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PART 1: Two local educational institutions collaborating to address workforce needs

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first article in a two-part series focused on how two separate Knoxville initiatives addressing workforce needs are also coming together. The second article posts on Monday in the weekday edition of teknovation.biz.) By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Whether you run an established company…

LaunchTN announces profile for next Chief Executive Officer

(DISCLAIMER: Tom Ballard, Editor of teknovation.biz, serves on the Launch Tennessee Board of Directors and also on the Search Committee for the new Chief Executive Officer.) Late Wednesday, Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) posted the profile for the ideal candidate the public-private partnership is seeking in its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO),…

Nine start-ups with ties to Vanderbilt win federal dollars and matching funding from Launch Tennessee

Nine start-ups with roots at Vanderbilt University have been awarded more than $4.5 million in federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grants. They have also secured matching funds from Launch Tennessee. The Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, and the Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization contributed to the…

SBIR/STTR workshop set for next week as part Startup Week CHA”

Jim Stefansic, one of the most knowledgeable people in Tennessee about the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, will lead a workshop in Chattanooga next week as part of “Startup Week CHA.” Titled “SBIR/STTR as a Commercialization Tactic,” the workshop, sponsored by Launch…

New “cluster accelerator” for Central Virginia announced

If it’s good for start-ups, shouldn’t it be good for a multi-county region? That seems to be the thinking of organizations behind a newly announced accelerator initiative in Central Virginia covering 17 cities and counties that comprise the Greater Petersburg and Greater Richmond areas. Activation Capital, a leading entrepreneurship and ecosystem development…

Application deadline for B&V’s “IgniteX Climate Tech Accelerator” is November 3

Black & Veatch, a global engineering, construction and consulting leader, has announced the opening of applications for its latest cohort of the company’s “IgniteX Climate Tech Accelerator.” Launched in 2019, the the program pairs Black & Veatch with selected start-ups, providing opportunities for mentorship, co-development of technology, access to the…

TAEBC’s final roundtable for 2021 casts spotlight on East Tennessee activities

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA “We’re building the future of our company in Chattanooga,” Dustin Krause, Volkswagen’s Director of e-Mobility, told attendees at yesterday’s final “Virtual Business Roundtable” hosted during 2021 by the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC). It put an exclamation point on how fast the…

U of SC to launch “South Carolina Rising” with newly-awarded EDA funding

The University of South Carolina’s Office of Innovation, Partnerships and Economic Engagement will create “South Carolina Rising,” a new statewide investment program to identify, qualify and provide equity investments to promising early stage technology companies based in South Carolina. The fund will be established in partnership with the South Carolina…

Q3 venture capital investments continue at near record level

“The start-up funding party is still raging,” Crunchbase News writes in a recent post, noting that “North American venture capital investment held up at near-record-setting levels in the third quarter, as both early and late stage dealmaking remained on fire and big exits accumulated.” At $79.6 billion in Q3, Crunchbase notes the…