Stories of Technology, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship in the Southeast

August 11, 2020 | Tom Ballard

Curtain comes down on this year’s “AgLaunch Bootcamp” with virtual finale

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).

As described in our July 7 post, the participants were: AgriKnect, Benanova IncorporatedBurgerFit, SCAREcrow Farm Technology, S&J Nanochemicals, Soil1 LLC, and Veggie Mines.

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.