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Chamber and local partners create new “EPIcenter” for entrepreneurs

Via Memphis Business Journal: If a plan developed by the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle comes to fruition, the entrepreneurial community in the city will get a lot more crowded in the next few years. The chamber, along with multiple organizations including the Memphis Bioworks Foundation, the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis & Shelby County, Innova, Start Co., EmergeMemphis and the Crews Venture Lab, are launching the Memphis Entrepreneurship Powered Innovation Center, an organization that has the goal of creating 1,000 new entrepreneurs and 500 new companies in the next 10 years. The organization will be led by Steve Bares, president and executive director of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation. The EPIcenter, as it will be known, will assist any ...

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Startup Memphis: Memphis to be EPIcenter of entrepreneurship

Via The Commercial Appeal: The idea is audacious, innovative and perhaps a little crazy, but if it works, brilliant. A coalition of Memphis leaders propose to recruit 1,000 entrepreneurs to launch 500 new startups in Memphis over the next decade. Sounds great, but how? First off, provide them with support and resources and opportunities to take chances. Next, hold them accountable to the mission of developing solid companies staffed by energetic creatives who will ignite this city with a belief that anything is possible. That mindset fueled historic entrepreneurship in Memphis and it’s the premise and the promise of the Entrepreneurship Powered Innovation Center or EPIcenter. The initiative was developed by local business, civic, education and nonprofit leaders under the ...

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Bares: EPIcenter Effort Targets ‘Scalability’

Via Memphis Daily News: It’s all about “scalability” when it comes to creating new businesses in Memphis, and that means creating ones with a reach beyond the city to customers in other places – customers that more often than not are other businesses, not consumers. BARES Late this summer, the Greater Memphis Chamber will open its EPIcenter effort – short for Memphis Entrepreneurship Powered Innovation Center – with a goal of creating 1,000 entrepreneurs and 50 new companies locally in the next decade. The effort is backed by the chamber’s Chairman’s Circle of more than 100 business leaders who are putting up funding to hire EPIcenter staff and create a business accelerator specifically for logistics. “Logistics is an area where ...

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Chairman’s Circle Announces EPIcenter Launch

Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle Announces Innovation Center to Create 1,000 Entrepreneurs in 10 Years Memphis Bioworks selected to lead the Center ​​Memphis, Tenn., March 19, 2014 —The Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle announced plans to create 1,000 entrepreneurs and 500 companies in 10 years. The Chairman’s Circle benchmarked Memphis with other successful communities and determined that achieving this next level of success requires a concerted effort to organize all the organizations that serve startups around a common strategy. This research resulted in the launch of the MemphisEntrepreneurship Powered Innovation Center (The EPIcenter), an organization that will serve as the single front door and single point of accountability for entrepreneurs in Memphis. The Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle is a group of ...

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