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Rev1 Ventures spotlights progress in helping fill talent gap in Columbus

Columbus, OH-based  Rev1 Ventures, the investor start-up studio that combines capital and strategic services to build great companies, announced recently its progress in tackling the talent gap, including helping its growing portfolio find and fill 22 C-level executive positions. Read more here....

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PART 4: Lia Winter discusses Anderson Center help with EasyWhip

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final article in a series focused on opportunities for University of Tennessee, Knoxville students to hone their entrepreneurial ideas.) As noted in our set-up article for this series, the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEI) in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee’s (UT) Knoxville campus is a key player in...

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Maryville College holding event during “Innov865 Week”

Entrepreneurship is a priority for Maryville College, and the institution is planning a special event during this month’s “Innov865 Week” to spotlight its interests. The event, dubbed “Innovation in the Liberal Arts,” is set for Wednesday (September 26) at Elkmont Exchange, 745 North Broadway in Knoxville. The venue, which is co-owned by Alex Violette, a Maryville College alumnus, has become...

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Pass It Down to power Lake Forest-Lake Bluff, IL Historical Society

Pass It Down, the Chattanooga-based start-up with a novel story-telling platform, is partnering with Engine On and the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff, IL Historical Society to revolutionize how museums archive and share local and national history. According to last week’s announcement (click here), the Pass It Down platform technology will provide Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society with the necessary tools to...

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Here are three concrete steps to revive nation’s entrepreneurial spirit

The author of this article from Inc. offers three concrete ways that the U.S. can reverse the nearly 40-year low in new business start-ups. Click here for his recipe....

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PART 3: Baker Donahue discussed Anderson Center’s help with In With the Old

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third article in a series focused on opportunities for University of Tennessee, Knoxville students to hone their entrepreneurial ideas.) As noted in our set-up article for this series, the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEI) in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee’s (UT) Knoxville campus is a key player in...

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In With the Old celebrating Vols vs Gators win in 1998

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Two weeks from today, Tennessee football fans will have an opportunity to relive an epic game in a season that ended 20 years ago with a national championship. Baker Donahue, the recent University of Tennessee graduate who founded In With the Old (see our recent teknovation.biz article and also the previous article), is the...

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General Graphene secures major investment

An announcement this week was good news for a Knoxville area start-up. “General Graphene is pleased to announce that we have received a funding commitment from Graphite India Limited for up to $18.595MM, to be paid over the next 18-24 months,” says Vig Sherrill, President and Chief Executive Officer of General Graphene. According to an article citing Graphite India, the...

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Qrypt Inc. exclusively licenses ORNL’s quantum random number generator technology

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has has exclusively licensed a novel cyber security technology promising a stronger defense against cyber attacks, including those posed by quantum computing, to Qrypt Inc. According to this news release, the company will incorporate ORNL’s quantum random number generator, or QRNG, into Qrypt’s existing encryption platform, using inherent quantum randomness to create unique and unpredictable encryption...

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Cultivation Capital eyeing third fund that could reach $100 million

St. Louis-based Cultivation Capital, which has made some investments in Tennessee, has raised nearly $50 million for its third fund focused on technology start-ups. Read more about the organization’s plans here....

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PART 2: John Bruck takes on EIR role at new Anderson Center Accelerator

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second article in a series focused on opportunities for University of Tennessee, Knoxville students to hone their entrepreneurial ideas.) By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA A familiar face to many players in the Knoxville entrepreneurial community has a new gig. John Bruck, a long-time resident of Cincinnati who moved to East Tennessee several years...

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Applications open for third cohort of ORNL’s “Innovation Crossroads” program

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA An Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) initiative that is attracting top young entrepreneurs to the region to grow their energy-focused start-ups is launching recruitment for its third cohort while also adding an additional key sponsor. The application process for the next cohort of up to six participants in the “Innovation Crossroads” (IC) program...

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