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Seventeen Startups Presented Business Plans at Memphis Demo Day Aug. 11

Included teams spanning logistics, women-led enterprise, social innovation, early-stage technology, music industry innovation, medical technology & university collaboration MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 11, 2016) – EPIcenter, Start Co., and ZeroTo510 today hosted Memphis Demo Day, where 17 startup teams who completed this year’s groundbreaking “Summer of Acceleration” pitched their businesses from the stage at the Orpheum’s Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education in Downtown Memphis. Teams pitched their businesses and progress to-date, including key milestones and partnerships, as well as the development of products, networks, customer acquisitions, and sourcing strategies. The more than 300 attendees included successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, community supporters and investors from throughout the Mid-South. “We’re incredibly proud of this year’s cohorts, as each team has made significant strides ...

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Summer of Acceleration Launches in Memphis with 18 Teams Across Seven Accelerators

More than 50 startup founders and students will build businesses in downtown core MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 2, 2016) – EPIcenter, hub of the greater Memphis entrepreneurship movement, and Start Co., a member of the Global Accelerator Network, together with ZeroTo510, have today announced the teams that will participate in this year’s groundbreaking ‘Summer of Acceleration.’ This will be the first time in the region that six industry-specific startup accelerators and one student accelerator will journey together through rigorous entrepreneurial startup programming led by the region’s top accelerator experts to grow and develop their business. The teams, listed with their respective accelerator, hail from around the world and include a diverse mix of apps, platforms and initiatives: EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator, ...

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Unprecedented Community Collaboration Recruits Businesses to Memphis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Unprecedented Community Collaboration Recruits Businesses to Memphis More than 50 startup founders and students will grow their businesses through seven accelerators in joint partnership MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Apr. 19, 2016) – For the first time, EPIcenter, Start Co. and ZeroTo510 are today announcing a partnership of six industry-specific startup accelerators and one student accelerator that will host more than 20 technology-based teams from around the world and 12 students from seven universities in Memphis this summer. The joint accelerator program will kick off on May 2 and is operated by EPIcenter, hub of the greater Memphis entrepreneurship movement, and Start Co., a member of the Global Accelerator Network. The 100-day-long “Summer of Acceleration” will culminate in the region’s ...

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Job Opening: Logistics Accelerator Leader

Job Description The EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator is an entrepreneurship program that was created to help startups bring innovative logistics products and technologies to market and is sponsored by FedEx. The accelerator is a 15-week intensive program for innovative startups investigating transportation- or logistics-oriented solutions within areas including: Cross-border E-Commerce solutions First- and last-mile delivery solutions Fleet efficiency Data-driven supply chain management, including predictive analytics Payment systems Location and contextual-based services Internet of Things Autonomous vehicles Robotics Sensors Smart packaging The accelerator is operated by EPIcenter, a collaborative and community-wide strategic initiative that connects the Memphis region’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and coordinates resources from various organizations in the community, such as accelerators, incubators, mentors, investors, networking programs, and technical assistance programs ...

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Memphis Logistics Innovation Accelerator Opens 2016 Application Process

Second year of program leverages regional strength in logistics technology MEMPHIS, Tennessee (February 15, 2016) – Applications are now open for the 2016 EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator. The entrepreneurship accelerator program was created to help startups bring innovative logistics products and technologies to market and is sponsored by FedEx. The accelerator is a 15-week intensive program for innovative startups investigating transportation- or logistics-oriented solutions within areas including: Cross-border E-Commerce solutions First- and last-mile delivery solutions Fleet efficiency Data-driven supply chain management, including predictive analytics Payment systems Location and contextual-based services Internet of Things Autonomous vehicles Robotics Sensors Smart packaging The EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator is strategically located in Memphis, Tenn. – America’s distribution hub – home to the world’s second-busiest ...

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City of Germantown and EPIcenter Open Collaborative Work Space

EPIcenter Germantown will help support growth of local start-ups and small businesses Germantown, Tenn. (December 18, 2015) – The City of Germantown and EPIcenter, through a public-private partnership, have opened a collaborative working and business space in Germantown’s West Poplar Avenue District. Located in Carrefour at Kirby Woods, at the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Kirby, EPIcenter Germantown offers collaborative co-working opportunities to entrepreneurs. The facility is intended to provide a cost-effective work environment as well as programming and expert support to encourage the growth of start-ups and small businesses. The 900-square-foot space features furnished cubicles, a common area that can be converted into additional work space to accommodate growth, a conference room, Wi-Fi, and a monitoring system with secure ...

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Five Companies Selected for EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator

Inaugural Program Leverages Regional Strength in Logistics Technology MEMPHIS, Tenn., (August 19, 2015) – Five entrepreneurial teams have been selected for the 2015 EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator, which is sponsored by FedEx, and began the 14-week program on August 17.  The 2015 participants, which represent a diverse set of logistics technology solutions, are: Burro, from Austin, Texas, is a father and son team who are leveraging the popularity of ridesharing and applying it to local deliveries. LiLoE, from Washington, D.C., is founded by a U.S. Navy veteran who is working on a solution to the doorstep delivery of unattended packages. L7, of Memphis, Tenn., is developing an online marketplace for consumer-to-consumer shipping options. One Click Ship, from San Francisco, is ...

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Logistics innovation accelerator opens application process in Memphis

Sponsored by FedEx, inaugural program leverages regional strength in logistics technology MEMPHIS, Tennessee (March 10, 2015) – Applications are now open for the 2015 EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator, an entrepreneurship accelerator program sponsored by FedEx and created to help startups bring innovative logistics technology to market. The EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator is unique among entrepreneurship programs in that it focuses on technologies and products that enable and enhance logistics, leveraging the region’s strengths as the world’s distribution hub. “With a competitive advantage in supply chain integration, unparalleled business-to-business capabilities, four modes of transportation readily available to connect local companies to a global marketplace and a workforce that has expertise in logistics technology, Memphis can provide the ideal ecosystem and mentorship ...

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Leslie Lynn Smith Selected to be President of EPIcenter

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (February 17, 2015) – Nationally recognized entrepreneurial and business development leader Leslie Lynn Smith has been selected as president of the Entrepreneurship-Powered Innovation Center (EPIcenter), a collaborative and community-wide strategic initiative led by Memphis Bioworks that is helping entrepreneurs conceive, launch and scale businesses in the Memphis region. In addition to her leadership at EPIcenter, Smith will serve as a vice president on the Memphis Bioworks executive team. Smith comes to EPIcenter following five years of successful entrepreneurial leadership as president and CEO of TechTown Detroit. As the city’s most established business accelerator and incubator, TechTown provides a powerful connection to a broad network of resources, catalyzing entire communities of entrepreneurs best poised to energize the local economy. At TechTown, ...

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Innova Memphis and Start Co. partner to support 2015 B2B accelerator teams with investment

Innova Memphis and Start Co. partner to support 2015 B2B accelerator teams with investment Partnership to provide Seed Hatchery and Upstart accelerator teams with $25,000 of investment capital   MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Jan. 14, 2015) – Innova Memphis, an early-stage venture capital firm, and Start Co., a nationally recognized venture development organization based in Memphis, are partnering to invest capital into high-growth-potential B2B startups in the Seed Hatchery and Upstart accelerator programs.  Applications for those accelerator programs are now open.   Startup teams selected for Seed Hatchery, the first accelerator in Memphis now focusing on B2B technology businesses, and Upstart, one of the first accelerators to focus on women-led tech startups in the United States, will each receive $25,000 of investment ...

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