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First Recommendations from Data-Driven Plan to Support Makers in Shelby County to Roll Out this Fall

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (June 19, 2017) – EPIcenter and Little Bird Innovation today announced the first recommendations from a plan focused on growing maker businesses and strengthening the maker community over the next three years in Memphis. The plan was developed using data from the Made By Project, first-of-its-kind qualitative and quantitative research of more than 300 makers, artisans and micro-manufacturers in Memphis and Shelby County, Tenn. The announcement comes during the National Week of Making, June 16-22, which highlights activities in communities throughout the United States that celebrate the innovation, ingenuity, and creativity of makers. The Made By Project sought to understand the aspirations and needs of “makers,” or entrepreneurs creating and selling physical goods created at small scale in ...

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2017 Summer of Acceleration Teams Announced

More than 30 startup founders and students will build businesses in downtown core MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 1, 2017) – EPIcenter, the collaborative hub of the Memphis entrepreneurship movement, Start Co., accelerator programming expert and member of the Global Accelerator Network, and Memphis Bioworks, the region’s go-to organization for creating companies, jobs and investments in bioscience, such as health and agriculture, today announced the teams that will participate in their joint accelerator program known as the Summer of Acceleration. The programming culminates in Memphis Demo Day on August 10. This year, 18 teams will participate in rigorous entrepreneurial startup programming across the six accelerators in the Summer of Acceleration. Accelerators will be supported by Start Co.’s core programming and expertise while ...

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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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