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Seed Hatchery seeks its spring 2012 cohort: apply through January 7!

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Seed Hatchery is Memphis’ mentorship-driven seed stage accelerator, providing the resources needed to develop great founders, and successfully convert concepts into startups:

  • An intense 90-day program- called ‘bootcamp’ for a reason- that pushes entrepreneurs through the discovery process, to scaling and pitch perfecting;
  • Mentors representing a wide array of backgrounds that provide business and industry experience, and domain expertise;
  • $15,000 in seed capital.

Seed Hatchery is gearing up for its Spring 2012 cohort, and is taking applications through January 7. While there is no set criteria for the type of idea selected, their programming and level of funding is usually most suitable for information technology-based products and services.

Learn more about Seed Hatchery’s process and programming, and check out their inaugural companies. Also take a look at an excerpt from this blog post from Work for Pie’s Cliff McKinney, as he shares from experience why Seed Hatchery is not for the faint of heart…and why that makes it a game changer:

…It was an awakening, to say the least.  Turns out everything I thought mattered didn’t, and everything I thought was true wasn’t (except for the bit about the genius co-founder), and everything I had learned wasn’t relevant anymore.  By the end of that first week, I was huddled in a corner with my rifle, crying, hoping the whole thing would just blow up and take me along with it.’

But I kept coming back, because it was the most awesome thing I had ever done.  Humbling, yes, but awesome nonetheless.  I was doing THIS.  I was being brought to my knees HERE, doing OUR THING.  We didn’t answer to anyone but ourselves.  We were keeping late nights because we wanted to, not because some freaking busybody micro-manager in another department needs her TPS reports by noon tomorrow.  We were living the dream!

And we were getting better.  Bit by bit.  By week two the pitch had improved.  We met mentors who had been there and were willing to guide us through the trials and tribulations.  We were doing customer research and starting to turn our crappy little idea into something that just might work.

We had this amazing, awesome group of cohort companies, each with great entrepreneurs and talented individuals, helping us along the way.  We were making progress, and we were doing it at a speed that my counterparts in “the real world” wouldn’t even be able to comprehend.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and submit your idea by January 7. And spread the word!

BarCamp Memphis on November 12

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BarCamp isn’t just a Web 2.0 conference. It’s an unconference.
What does that mean, exactly? Well… that’s up to you.

The entire event will be crafted by attendees (you), so you can learn about the specific technologies, trends, gadgets you really want to learn about – and hear from the people you find interesting. We’ll be voting first thing in the morning to determine the day’s sessions. Totally crowd-sourced!

Sessions might be presentations, panels, Q-and-A with specific BarCampers. Or you may want to participate in a  roundtable discussions  (or Core Conversations, as we call them) with groups of folks bouncing ideas and learning from others’ experiences.

Check out the Topics page to see a listing of some of the presentations you’ll be able to vote for.

Questions or concerns? Let us know! Or, if you’d like to submit a presentation idea, please use the form here. Thanks!

Please follow BarCamp Memphis on Twitter at Twitter.com/BarCampMemphis or on Facebook at Facebook.com/BarCampMemphis and talk about BarCamp with your peers, colleagues and friends.

BarCamp Memphis is presented by LaunchMemphis, LunaWeb and Southwest Tennessee Community College.

Ignite Memphis 3

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Enlighten us, but make it quick.

LaunchMemphis and MemphisConnect have partnered again to inspire, educate and entertain the community through Ignite Memphis 3. Sixteen speakers will each be given the stage for five minutes- the exact time needed for their 20 slides to auto-advance every 15 seconds.

Join us November 10 at Bioworks from 5:30-9:00pm for a fun and enlightening evening complete with drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online here.

Many thanks to Memphis Bioworks Foundation and LunaWeb for sponsoring Ignite Memphis 3!

