Request for Information: Jobs4TN Regional Entrepreneurial Accelerator

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development INCITE Initiative

BACKGROUND

Governor Bill Haslam announced the Jobs4TN plan in April 2011 to accomplish his goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.  As the state’s primary economic development agency, the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) has been charged by the Governor with overseeing the successful implementation of the plan.  Jobs4TN is a comprehensive plan built around four strategies, one of which is investing in innovation. The Department’s primary innovation effort is the INCITE Initiative, which stands for INnovation, Commercialization, Investment, Technology and Entrepreneurship.  INCITE’s goal is to elevate Tennessee’s profile in innovation-based economic development and drive economic growth via the creation of knowledge-based jobs.  As part of INCITE, the Department will be overseeing a competitive grant process to provide funding to an entrepreneurial business accelerator in each of the state’s nine “Jobs Base Camp” regions, as defined in the Jobs4TN plan.  The goal of the business accelerators is to nurture and support entrepreneurs as they develop business plans and launch companies that have the potential to create a large number of high-wage jobs.  Prior to issuing this grant application, the Department is issuing this request for information (RFI) to gather information that will inform the grant process.

INFORMATION REQUESTED

The Department of Economic and Community Development requests information on the following questions:

1. How should the success of a business accelerator be measured after one, two, and three years?

2. What are best practices in recruiting, training, and supporting entrepreneurs as they go through a business accelerator program?

3. What partnerships should a successful business accelerator form (e.g., with businesses, investors, governments, educational institutions)?

4. How should a business accelerator be governed?

5. Over what time period and using what strategies should a business accelerator be expected to become financially self-sustaining?

6. How, if at all, do successful business accelerators in rural areas differ from successful business accelerators in urban areas?

7. How should the grant applications for the regional business accelerators be scored?  What individuals should be part of the scoring process?

8. Please provide any additional advice you have that might inform the State’s competitive grant process for regional business accelerators.
DATES

Responses must be received on or before July 15, 2011.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Responses must be submitted in written format via mail or email to:

Ryan Gooch, Innovation Director

Tennessee Tower, 11th Floor

312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue Nashville, TN 37243

ryan.gooch@TN.gov

Office: (615) 741-1294

Twitter: @investtennessee
DISCLAIMER:

Responses to this RFI are not considered to be offers and cannot be accepted by the State of Tennessee to form a binding contract or issue a grant.  Information obtained as a result of this RFI may be used by the State toward program planning on a non-attribution basis.  Do not include any information that may be considered proprietary or confidential

 

AfricaConnect, DANTE, GÉANT, UbuntuNet Alliance, WACREN

Press Release with graphics here.

Africa-Europe research collaboration to be transformed by EC-funded research infrastructure Boost for African research as European Commission injects €14.75M into regional research and education connectivity

Gaborone, Botswana, and Cambridge, UK, 11 May 2011: DANTE, the international research network operator, and the European Commission’s EuropeAid Cooperation Office today announce the signature of a €14.75M contract for support to a sub-Saharan African intra-regional research networking infrastructure which is already interconnected to the pan-European research network, GÉANT. Eighty percent of the project’s funding will come from the European Commission’s EuropeAid Co-operation Office, and the remainder will be contributed by the African partners in the project.

The contract represents a significant injection of capital to develop research networking infrastructure across sub-Saharan Africa and with Europe. The initiative will dramatically accelerate the development of the Information Society in Africa, providing advanced data communications infrastructure and enabling African researchers to collaborate more easily in advanced international research projects. Within the framework of the Africa Caribbean Pacific Islands (ACP) programme, the AfricaConnect project will establish a high-capacity Internet network for research and education in Southern and Eastern Africa to provide the region with a gateway to global research collaboration, the objective of which is to overcome the current limitations of international research collaboration within sub-Saharan Africa and towards Europe, and to foster research and education collaboration and advancement within and between these regions. The project will be strongly collaborative, so whilst DANTE will coordinate AfricaConnect, they will be partnered by DANTE’s regional counterpart organisations in Africa – UbuntuNet Alliance covering Eastern and Southern Africa, and West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) covering Western and Central Africa – as well as the Association of African Universities; existing National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Africa (DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia); and several European NRENs (Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and the UK). All will work to ensure that the project benefits all of sub-Saharan Africa.

