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January 30, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Here’s our weekly “News & Notes”

Knoxville and Washington, DC: has released its 2022 listing of start-ups to watch in the Nation’s Capital, and a recently spun out venture that has offices in both Washington, DC and Knoxville made the list of 20 honorees. That company is RegScale, a compliance automation company that we recently featured in the announcement of it spinning out from C2 Labs. Here’s a link to the article.

From Anywhere in Tennessee:

Applications are being accepted until February 18 for Life Science Tennessee‘s annual “Venture Forum.” Held near the end of the organization’s “LSTCON” on March 22, the event is a unique pitch competition for Tennessee’s emerging life science start-ups. The winner receives $10,000 in a cash prize sponsored by the Waller law firm. To apply, click here.

From Nashville:

  • Organizers have announced that “Nashville Entrepreneur Week” will return May 3, 4 and 5. The three-person leadership group has announced four committees – marketing, programming, sponsorships, and volunteers – and is seeking members. The first meeting is at 5 p.m. CST tomorrow. You can sign-up here.
  • Jumpstart Foundry is now accepting applications for Spring 2022 investment. “We are planning to make 17 new investment offers by the beginning of May,” the email announced. “If you know an entrepreneur or innovative healthcare startup that is interested in applying for pre-seed stage funding, please forward them this email!” Appropriate links are the website, FAQ page, and application (
  • Nashville Inno reported that AllianceBernstein (AB), the global money management firm that announced in 2018 the relocation of its headquarters to Music City, is partnering with the Greater Nashville Technology Council to pilot an apprenticeship program aimed at placing underrepresented talent in tech jobs at the company. After completing a six- or 12-month tuition-free web development bootcamp, graduates are placed in a full-time, paid apprenticeship with a mentor at AB for one year until the apprenticeship is completed, at which time they are put in permeant roles at AB.

From Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville:

The BioTN Foundation‘s Academic Alliance will kick-off its first-ever “Statewide Scipreneur Challenge” with a virtual Q&A session from 7 to 8 p.m. EST February 10. Then, exactly a week later, the 10-week entrepreneurial training and outreach program begins.

The entrepreneurship-based competition offers university students and postdoctoral fellows hands-on experiences in commercialization of research and entrepreneurship. Participants are assigned to teams and granted real-life intellectual property (IP) generated at area research institutions. The teams are tasked with designing a commercialization plan for the technology, including a business proforma (executive summary) and a 10- to 15-minute investor pitch. The participating teams will present a business plan and compete to win prizes in a final pitch competition, judged by the area business community and investors.

To watch the  kick-off event on February 10, register at this link.



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