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Ingram Content Group Launches 1440 Accelerator to Find Innovations to Shape the Future of the Publishing Industry

Ingram Content Group Launches 1440 Accelerator to Find Innovations to Shape the Future of the Publishing Industry

Up to 10 Publishing Startups to Receive Equity Investment and Mentorship

Today, Ingram Content Group announced the launch of its new accelerator program, 1440, named for the year Johannes Gutenberg perfected his printing press technology. Built on the belief that publishing innovation has the power to change the world, 1440 aims to find and accelerate startups creating the next breakthrough innovations in the publishing industry.

“At Ingram Content Group, we pride ourselves on constantly looking for innovative technologies and ideas to help our customers improve their business,” said John Ingram, Chairman and CEO of Ingram Content Group and Chairman of The Nashville Entrepreneur Center. “We’re excited to collaborate with the EC and Jumpstart Foundry to advance the publishing industry.”

The program is set to begin in September and will consist of an intensive 14-week process designed to accelerate the growth of up to 10 startups. Participating companies will receive a $ 30k investment for 10% equity and will be mentored by seasoned experts at Ingram Content Group.

The expertise of Ingram Content Group will be supplemented by the guidance and mentorship of The Nashville Entrepreneur Center and Jumpstart Foundry, who both boast impressive track records launching new businesses. 1440 will begin on the heels of Jumpstart Foundry’s flagship accelerator, whose participants will graduate in August at Health:Further and The Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s Project Music, which launched eight music technology companies in April.

Stuart McWhorter, CEO of The Nashville Entrepreneur Center said, “Any time we’re approached by an innovative company with rich expertise like Ingram Content Group to work on a project like this, we get excited. There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll be able to help build some incredible companies with huge implications for the publishing industry.”

Ingram Content Group, headquartered near Nashville, Tenn. and with offices globally, is leading the way that digital and physical content reaches consumers. Publishers, online and physical retailers, libraries, and educators partner with Ingram to reach more readers, engage with more patrons and enhance the learning experience. Through an unmatched global distribution and logistics network, and innovative technologies including automated print on demand, digital asset management and distribution, and e-learning platforms, Ingram offers a complete set of tools to reach readers around the world.

Applications for the 1440 program are currently open and will close on August 7. It’s an open call for ideas which could range from improving customer experience to bringing books to new markets to helping publishers establish stronger relationships with end customers. Interested startups can learn more and apply at

About Ingram Content Group

Ingram Content Group Inc. is a subsidiary of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. The company got its start in 1964 as a textbook depository and has since grown and transformed into a comprehensive publishing industry services company that offers numerous solutions, including physical book distribution, print-on-demand and digital services. Committed to the success of its partners, Ingram works closely with publishers, retailers, libraries and schools around the world to provide them with the right products and services to help them succeed in the dynamic and increasingly complex world of content publishing. Ingram’s operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., VitalSource Technologies Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, and ICG Ventures Inc. Learn more about Ingram Content Group at

Contact: Elizabeth Fielding 615.321.3110


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Wilcon Invests In Pasadena Region With High-Speed Fiber Optic Build

Wilcon, the leading West Coast provider of fiber-optic and data center infrastructure, today announced a major capital investment to deploy new fiber optic routes throughout Pasadena, California. This investment will interconnect public and private institutions, including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

“We continue to invest in expanding our network to satisfy the growing needs of a tech-based society here in Southern California,” said Jon DeLuca, CEO of Wilcon. “The Pasadena area is known throughout the world as a center of cutting-edge technology, and our hope is that Wilcon’s investment will help support the entrepreneurship, research and innovation currently prospering in the region.”

The City of Pasadena, with more than 130,000 residents, has over 7 million square feet of office space, and includes major employers in the Healthcare and Financial services industries and numerous technology start-up businesses. The increased availability of bandwidth created by Wilcon’s investment aims to boost economic productivity in the Los Angeles-area suburb.

Tim Naple, Founder of Berkeley Communications (BerkCom), an IT and cloud solution provider with regional locations in Pasadena and South Pasadena, stated, “The need for fiber-based, last-mile connectivity to local Pasadena-area businesses and institutions is critical. Wilcon’s new routes and ability to connect local customers’ needs to the major sources of that bandwidth based in downtown Los Angeles are vital to the long-term growth of both our business and region.”

The Pasadena build follows recent Wilcon fiber-optic expansion in Hollywood and North San Diego County. Additional expansion plans will be announced later in 2015.

About Wilcon

Founded in 1998, Wilcon is the premier West Coast provider of best-in-class fiber optical network and data center infrastructure. As one of the largest fiber optic networks in Southern California, Wilcon offers vast reach and diverse routes connecting major data centers, enterprise locations and wireless communications sites, as well as the most dense fiber and interconnection infrastructure in downtown Los Angeles. Wilcon delivers dark fiber and ultra-broadband optical services for businesses, wireless carriers and other communications service providers that ensure optimal performance for their mission-critical data traffic and applications. Wilcon also owns and operates leading data center and carrier-neutral colocation facilities in downtown Los Angeles, including its key hub at the One Wilshire Building. For more information, please visit or contact us at +1 (888)-600-2800 or info(at)wilcon(dot)com.

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NAPCO Announces Breakthrough Stripper – Safast methylene chloride free stripper guards the health of bathtub refinishers

Skokie, IL (PRWEB) April 22, 2015

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-supported Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program has identified at least 14 worker deaths since 2000 related to bathtub refinishing with stripping agents containing methylene chloride. North American Polymer Corporation (NAPCO) has come out with Safast, a methylene chloride free stripper. This stripper performs as well as conventional strippers without the dangerous methylene chloride component. Bath, tile and countertop refinishers around the country are breathing a sigh of relief.

For years methylene chloride has been a critical component of paint strippers. However, if precautions are not properly followed the fumes can cause serious health problems, including death. Previously, a bath refinisher needed to use an expensive fresh air breathing system. These systems provided the refinisher clean, outside air through a facemask. However the fumes were still in the environment and a potential risk.

NAPCO started working on a methylene chloride free stripper late in 2013. By mid-2014, they were testing a few promising formulations. Late last year they settled on a successful formulation and are now bringing it to market. Dani Nichols, Vice President of NAPCO, and herself a degree holder in chemistry, said, “Safast methylene chloride free stripper guards the health of bathtub refinishers. No longer do they need to worry about their health in order to do their job.”

Tub, tile and counter refinishing is the process by which older fixtures are transformed to like-new shape using special coatings. Refinishing saves homeowners thousands over the cost of replacement.

For more information about this new stripper, please visit

About NAPCO, Ltd.

NAPCO Ltd is a 30 year-old company providing equipment, supplies and training to professional kitchen and bathroom refinishers. A leader in the green remodeling movement, they offer sound alternatives to replacement of counters, sinks, tile and bathtubs. NAPCO is located in Skokie, IL and services all 50 states and 5 foreign countries. If you are interested in refinishing your tub, tile or counter top instead of replacing, call 1-800-888-1081 or visit today.

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