GIGTANK Issues Final Call For 3D Printing, Smart Grid And Health Care Startups

Monday, March 03, 2014
GIGTANK, Chattanooga’s leading accelerator for next-generation tech startups. Applications for the summer program are due March 14.
 
Now preparing for its third iteration, GIGTANK is renowned for being the world’s only startup accelerator connected to a living, metro-wide fiber optic network. With Internet speeds that run 100x faster than the national average, GIGTANK offers startups the opportunity to innovate on the broadband platform of the future.
 
The program attracts top talent from business and academia to Chattanooga each year for 10 weeks of intensive startup development.
Qualified teams have the opportunity to present their work to an extensive network of angel and private equity investors. This summer, GIGTANK will help launch next-generation businesses in the 3D printing/additive manufacturing, smart grid and health care industries. The experience is designed to connect seed stage businesses with the tools, capital and connections to go to market.
 
“Over the last two months, we’ve been working hard to connect with top candidates at universities, colleges, conferences and tradeshows across the U.S.,” said Mike Bradshaw, executive director of CO.LAB. “Thanks to a great deal of teamwork and coordination, applications for GIGTANK are rolling in from all corners of the country. But with just two weeks until all applications are due, we have no intention of slowing down. As we move into the final phase of recruitment, we invite the community to join us in spreading the word about GIGTANK through our various networks.”
 
Throughout the duration of the program, GIGTANK participants will enjoy access to:
  • $15,000 in initial seed funding for teams or a $3,000 stipend for specialists
  • Free housing from UTC
  • Leading industry experts and mentors
  • Potential pilot and technology partners
  • An opportunity to attract additional investment at the end of the experience
GIGTANK 2014 is America’s first startup accelerator created specifically for businesses in 3D printing/additive manufacturing and smart grid development. CO.LAB hosts the overall program and will coordinate the 3D printing vertical with support from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as well as the smart grid track with support from EPB. ProjectLift will serve as the lead facilitator for the health care vertical.
 
The program will take place from May 12 to July 31 and will culminate with a nationally-promoted Demo Day. Click here for details about how to apply to GIGTANK. Visit www.thegigtank.com for the full overview.

Scam Phone Calls Continue; IRS Identifies Five Easy Ways To Spot Suspicious Calls

The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS.   These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They ... (click for more)

CBL & Associates Properties To Pay Common And Preferred Stock Dividends

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. Thursday announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend for the company’s Common Stock of $0.245 per share for the quarter ending Sept. 30. The dividend is payable on Oct. 15 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 30. The Board also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.4609375 per depositary share for the ... (click for more)

Bradley, 24, Charged In Death Of Boy, 3; Child Had Numerous Injuries After Left With Boyfriend; Mother Was In Workhouse

Justin Dale Bradley has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of a three-year-old child, who was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday and later died. Police said Dakota James Arndt had numerous injuries over his body. Authorities said Bradley, 24, is the boyfriend of the child's mother, Brianna Kwekel, who was in the Workhouse at the time. Ms. Kwekel was serving 48 ... (click for more)

Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers. Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far. Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)

Insurance Burden Should Not Fall On The Teachers

I have attended several Hamilton County School Board meetings over the past few months, including the recent special called meeting" to vote on teacher insurance changes. First, let me say I am very impressed with Superintendent Rick Smith and his staff at the Central Office.  Mr. Smith is a very dedicated public servant, working hard to provide services to our community ... (click for more)