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Student ideas rewarded with cash in latest “Vol Court” pitch competition

Three innovative ideas from University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) students captured the top prizes during the fall edition of the “Vol Court Speaker Series & Pitch Competition” that wrapped-up Wednesday night. Hosted by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEI), the winners were a mobile app to scan perishable…

A few remaining items from “3686 Festival” top this week’s “News & Notes” feature

Topping this week’s “News & Notes” feature are several briefs from conversations in Nashville during last week’s “3686 Festival.” In addition, there’s good news on several fronts including action in both chambers of the U.S. Congress to reauthorize two federal programs important to tech-based start-ups. From Last Week’s “3686 Festival”…

UTRF names new VP for its Health Science Center office

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) has announced the appointment of Todd Ponzio as its new Vice President for the UTRF office located at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis. He brings a wealth of experience to the role from his time advancing biomedical and healthcare technologies at…

Novant Health develops VR tool for difficult conversations in the workplace

Triad Inno reports (subscription required) that Novant Health has deployed a new way to approach difficult conversations in the workplace – virtual reality (VR). In partnership with the Novant Health Innovation Lab and virtual reality provider Moth+Flame, the Winston-Salem health system has deployed new tools for leadership development and training. Using VR headsets, Novant…

Ford’s BlueOval City is a BIG deal for Tennessee

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Just a year and a day after Ford Motor Company announced plans to convert the long vacant West Tennessee megasite into BlueOval City and a week after construction began, attendees at this week’s “3686 Festival” in Nashville had the opportunity to hear more…

LST breakfast draws about 50 people to learn about trends in life science sector

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Nearly 50 individuals interested in the life science sector packed a conference room at Baker Donelson’s Nashville office on Thursday morning for a breakfast meeting featuring an executive from JPMorgan Chase & Co. Organized by Life Science Tennessee as a complement to the…

Kailyn Lamb moving on from teknovation to join Harvard Business School Online

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA A familiar byline to regular teknovation.biz readers will soon disappear from our newsfeed. Kailyn Lamb, who joined PYA as a Marketing Content Writer and Editor in January 2021, has accepted a position as a content developer for Harvard Business School Online. Her last…

Brad Feld addresses stigma of weakness in latest episode of “Give First” podcast

Techstars Co-Founder Brad Feld addresses an important and frequently misunderstood topic in the latest episode of the “Give First” podcast. It is stomping out the stigma that as a successful and driven entrepreneur, founder and Chief Executive Officer can’t show weakness. Feld, who is now Managing Partner of Foundry Group, describes…