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PART 3: McCall describes Prisma journey as a rollercoaster ride

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third article in a series describing the five and one-half year technology commercialization journey that resulted in the recent announcement that Domtar had taken a major interest in Prisma Renewable Composites.) By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA As noted in the first article in this series, Adam McCall, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)...

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Knoxville Chapter of EO hosting event on the Slingshot Framework

The Knoxville Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization is planning a special event on August 28, according to Chapter President Brandon Bruce. It’s an evening with Gabor George Burt, one of the original experts in Blue Ocean Strategy. “I remember reading Blue Ocean Strategy over 10 years ago,” says Bruce, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Cirrus Insight. “It was a breakthrough...

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“Tennessee Valley Solar Conference” set for November 7 in Murfreesboro

Some details of the annual “Tennessee Valley Solar Conference” have been announced. The event is set for November 7 at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, click here....

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TV station spotlights UTC’s “Veterans Entrepreneurship Program”

WTVC-TV spotlighted the seven-year old “Veterans Entrepreneurship Program” at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in this recent video story....

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Young female entrepreneurs offer nine ideas for a more balanced life

Want to lead a more balanced life as an entrepreneur? Here are nine ideas from female members of the Young Entrepreneur Council on how they combat harmful stereotypes about working hard to lead a more balanced, productive life....

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PART 2: Prisma just latest of start-ups that have captured Adam McCall’s interest

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second article in a series describing the five and one-half year technology commercialization journey that resulted in the recent announcement that Domtar had taken a major interest in Prisma Renewable Composites.) By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Entrepreneurship seems to be in Adam McCall’s DNA. He started his entrepreneurial career in East Tennessee for...

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Active Energy, Peroxygen two of 20 finalists in 76West Clean Energy Competition

Active Energy Systems, one of the three start-ups comprising cohort one of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s “Innovation Crossroads” program, and Peroxygen Systems, another local start-up, were selected as two of the 20 finalists in the highly competitive 76West Clean Energy Competition. The event is focused on growing entrepreneurs and attracting resources from the U.S. and around the world to build...

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New report examines agtech investment trends

If you’re in the agtech sector, this is probably a must read publication. Finistere Ventures has released a new report in collaboration with PitchBook titled the “2018 Early-stage Agtech Investment Report.” Click here to access the PDF....

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Former Southeast BIO executive leading Georgia State’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute

The former top executive at Southeast BIO has been appointed Director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Jennifer Sherer joins the school after serving as Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Click here for more information....

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Hybrid entrepreneurs lower hazardous exit chances by a third

We had not heard the word “hybrid” used as a descriptor for entrepreneurs who retain their day job while pursuing their start-up at night. This columnist writes about the wisdom of that approach, citing research that shows that hybrid entrepreneurs have a 33.3% lower chance of a hazardous exit. Read more here....

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PART 1: Adam McCall says there have been “three clear pivots” in Prisma’s evolution

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first article in a four-part series describing the five and one-half year technology commercialization journey that resulted in the recent announcement that Domtar had taken a major interest in Prisma Renewable Composites.) By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA “As I sit here thinking about it, I can materially show three clear pivots, but all...

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Next “Beer & Biotech” set for this Thursday at Knoxville’s Elkmont Exchange

Life Science Tennessee (LST) has announced its next “Beer & Biotech” networking event in Knoxville is this Thursday (August 16) starting at 6 p.m. at Elkmont Exchange, 745 North Broadway. This month’s program will feature LST Executive Director Abby Trotter....

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