Abby Trotter wins SBA’s prestigious “Tibbetts Award” for working on matching fund

A person who has worked tirelessly to champion the State of Tennessee’s matching program for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) award recipients has now been recognized for those efforts by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Abby Trotter, Partner at Hall Strategies in Nashville

U of L takes “LaunchIt” virtual for second year, allowing broader participation

“LaunchIt,” the University of Louisville’s 10-week entrepreneurial bootcamp, has taken its training online and expanded to serve innovators and university researchers throughout the Midwest and Southeast. Historically, “LaunchIt” training had been done in person in downtown Louisville, but in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, program leaders took the bootcamp

SBA’s launches new Ascent site focused on women entrepreneurs

The U.S. Small Business Administration has officially launched Ascent, a first-of-its-kind, free digital eLearning platform geared to help women entrepreneurs grow and expand their businesses. According to the announcement, “Ascent has valuable content such as tips on preparing and recovering from disasters, strategic marketing and business financial strategy development.”

Charlotte business executives step-up with new fund to support Black and Hispanic businesses

Here’s a great example of how corporate executives can bring their years of expertise to helping address the issue of inclusion and participation, one of the gaps identified in the recent Techstars assessment of the Knoxville region’s innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Bright Hope Capital LLC is a new investment firm

NJ on brink of creating $250 million innovation fund

Pending the signature of the state’s Governor which may have happened by the time this article posts, an initiative described as “a game-changing opportunity for early stage and emerging growth companies in New Jersey” will be much closer to reality. The legislature in that state has sent Governor Phil Murphy