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Charleson Bell shares his plans for the Mid-South I-Corps Hub

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA On his personal webpage, Charleson Sherard Bell describes himself as an innovator, entrepreneur, and engineer who draws from multiple fields and bodies of knowledge to solve many of the world’s current problems. Today, as Hub Director of the new National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded…

New not-for-profit foundation established to foster scientific endeavors

A new foundation has been established to foster scientific endeavors aligned with the missions of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Department of Energy (DOE), and U.S. economic, energy, and national security interests. Announced Friday morning at the weekly meeting of the East Tennessee Economic Council and seeded by funding…

Twende Accelerator makes changes, opens applications for next cohort

After revamping programming for its Twende Accelerator, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) has opened the application process for the nine-month statewide program that is focused on entrepreneurs who identify as Black and Latine. The changes to the programming include a new supplier diversity component that connects stakeholders and procurement leaders…

NIH reopens applications for REACH program hubs

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) announcing the renewal of the agency’s Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) program. Established to facilitate and accelerate the translation of academic biomedical discoveries into products that improve patient care and public health, NIH will provide qualifying…

How to support local makers when Christmas shopping this year

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA ‘Tis the season to be shopping, fa la la la la, la la la la. When you’re buying Christmas gifts this year, consider one of the more than 400 makers creating handcrafted gifts right here in East Tennessee. “Maker-made items are created with an attention to…

Knoxville renters and homebuyers continue to see rising prices

The monthly “Market Pulse” report for November from the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors (KAAR) has been released, and it shows that while home sales are down, home prices and rental rates are up. According to the report, Knoxville’s rental market continues to outperform the U.S. overall. Effective rents were…

News Roundup | Appointments, acquisitions, and openings

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA Here’s your weekly roundup of business news from throughout the Knoxville region. If you have any business news or updates you’d like to feature in Teknovation Weekend, please send us an email at teknovation@pyapc.com. Pilot Company hires DEI Officer Pilot Company announced Angie Cody as its Director of…

How Tennessee can become a hub for transportation innovation

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA As transportation evolves, and the focus on car travel shifts from the combustion engine to the electric battery, Tennessee is already a key player in the world of manufacturing. Ford, GM, Nissan, and Volkswagen all have manufacturing locations across the state, with people ready to work…

Techstars CEO says coming years will be very difficult for high-tech industry

Mäelle Gavet, Chief Executive Officer of Techstars, says that the coming years are going to be very difficult for the high-tech industry. In an interview published in CTECH by Calcalist, she is quoted as saying, “In 2021, we saw companies that rose to an unimaginable value with a very small…