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PART 1: Michael Strickland’s entrepreneurial journey started at age 12

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is another in our series of articles spotlighting some of the Knoxville area’s most successful and long-standing entrepreneurs, their paths to success, and the passions they continue to exhibit. Today, we begin a three-part series focused on Michael Strickland of Bandit Lites.) By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance…

Lirio launches new solution to help those with diabetes

Knoxville-based Lirio, whose Precision Nudging™ solution promotes health through AI-powered behavior change, has announced the launch of a new Precision Nudging™ solution to help people with diabetes receive recommended health care. The solution was co-developed with Bon Secours Mercy Health, one of the 20 largest hospital systems in the U.S., to…

“Launch It: Cincy” innovative way to support student start-up ventures

Here’s an intriguing way to encourage undergraduate students to build their start-up companies in the cities where they are attending college rather than go home for the summer. Main Street Ventures, a long-time booster of Cincinnati’s tech scene, is launching a new pitch competition and program this fall aimed exclusively…

Charlotte start-up helping cities inspect roads more efficiently

A Charlotte-based start-up is nearing the end of a pilot project with the City of Philadelphia that could offer a much more cost-effective way for cities to inspect their roads. The company, named  GoodRoads and founded in 2016, has developed a small box that contains a camera, GPS system, and…

Knoxville Chamber’s latest “ECO” monthly report examines jobs outlook

By Kailyn Lamb, Marketing Content Writer and Editor, PYA As businesses reopen or ramp-up operations, many are looking to hire staff but are unable to find people to work. The May edition of the Knoxville Chamber’s “Economic Conditions Outlook” (ECO) begins to look into the debate of whether this is…

Speakers and sessions announced for “The Maker City Summit” in September

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA This year’s “The Maker City Summit” in Knoxville will be a multi-day event, according to an announcement from the organizers. Scheduled for September 13-19, the annual spotlight on and information sharing for the local maker community will include two-hour events Monday through Friday…

Jumpstart Foundry selects 17 start-ups for its latest round of investments

Jumpstart Foundry (JSF), one of Tennessee’s most active healthcare venture capital firms, has announced its latest round of new investments. The Spring selection consists of 17 innovative healthcare start-ups chosen from an applicant pool of nearly 200. Jumpstart Foundry plans to make a record number of investments this year from its…

Three VCs commit $90 million to an HBCU initiative

PitchBook reports that Apollo Global Management, Oaktree Capital and Ares Management have announced a 10-year, $90 million partnership with three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to train and provide career opportunities for Black students. Three Atlanta institutions of higher education – Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University…