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GAP Connections focused on, socially sustainable agricultural processes

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA What started-out as a research center at the University of Tennessee (UT) about a decade ago has spawned a private, non-profit 501(c)(5) agricultural membership organization that serves more than 12,500 farmers in about 20 states with high-quality training to meet voluntary standards the buyers established for the farmers who sell to them. The...

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Entrepreneur magazine ranks Skuid high on its “Top Company Cultures” list

For the second year in a row, Chattanooga start-up Skuid garnered a top position in Entrepreneur magazine’s listing of “Top Company Cultures.” The company, profiled in this recent teknovation.biz article, placed fourth among medium-sized companies. Click here to see the list of the other companies in that category....

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Huntsville West holding open house next month on expanded co-working space

Huntsville West, a co-working space that is expanding its presence in North Alabama, will hold an open house from 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 2 at its 3001 9th Avenue SW facility. The event is part of the inaugural “Innovate Huntsville Week.” As far as Huntsville West, the organization had been operating since 2014 in the library of a former...

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Bloomberg reports VCs optimistic about 2017

The Bloomberg U.S. Start-ups Barometer is near its lowest level since 2014, but venture capitalists have an optimistic outlook. Click here to read the five reasons they are positive about 2017....

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UTRF, Three Roots Capital announce “Checkerboard Portfolio”

Two local organizations have joined forces in a unique partnership to provide University of Tennessee (UT) affiliated start-ups with business development support and mentoring opportunities. The UT Research Foundation (UTRF) and Three Roots Capital announced yesterday the launching of the “UTRF Checkerboard Portfolio.” The program will primarily work with entrepreneurs who are looking to commercialize UTRF technology and need guidance to take their...

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EPIcenter reminds of March 1 deadline for six Memphis accelerators

The team at the EPIcenter has issued a reminder that the deadline to apply for six Memphis accelerators is next week (March 1). For more details, read the flyer (Memphis Accelerators)....

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Duke University’s novel “StartupConnect Networking Fair” tonight

Duke University is holding its fourth annual “StartupConnect Networking Fair” tonight. The three-hour event, featuring representatives from more than 20 companies, helps students find internship opportunities. Read more here....

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Here’s an update on the VCU “Quest for Innovation Fund”

Virginia Commonwealth University launched a pre-accelerator in 2015 that provides three months of mentoring for student-led start-ups along with a $5,000 stipend for each one from the university’s “Quest for Innovation Fund.” Read an update on the program here....

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Framework for this year’s “Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit” announced

Organizers of the annual “Tennessee Valley Corridor (TVC) National Summit” have released some of the details about this year’s event set for May 31 and June 1 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. The two-day conference will include four main sessions focused on Huntsville’s and NASA’s role in the region, the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit throughout the...

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IACMI accepting applications for internships through March 17

IACMI – The Composites Institute has announced that the organization is accepting applications through March 17 for its internship programs. One of them is this summer (June 5 through August 11); the other is longer term and based on project availability. The opportunities, which are open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students, are with various IACMI partners in seven locations including...

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Birmingham coding company partnering with The Enterprise Center

A Birmingham-based coding is joining forces with The Enterprise Center in Chattanooga to offer a 10-week coding boot camp. Read more about the plans here....

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FLC recognizes four ORNL technologies

Four Oak Ridge National Laboratory inventions recently won awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium. Click here to read about those winners....

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