Check out the evening lineup:

1. Derwin Sisnett The Psychology of a Healthy Community
2. Elizabeth Cawein Forget About the RIAA: Paying for Music Does a City Good (And why you should ALWAYS buy the tee shirt)
3. Stuart McGehee YouTube and Corporate America
4. Katie West Brain Trust: Investment in Children Ages 0-3
5. Madan Birla How to Gain Acceptance of Your Ideas
6. Jonathan Mccarver THIS IS WHY YOU ARE DUMB!
7. Jessica Lotz The Teacher Effectiveness Movement: Revolutionizing Memphis’s Greatest Economic Resource
8. Dan Price Stirred, NOT Shaken! (How James Bond Killed the Martini)

9. Amanda Kohr Sex in the City: Think You’re Safe?
10. Luther Mercer Citizenship: Awareness, Responsibility and Engagement.
11. Laurel Amatangelo The Wonderful World of ComiCostuming
12. Peter Nelson Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture: An Unlikely Marriage for a Healthy Future
13. Jen Simmons Your restaurant’s website made me lose my appetite.
14. Kevin Mirales The Lazy Man’s Guide to Product Development
15. Angela Foster When Your Fridge Talks Smack to Your Washer (or There Has to Be More to LBS Than Foursquare)
16. Zachary Whitten The Secret History of Memphis Tennessee

LaunchMemphis Fall 2011 Schedule

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LaunchMemphis is pleased to announce the Fall 2011 “Season of Entrepreneurship.”

http://launchmemphis.eventbrite.com/

Questions, concerns, sponsorship inquiries: chris@launchmemphis.com

Donate to support entrepreneurship.

Super Sweet Golden Ticket
One ticket to attend them all! Buy a special LaunchMemphis Golden Ticket and receive the following admission to our entire Fall Season of Entrepreneurship!
1 admission to all “tech cocktails” for rest of year (5)
1 admission to all “intro to memtech” events (4)
1 barcamp admission
1 ticket to business plan bootcamp
1 ticket to Gov 2.0 camp
2 tickets to ignite
1 admission to all white board sessions
access to launchpad
You’ll be a LaunchMemphis VIP, and not have to make numerous credit card transactions for all of our great events!
Super Sweet Golden Ticket: http://lmgoldfall2011.eventbrite.com/

Tech Cocktails- August
Date: Wednesday, August 31; 5:30-8:00 pm
Location: Mollie Fontaine Lounge
RSVP via facebook.
Join LaunchMemphis and the broader community for a night of technolgy, cocktails, and conversation! The last Wednesday of every month, local professionals, innovators, technologists, and entrepreneurs will meet up at a different bar around town. A $5 donation to LaunchMemphis gets you in the door, with happy hour specials on food and drinks. Bring a friend or two and help build our local innovation economy.

Intro to #memtech: JAVA
Date: Monday September 12; 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: EmergeMemphis
Cost: $5
Tickets: http://memtechjava.eventbrite.com/
Intro to #memtech is your introduction to various programming languages. Over the course of the class, held the first Monday of each month, local programming all-stars will teach you the basics of the following languages.

Whiteboard Session
Date: Monday September 19, 2011; 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: FedEx Institute of Technology Building, Room 326
Tickets: http://whiteboardsessionsmem1.eventbrite.com/
Presented by:University of Memphis Center for Entrepreneurship & LaunchMemphis
Do you like to criticize, support, or build on innovative or even wacky ideas? We have the session for you. White Board Sessions are held periodically throughout the year to help elevate an idea to the next stages of development. Each session one emerging innovator or entrepreneur is selected to receive the benefit of the assembled sharp minds of the community. The format includes not only a structured brainstorming session with creative exercises, but also networking before and after for founders, hackers, and digital nomads. Drinks and other refreshment served. There is no cost to attend.

Business Model Bootcamp
Date: Saturday September 24; 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 pm
Location: Hutchison High School
Cost: $40 includes lunch and materials
More information: http://bootcampfall2011.eventbrite.com/
Tickets: via Hutchison Center for Excellence
The LaunchMemphis business plan bootcamp is an intense course in entrepreneurship that will dramatically boost your chances of seeing your startup become a success. Professionals will offer advice on all aspects of starting, successfully running, and gaining funding for your new venture. Join us at the Launchpad for an event that will answer all your …questions and put you on the right track for success in whatever business you are trying to start!

Tech Cocktails- September
Date: Wednesday, September 28; 5:30-8:00 pm
Location: Bhan Thai.
RSVP via facebook
Join LaunchMemphis and the broader community for a night of technolgy, cocktails, and conversation! The last Wednesday of every month, local professionals, innovators, technologists, and entrepreneurs will meet up at a different bar around town. A $5 donation to LaunchMemphis gets you in the door, with happy hour specials on food and drinks. Bring a friend or two and help build our local innovation economy.

