Launch Tennessee announced yesterday that it is now accepting applications for the state-funded matching program for recipients of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants. FY20 funding has been increased to $3 million, thanks to a recommendation by the Lee Administration and action by the
Several organizations in Birmingham have developed a three-element tool to help local entrepreneurs. The Birmingham Business Alliance, Alabama Capital Network and University of Alabama at Birmingham joined forces to create the Bham BizHub. The website, now in beta testing, was developed to help entrepreneurs and small business owners find their
The Georgia Institute of Technology has named an Interim Vice President to lead its 160-person Enterprise Innovation Institute that includes the state’s Manufacturing Extension Program. The interim leader is Karen Fite, a 26-year veteran of the institution and its economic development programs. Learn more here.
By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Networks, connections and introductions do really matter as any successful entrepreneur knows. That’s certainly the case with a new project underway in Chattanooga, thanks to an introduction that one spouse made for another. Tony Skjellum, Director of the SimCenter at the University of
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced more than $24 million in funding for 77 projects supported by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) and its “Technology Commercialization Fund” (TCF). More than $4.5 million of the funding was targeted for 11 projects involving Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and
Atlanta Inno’s The Beat reports that registration for the 12th annual “Venture Atlanta” conference, which connects Southern tech companies with investors, is now open. This year’s event is set for October 16 and 17. There’s an early registration deadline of August 2.
By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Each of the participating entrepreneurs had nothing but positive comments to say about their experience last week during the third edition of the “AgLaunch Bootcamp.” Hosted by Memphis-based AgLaunch and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, the bootcamp was an intense educational and awareness experience
During Friday’s “AgLaunch Bootcamp” finale, an announcement was made that there’s a new group of individuals interested in agricultural technologies who are convening monthly. Walter Cromer, Founder and Chief Idea Officer at Eden Concepts and a participant in last year’s “AgLaunch Bootcamp,” has organized the East Tennessee AgTech Meetup. The
Launch Tennessee has announced additional speakers for next month’s “36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival” in Nashville. Set for August 28 and 29 at five different venues in the downtown area, the updated featured speaker lineup includes: Alex Fenkel, Co-Founder of SmileDirectClub, a pioneer in doctor-directed, remote invisible aligner therapy. Founded in 2014,
Students in Tennessee Tech University’s new vehicle engineering program won’t just learn about autonomous electric vehicles. Thanks to a new grant from DENSO, the world’s second largest mobility supplier, they will help develop a new, open-access autonomous vehicle platform. The $45,000 award provides not quite one-half of the required funding.