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Blake Ellis: Making innovation accessible sets Savannah apart

A couple of weeks ago Coco Papy, community manager at The Creative Coast, published an article recounting some of 2017’s local highlights.

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Ellis: Savannah inventor raises $1M for X-ray device

You may have already heard of Micro C Imaging. This Savannah startup made news last year when they won a couple local pitch competitions. They made the news again when they raised $250,000 in seed money. Then they made the news again when they raised another $700,000. Not bad for a company that is just 14 months old.

Dr. Gregory Kolovich, Micro C chief medical officer and co-founder. (Special to the Savannah Morning News)

Ellis: Web video creators find niche in Savannah

Are you into cat videos, let’s plays, unboxings, or watching SNL on Sunday morning? You’re not alone; Cisco is predicting that within the next two years video content will account for 80 percent of internet traffic. Mark Zuckerberg calls web video a “mega trend,” and foresees Facebook news feeds to be all video within five years. None of this is shocking news to the web video creators already thriving in Savannah.

Ellis: Old firm creates newest startup

New ideas don’t always come out of garages. Often times, established businesses realize a better way to operate by creating their own tools or processes. When this happens, a new startup can emerge within a larger company. That’s exactly what just happened at a seventy year old engineering and consulting company here in Savannah.

Ellis: Startup Project MQ connects gamers with indie games

Facebook launched while Marcus and Malcolm were students at Georgia Southern, but it didn’t really solve their gaming problem. They wanted a social network dedicated to indie games, made up of game developers and their fans. It didn’t exist so they decided to build one. And that’s how ProjectMQ, winner of the 2017 Innovate SAV Pitch Competition, was born.

Malcolm Howard, co-founder ProjectMQ, discusses startup strategy during Innovate Sav 2017 competition. (provided photo)

Innovate SAV: Showcasing Tech, Startups and Future Minded Teachers

Entrepreneurs, lovers of locally made products and anyone who cares about education will find tons to dig into this Friday at Innovate SAV, a one-day showcase of startups and technologies being built in Savannah.
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Ellis: Gathering spots create tech, innovation hub for Savannah

I attended the Georgia Innovation Summit in Atlanta a few weeks ago and spent a lot of time talking to leaders from Macon, Augusta, Athens and Rome about stimulating entrepreneurship outside of Atlanta. One thing everyone agreed on is that innovation bubbles up from an active and engaged community, and there’s no better way to foster a community than to give people places to gather and collaborate.

ELLIS: Exercise your brain in 2017

With the New Year right around the corner, many of us are contemplating a few physical upgrades: eat better, exercise more, get to bed early. But in a world where your cellphone updates every few days, why not throw in a little routine brainwave stimulation?

Ellis: Get ready for January Geekend

Geekend is gearing back up and we’re ready to geek-out in 2017! This year’s conference takes place January 27-28, 2017 at The Guild Hall, located at 615 Montgomery Street in Savannah.

Creative Coast: It's time to connect and grow

At The Creative Coast, we’ve recently spent a lot of time outside, talking to our customers: creators, innovators, teachers, students, makers and business leaders. This “customer discovery” has helped us construct our own next generation product. We’ve always focused on creating and fostering connections between clever people, but we’re about to get a whole lot better at it.

Next steps at The Creative Coast

Change is afoot at The Creative Coast.

We’re starting a national search for a new executive director and we’re upgrading all of our initiatives, including the 16,000-square-foot Creator’s Foundry. We’re actively seeking input on these plans, and I’d like to frame the discussion by looking at some larger changes taking place in our community.