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Lindsey Cox becomes LaunchTN’s full-time CEO tomorrow

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Tomorrow is another one of those milestone days in the career of Lindsey Cox as she returns home, so to speak, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN). The six-year veteran of the statewide entrepreneur-focused organization left her role as Director…

SmartRIA secures additional investment from The Compound Capital Fund I LP

Knoxville’s SmartRIA®, a leading compliance software platform for Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs), hybrid RIAs and RIA networks, has secured a strategic investment from The Compound Capital Fund I LP. The announcement is the latest good news for the initially bootstrapped local company that we last spotlighted in a two-part teknovation.biz…

New report highlights shift in face of new business owners

A new report from Gusto, a payroll and human resource management company, finds that there has been a continued shift in the face of new business ownership towards women and entrepreneurs of color. For example, 49 percent of entrepreneurs in 2021 were women, a dramatic increase from the 28 percent…

U of Chicago’s “Compass” deep tech accelerator supports faculty and lab researchers

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation has announced the six teams that will participate in the latest cohort of “Compass,” its deep tech accelerator program for University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory researchers. The program, which is designed for early stage start-ups and technologies,…

Winter Innovations graduates from CDL’s “Health & Wellness” program

We learned in a recent social media post that a second start-up with ties to the Knoxville-Oak Ridge region just completed one of the “streams” operated by Creative Destruction Labs (CDL). The nonprofit organization describes itself as delivering “an objectives-based program for massively scalable, seed stage, science- and technology-based companies.”…

North Carolina focuses on growing its life science sector in BBBRC Phase 2 proposal

According to this recent article in WRAL TechWire, our neighbors in the Tar Heel state have some big plans when it comes to the next phase of growing North Carolina’s life sciences sector. A coalition of partners, led by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBiotech), recently submitted a Phase 2 proposal…

ATDC launches supply chain and logistics initiative focused on start-ups in that sector

The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Georgia’s technology business incubator operated by Georgia Institute of Technology, has announced a new program focused on supply chain and logistics (SC&L) start-ups. As part of the launch, ATDC also announced: (1) the execution of a three-year sponsorship with The Home Depot®, the world’s…

Techstars announces new Web3 accelerator based in Boston

Techstars, the global investment business that provides access to capital, one-on-one mentorship, and customized programming for early-stage entrepreneurs, has announced a new accelerator program. Titled “Techstars Crypto Boston powered by Algorand,” the new program will accept 12 Web3-focused start-ups each of the next three years. Web3 is an internet that…