Startup Day Power Pitchers featured in Knoxville News Sentinel “elevator pitch” videos

The Knoxville News Sentinel and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center teamed up to produce “The Elevator Sessions,” videos of each entrepreneur pitching at Startup Day 2014 giving their elevator pitch – you guessed it – in a real elevator. Below are links to each of the 10 Power Pitch videos.

To read the Knoxville News Sentinel’s preview story from this weekend, click here.

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel

Two Knoxville companies selected for LaunchTN’s The Tenn program

Carly Harrington’s recent piece in the Knoxville News Sentinel highlights two early-stage Knoxville companies who have been selected to be part of this year’s LaunchTN master accelerator program, The Tenn. Fiveworx (who participated in last year’s Startup Day) and Closeup.fm (scheduled to deliver a Power Pitch at Startup Day 2014) are among 10 companies chosen across the state to participate in the cohort.

The Tenn program, which starts October 23, matches entrepreneurs with master mentors and includes training in The Rockefeller Habits, a business management system, and guidance in such business topics as marketing, financial management and operations.

Read the full story here.

Source: Carly Harrington, Knoxville News Sentinel

Knoxville: Home to emerging music-tech startups

According to an article in the Nashville Business Journal, Tennessee’s music-tech startups are coming from….Knoxville.

That’s right.  While Nashville is home to a $9.7 billion music industry, the latest round of Tennessee-based music startups aren’t coming from Music City. Why? Well, the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) graduated its inaugural accelerator class in early August. The program, called MediaWorks, focused exclusively on digital media companies, and a third of those graduating were in the music-tech space.

The article quotes Jonathan Sexton, Knoxvillian and entrepreneur-in-residence at the KEC. “There’s got to be some benefit from actually being away from the industry, where entrepreneurs aren’t confronted with publishing rights the second they have an idea,” he said. “The KEC shows what’s possible when there’s not a lot of politics involved.”

Knoxville-based startups Audiohand, Closeup.fm, and Street Jelly were all mentioned in the article.

Source: Nashville Business Journal