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April 14, 2020 | Tom Ballard

About 900 companies register on “Tennessee Innovation Crowdsource Platform” site since March 30

Just a little more than two weeks after announcing the rollout of the “Tennessee Innovation Crowdsource Platform,” Launch Tennessee’s Margaret Dolan reports that 901 interested companies have registered on the site.

The initial goal, as described in this recent article reporting on the program’s launch March 30, was to secure proposals from companies that have an existing solution or one that can quickly pivot to address immediate challenges due to COVID-19. Over the longer term, the effort can help “leverage the collective power of creative problem-solvers, innovators, and industry experts to rapidly solve critical issues facing communities at scale,” according to information posted on the website.

Dolan said the collaboration with the State of Tennessee’s COVID-19 Unified Command had produced 328 proposals as of yesterday, and the Launch Tennessee team had reviewed 249 proposals thus far with 140 of those forwarded to the appropriate state agency. Slightly more than 50 percent of the companies that registered on the site are based in Tennessee.

“The platform is available for anyone, not just start-ups,” Dolan added.

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