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Next year’s CodeStock conference set for April 12 and 13

The organizers of Knoxville’s annual CodeStock conference have announced the dates for 2019. The two-day technology and information exchange will be held April 12 and 13 if you want to mark your calendar right now....

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Frank Hutchison provides update on SH Data Technologies progress

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA “Our plan is to have the building finished in November, commissioned in December, and begin offering services in January,” Frank Hutchison told us recently about the new Tier III data center that SH Data Technologies is building on the edge of Downtown Knoxville. The region’s first center of its type was announced in...

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Atlanta Inno reports RootsRated Media preparing for rebrand

Atlanta Inno recently posted this article about RootsRated Media, the content marketing SaaS solution for small businesses that recently moved to Atlanta from Chattanooga as it prepares for a rebranding set to launch in early October....

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Here are five “must reads” for aspiring entrepreneurs

Everyone needs a list of books to consider reading, and here’s a list of five that are described as “must reads” in 2018 for aspiring entrepreneurs....

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Austin Technology Incubator making changes as it approaches number 30

It’s one year away from marking it 30th birthday, but the Austin Technology Incubator is not resting on its laurels. Co-founded by famed Austin business leader George Kozmetsky, who advised at one-time in this region, the program is one of the nation’s oldest. It is now focused on  “deep tech” in four sectors: clean energy, biological and health sciences, business and intellectual...

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Solar Alliance launches new product named Renewable Radar

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA “We’re the engineering and construction side of the business,” Harvey Abouelata says of the component of Solar Alliance Energy Inc., a Vancouver-based company that is located in South Knoxville. The local operation, which started as ARiES Energy before going through two acquisitions, just launched a new product called the Renewable Radar. Those two...

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Pathway Lending opens new Veterans Business Outreach Center

Pathway Lending, which traces its roots to Oak Ridge and the old Technology 2020 organization, has just celebrated the grand opening of its Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC). The new program will provide focused entrepreneurship training and counseling to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses or survivors living in Tennessee and Kentucky. Pathway Lending...

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There are similarities between Blockchain and biotech start-ups

Did you ever consider the similarities between Blockchain companies and those in the biotechnology space? We had not until coming across this article....

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NIST MEP program now 30 years old, impact is impressive

How well I remember the early years and the work that we did when I was at the University of Tennessee (UT) to have the institution’s Center for Industrial Services initially be part of and eventually designated as the Tennessee Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) lead. Now, the MEP National Network includes 51 Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico and...

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Ben Brown provides update on Alderman Holdings

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA It’s been about three years since we checked-in with Ben Brown for an update on Alderman Holdings, the Chattanooga-based private equity group that he formed with two other partners as noted in this mid-2015 teknovation.biz article. “Things here at Alderman are going very well,” he told us in a recent interview. “We’ve learned...

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Reid Shippen to keynote next month’s “Crypto – Facts and Future” conference

Organizers of next month’s “Crypto – Facts and Future” conference in Johnson City have announced that F. Reid Shippen will be the keynote speaker. Born in Milwaukee and raised in New Jersey, the multiple Grammy Award-winning mixer, producer, and engineer now lives in Nashville. He is also an entrepreneur, consultant and business owner with interests including real estate, publishing, investment...

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Alabama Futures Fund raises $25 million early stage venture fund

The Alabama Futures Fund (AFF), the largest seed stage investment fund in Alabama history, has announced that it closed a $25 million early stage venture capital fund. The AFF will only invest in companies that are headquartered in, or willing to relocate to, Alabama. Read more about it here....

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