“We are delighted to see this project underway,” said Cathrin Stöver, DANTE’s International Relations Manager. “DANTE has a strong history of supporting regional connectivity including actions in South America and Asia, and we will build on this experience to support African research and education networks as together they transform the research environment in Africa. DANTE always puts the emphasis on partnership in this kind of activity, and we are therefore excited to be working with such a strong group of partners on a project of this importance.”

Eng. Dr Francis Tusubira, CEO of the UbuntuNet Alliance agrees: “For the Alliance, this support is invaluable, since our challenges run from the macro-challenge of establishing regional connectivity in a geographical area that could contain the whole of Europe several times over, to the comparative micro-challenge of ensuring that each NREN has the human capacity to set up and operate their national network. Achievement of the impossible is our mantra, and we appreciate the support of the European Commission in this respect – their funding makes the achievement of the impossible a whole lot easier!”

DANTE will soon announce an international tender for the connectivity and equipment required for the AfricaConnect project. The infrastructure is expected to be operational by early 2012.

The AfricaConnect project is expected to last for four years, after which time the African Project Partners of AfricaConnect will ensure the sustainability of the intra-regional African research network and its direct connection to GÉANT.

About DANTE

DANTE is a non-profit organisation, coordinator of large-scale projects co-funded by the European Commission, and working in partnership with European National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) to plan, build and operate advanced networks for research and education. Established in 1993, DANTE has been fundamental to the success of pan-European research and education networking. DANTE has built and operates GÉANT, which provides the data communications infrastructure essential to the success of many research projects in Europe. DANTE is involved in worldwide initiatives to interconnect countries in the other regions to one another and to GÉANT. DANTE currently manages projects focussed on the Mediterranean, Asia-Pacific and central Asia regions through the EUMEDCONNECT, TEIN and CAREN projects respectively. For more information, visit www.dante.net.

About the UbuntuNet Alliance

UbuntuNet Alliance is, at both the conceptual and implementation levels, a commitment and movement by member NRENs to unlocking Africa’s intellectual potential by ensuring that African Researchers and Educators achieve equity with the rest of the world in terms of ease and cost of access to the global information Infrastructure as well as opportunities for research collaboration . The UbuntuNet Alliance was established in 2005 and registered in 2006 as a not-for-profit regional association of NRENs in Eastern and Southern Africa and currently has 13 members.

In January 2009, UbuntuNet Alliance established a 1Gb/s IP interconnection with the GEANT network in London. This connection has recently been upgraded as fibre has become available, prices drop and demands from NRENs increase, The upgrade includes a 10Gb/s IP connection to GEANT and a new 10-Gbps link for dedicated point-to-point connectivity, making Sub-Saharan Africa the first world region outside North America to gain dedicated circuit capacity with Europe. Therefore, the AfricaConnect project builds on a proven relationship between Europe and sub Sahara Africa.

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Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 12:19:35 +0200

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Thoughts

<ed.note>I’ve been tweeting and stuffing content into my “delicious knowledge management repository” [Update: Diigo] at a ferocious rate. Yet there’s some outstanding stuff I want to note. A City Sponsored BOINC Distributed Computing Effort – what if every municipality took advantage of its citizens as voluntary compute cylce resources this way (instead of that “give us more tax money approach”). BOINC, Facebook, GridRepublic and Intel wed social networking to distribtued computing promotion. HIMSS crowdsources.</ed.note>

1) A City Sponsored BOINC Distributed Computing Effort

Zivis is the first “city-wide supercomputer”. The project is run by the Zaragoza City Council, and the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex System (BIFI) at the University of Zaragoza. The objective is to harness local (and non-local) computing resources for local research; and at the same time to involve the community in the science being done locally. The initial research being done on Zivis is on the subject of fusion plasma (“Integration of Stochastic Differential Equations in Plasmas”) — improved understanding of this could lead to better designs for fusion power stations. (Fusion power is a form of nuclear energy that produces a lower volume of less dangerous waste than traditional nuclear fission power.)