Intro to #memtech: .net
Date: Monday October 3; 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: EmergeMemphis
Cost: $5
Tickets: http://memtechnet.eventbrite.com/
Intro to #memtech is your introduction to various programming languages. Over the course of the class, held the first Monday of each month, local programming all-stars will teach you the basics of the following languages.

LaunchMemphis Fundraiser
Date/Time: Saturday, October 16; 3:00 pm-7:00 pm
Location: The Brass Door
Cost: $50
Ticketing: http://lmfall2011fundraiser.eventbrite.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=173886116018926
You are cordially invited to a wonderful afternoon of hors d’oeuvres, libations, smooth rhythms, and innovation.  Come learn what your entrepreneurial community is doing all while supporting a non-profit that truly is opening space for our Memphis community to advance.  We are celebrating in the newly opened Brass Door downtown with a smooth Sunday Speakeasy theme. The Brennan Villines Trio will be performing classic jazz standards and soulful originals.

LaunchMemphis Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
For girls and boys grade 9-12
Date/Time: Saturday, October 22; 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: Hutchison
Cost: free
Ticketing: http://youthbootcamp2011.eventbrite.com/
Welcome to a business bootcamp geared specifically toward high school students! Learn the basics of entrepreneurship and starting up! Receive instruction in all facets of entrepreneurship: business plan development, modeling, financial considerations, legal structure, marketing, and attracting investors. Unlock the potential of entrepreneurship and innovation as a positive force in the future of individuals and communities!

Wired Citizen: Using Technology to Connect Cities and Communities
Date/Time: Saturday October 22, 2011; 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 pm
Location: Bridges Center
Ticketing: http://wiredcitzenmemphis.eventbrite.com/

Livable Memphis, in partnership with Launch Memphis and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – Memphis Branch, invites you to our 5th Annual Summit for Neighborhood Leaders and GovCamp to explore how government and communities are using technology to create more livable cities.

The morning summit, Using Technology to Connect Cities and Communities, will focus of how technology is being used:

·         by cities to connect with residents and collect data;

·         by citizens to connect community members to each other and issues

·         to create tools for making cities more livable.

The afternoon Gov 2.0 Camp will preview the City of Memphis available public data, and give participants a chance to prioritize what data sets should be released and brainstorm about what kinds of tools can be created to make that data accessible to the public.

 

Tech Cocktails- October
Date: Wednesday, October 26; 5:30-8:00 pm
Location: TBD (check http://www.facebook.com/launchmemphis)
Join LaunchMemphis and the broader community for a night of technolgy, cocktails, and conversation! The last Wednesday of every month, local professionals, innovators, technologists, and entrepreneurs will meet up at a different bar around town. A $5 donation to LaunchMemphis gets you in the door, with happy hour specials on food and drinks. Bring a friend or two and help build our local innovation economy.

Intro to #memtech: WordPress
Date: Monday November 7; 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: EmergeMemphis
Cost: $5
Tickets: http://memtechwordpress.eventbrite.com/
Intro to #memtech is your introduction to various programming languages. Over the course of the class, held the first Monday of each month, local programming all-stars will teach you the basics of the following languages.

IGNITE 3 Memphis
Date: Thursday November 10, 2011
Location: BioWorks Auditotium
Tickets: http://ignite3memphis.eventbrite.com/
Ignite asks the questions: What if you only had five minutes on stage to make your point? What if you could use only 20 slides that automatically advanced every 15 seconds? Are you passionate about a topic that you want to share with your community? Don’t waste any more time, submit your idea for a presentation at Ignite Memphis! Give us some information on you and your topic below. What will you teach, show, share, or explain? Make it exciting! Any topic is fair game, as long as it’s PG-13 and isn’t a sales pitch.
Event Website: http://ignitememphis.com/
To submit an idea for Ignite 3:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dHphTnk3M0hiNkJVa1Z5bE1GYjBFRHc6MQ#gid=0
If you submit an idea, you agree that you:
*…are able to speak on this topic in 5 minutes, not a second more.
*…can create a 20-slide presentation to support your talk.
*…allow your presentation and a video of your talk to be posted online.
To see presentations from other Ignite nights around the world: http://igniteshow.com/

Barcamp
Date: Saturday, November 12; 8:00 a.m.-5:00pm
Location: Southwest Tennessee Community College
Tickets: http://barcampmemphis2011.eventbrite.com/
BarCamp isn’t just a Web 2.0 conference. It’s an unconference.
What does that mean, exactly? Well… that’s up to you.
The entire event will be crafted by attendees (you), so you can learn about the specific technologies, trends, gadgets you really want to learn about – and hear from the people you find interesting. We’ll be voting first thing in the morning to determine the day’s sessions. Totally crowd-sourced!
Sessions might be presentations, panels, Q-and-A with specific BarCampers. Or you may want to participate in a roundtable discussions (or Core Conversations, as we call them) with groups of folks bouncing ideas and learning from others’ experiences.

GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK NOVEMBER 14-18

Core Conversations in Entrepreneurship
Date: Tuesday, November 15; 12:00-1:30 pm
Location: Crescent Center
Tickets: http://coreconversations2011.eventbrite.com/
In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, The Society of Entrepreneurs and LaunchMemphis are hosting Core Conversations on Entrepreneurship.
The purpose of this event is to bring together entrepreneurs from all across the area to have lunch together to discuss entrepreneurship in Memphis.
Each table will be hosted by a member of The Society of Entrepreneurs. Attendees will rotate tables between the entree and dessert allowing for two wonderful opportunities for networking and conversation.

Special Edition Tech Cocktails- November
Date: Wednesday, November 16; 5:30-8:00 pm
Location: TBD (check http://www.facebook.com/launchmemphis)
To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, we’ll be hosting a special edition of tech cocktails early in the month of November.

Intro to #memtech: .php
Date: Monday December 5; 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: EmergeMemphis
Cost: $5
Tickets: http://memtechphp.eventbrite.com/
Intro to #memtech is your introduction to various programming languages. Over the course of the class, held the first Monday of each month, local programming all-stars will teach you the basics of the following languages.

Tech Meetups

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Connect with entrepreneurs, technologists, and thought leaders at one of these regular Memphis’ meetups. Follow on twitter with #memtech

Weekly:

Memphis Tech Coffee meets every TUESDAY at 8 a.m. Come join the conversation!

Republic Coffee. 2924 Walnut Grove.  MAP.

 

Memphis Tech Lunch meets every Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

Panera Bread. 4530 Poplar Ave. MAP.

 

Monthly:

Memphis Tech Cocktails meets on the last Wednesday of every month.

Location TBD. Check on facebook/twitter

 

Questions? chris@launchmemphis.com

LaunchMemphis: Part of Why Memphis is Top Cool Place to Live

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According to Men’s Journal Memphis is among the Top 18 Cities for Cool Living.  LaunchMemphis is cited in the article as one of the reasons Memphis is cool — a testament to our distinctive programming to support entrepreneurial action.  Check out the image here at full scale to see what we are talking about.

http://neverstop.co/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Mens-Journal-Article-April-2011-LaunchMemphis.jpg

Spring 2011 Schedule

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LaunchMemphis is pleased to announce another exciting season of entrepreneurship and community engagement! Please get involved as often as possible, you’ll meet great people and help to make your community a better place.

48 Hour Launch January 28,29,30 2011
LaunchMemphis will be hosting the 4th annual 48 Hour Launch a bit earlier than usual this year. This is the best opportunity to start a business that you’re ever going to have! Pitch your idea to a room full of eager professionals and then get a jump start on it over the weekend.
48Hour Launch is one of the most powerful and unique entrepreneurship programs in the country. At 48 Hour Launch events, creative individuals from all industries unite their talent in one location to launch new enterprises in a 48-hour period. The initiative, founded in 2009 in Tennessee, has attracted international attention, with many cities across North America planning on hosting 48 Hour Launch experiences in their cities.

Tickets http://48hourlaunch.eventbrite.com/
RSVP via facebook: here.
Save $10 if you get your ticket before 1/1/11!

Ignite 2 Wednesday, February 23rd

Enlighten us, but make it quick”

LaunchMemphis and MemphisConnect bring together local thought leaders for an informative and entertaining night of presentations aimed at bettering our community. A global phenomenon, Ignite nights are “a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd….Ignite is a force for raising the collective IQ and building connections in each city…. And, via streaming and archived videos of local talks, local Ignites share all that knowledge and passion with the world.”

For more information: http://ignitememphis.com/
Tickets: http://ignitememphis2.eventbrite.com/
If you want to be a local legend and present, please fill out this form: here.

