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New date announced for Mixtroz episode on “Rooster & Butch”

Details for the postponed episode of “Rooster & Butch” that features Nashville area start-up Mixtroz have been announced. The show date is now February 21 at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. CST. It will air on the A&E cable channel. When the episode was originally scheduled for February 7, there was going to be a party hosted by Baker Donelson with...

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Four East TN enterprises among first six AEF grant recipients

Six enterprises have shared more than $400,000 in grants in the first awards under the State of Tennessee’s “Agriculture Enterprise Fund” (AEF) and four are based in East Tennessee. A product of the Governor’s Rural Task Force, the AEF is an incentive program that supports agricultural development in Tennessee. It provides assistance to new and expanding Tennessee agriculture and food...

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HCA featured speaker at this month’s “Bunker Brews” in Nashville

Milton Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of HCA, is the featured speaker at next week’s “Bunker Brews” gathering in Nashville. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. February 21 at WeWork, 901 Woodland Avenue. Click here to register....

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SVB annual report reflects entrepreneurs’ positive outlook for the year

According to the ninth annual outlook report from Silicon Valley Bank, the more than 1,000 individuals surveyed expect 2018 to be a better year than 2017 for start-ups. Click here for the bank’s news release that also includes a link to the report....

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Volunteer Aerospace growth coming faster than Founder expected

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA “It’s faster than we thought it would come,” says the Founder of a local start-up that just opened its new additive manufacturing facility a few months ago near Hardin Valley in West Knoxville. The company is Volunteer Aerospace LLC., founded by Norris native Jonaaron Jones with two partners – his wife (Rachel) and...

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Life Science TN, Waller issue new report on angel capital needs

Life Science Tennessee (LST) and the Waller law firm have collaborated on a new report that identifies an unfilled need for angel investors to support early stage life science companies in Tennessee. The report, titled “Angel Funding for the Life Sciences in Tennessee,” was released last week during the statewide association’s annual “Day on the Hill” when members visited with...

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All-women management teams secured just 2.2 percent of venture funds in 2017

According to a recently published report, companies with all-women management teams took in just $1.9 billion of the total $85 billion, or just 2.2 percent, raised from venture capital firms compared to 91 percent raised by all-male or mixed management teams. Click here for the article from The Washington Post....

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Female Founder shares five tips on raising investment capital

In light of the previous post, this article might be of interest. A female founder shares five tips she relied on in navigating the rough waters of raising investment capital. Click here to read her suggestions....

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PART 2: Innovate Pets ramps-up production in new Loudon facility

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final article in a two-part series describing one of the area’s newest manufacturers that is part of an effort to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. After finding and building-out a suitable building, the Innovate Pets team recently began selling its new product.) By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA So, what is it that...

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The Change Center selected as inaugural beneficiary of “100 Men Who Care” initiative

Peter Atherton, one of the key organizers of the new “100 Men Who Care – Knoxville” reports that nearly 80 individuals turned-out earlier this week for the group’s inaugural event. After several presentations about worthy non-profit causes, those in attendance selected The Change Center to be this quarter’s recipient of a $100 contribution from each member. The facility at 203...

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New healthcare accelerator launches in Arkansas

Health InnovatAR is the name of a new Arkansas-based accelerator for healthcare technology start-ups. Applications are being accepted through the end of March for the inaugural cohort that runs from June 1 to November 30. Click here to learn more about the joint initiative from Winrock International, Arkansas Heart Hospital, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and BioVentures at...

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Sometimes long-term success is just not enough

Sustained success isn’t always enough or maybe it’s simply a matter of long of tooth. A 19-year old non-profit, which claims it helped companies create more than 6,000 jobs and raise more than $3.5 billion in capital, has closed in Houston, TX as the city takes a direction. Here’s more information if you are interested....

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