Category Archives: Entrepreneurs

Launch Tennessee hits billion-dollar goal.

NASHVILLE —Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced recently that private investment in early-stage companies based in Tennessee has surpassed $1 billion, well ahead of the 2017 goal the organization set when it was formed in 2012. The early realization of ...

MyPro seeks to reverse engineer social media.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Franklin-based entrepreneur Andrew McGarry is attracting some big names in sports and entertainment with his social media platform, MyPro. MyPro is a website and mobile app that provides ambitious content providers an opportunity to m ...

Franklin sisters open Luna Record Shop at The Factory.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Luna Record Shop will open its doors in The Factory in Franklin in early November. Owners Calvert Gentry McMahan and Brenna Gentry have billed the enterprise as a “vinyl lifestyle store.” The Franklin-grown sisters plan to offer ne ...

Launch Tennessee launches The Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Launch Tennessee has selected eight new companies that will participate in its startup initiative, The Tenn. Now in its third year, The Tenn provides a group of Tennessee startups with mentors and training on business management and ...

Delta Challenge contest to kick off in Memphis.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A startup pitch competition in Memphis will be the first of six regional competitions, dubbed “The Delta Challenge,” created to claim more of the venture capital pool of investors for the Delta Region. The series of competit ...

Four startups complete ZeroTo510 accelerator.

MEMPHIS–Four entrepreneurial teams will soon complete the 2015 ZeroTo510 Medical Device Accelerator, culminating in a pitch competition. The goal of the 12-week, mentor-driven program is to help medical device entrepreneurs navigate the start-up pro ...

Zenagen pitches hair care products to Mark Cuban.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn.—Zenagen, maker of chemical-free hair products designed to stop hair loss, is set to pitch the brand in competition, with a chance to win a mentorship with Mark Cuban. Jared Reynolds was a medical student when he began to lose his hair a ...

SOAR Adventure Park taking off in Franklin.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Franklin is about to get a new attraction that will be the first of its kind in North America. Kevin Vanderkolk has announced he is building SOAR Adventure, a ropes adventure park on Carothers Parkway. According to an article in The Te ...

Music tech Dart takes aim at industry barriers.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Chris McMurty holds the perfect resume for a music tech entrepreneur, combining an education in classical music with eight years with Apple and experience starting his own record label. As a musician and composer of classical music, M ...