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PART 2: Three-word acronym says all you need to know about GAP’s focus

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final article in a two-part series examining two complementary initiatives based in Nashville. They are the Global Action Platform and oneC1TY. Th organization is hosting a forum later today in Nashville spotlighting successful innovation districts.) By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA The three words in the name Global Action Platform (GAP) were carefully selected,...

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SCRA funds nearly $600,000 in grants to foster university and industry collaboration

The South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA) has announced nearly $600,000 in feasibility grants for six innovation projects encouraging collaboration between academic institutions and industry partners. What are the areas? Click here to learn more....

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Series looks at evolution of life science industry in Alabama

Ira Weiss, an active participant in two statewide mentor networks in Tennessee, also leads a start-up company based in Birmingham’s Innovation Depot. We have discussed the support system for start-ups in Alabama on several occasions, and Weiss recently shared a three-part series that chronicles the evolution of the state’s now burgeoning life science sector that began with pioneering work by...

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It’s the culture, not the team, that ensures an innovative enterprise

The author of this recent article in Entrepreneur writes: “Nearly every company I work with views innovation as a strategic imperative. But being an innovative company is very different from being a company with an innovation function.” Click here to read more of his thoughts....

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PART 1: Missions of Global Action Platform, oneC1TY very linked to each other

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first article in a two-part series examining two complementary initiatives based in Nashville. They are the Global Action Platform and oneC1TY.) By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA As an individual for whom Nashville has been a second home for decades, I was somewhat familiar with the Global Action Platform (GAP), an organization known for,...

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Knoxville company advances in latest Walmart “Open Call” event

A Knoxville company is among those selected to move forward in Walmart’s fifth annual “Open Call” event. The enterprise is The Cumberland Companies. More than 450 businesses lined the halls of Walmart’s corporate headquarters to meet face-to-face with buyers in hopes of landing the deal of a lifetime. Read more here....

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Ag-Celerator invests in plant science start-ups, one of several such Purdue funds

Ag-Celerator™ is a $2 million plant sciences innovation fund designed to provide critical start-up support for Purdue University innovators who wish to commercialize patented intellectual property or Purdue “know-how” technologies. The fund, part of the multi-faceted Purdue Ventures, recently made two awards of $50,000 each. Click here to learn about those companies....

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BIO issues eighth biennial report on industry

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization, better known as BIO, has issued a new report titled “Investment, Innovation and Job Creation in a Growing U.S. Bioscience Industry.” In a news release accompanying the report, the organization noted that this was the eighth biennial report focused “on the economic progress and footprint of the industry geographically including the performance, positioning and latest trends in...

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PART 2: Banded Recovery model follows key staffers’ military experience

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final article in a two-part series focused on two Tennessee female Entrepreneurs are focused on helping address the recidivism rate of individuals afflicted with opioid addiction.) By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA “Medicine is not about prescribing drugs; it’s about taking care of people,” Melissa Petak, Co-Founder of Banded Recovery, says. She founded the...

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Here’s a summary about the winners in the recent “ROTR” Road Tour

We posted articles recently on several of the winners of the “Rise of the Rest Road Tour” version 7.0. If you missed those posts or just want to learn more about the winners, click here for a great summary provided by the Revolution team....

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W&L “Entrepreneurship Summit” connects students and alumni

Here’s a novel idea – an entrepreneurial event bringing together alumni and students. Washington and Lee University’s “Seventh Annual Entrepreneurship Summit” will feature networking events, a student pitch competition, an alumni pitch session, ideation sessions, and opportunities to interview current students for internships or full-time positions. Read more about the two-day event in September here....

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Maryland launching pre-seed fund to help often overlooked start-ups

The Maryland Technology Development Corporation, better known as TEDCO, is expanding the scope of its pre-seed fund to include not only minority-owned companies but any company that could face some social or economic disadvantage. The new Pre-Seed Builder Fund will offer early stage investments of $50,000 to start-ups that may be overlooked by other funding organizations. Click here to learn more....

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