It’s showtime for this year’s edition of “What’s the Big Idea 48-Hour Pitch Competition.” Hosted by the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) for The Development Corporation of Knox County and sponsored by Harper Auto Square, the weekend-long event begins at 6 p.m. today when the seven participating teams gather at KEC’s
The annual “Nashville Entrepreneur Week” is set for May 11-13, and the organizers are seeking input for potential sessions. The deadline to submit ideas is Monday (March 2). To do so, click here.
The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship has moved its corporate headquarters a little closer to the Volunteer State. The organization, which has 340 member colleges, moved in mid-February to Wake Tech’s Western Wake Campus in Cary, NC. The previous headquarters was Springfield, MA.
A team of students at Robinson Middle School in Kingsport has developed anapp as part of a FIRST LEGO League robotics competition. What’s special about the app is its ability to link the homeless with shelters and other organizations that help them, bringing together the physical needs of the homeless
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced the launch of its 17-state “SBIR Road Tour” with stops in four cities in the Southeast the week of April 13-17. The sessions, designed to connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to one of the country’s largest source of early stage funding
Not quite four and one-half years after starting T & T Scientific Corporation and roughly four years after launching their first product, Co-Founders Nima Tamaddoni and Graham Taylor are seeing significant growth. “Our sales have increased 10X in the last year,” Taylor told us recently. “We have become a pharma
Here’s an early “Save the Date” alert. “LSTCON,” Life Science Tennessee’s annual conference, will be held November 10. The organization outgrew its former location, so the organization is moving the event to The Westin Nashville Hotel. More details will be forthcoming closer to the date. Life Science Tennessee also has
The plight of rural communities is top of mind for those who live there and public policy officials. One statistic certainly tells the story. According to The Kauffman Foundation, the percentage of start-ups that are in rural communities fell from 20 percent in the 1980s to about 12 percent now.
Here’s a novel and great example of collaboration. The University of Cincinnati announced a first-of-its-kind partnership in the Midwest to help accelerate start-up success. The university is opening up its Venture Lab, a pre-accelerator and accelerator program founded in 2018, to students and staff from four other local nearby colleges. Start-ups formed
CREATE-X, an entrepreneurial program teaching students at Georgia Tech how to launch start-ups, has partnered with Amazon to support student ventures and promote advancements in voice technology and conversational artificial intelligence. The school is the fifth university awarded support through Amazon’s Alexa Fund that provides up to $200 million in venture capital