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MomSource Network helping moms be successful both personally and professionally

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The eight teams that comprise the fourth cohort in Launch Tennessee’s “The TENN” master accelerator program bring the curtain down on the experience at a pitch finale set for March 29 at Well Placed Smile, 907 Gleaves Street in Nashville. To register, click here. Ahead of that event, we are running short profiles on each of the teams.)...

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Kingsport’s PerVivo Labs making good progress

We first profiled the work of Russ Hubbard, a service disabled veteran, and PerVivo Labs in this late 2014 teknovation.biz article. There’s been some good progress that he has made in the ensuing 15 plus months as evidenced by this story that appeared earlier this week in the Kingsport Times-News....

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Best Behavior Creative Club’s new podcast series spotlights Shawn Carson

Chris McAdoo, Founder and Creative Director at Best Behavior Creative Club, has launched a podcast series under the title of “Enjoyable Listen Time.” He says that “we talk to people who make things and people who make things happen.” The third show in the weekly series featured Shawn Carson, a well-know player in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge entrepreneurial ecosystem. Click here to...

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TechCrunch launches weekly venture capital-focused podcast

Speaking of podcasts, TechCrunch has launched a new weekly podcast that offers a new program every Friday morning. Click here for more information on the new initiative, focused on venture capital and appropriately named “Equity.”...

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Grow Bioplastics’ targets product launch in about a year

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The eight teams that comprise the fourth cohort in Launch Tennessee’s “The TENN” master accelerator program bring the curtain down on the experience at a pitch finale set for March 29 at Well Placed Smile, 907 Gleaves Street in Nashville. To register, click here. Ahead of that event, we are running short profiles on each of the teams.)...

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Knox Makers moves to South Knoxville, holding grand opening April 1

We enjoy the weekly or more frequent articles that the “Knoxville Urban Guy” posts on his Inside of Knoxville site. The latest spotlights the new Knox Makers space in South Knoxville which is holding a grand opening April 1. Click here to read it....

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Seven businesses commit $100,000 each to Iowa AgriTech Accelerator

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator has launched in a big way, thanks to $100,000 commitments from seven different companies. Applications open April 3, and the accelerator starts July 10. Learn more about the new program here....

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Maryland launches pre-seed fund for minority entrepreneurs

TEDCO, a Maryland state-affiliated start-up assistance and seed investor organization, has recently launched a new “Minority Business Pre-Seed Fund.” Learn more about the new initiative focused on helping minority entrepreneurs at this link....

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Community college entrepreneurship summit coming to Knoxville

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Community college leaders from around the region will be in Knoxville late next week for a regional symposium co-sponsored by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The event, titled “Leveraging Assets in Your Local Community to Promote Economic Development,” will be hosted March 30 and 31 by Pellissippi State...

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Everly focused on helping people stay healthy, energized and hydrated

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The eight teams that comprise the fourth cohort in Launch Tennessee’s “The TENN” master accelerator program bring the curtain down on the experience at a pitch finale set for March 29 at Well Placed Smile, 907 Gleaves Street in Nashville. To register, click here. Ahead of that event, we are running short profiles on each of the teams.)...

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Report analyzes the importance of university seed cap programs

A new report from the National Academy of Inventors analyzes the benefits of university seed cap programs in terms of the successful launch of start-ups. Click here to learn more....

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Rhode Island voters approve $20 million to seed new innovation campus

Following approval of a $20 million bond issue, the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and the University of Rhode Island (URI) will soon begin requesting proposals from industry, academic and research partners to develop, program, and occupy a transformative URI Innovation Campus. Read about the plans here....

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