Category: Extra, extra! (press)

Art Rise putting Savannah creators in the forefront

Monday, November 24, 2014

Article on Savannah Now by Leslie Moses. Once, Erika Tate’s workspace was void of art. The walls around her stark. Simply put, “The lack of art is sad,” said the CEO of research and consulting firm bluknowledge. She needn’t worry. Artwork is on the rise in Savannah if Art Rise Savannah has anything to do about [...]

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Geekend: Bea Wray

Article on Connect Savannah by  Jim Morekis. IN THE JOB since last year, the energetic and engaging Bea Wray is the new-ish director of The Creative Coast, succeeding the affable Jake Hodesh (who returns to town from Ohio this week for Geekend). The Creative Coast is sponsoring another edition of Geekend, that Savannah gathering where [...]

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Savannah startup gets first round of seed funding

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Article on Business in Savannah by Julia Ritchey. A Savannah-area tech startup has secured $100,000 in seed funding after a made-for-TV moment at The Creative Coast’s tech and interactive design conference last weekend. Ian Nott, the 23-year-old co-founder of Aetho, pitched his company in front of an audience of potential investors on Nov. 14 during [...]

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Geekend ignites imagination and impact

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Bea Wray. Have you ever had your brain so full of ideas and possibilities that you literally felt you couldn’t fit in one more wisdom nugget? Have you ever had your heart so full of passion and purpose you thought you would explode? Have you ever been surrounded [...]

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Return of Geekend spotlights startup growth in Savannah

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Article on Savannah Now by Janay Kingsberry. There’s no shortage of creativity in Savannah, thanks to a network of small businesses, notable universities and impressive art, all backlit by a city draped in historic beauty. Its unique Southern charm has lured millions of tourists each year and with the return of Geekend from Nov. 13–15, it [...]

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Bringing the future to Savannah

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Bea Wray. Last week, I had the privilege of teaching an entrepreneurship class at Savannah State, a service design class at SCAD and conducting internship interviews with Armstrong students. It was such a joy to have a connection to their world and hear their different perspectives. One theme [...]

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Bring manufacturing back to the U.S.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Bea Wray. I grew up in manufacturing as my dad worked for Ford Motor Company for 33 years. No matter where I went I could connect with people saying “My dad worked at the Ford plant near the airport” or “My dad worked at the Ford plant on [...]

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Savannah-area startups woo investors

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Article on Savannah Now by Julia Ritchey. One Savannah startup wants to make wearable technology affordable, another wants to create an app to make parking tickets less of a hassle to pay, another firm is catching skin cancer in its earliest stages through a preventative health tracker. Savannah is no Palo Alto, but that doesn’t [...]

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Local investing: Let’s talk details

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Bea Wray. Are you interested in developing the economy in our region? Do you have specialized business expertise or experience to offer an entrepreneur? Do you have the desire to invest financial resources, of any amount, to grow our local economy? Are you a successful investor, yet bored [...]

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DeRenne Middle students get lesson in video game development

Monday, October 6, 2014

Article on Savannah Now by Julia Ritchey. In the hierarchy of things middle schoolers care about most, video games are arguably near the top. A new program being launched for the first time this year in Savannah is attempting to teach lower-income and at-risk youths that while playing video games after school can be fun, [...]

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1 million cups: Brewing up entrepreneurialism

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Kait Lance. Ever heard of the late Ewing Marion Kauffman? In 1950, Kauffman started a one-man pharmaceutical company operating out of the basement of his Kansas City home. His first year of business generated $36,000 in sales and a meager net profit of $1,000. He continued working for [...]

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Jumpstart the economy in Cinderella’s gown

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bi-weekly column in Savannah Morning News by Bea Wray. Working daily with an Estonian who was largely educated in Manchester, England, I am constantly reminded of the importance of culture and language differences. Yesterday, Katheriin, our intern from Estonia, said she waited in a “queue” to buy a sandwich at Wright Square Café and later [...]

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Creative Coast announces keynote speaker for Geekend 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Article on Savannah Now by Julia Ritchey. The founder of a San Francisco-based venture capital firm will be the keynote speaker at The Creative Coast’s Geekend conference this fall, the organization announced Thursday. John Burke, founder and general partner of True Ventures, will host a “Pitch Circus” during the keynote session Friday, Nov. 14, giving [...]

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A sneak peek at new biz incubator Creators’ Foundry

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Article on Business In Savannah by Julia Ritchey. A cross section of Savannah showed up last night for a sneak peek at The Creative Coast’s latest endeavor: a business incubator dubbed Creators’ Foundry. From budding entrepreneurs to established architects, flacks and city staff, guests sipped beers and snacked while strolling through the old 16,000-square-foot industrial [...]

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