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Happy Memorial Day weekend, we’ll return on Tuesday

Happy Memorial Day weekend. In consideration of our readers who may have started their celebration early, we are not posting a traditional feature article about a start-up today in the weekday edition of teknovation.biz nor will there be an issue tomorrow of Teknovation Weekend. That ensures that those who are…

Four entrepreneurs share their pivot points during “Made for Knoxville LIVE” event

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Four local entrepreneurs shared their very different start-up journeys during Wednesday night’s “Made for Knoxville LIVE” event at the River & Rail Theatre Company in the Old City. Hosted by the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC), the program drew a much different group of…

Commerce Secretary reestablishes National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo yesterday announced the reestablishment of the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE) and the appointment of 32 leaders and experts to the organization. As outlined in this news release, NACIE will be charged with developing a national entrepreneurship strategy that strengthens…

2022 edition of “America’s New Business Plan” released by Kauffman Foundation

The Kauffman Foundation has launched the latest iteration of “America’s New Business Plan” for 2022. It is described as a nonpartisan, practical policy roadmap to provide increased access to the funding, opportunity, knowledge, and support entrepreneurs across America need. The four-part plan prioritizes a prepared workforce and entrepreneur-focused economic development…

Trident Technical College forms consortium to train EV workforce

Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC has led the formation of a consortium that its members hope will create the next generation of innovation and talent for the electric vehicle industry. Called “Collaborative Research: REVVED” – REVVED is an acronym for Revolutionizing Electric Vehicle Education, the group will receive…

Sequense bringing order to the everyday work of solo and small travel agencies

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first article in a series spotlighting participants in the most recent edition of the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center’s “What’s the Big Idea?” pitch competition.) By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA “I have a passion and love for travel,” Alexandra Tucker says, adding, “It’s my only…

Open Additive executes agreement to use Addiguru’s analysis software

Open Additive LLC and Addiguru LLC, a member of Cohort 5 of the “Innovation Crossroads” program operated by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have announced an agreement to provide latter’s Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) analysis software using layer-wise optical camera data as a plugin to Open Additive’s AMSENSE® multi-sensor data…

Qubit Engineering partnership with Microsoft Azure Quantum spotlighted in blogpost

Qubit Engineering Inc., the Knoxville-based start-up merging renewable energy and mechanical engineering by using quantum computing, was the subject of a recent post on the Microsoft Azure Quantum Blog. Written by Matt Zanner, Principal Program Manager – Outreach and Partnerships for Azure Quantum, the post describes a collaboration between the…

Investor in Nashville start-up announces closing of $300 million second fund

Good news came yesterday for start-ups in the security, national defense and related sectors. SYN Ventures, a venture capital (VC) firm that has already invested in one Nashville start-up and has ties to another in Arizona, but with a Co-Founder in Hamilton County, announced yesterday the closing of its second…

Latest episode of Nashville EC’s podcast series features John Ingram

A very prominent name in the Nashville business and entrepreneurial community is John Ingram. He’s Chair of Ingram Industries Inc., a conglomerate of two operating units – Ingram Marine Group and Ingram Content Group. Collectively, the two are home to diversified businesses in marine transportation, aggregate supply, book distribution, print on…