Third time’s a charm for Memphis startups

Talk about a triple threat.

That’s what organizers at LaunchMemphis are hoping for as they gear up for an entrepreneurial three-peat with the latest edition of 48 Hour Launch from Friday to Sunday at EmergeMemphis, 516 Tennessee.

The event marks the third time this year for Memphis to host an event designed to develop startups from concept stage to launch readiness during an intense weekend of collaborative partnerships — there was a 48 Hour event in June and a Startup Weekend program in July.

The suggestion that Memphis could pull off a successful event such as this was novel back in 2008 when the first one took place. Now it’s a given.

And that speaks volumes about the emergence of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and the dedication of some amazingly talented folks who are working to make it even better.

Cost is $40, which includes meals, snacks and materials. Whether you come with ideas, come to help or come to watch some neat startup pitches, just make sure to show up.

Tickets are available online or at the door. To register, visit

On Tuesday the National Association of Women Business Owners will host “Ready, Set, Go: How to Position Your Minority and Woman-Owned Business for Contract Opportunity” from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Memphis Light, Gas and Water, 220 S. Main. Cost is $18 for NAWBO members and $20 for guests.

To register, visit or call Natasha Donerson at 901-328-8842.

Later on Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., “Small Business Connections: Marketing Meets Microfinancing” will be held at EmergeMemphis as part of a national tour sponsored by Accion and Yelp in conjunction with the New York Stock Exchange’s Big Startup program.

The event will feature Yelp’s Manager of Local Business Outreach, Darnell Holloway, discussing how entrepreneurs can best use social media platforms and Accion’s Regional Market Manager Nathanial Owen offering advice on how to access capital and finance marketing.

There’s no cost to attend, but organizers would like to know how many folks to expect so do them a favor and visit to register.

At midday on Wednesday, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Club, 1346 Central, PRSA Memphis hosts “How Is Your Organization Using Apps Now & In the Future?” featuring Speak Creative founder Jacob Savage.

Admission is free for PRSA members, $15 for students and $25 for guests and reservations are required. To learn more, visit

Also on Wednesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. check out this month’s Tech Cocktails, sponsored by Loeb Properties and held at The Brass Door, 152 Madison.

This casual gathering is a great way to meet local creatives — business professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators — with diverse backgrounds and interests, but all possessing a passion for creating a more engaging community in Memphis and having a great time while doing so. Cost is just $5 and proceeds benefit LaunchMemphis.

In addition to plenty of networking opportunities you’ll also have access to happy hour specials. No need to register, just stop by and join the conversation.

Thursday brings a strategic leadership seminar hosted by the Memphis chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and HR Professionals Magazine from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar.

Keynote speaker will be Jim Wachtel, national sales director for HealthCheck360. Cost is $45 for SHRM members, $50 for guests and registration is required.

To reserve your seat, visit

Finally, for musical entrepreneurs and for those who’d like to work in the industry, the Memphis Music Foundation and the Memphis College of Art will host a two-part Photoshop workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at MCA’s Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main. The follow-up class will be held on Oct. 20, same time and location.

For details, visit

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