx, The Healthcare Institute, Reflections and West Wing Events. The 12-week program, run in partnership with The City of Memphis Office of Business Diversity and Compliance, was designed to build capacity and enhance the business models of existing by offering hands-on programming, mentor opportunities and technical resources. … Continue reading HGN: Start Co. launches first cohort of minority-owned businesses