Starting the Tuesday after the Fourth of July and continuing twice-a-week for three hours each time, the seven teams in the latest edition of the “AgLaunch Bootcamp” worked diligently to improve their ideas – some fairly early stage, others more advanced.
All of that effort hard work wrapped-up last night in a virtual finale for the annual summer program that was started several years ago by Memphis-based AgLaunch and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC), and joined this year by The Biz Foundry (Cookeville) and Sync Space (Kingsport).
Charles Hatcher, Tennessee’s Commissioner of Agriculture, joined the event at the beginning, congratulating the participating start-ups and the sponsoring organizations. “Now more than ever, we need these partnerships . . . we need that innovation and technology,” he told the nearly 50 people who participated in the Zoom-enabled event.
The Commissioner also noted the challenges to the supply chains in various sectors of the economy that were uncovered as a result of COVID-19, concluding his brief remarks by saying, “There are a lot of good opportunities ahead of us.”
Here are a few screen shots from last night’s virtual session.