Start Date: October 2005
Users: 2,359
Project URL: http://zivis.bifi.unizar.es

2) Intel introduces distributed computing to Facebook

Intel has set up a Facebook page designed to induce casual users to sign up for a distributed computing project that runs on the BOINC client system. Now Facebook users can crunch away on any of three DC projects… – Ars Technica

3) HIMSS crowdsources with Clinical Decision Support Wiki

Hello! The HIMSS Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Task Force helps guide and execute HIMSS efforts to ensure that CDS delivers on its promise to improve care delivery and outcomes.

What’s a Wiki? A wiki is an easy-to-use Web site that makes it easy to collaborate. You can use it to run a project at work, plan a trip, teach a class, etc.

Why a Wiki? The wiki provides a forum where stakeholders can come together to help develop, use, and discuss Task Force deliverables. The links below provide access to pages where this conversation and work is unfolding. Please browse this home page and links, and join us on this important performance improvement journey.

Nashville Startup Weekend, November 12th-14th

Nashville Startup Weekend

This year promises a great deal of added value!

  • A heavy focus on mentoring and feedback
  • A much improved mixer
  • Better location
  • More industry leaders
  • Spoils for the weekend victor
  • And a shot at $15K in funding

We’re in need of YOUR feedback already….. Along with the focus on mentoring and superb entrepreneurship, we’re involving some of the greatest examples of this in Nashville. Let us know what the most iconic businesses are in Nashville.

More development to come! Follow the leaders on Twitter: @leeGTurley, @NashvilleEC, @MichaelRBurcham and join us on Facebook.

Hash tag for this year is #NSW2010 and new site URL is www.NashvilleStartup.com!

Have a great day!

Lee G Turley

Matt LeBanc announces Monday Night Nashville Career Transition Group 2nd Qtr 2010 Schedule

Also – for the IT folks in the group we have a couple of groups that are geared towards you
Nashville IT Career Network on LinkedIn (IT SPECIFIC) – http:/tinyurl.com/li-tech-network
Nashville IT Career Network on Facebook (IT SPECIFIC) – http://tinyurl.com/fb-tech-network
<ed.note>Reminder: my Linkedin Groups (Medical Banking, Open COMMs, Open Educational Resources, Open Grid, Open Healthcare, Open Journalism, Open Mobile, Project Net-Work, and Technology Nashville). Descriptions and invites at http://bit.ly/linkedin_invites </ed.note>
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04/05
Bill Karlson
BACK TO SCHOOL FOR A CHANGING ECONOMY
04/12
Jerome Terrell
THE MIDDLE TENNESSEE BUSINESS MARKET
Rick Ross
INDUSTRY & COMPANY RESEARCH WITH REFERENCE USA
04/19
Matt LeBlanc
HOW RECRUITERS SEARCH FOR YOU
04/26
Mark Marshall
DEVELOPING A WINNING RÉSUMÉ
05/03
John McClellan
HOW TO REEVALUATE & REINVENT YOUR JOB-SEARCH
05/10
Area Recruiters
RECRUITERS PANEL DISCUSSION
05/17
Dan Miller
“CALLING” OR JUST A J0B?
05/24
Mike Shaughnessy
NEGOTIATING SALARY & BENEFITS
05/31
NO MEETING
06/07
Dan Ryan
BECOMING A SYMMETRICAL LEADER
06/14
NO MEETING
06/21
NO MEETING
06/28
Area Career Coaches
CAREER COACHES PANEL DISCUSSION
The Monday night CTSG meets at the
Brentwood United Methodist Church
(309 Franklin Road in room 281).
Doors open at 6:30pm.

