Applications are now open for ZeroTo510, the local entrepreneurship accelerator program that helps startups bring medical device products and services to market.
Applications will be accepted until March 15.
The goal of the 12-week, mentor-driven program is to help medical device entrepreneurs navigate the start-up process, refine their business models and achieve the Food and Drug Administration’s 510(k) pre-market notification filing. Now in its fourth year, the program has accelerated the creation of 16 new companies, more than 30 jobs, and $7.5 million in investments.
ZeroTo510 is operated by Memphis Bioworks Foundation and is an initiative of the Greater Memphis Regional Accelerator, a program funded by Launch Tennessee and the State of Tennessee.
Wilson Air Center is spreading its wings at Memphis International Airport.
Wilson Air, a Kemmons Wilson Company, has signed a 10-year lease for the former Pinnacle Airlines hangar at Memphis International, expanding its jet footprint by 30,500 square feet of prime hangar space.
The new lease will allow Wilson Air Center to expand its corporate aircraft storage capacity and sublease to others looking for additional space. The storage and office space could be attractive to a corporate flight department that may have multiple aircraft, maintenance crew and office support, said David J. Ivey, vice president of Wilson Air Center.
“During the last 12-18 months, we have seen a significant increase in companies in and around Memphis that own their own aircraft,” said Ivey in a statement.
The hangar is adjacent to Wilson Air’s main campus at Memphis International Airport and the expansion brings the company’s 25-acre campus to over 110,000 square feet of heated hangar and 50,000 square feet of shop and office support.
From the Department of Secrets That Never Were: Kuran Iverson is leaving the University of Memphis basketball program.
The U of M made the official announcement Friday – after coach Josh Pastner spent several days giving only his name, rank and serial number when asked about Iverson’s status.
The move confirms everyone’s suspicion of the wrong way for a player to conduct himself while on suspension for an undisclosed “violation of team rules.” Namely, taking to Twitter and retweeting someone else’s over-the-top criticism of your coach, including the accusation that he uses players as “scapegoats.”
Iverson, a 6-9 sophomore, never made much of an impact on the court. He played in 27 games over the last season and a half and was averaging 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in eight games this season. That’s not a lot of production from a former Top 50 recruit.
And not much protection when you put yourself in the position Iverson did. Iverson will transfer after the spring semester, Friday’s announcement said, and no doubt some program will give him a look despite the baggage.
“We thank Kuran for his contributions to the program and wish him well in his future academic and athletic endeavors,” Pastner said in a statement.
Just a guess, but Iverson’s future basketball coach will have an even more definitive statement on Iverson’s way in the door: No Twitter, not ever.
The Memphis Library Foundation has announced it will break ground for its teen lab space in early February.
The foundation has reached its first fundraising benchmark of $1.9 million for the state-of-the-art teen learning lab, where young people will have a chance to pursue their interest in technology with the lab’s features like audio and video production equipment, a sound mixing lab, an art studio, performance stage, creation stations, a gaming zone, a 3D printer and more.
A public groundbreaking ceremony will take place Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. in the future site of the teen learning lab at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. The official name for the lab will be announced at that ceremony.
The Beale Street Music Festival has been named one of the 21 best music festivals by Fuse, a national TV network and website focused on music, concerts and festivals.
Joining BSMF on the list are big festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Festival. When you consider there are some 800 contemporary music festivals each year, according to BSMF, the Fuse list of 21 means Beale Street is regarded as being in the top 3 percent.
The 39th annual Beale Street Music Festival will include 64 acts in Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis May 1-3.