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Teknovation Weekend launches tomorrow

We’ve teased it for more than a week, and it launches tomorrow morning. It’s Teknovation Weekend with a focus on more traditional business news, something that you may have noticed has become part of the weekday edition. Many of those articles will now appear in the Saturday morning email that…

UTRF licensee Attralus Inc. closes $116 million Series B financing round

Less than a year after announcing the securing of $25 million in investment financing, Attralus Inc., a licensee of technology from the University of Tennessee (UT) Research Foundation, has more good news. The San Francisco-based clinical stage biopharmaceutical company has closed a $116 million Series B financing round that was…

Life Science TN postpones “LSTCON,” plans limited virtual program on November 9

Life Science Tennessee issued the following announcement late yesterday: Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and in the interest of the health and safety of our members and staff, the Board of Directors has elected to postpone “LSTCON” until spring 2022. We thank our members for giving us your honest feedback…

Cirrus Aircraft announces expansion with three new facilities in the West

Cirrus Aircraft recently announced continued expansion with the opening of its new Cirrus Flight Training facility at the Scottsdale, AZ Airport as well as two new satellite Cirrus Aircraft Innovation Centers in Chandler, AZ and McKinney, TX. As it did when it selected Knoxville for its Vision Center Campus, Cirrus…

Applications open for annual “Startup of the Year” competition

The annual “Startup of the Year” competition is underway with Established, the organizer, soliciting applications to determine the top 100 semi-finalists. Eligibility criteria include: Having raised les than $5 million in funding; Being an independent company, not a subsidiary; and Having a function prototype, not just an idea. Here’s a…

LaunchTN announces recipients of SBIR/STTR matching grants including 23 from East Tennessee

By Kailyn Lamb, Marketing Content Writer and Editor, PYA Launch Tennessee has announced the recipients of this year’s “Tennessee Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Matching Fund Grant Program,” with companies in East Tennessee taking a little more than half of the allotted $7 million. The program was…

Walton Foundation seeds another entrepreneurial program at the University of Arkansas

Corporate support for entrepreneurship is so important. A new program is being developed at the University of Arkansas (O of A) that will train and support regional entrepreneurs focused on outdoor recreation-oriented hospitality, service and experience businesses, as well as outdoor industry product design and development start-ups. And, for those…

TrueBridge Capital Partners announces $170 million new “fund-of-funds”

Chapel Hill, NC-based TrueBridge Capital Partners has announced the close of its first venture capital “fund-of-funds” focused solely on seed and micro-venture capital firms. With $170 million in limited partner commitments, TrueBridge Capital Partners Seed & Micro-VC Fund I L.P. will invest in high-performing fund managers that are raising funds…

VCU exploring use of virtual reality games to help those with Parkinson’s disease

Clinical trials are underway at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) involving the use of immersive virtual reality games as a rehabilitation tool to help people with Parkinson’s disease, the progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. The idea comes from James Thomas, a Professor with VCU’s Department of Physical Therapy, who…