Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Centers Opens First "Tennesseed Camp"


The Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Centers (SMTEC) launched the first TennesSeed Camp™ on June 15 with 11 dynamic companies.

·         AMP – a Knoxville-based stealth digital media company

·         C&C Media – utilizing new media practices to enhance online visibility

·         Cortac - developing innovative, lightweight and modular personal protective and cooling equipment for military and law enforcement personnel

·         Gayle Technologies, Inc. – manufacturing high-tech ultrasound leak detection systems

·         HummingBike, LLC – developing electric bicycles and trikes

·         Impact Dispersal Systems, LLC – developing a new approach to mitigating impact through dispersal using a patented hydraulic system

·         Opti-Logic Corporation – developing commercial optical measurement products for remote sensing, industrial applications and robotics systems

·         Peahead Productions, Inc. – providing cable television programming

·         Plaza Machine Tool Company – a precision machining and fabrication facility specializing in military, aerospace, nuclear, automotive and commercial industries

·         SecureWaters Inc. – manufacturing an electro-mechanical monitor/alarm system for continuous protection of source drinking waters

· – helping seniors lead more fulfilling lives

SMTEC was formed from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development strategy for rural development and incorporates a different economic development model.  SMTEC is partnered with the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance (SCTWA) and endorsed by the Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association (TAMA).

Industrial boards across the state do an excellent job of locating assets in their areas to help recruit business to Tennessee.  They also assist the growth of existing business in their area.  However, they don’t have the resources or expertise to help a business launch – that is SMTEC’s value proposition.

SMTEC serves the counties of Perry, Wayne, Hickman, Lewis, Lawrence, Maury, Giles, Marshall, Lincoln, Bedford, Moore, Coffee, and Franklin, however our TennesSeed Camps™ are open to anyone interested in created jobs in Tennessee.

Companies participating in the current TennesSeed Camp™ will participate in a pitch competition, in front of potential investors, on August 1.

Entrepreneurs with a high-growth business opportunity nearly ready for investment, or those close to launching a business but needing help getting on track should complete the application at to be considered for the nextTennesSeed Camp™ scheduled to begin September 25, 2012.

For more information, contact Dan Marcum at (931) 455-0155 or


Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Centers (SMTEC) is one of nine regional entrepreneurial accelerators established by Governor Bill Haslam and ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty throughout the state to provide mentoring, education and training, strategic and technical support, and assistance in identifying sources of capital.  SMTEC operates two primary locations in Tullahoma and Spring Hill, and two satellite centers in Fayetteville and Clifton.  

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