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“The TENN” teams visit Knoxville, PYA Analytics

The TENN 3“The TENN” teams were in Knoxville yesterday for a series of meetings – some public, others private. One of the meetings in the latter category was a visit by four of the teams to PYA Analytics, an affiliate of Pershing Yoakley & Associates (PYA), the sponsor of teknovation.biz. There was also a public unveiling late yesterday that was initially scheduled for the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center on Market Square, but had to be moved upstairs to the Knoxville Chamber large meeting space due to the overflow crowd of more than 75.

The eight start-ups that comprise this year’s cohort in “The TENN” include two from Knoxville – Innovasan and Sing and Spell – and one from Chattanooga – Branch Technology. Here are brief profiles on each of the teams (The TENN 2015 Teams).

BELOW: Cathy (first photo) and Joe Vangieri (next two photos) of Children’s Media Studio – “Sing and Spell” and members of their team discuss advanced analytics with Blair Christian and Scott Stevens of PYA Analytics.

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BELOW: (FIRST PHOTO) – Brian Worley (right), President and Chief Executive Officer of PYA Analytics, and Stevens (left) talk with Peter Bassa of Preteckt. (SECOND PHOTO) – Jim Biggs, Executive Director of the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, speaks at the public meeting. (THIRD PHOTO) – Launch Tennessee’s Jason Denenberg addresses the crowd that welcomed “The TENN” companies at Tuesday evening’s event in Downtown Knoxville.

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Tom Ballard

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer,
Pershing Yoakley & Associates. P.C.

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