Posts by Tom Ballard

Four NE TN teams capture awards in last night’s “Pitchers & Pitches” competition

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Nine start-ups, including one previously spotlighted in, showcased their products, services or just ideas during last evening’s “Pitchers & Pitches” event in Johnson City. Hosted by the FoundersForge organization and the Johnson City Doughboys, part of the growing Boyd Sports minor league

Here are a few brief news and notes from yesterday

Here are some brief news and notes from around the state. Kairos Power, TVA announce collaboration The Tennessee Valley Authority and Kairos Power announced plans yesterday to collaborate on deploying a low-power demonstration reactor at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) in Oak Ridge. The announcement is the latest evolution

Launch Minnesota, University of Minnesota announce collaboration to help start-ups

The University of Minnesota (UMN) and Launch Minnesota have announced a new start-up program that provides one-on-one coaching to help accelerate the growth of early stage companies. Named “Discovery Launchpad MN,” the new initiative will be operated by UMN’s Technology Commercialization Venture Center and funded by Launch Minnesota. The intent

New PitchBook analyst note focuses on health payments

The rise of high-deductible health plans has exposed the shortcomings of existing healthcare payment systems and is one of the many drivers behind the growth of the patient payment market. The latest analyst note from PitchBook explores the need for innovative technologies and how the trend is impacting venture capital

Nashville EC to unveil inaugural cohort of expanded “Project Music & Entertainment” accelerator later today

In a virtual event beginning at 2 p.m. EDT today, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center will formally introduce the inaugural cohort of its expanded and rebranded “Project Music & Entertainment” accelerator. Launched in 2015 as “Project Music” and developed in partnership with the Country Music Association, the program was designed to

Chattanooga’s Text Request wins a “Stevie” in the 19th Annual “American Business Awards®” competition

Text Request, a Chattanooga-based business texting platform, has been selected as a recipient of a “Stevie” in the 19th Annual “American Business Awards®” competition. Officially known as the “Gold Stevie® Award,” the recognitions will be virtually presented to winners during a live event on June 30. The name of the award

“Techstars Equitech Accelerator” announced for Baltimore

Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, has announced the “Techstars Equitech Accelerator,” a new Baltimore-based program focused on driving an inclusive innovation economy. The accelerator is a collaboration with UpSurge Baltimore, a recently launched Public Benefit Corporation aimed at propelling Baltimore into the top tier of innovation cities.