Business Model Bootcamp Saturday, March 5

Location: Launchpad

LaunchMemphis and the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals Boot Camp is an intense course in entrepreneurship that will dramatically boost your chances of seeing your dream become a reality. Professionals will offer advice on all aspects of starting, successfully running, and gaining funding for your new venture.  Join us at the Launchpad for an event that will answer all your questions and put you on the right track for success in whatever business you are trying to start!

Tickets: http://2011bootcamp.eventbrite.com/
RSVP via facebook: here.

48 Hour Music Launch April 8-10 2010
The Memphis Music Foundation in connection with Launch Memphis is proud to present an exciting new city-wide collaborative project – 48 Hour Music Launch. The innovative experiment will be the first ever of its kind, and will bring together songwriters, musicians, engineers, producers, marketing representatives, graphic designers and volunteer entertainment attorneys whose only previous connection might have been sharing an area… code.

RSVP via Facebook and learn more: here.

Hats off to Platinum BarCamp Sponsors!

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At LaunchMemphis, our stated mission is to grow the city’s entrepreneurial community. We seek to fulfill this mission by organizing events like the one coming up in just a few days, BarCampMemphis.

But we certainly could not do it without a lot of help. The generous organizations that lend their support to make these events possible are energizing new Memphis business. Our Platinum Level sponsors have earned our respect and gratitude, and we are delighted to share a little about them.

Core Commerce, out of Franklin, Tennessee, offers secure e-commerce software. Check them out online, or follow them on Twitter to see their latest news.

StickerMule will turn your favorite artwork, photo, or anything at all, into a sticker or even a laptop or phone skin! For BarCamp, they’ll be decking us out with custom stickers. See more of their services at their website, or see what’s new on Twitter.

Beena White has been a TribeCamp presenter, a Social Expedition podcast guest, and now we’re happy to add her and her new company, Cocoabeens Communications to our Platinum Sponsors. The website isn’t live yet, but stay up to date with Beena at @beenawhite!

Ansca Mobile has created a program to make designing apps easy, even for less experienced developers! Get the free trial at their website, or follow them on Twitter.

Finally, a shout out to frequent partner-in-crime, LunaWeb. Websites and marketing are their trade, but the Memphis community is their passion. Check them out online, or follow @lunaweb.

BarCamp is a mere nine days away! So thanks again to all our Platinum Sponsors for helping to make this event possible, and, in turn, fueling our community.

BarCamp Memphis 2010 and Global Entrepreneurship Week

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LaunchMemphis will be co-sponsoring 2 exciting events in the month of November.

Saturday, November 13 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
BarCamp Memphis, a web 2.0 “un-conference”, which means that attendees get to choose what they want to hear and learn about.

The entire event will be crafted by attendees (you), so you can learn about the specific technologies, trends, gadgets you really want to learn about – and hear from the people you find interesting. We’ll be voting all day, with the most popular sessions earning the right to be heard.

Sessions might be presentations, panels, Q-and-A with specific BarCampers. Or you may want to participate in a  roundtable discussions  (or Core Conversations, as we call them) with groups of folks bouncing ideas and learning from others’ experiences.

For a list of pre-scheduled topics and to see a selection of past topics: http://barcampmemphis.com/sponsors/

To see all the awesome sponsors who are helping make barcamp happen (or for more information on sponsoring): http://barcampmemphis.com/sponsors/

BarCamp will be held at:
Emerge Memphis
516 Tennessee St
Memphis, TN 38103-4717
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To get tickets (early-bird sale end Nov 1): http://barcampmemphis2010.eventbrite.com
For a special $10 off use the code “launchmemphis” (no quotes)

For much more information regarding barcamp: http://barcampmemphis.com/

The following week (November 15-21) is Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide celebration of entrepreneurship.

Thursday November 18 12:00-1:00 pm
The Society of Entrepreneurs and LaunchMemphis are hosting Three Course Conversations on Entrepreneurship. The purpose of this event is to bring together entrepreneurs from all across the area to have lunch together to discuss entrepreneurship in Memphis. After the success of last year’s event, we have built on the original plan and will offer the opportunity for attendess to have not 1 but 3 conversations over lunch! Each course will be at a different table hosted by a member of The Society of Entrepreneurs. This event will be on Thursday, November 18, 2010, at 12:00 noon at The Crescent Club.

To get tickets to this unique opportunity to eat lunch and meet master entrepreneurs in the Mid-South: Click here.