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Ira Weiss serves as a member of two statewide mentor programs

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA What goes around comes around, at least in the case of one of the Mentors in both the Life Science Tennessee Network and Energy Mentor Network. In his earlier days, Ira Weiss, who now calls Chattanooga home, was involved with UCSD CONNECT, a nationally-recognized initiative that has helped grow the California city into...

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Study ranks Georgia tops for female entrepreneurs

What’s the state that is viewed as most receptive to female entrepreneurs? According to Fit Small Business, it’s Georgia followed by Florida. What methodology was used and how do other states, including Tennessee, rank? Click here for the answers....

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Here are five types of people whose opinions you should seek

Wonder what types of individuals you might contact to get their thoughts on an idea you have or a solution to a problem you’re facing? Here’s an article that identifies five diverse views worth soliciting....

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“Innovation that Matters” report examines three nearby cities

Three nearby cities were among 25 that were examined in the 2017 edition of the “Innovation that Matters” report. They are Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, and Nashville. The study is an effort of 1776, an international start-up incubator, working in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, C_TEC, and FreeEnterprise.com. Click here for the report....

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PART 2: John Hopkins discusses IACMI’s “good progress” at halfway point

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final article in a two-part series that is the result of a recent interview with John Hopkins, a long-time University of Tennessee employee and currently the Interim Chief Executive Officer of IACMI.) By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA It was about three years ago that then President Barack Obama announced a $70 million grant,...

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Mixtroz featured tonight on “Rooster & Butch” cable show

Tonight’s the night. At 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. CST, Nashville area start-up Mixtroz will be featutred on an episode of “Rooster & Butch” on the A&E cable channel. Click here for our previous story about the opportunity for the start-up founded by a mother and daughter team and focused on making networking events more valuable for attendees....

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Inaugural “Innov865 Investor Series” forum next Tuesday

It’s less than a week until the inaugural event in the “Innov865 Investor Series” in Knoxville. The discussion is set for 4 p.m. next Tuesday (February 27) at Scruffy City Hall on Market Square. The event features three start-ups describing their journey and panels exploring investment capital at three stages along the continuum. For more information and to register, click...

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Top 20 reasons for start-up failure haven’t changed since 2014 posting

Why do start-ups fail? It’s a question about which many people have answers. Entrepreneur recently published this article, based on a study by CB Insights. Compare it to another CB Insights study that we posted in September 2014. The words differ somewhat, but the reasons are largely the same and in the same order. That said, they are still worth remembering....

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PART 1: John Hopkins is the model for a utility infielder

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first article in a two-part series that is the result of a recent interview with John Hopkins, a long-time University of Tennessee employee and currently the Chief Executive Officer of IACMI.) By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA We’ve known John Hopkins for well over two decades, maybe longer. The first interaction that we recall...

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“Bunker Brews – Knoxville” event set for Thursday

Just a reminder that the next “Bunker Brews – Knoxville” meet-up is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. this Thursday (February 22) at Maple Hall, 414 South Gay Street, Knoxville. This is the latest event in the overall effort to organize a Knoxville Chapter of the non-profit the organization that is focused on helping veterans interested in being entrepreneurs. You...

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Infographic shows top 20 common reasons start-ups fail

Thanks to Entrepreneur, here’s a good infographic with a sidebar of explanations on the top 20 most common reasons that start-ups fail. What tops the list?  No market need!f...

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Good Growth Capital makes four investments in first year

Charleston venture capital fund Good Growth Capital says it plans to raise $20 million to invest in Southeastern technology start-ups, including “several million” it pulled in last year. The fund made four investments last year. Read the latest news about Good Growth here and our earlier story when the fund was announced here....

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