Also – for the IT folks in the group we have a couple of groups that are geared towards you
Nashville IT Career Network on LinkedIn (IT SPECIFIC) – www.tinyurl.com/li-tech-network
Nashville IT Career Network on Facebook (IT SPECIFIC) – http://tinyurl.com/fb-tech-network
Matt LeBanc
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04/05Bill KarlsonBACK TO SCHOOL FOR A CHANGING ECONOMY
04/12Jerome TerrellTHE MIDDLE TENNESSEE BUSINESS MARKET
Rick RossINDUSTRY & COMPANY RESEARCH WITH REFERENCE USA
04/19Matt LeBlancHOW RECRUITERS SEARCH FOR YOU
04/26Mark MarshallDEVELOPING A WINNING RÉSUMÉ
05/03John McClellanHOW TO REEVALUATE & REINVENT YOUR JOB-SEARCH
05/10Area RecruitersRECRUITERS PANEL DISCUSSION
05/17Dan Miller”CALLING” OR JUST A J0B?
05/24Mike ShaughnessyNEGOTIATING SALARY & BENEFITS
05/31NO MEETING
06/07Dan RyanBECOMING A SYMMETRICAL LEADER
06/14NO MEETING
06/21NO MEETING
06/28Area Career CoachesCAREER COACHES PANEL DISCUSSION
The Monday night CTSG meets at the Brentwood United Methodist Church (309 Franklin Road in room 281). Doors open at 6:30pm.

My Pro results-only work environments rant at broadband.ideascale.com

http://broadband.ideascale.com/a/rpxAuthentication.do

Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson and their team at GoROWE.com have made it their mission to promote “results-only work environments”. They have a Linkedin GoROWE Group http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2715125 and a blog at their web page. I think it is asinine that as we build out global broadband, cloud computing and distributed computing like World Community Grid, Grid Republic and BOINC, that management refuses to adopt/provide tools which would allow folks (many with disabilities — 70% unemployed) to work from anywhere the work can be done. Sure, there are security and IP issues, but there are rural economic development and green issues, not to mention digital accessibility issues that CANNOT be solved until the mental culture/worldview of C-Suites and their subordinates promote the available technologies. So share holders, proxy holders, institutional investors–let’s start asking about these issues during the next quarterly conference call.

