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AutoID provides important information beyond the VIN number

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA If you’ve ever bought an automobile or truck, you know that it has something called a VIN. That’s shorthand for Vehicle Identification Number, and each car or truck has a unique one. You have to use it to register the vehicle and secure insurance. Like your social security number, the VIN stays with...

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KEC accepting applications for next CO.STARTERS class

The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is accepting applications for its next CO.STARTERS class that begins in September. To apply, click here....

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USA Today article spotlights start-up efforts in Tennessee and the South

USA Today misspelled the name of the company that won this year’s “Village 36 Pitch Competition,” but there was a great article in Tuesday’s edition under the headline “For businesses, life is rosier in the South.” It even quotes Launch Tennessee’s Charlie Brock and Platt Boys of Chattanooga’s Branch Technology. Click here to read it....

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Report says investments in financial tech start-ups has slowed

Forbes reports that venture investments in financial tech start-ups is slowing. Read more here....

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UT joins NSF I-Corps program, announces applications for first cohort

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA The University of Tennessee (UT) is now part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) initiative designed to help individuals who are interested in commercializing their technology-based ideas build a business model that addresses their customers’ needs. In an announcement yesterday, UT said that it is now accepting applications for the...

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Protomet settles on Loudon County for expansion

Oak Ridge-based Protomet, which we spotlighted in this 2013 article, announced yesterday that its 200-employee expansion will occur in Loudon County, not adjacent to its existing plant as originally thought. Read more here....

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Healthcare space is promising sector for virtual reality start-ups

There are a number of promising virtual reality start-ups focused on the area of healthcare. Click here to see some of the more promising....

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MSU Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach serving nearly 100 student teams

In another of our periodic “let’s see what others are doing” articles, here’s a look at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach at Mississippi State University....

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Mixtroz mother and daughter team describe themselves as “streetfighters”

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA “We call ourselves the streetfighters,” Kerry Schrader says in describing the dynamic mother and daughter team that is unwilling to take “no” for an answer as they stand-up a company named Mixtroz. Her partner is daughter Ashlee Ammons. Not only are they minority female entrepreneurs in a largely male-dominated entrepreneurial world, but they...

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The Angel Roundtable announces investment in B2B online rental company

The Angel Roundtable (ART), the Johnson City-based investment network of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, yesterday announced an investment in KWIPPED, an online platform that connects rental suppliers with customers. According to the company’s website, KWIPPED developed and maintains the world’s first comprehensive B2B online rental marketplace. Its technology streamlines sourcing from a global network of equipment rental suppliers, reduces risk, assures...

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NASA debuts new streamlined licensing system for its technologies

NASA has developed a new system to streamline the way the agency licenses its technology patents, making the transfer of NASA-patented innovations to industry easier than ever before. The new system, dubbed Automated Technology Licensing Application System (ATLAS), provides prospective licensees a streamlined, centralized online tool for applying for any one of the more than 1,400 innovations NASA currently has available...

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Author offers three success tips for SaaS start-ups

Is your start-up offering a SaaS (software as a service) solution? If so, this article about three key steps to remain competitive might be a good read....

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