Second Cohort of Master Accelerator Program Kicks Off Oct. 23
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 2, 2014 – Launch Tennessee today announced the 10
companies chosen to participate in this year’s cohort of The TENN, its unique master
accelerator program for graduates of Tennessee’s nine startup accelerators. The TENN is
sponsored by UBS, a global financial services firm with a presence across Tennessee,
including the recently opened UBS Business Solutions Center Nashville.
The companies selected for The TENN’s 2014 cohort are:
• AgSmarts, NW TN Entrepreneur Center – NextFarm, Martin: AgSmarts is a
Precision Agriculture company that automates existing agricultural irrigation
systems with their universal retrofit solution to optimize crop yield and minimize
• Closeup.fm, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center – MediaWorks, Knoxville: Closeup.fm
is a touring marketplace for independent bands, singers and songwriters.
• eDivv, Start Co., Memphis: eDivv is a unique marketplace where you can negotiate,
barter, and trade your beauty sample products.
• EndoInSight, ZeroTo510, Nashville: By providing clinicians with access to a low-
cost and disposable CO2 insufflation system, EndoInSight seeks to save lives by
enabling widespread adoption of less-painful colonoscopy.
• Feetz, CO.LAB – GIGTANK, Chattanooga: Feetz provides custom fit footwear
through their SizeMe 3D printed footwear technology.
• FiveWorx, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, Knoxville: Fiveworx leverages its
proprietary platform and big data analytics to deliver a highly personalized list of
energy efficiency actions for consumers.
• GraphStory, Start Co., Memphis: Graph Story offers businesses a simple and
affordable service to use the power of graph databases in order to see data in real
time and reveal new insights into their current data.
• Healthcare MarketMaker, Nashville Entrepreneur Center – Jumpstart Foundry,
Nashville: Healthcare MarketMaker is a cloud-based marketplace that empowers
buyers and sellers of medical and dental practices.
• Play-Tag, Start Co., Memphis: Play-Tag is smart, wireless technology for the 21st
century dog owner.
• Stony Creek Colors, NW TN Entrepreneur Center – NextFarm, Nashville: Stony
Creek Colors seeks to deliver the most reliable and sustainable plant based
colorants to the textile industry worldwide.
“We look forward to working with this diverse group of early-stage companies,” said
Charlie Brock, CEO of Launch Tennessee. “I am confident the founders of these
companies have the drive and resourcefulness necessary to take maximum advantage of the
learning and networking opportunities they will receive during The TENN program.”
The program will begin Oct. 23 with an event during which the entrepreneurs will meet
their master mentors, with whom they will be working closely throughout the program.
The program will include training in The Rockefeller Habits, a business management
system, and learning days on key business topics, such as marketing, financial management
and operations. They will also travel throughout Tennessee to meet executives at top
corporations during a weeklong roadshow and fly to California and New York for
networking trips. The program will conclude with a demo day in spring 2015.
Entrepreneurship is one of two philanthropic focus areas for UBS, the presenting sponsor
of The TENN for the next two years. Through the firm’s signature program, Elevating
Entrepreneurs, as well as through strategic partnerships with national nonprofit
organizations, UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Americas is
committed to providing access to advice and opportunities to spur entrepreneurial growth
and job creation.
About Launch Tennessee
Launch Tennessee is a public-private partnership focused on supporting the development
of high-growth companies in the state of Tennessee with the ultimate goal of making
Tennessee the No. 1 state in the Southeast for entrepreneurs to start and grow a company.
Launch Tennessee focuses on four key areas: entrepreneurship, commercialization, capital
and outreach. Launch Tennessee is in part funded by a grant from the State of Tennessee.
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About UBS AG
UBS draws on its 150-year heritage to serve private, institutional and corporate clients
worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland. Its business strategy is centered on its pre-
eminent global wealth management businesses and its leading universal bank in
Switzerland, complemented by its Global Asset Management business and its Investment
Bank, with a focus on capital efficiency and businesses that offer a superior structural
growth and profitability outlook.
About UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Americas
UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Americas is dedicated to providing
under-resourced, high-potential individuals with access, advice, and education to help
develop more enterprising communities. This is achieved through signature philanthropic
initiatives, strategic partnerships, local giving and employee volunteering. Signature
philanthropic initiatives in the Americas include UBS NextGen Leaders and UBS
Elevating Entrepreneurs and, which are aligned with the firm’s global focus areas of
education and entrepreneurship.