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Lia Winter selected for two upcoming pitch competitions in Louisville, Winnipeg

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Lia Winter is going to be earning some frequent traveler miles over the first two weekends in March. One will probably be by car, but the other will definitely be in the air. The Founder of Winter Innovations and inventor of the EasyWhipTM device to be used for orthopedic reconstruction procedures like ACL...

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Registration open for March 5 “Innov865 Alliance Knoxville Mayoral Forum”

Registration is now open for the upcoming “Innov865 Alliance Knoxville Mayoral Forum.” At this time, all six candidates who have named Treasurers have accepted the invitation to participate. Space is limited for the event that begins at 5 p.m. March 5 at Relix Theater. To register, click here....

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The Biz Foundry announces first-ever “Made Here Market”

The Biz Foundry is Cookeville is making plans to host the city’s first-ever “Made Here Market” at the end of April, and those interested in participating have until February 27 to submit their applications. The event, set for April 27, will showcase artists, makers and creators from Cookeville and the overall Upper Cumberland region. The location runs from The Biz...

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ORNL, Los Alamos and EPB project focused on next-generation grid security

Oak Ridge and Los Alamos National Laboratories have partnered with EPB, Chattanooga’s innovative utility and telecommunications company, to demonstrate the effectiveness of metro-scale quantum key distribution (QKD) as a means of secure communication for the nation’s electricity suppliers. This initial milestone is part of the team’s three-year project focused on next-generation grid security. Read more about the project here....

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“MetLife Digital Accelerator” now accepting applications for second cohort

Applications are now being accepted for the second cohort of the “MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars.” The first cohort ended in October, and MetLife is now pursuing pilots with nine of the 10 companies, with five tests already underway. MetLife and Techstars are looking for entrepreneurs who are building next-generation financial services solution. Application deadline is April 7. Click...

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Renamed Anytime TeleHealth making good progress on its start-up journey

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA There’s been a good deal of progress made by the team at Anytime Pediatrics since we introduced the company in this April 2018 teknovation.biz article, most recently completing the Life Science Network for start-ups. That progress includes a slightly different name – Anytime TeleHealth Inc. – that reflects broader opportunities to build on...

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Piper outlines top 10 accomplishments in advanced energy sector in 2018

At Tuesday’s annual meeting of the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council’s (TAEBC), Vice President Cortney Piper listed the top 10 accomplishments during 2018 in the industry sector that accounts for 14 percent of Volunteer State employment. Here they are in reverse order: #10 – Creation of the TAEBC Utility Relations Committee and input into several proposals including TVA’s Integrated Resource...

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PitchBook summarizes 2018 venture capital landscape in 18 slides

PitchBook has published 18 charts that summarize the venture capital landscape in 2018. Click here to access them....

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Shockwave Motors places in top 10 at recent Cleantech Open national competition

John McMillan of Shockwave Motors has posted an update on the start-up’s recent participation in the national Cleantech Open competition. The event was held January 27 in Los Angeles. “More than 100 start-ups were part of the competition and, while it’s disappointing we did not win, we are proud to say we finished in the top 10 companies in the...

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New co-working facility transforming “Furniture Capital of the World”

Sometimes, you can hold onto a vision and a brand as High Point, NC has discovered. Dubbed the “Furniture Capital of the World,” the city is now home to Plant Seven, a center for design innovation housed in an approximately 98,000-square foo,t 100-year old renovated hosiery factory in High Point. It’s all because of a $3 million public and private...

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TAEBC annual meeting spotlights a number of innovative initiatives

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Innovation was the recurring theme as about 50 members and guests gathered in Franklin yesterday for the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council’s (TAEBC) annual meeting. Starting with the venue – Schneider Electric’s nearly year-old high-tech Nashville hub, attendees were exposed to a handful of projects that showcased various ways that innovation is addressing...

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CodeStock schedule for April 12 and 13 now available online

The event is still two months away, but the organizers of CodeStock, Knoxville’s annual technology and information exchange, have posted the schedule for April 12 and 13. Early bird registration ends March 2. Click here for registration information....

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