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Andrew Clark has a passion for nutrition fed by an inquisitive mind

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is another in a series of articles that will appear over the next several weeks spotlighting entrepreneurs in Northeast Tennessee.) By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA East Tennessee State University’s (ETSU) W. Andrew Clark has an interesting background. He spent 18 years at Eastman Chemical Company, focused on research and technical services, before joining the Johnson...

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CodeTN, KEC holding CodeStock Academy for high school students Saturday

CodeTN and Knoxville Entrepreneur Center are joining with CodeStock to offer a one-day code camp this Saturday (May 6) in conjunction with the 10th annual technology and information exchange. The full conference kicks-off Friday, and the Saturday event for high school students, dubbed CodeStock Academy, runs all day. It is divided into two segments. Instruction during the morning will be based...

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Application process opens for Farm Bureau “Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge”

May Day marks the opening of the application process for the 2018 edition of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s “Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge.” And, in an amazing coincidence, the finale for the competition will be held in January in Nashville. Knoxville’s Grow Bioplastics was one of the four finalists in the 2017 competition. Who will make it through the multi-step process...

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Study finds only one percent of female founders tap venture capital

Is this a good or bad fact? A study has concluded that only one percent of female founders tap the venture market for capital. Conversely, 68 percent used personal savings, meaning they held onto their equity. Click here to read more about the survey....

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Latest “Alabama Launchpad” event provides $250,000 to three start-ups

Three start-ups shared $250,000 in the latest edition of the “Alabama Launchpad Start-up Competition.” Since the program was founded a decade ago, the initiative of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama has invested more than $2.9 million in 61 companies, and those start-ups have gone on to create 502 jobs and secure $50 million in additional funding. Read more here....

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Company’s name combines its focus – predictive, prescriptive, interactive and analytic

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA “I’m fine with keeping it small,” Jeff Meredith of Prilytics LLC says about his start-up where he is the only full-time employee, backed-up by a handful of others who work part-time as needed. “I do it all . . . selling, consulting and the actual work,” he adds. “I like going in, understanding...

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Article profiles Venture for America Founder Andrew Yang

Andrew Goldner, Founding Partner of GrowthX who now calls Nashville home, recently introduced us to an organization called Venture for America (VFA). We subsequently met Elizabeth Duffield, the first VFA Fellow in Nashville. In turn, she introduced us to Caroline Harding, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student who graduates next month and becomes a VFA Fellow. It is...

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Birmingham’s Innovation Depot posts some impressive metrics

Here’s another article in our periodic series of benchmark posts, this one spotlighting the 2016 metrics reported by Birmingham’s Innovation Depot....

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Automotive aftermarket a growth sector for start-ups

This is a new growth sector for start-ups, based on articles we have been seeing. It’s the automotive aftermarket. Click here to learn more....

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Jason Hubbard leaves Cirrusinsight, launches YourGrowthExpert

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA One of the earliest employees of now five-year old Cirrusinsight has launched his own consulting company named YourGrowthExpert. For Boone, NC native Jason Hubbard, it’s at least the sixth start-up that he has founded, and that number does not count his role in helping accelerate growth at Cirruspath where he was Vice President...

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Anchor tenant of privately-developed building at Cherokee Farm holds ribbon cutting

Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc. (CEC), the anchor tenant for the first privately-developed building on the University of Tennessee’s Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus, held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new space yesterday. The company, which has more than 20 offices around the country, chose the new location as a symbol of the firm’s innovative nature and spirit, James Tomiczek, CEC...

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IACMI, UAMMI ink MOU

IACMI and UAMMI join forces via a Memorandum of Understanding. For most of our readers, the IACMI acronym should be familiar; it stands for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation or The Composites Institute for short. UAMMI is a new name for a Utah-based organization that shares many of the same goals as IACMI. Click here to read about...

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