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Author writes about the upcoming fifth era of entrepreneurship

In a recent article in Forbes, the author, educator and long-time investor in start-ups talks about the first four eras of entrepreneurship and suggests what the fifth era will be. Click here to read his thoughts....

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PART 1: Bob Wilson describes RDI Technologies growth as “crazy good”

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first article in a two-part series examining the rapid growth in a Knoxville-based start-up that launched not quite four years ago.) By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA “It’s crazy good,” Bob Wilson, President of RDI Technologies Inc., says of the growth the company has experienced since its “official” launch about three years ago. For...

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All-day workshop on rural telehealth set for March 1 in Asheville

Interested in  rural healthcare? If so, there’s an all-day program being hosted March 1 in Asheville by the North Carolina Rural Health Leadership Alliance (NCRHLA). Accotrding to an announcement about the workshop, one of the key issues that has been at the forefront of many conversations discussing the future of health in rural communities has been telehealth delivery. Click here...

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Record venture dollars raised by healthcare start-ups in January

Speaking of healthcare, start-ups in the sector raised $2.61 billion in venture capital fundraising last month, according to analysis of deals conducted by Pitchbook for Forbes. That’s up 37 percent from the $1.9 billion raised during the same month last year, and it’s the highest amount raised in January on record since Pitchbook began tracking funding in 2008. Click here for more...

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KiwiTech opens Atlanta office for its tech-for-equity model

Ever heard of KiwiTech? We had not, but found this article interesting. Founded in 2009, KiwiTech began as a mobile and web development firm. A few years later, it launched a program to help very early stage start-ups develop  technology products in exchange for equity. The company has just opened an office in Atlanta and hypepotamus has more about the business plan here.  ...

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Utilize Health triples office space, eyes more expansion in several ways

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA The new year has brought with it significant growth prospects for Utilize Health. Founded in 2013, the Nashville-based company tripled its office space in late 2018, going from 1,200 square feet to 3,500 square feet, and plans are in the works to double the just leased space by mid-2019. What’s fueling the growth?...

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Next Bunker Labs Knoxville event is February 26

The next Bunker Labs Knoxville meet-up will feature Lynn Youngs, Executive Director of the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His topic is “The Value of Failure.” The event begins at 5 p.m. February 26 at Awaken Coffee, 125 West Jackson Avenue. Click here to register. These events...

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Next “Pitches and Pints” set for May 9; applications being accepted

Startup Tri-Cities has announced that its annual “Pitches and Pints” event is set for the evening of May 9 at the VENUE at the King’s Centre in Johnson City, and the organization is now soliciting applicants as well as sponsors. Click here if you want to apply. If you are interested in sponsoring, email sponsor@startuptri.com. The event is part of...

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Author says this city does it better than any of the 30 plus he’s visited

The Chief Executive Officer of Barrett Media writes in this article for Inc. that, “after visiting 30+ cities, talking about entrepreneurship, interviewing founders of unicorns, I have found one model that works better than any other in creating surge cities. It’s not complicated.” Where is that model? It’s north of here in a city that many of us discuss regularly. Read the article to learn...

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Birmingham eyes becoming a medical device hotbed

Birmingham, AL has its eyes of possibly becoming a medical device hotbed and is planning a “MedTech Symposium” at the end of the month to explore the idea. Craig Buerstatte, Acting Director for the U.S. Commerce Department’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will keynote the event. Other speakers include Tiffany Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Center for Medical Innovation...

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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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