Matt LeBlanc’s Nashville Career Networking Meetings / Links of Interest

CTSG (Brentwood)
Matt LeBlanc, 477-5651
Every Monday; networking from 6:30-7:00pm; meeting from 7:00-8:30pm; BUMC, 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood
IT Career Network (IT SPECIFIC)
Matt LeBlanc – 477-5651
START DATE TO BE DETERMINED, 2nd & 4th Mondays
MT-SHRM Career Transition Group (HR SPECIFIC)
Barbara Stewart
Every other Monday, Right Management, Brentwood
Career Connection, Murfreesboro
Randy Allen, 898-8081 x147
Every Monday, Rutherford County Career Center, 9:00 – 10:30am
Hermitage Career Group
Paul Henrie, 833-9318
Every Tuesday, 10:00-11:00am, Hermitage United Methodist Church
Careers Moving Forward
info@CareersMovingForward.net
2nd & 4th Tuesday night, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Long Hollow Baptist Church, Hendersonville
Joelton Career Transition Group
615.876.0527
Every Tues at 7:00pm in room 1102 at Joelton First Baptist Church 7140 Whites Creek Pike
Career Transition Partners (BRENTWOOD)
Bill Kirby, 364-8286
Every Tues at 8:00am, First Presbyterian Church on 4815 Franklin RD
Career Connection, Metrocenter
John McClallen, 862-8890 ext 77423
Every Tues at 9:00am, Metrocenter Career Center
MCN (Murfreesboro)
Matt LeBlanc – 477-5651
Every Wedn, 8:00-9:00am, Integrity House, Murfreesboro
Career Connection, Edmondson Pike Library
John McClallen, 862-8890 ext 77423
Every Wedn, 10:00am, Metrocenter Career Center
Career Transition Group
Ruth Smith
Every Wedn, 7:00-8:30pm, Room A206, Clearview Baptist Church, 537 Franklin Road, Franklin
Bellevue Career Group
Trey Adkisson, (615) 207-5685
Every Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm, Church at HopePark, Bellvue
Hendersonville Career Group
615-824-6622.
1st & 3rd Thurs from 6:30 – 8:30. @ Hendersonville Church of Christ (Room 420) in new Annex, 107 Rockland Road). Group is led by Brad Towe and Jan Blackwell.
***** LINKS OF IMPORTANCE FOR YOUR TRANSITION ******
Nashville Career Transition Group – http://tinyurl.com/nashcareer
Job and networking opps for those in transition
NCTG Group on LinkedIn – http://tinyurl.com/linctg
NCTG Group on Facebook – http://groups.to/nctg/
NCTG Group on Plaxo – http://nctg.plaxogroups.com
HR Career Transition Group on LinkedIn (HR SPECIFIC) – http://tinyurl.com/nhrctg
Mufreesboro Career Network on LinkedIn (Murfreesboro SPECIFIC) – http://tinyurl.com/mborocn
Nashville IT Career Network on LinkedIn (IT SPECIFIC) – http://tinyurl.com/ydtmajw
Nashville IT Career Network on Facebook (IT SPECIFIC) – http://tinyurl.com/ya4h27l

1st Quarter Schedule for Monday night Nashville Career Transition Group

Here is the schedule for the 1st qtr of 2010 for the Monday night CTSG:

12/28 NO MEETING

01/04 Joe Morrell 99 THINGS TO DO TO HAVE A SUCCESFUL SEARCH IN 2010

01/11 Al Dampier CREATE YOUR FUTURE

01/18 NO MEETING

01/25 Professional Recruiters RECRUITERS PANEL DISCUSSION

02/01 Bill Karlson BACK TO SCHOOL FOR A CHANGING ECONOMY

02/08 Area Business Leaders BUSINESS PANEL DISCUSSION

02/15 Dan Miller “CALLING” OR JUST A J0B?

02/22 Area Executives HIRING MANAGER PANEL

03/01 Richard Britnell HOW SIX SIGMA & A PARACHUTE CAN HELP YOUR SEARCH

03/08 Ron Hooper PROJECT MANAGEMENT PRINICPLES & YOUR JOB SEARCH

03/15 Dan Aronoff SPEED NETWORKING TO MAKE CONNECTIONS

03/22 Mike Shaughnessy SURVIVING THE PHONE SCREEN

03/29 Ed Condon INDUSTRY & COMPANY RESEARCH ON LINKEDIN

Who are we?

We’re a gathering of friends who have been through the process of changing jobs or professions. We are open to all who are seeking new  opportunities or contemplating making a change!

When and where do we meet?

Monday evenings in room 281 of the Brentwood United Methodist Church, 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood. Networking begins at 6:30pm and the
meeting kicks off at 7:00pm.

What is it?

Weekly meetings that offer relevant topics, dialogue, and networking. Schedule subject to change because of availability of speakers.

What can it do for me?

You will learn cutting edge job-search skills and techniques, pick up tips, find job leads and experience encouragement in a faith based environment.

Directions from I-65

Take the Old Hickory Blvd (WEST) exit
Turn Left (S) on Franklin Road
Turn right at 4th traffic light into parking lot

NOTE: For changes in schedule due to weather conditions, CTSG follows Brentwood Academy closings.

THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR ANY SERVICES

For more information call (615) 477-5651
Posted By Matt LeBlanc

St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston) and MedConcierge to Demonstrate Telemedicine Solutions at FTTH Council Conference

Top Houston Hospital Selects MedConcierge to Offer
Telemedicine to Corporations and Master Planned
Communities

September 8, 2009 (Sarasota, FL & Houston, TX) – St. Joseph Medical Center, the largest, Level 3 trauma hospital in downtown Houston, has selected MedConcierge to provide its advanced telemedicine solution to leading communities and corporations. Both parties will demonstrate the user experience and benefits of telemedicine during the upcoming 2009 FTTH Conference & Expo taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, September 27th through October 1st.

"We are very excited to demonstrate the MedConcierge at St. Joseph Medical Center service to local community developers and corporate executives at the upcoming Fiber to the Home Conference," states St. Joseph chief executive officer Phillip D. Robinson, "Telemedicine will clearly be at the center of healthcare delivery moving forward and leveraging the technological advantages of the MedConcierge service over fiber-optic communications will help us extend patient services, generate additional revenue and save costs."

"St. Joseph is a leader in the Houston area, and we are thrilled to play a role in helping them deliver health and wellness services to residents of FTTH communities in and around the Houston metropolitan area," says MedConcierge director Rob Scheschareg. "Telemedicine offers competitive and financial benefits in a cost-effective fashion that is critical in today's market environment. We look forward to meeting service providers and developers at the FTTH Conference & Expo who want to take advantage of the billions being spent by consumers and the government in the next 30 months on home-based telemedicine."

Substantial news coverage, increasing consumer interest and adoption, and the allocation of billions of dollars in Federal stimulus funds specifically for broadband and healthcare information technology have placed telemedicine at the forefront of applications that benefit from fiber to the home networks.

"Fiber to the home provides benefits to consumers and employers that truly improve the quality of life. From our own industry research to that of our members and market followers, it is becoming increasingly evident that consumers want the benefits of improved healthcare services and access to doctors that services like MedConcierge and healthcare providers like St. Joseph can provide," states Joe Savage, president of the FTTH Council. "Telemedicine is a prime example of the type of applications that will be on display at our upcoming conference demonstrating the power of fiber".

To showcase the user experience, benefits and implementation of telemedicine services, MedConcierge and St. Joseph Medical Center will be hosting a number of activities at the upcoming 2009 FTTH Conference & Expo.  These include:

Corporate VIP Demonstration & Reception, Tuesday, September 29th.  For more information call the Corporate Health Connection at St. Joseph Medical Center at (713) 756-8600. 

MedConcierge Booth in the Fiber Zone, located on the show floor during exhibit hours. 

Phillip D. Robinson, CEO, St. Joseph Medical Center will be discussing telemedicine over FTTH networks as part of the Closing Keynote presentation Wednesday, September 30th at 2:00 pm.

For information about these events, visit the conference website at http://www.ftthconference.com.

About St. Joseph Medical Center

St. Joseph Medical Center, downtown Houston's only general acute care hospital, partners with Houston physicians to provide comprehensive health care to all.  As Houston's first hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center provides services for outpatients as well as inpatients, with a full continuum of care in surgery, cancer care, emergency care, Women's services, cardiovascular services, wound care, rehab, sports medicine, Corporate Health Connection and more. For more information on St. Joseph Medical Center, please visit http://www.sjmctx.com or call 713.757.1000.

About MedConcierge, LLC

MedConcierge is the leading provider of telemedicine solutions for community developers and operators, broadband service providers, healthcare providers, and municipalities, that deliver personal, concierge healthcare services to consumers at home, at work and while traveling. Utilizing our award-winning, patent-pending technology, MedConcierge provides unparalleled private and secure access to certified doctors, specialists and content. MedConcierge offerings range from real-time, live videoconference consultations, on demand, 24/7 with leading doctors, specialists, psychiatrists and wellness experts, to educational content, health status monitoring and dynamic electronic medical records – all accessible from the comfort, privacy and convenience of homes and facilities. For more information, visit http://www.medconcierge.com.