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Applications open today for Cohort 6 of “Innovation Crossroads” program

Speaking of the “Innovation Crossroads” program operated by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), applications open today for Cohort 6, and they will remain open through October 31. Innovators selected for Cohort 6 will receive: A two-year fellowship which is a yearly living stipend of $78,900 to $89,000, along with a…

Five more Tennesseans make third wave of the “Forbes Next 1000″ honorees

Another 250 individuals have been named to the list of “Forbes Next 1000″ honorees for 2021, and five more Tennesseans were recognized, bringing the Volunteer State’s total to 12. In making the third announcement this year, Forbes wrote that the “year-round initiative showcases the ambitious sole proprietors, self-funded shops and pre-revenue startups…

Qubit Engineering, RES announce new collaboration

RES, the world’s largest independent renewable energy company active in onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission and distribution, and Knoxville-based start-up Qubit Engineering Inc. have announced a new collaboration. The two have started collaborating to optimize some wind farm layouts in RES’ development portfolio with support from…

ViewStub eases the pain of organizing in-person and virtual meeting combinations

Having trouble with the logistics of combination events that have both in-person and virtual options? If so, an Orlando, FL start-up might have the solution you need. ViewStub LLC just secured its largest investment to date in a round led by Cary, NC-based Cofounders Capital Management LLC. The exact amount…

“The Maker City Summit” 2021 brings week-long series of events to an end yesterday

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA A number of well-known Knoxvillians joined with a couple of speakers from other communities to share various perspectives and experiences during yesterday’s final day of Knoxville’s 2021 “The Maker City Summit.” Organized by the Mayor’s Maker Council with support from the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC), Sunday’s…

Two East TN entrepreneurial support organizations win awards under SBA competition

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced late last week that two East Tennessee entrepreneurial support organizations were among 92 recipients who will share $5.4 million in awards in one of two categories. CO.LAB in Chattanooga and FoundersForge in Johnson City received $50,000 each under SBA’s “Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC)”…

AIA receives nearly $1.5 million under latest ARC POWER grant awards

Appalachian Investors Alliance (AIA), a regionally based non-profit organization, has just been awarded a $1,496,719 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) under its 2021 POWER Initiative. POWER stands for “Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization,” and is an initiative of the 13-state organization to target federal resources to…

Here’s our weekly round-up of news items

Here are our weekly “news and notes” briefs from last week. First, some very sad news. Mary Kathleen Brown, wife of Tom Rogers, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the University of Tennessee (UT) Research Park, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at her home in Knoxville on September 15.…