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“Bunker Labs” Nashville Muster on May 16 features FedEx’s Fred Smith

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA One of Tennessee’s most successful entrepreneurs ever with a brand recognized around the world headlines next month’s “Bunker Labs Muster Across America – Nashville.” The veteran entrepreneurship conference and Bunker Labs fundraiser is set for May 16 at the WeWork Nashville location, 901 Woodland Street and will feature Fred Smith, Founder of FedEx....

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Roanoke’s RAMP initiative selecting second cohort, commits funding to them

RAMP, the Regional Acceleration and Mentoring Program in Roanoke, won’t be taking any ownership from the start-ups it helps. But leaders have set aside $100,000 to split between the roughly five companies that will be selected next month for the accelerator’s second cohort. Read more about that city’s plans here....

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Registration underway for Brad Feld online course titled “Venture Deals”

At Tuesday night’s “Beer & Biotech” meet-up in West Knoxville, Eric Mayer of EDP Biotech Corporation mentioned an online course that demystifies venture capital deals and start-up financing to give both first-time and experienced entrepreneurs a definitive guide to secure funding. The course is taught by Brad Feld, a well-known name in the entrepreneurial community. Others might find it interesting. Registration...

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Rapid growth of wearable technologies should be reminder to protect the inventions

The wearable technology market is expected to reach more than $50 billion by 2022 with an annual growth rate of over 15 percent. According to the author of this article, these developments should be a reminder that anyone in the wearables industry should focus on patents to protect innovations and gain a competitive edge in the growing market....

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SMU opening campus-wide incubator

Southern Methodist University has announced plans to launch a new incubator that will tie together each of the institution’s schools while also leveraging connections with the community. Read more about the plans here....

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GUEST COLUMN: Importance of Tennessee FIRST Robotics event explained

(EDITOR’S NOTE: We periodically publish guest columns on topics of interest to our readers. This one was submitted by Mike Wehrenberg, chairman of Tennessee FIRST Robotics.) Over a thousand high school students from up and down the east coast spent three days in Knoxville last month proving our future is very bright. Fifty HS robotics teams from nine states just...

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Techmer PM holds grand opening for new facility in Mexico

Techmer PM LLC, the innovative materials company that has a sizable presence in Clinton, held a grand opening yesterday for its newest plant in Querétaro, Mexico. The facility is expected to double in size in the next two years as it helps Techmer PM meet growing demand for color, additives, and engineered compounds in key Latin American markets. Tori Watson,...

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Postscript to yesterday’s headline: RootsRated Media relocating from Chattanooga

There’s a very interesting postscript to yesterday’s article about RootsRated Media securing $6.5 million in new capital. According to this article in yesterday’s Chattanooga Times Free Press, the company is relocating to Atlanta. Fynn Glover, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, praised the Chattanooga community but noted that Atlanta offers a better base from which to recruit talent, raise more capital, and...

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MomSource Network spotlighted in Atlanta entrepreneurial newsletter

Speaking of Atlanta, Knoxville’s MomSource Network has been spotlighted in hypeopotamus, a newsletter for entrepreneurs that is based in Atlanta. Click here to see the article....

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It will soon be 10,000,000 and counting for the USPTO

Now, this is what you call a “really big” milestone! The United States Patent and Trademark Office anticipates issuing the 10 millionth utility patent at some point this summer. Click here to learn more....

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Kestner pitching Stealth Performance technology again this week in D.C.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Since the article below was finalized, Jordon Kestner has updated us on his progress that includes a second round of meetings later this week with members of the U.S. Congress and/or their key staffers in Washington, DC. Those members represent key committees that should be most interested in the new product from Stealth. “We’ve brought them our solution...

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Chattanooga’s RootsRated Media raises $6.5 million in latest round

Chattanooga’s RootsRated Media, a company we spotlighted in this teknovation.biz article about 13 months ago, announced yesterday that it had raised $6.5 million in a round led by TechOperators. The new funds will be used to accelerate product development and investments in RootsRated’s suite of tech-enabled content marketing services for lean marketing teams building brands and destinations. Geoff Robson, President of The Lighthouse Fund...

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