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Farm Spotter wins “What’s the Big Idea”

Big Idea 2016Farm Spotter won last night’s finale for the 2016 edition of “What’s the Big Idea.”

The 48-hour launch event, coordinated by the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, began Friday evening and culminated with a pitch competition held at Scruffy City Hall on Market Square.

Farm Spotter was one of six competitors vying for up to $10,000 for business launch expenses. The prize money and free incubator space in the Fairview Technology Center were provided by the Development Corporation of Knox County. Other sponsors included the Knoxville Chamber and Pershing Yoakley & Associates, the power behind teknovation.biz.

Here’s a rundown on each of the teams competing in the weekend-long marathon included:

  • ABA Pocket Interventions, an app and web-based program to make applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment implementation more parent and staff-friendly;
  • Farm Spotter, a mobile web portal that aggregates locally-grown produce, providing a purchasing format and an online marketplace to connect local buyers with information and products;
  • Grow Bioplastics, LLC, a team focused on improving agriculture by providing farmers a cost-competitive solution to oil-based mulch films with renewable, biodegradable plastics from trees;
  • Impact Solutions, a team providing a proprietary method of fall detection to enable faster care responses and improved outcomes in the home health, assisted living, and nursing home environment;
  • ProseWire, a digital marketplace of content to connect publishers and writers; and
  • Switch Stream, a live video streaming app that allows users to view and control multiple live streams broadcast from other app users within the same geographic location such as concerts, sport events, and news conferences.

Here’s a picture of the winners (Doug McDaniel and Jason Hanna, second and third from left respectively) with Todd Napier of The Development Corporation (left) and Rhonda Rice of the Knoxville Chamber (second from right) and Jim Biggs of the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (right).

Big Idea Winner


Tom Ballard

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

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