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August 13, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Fall edition of “Scipreneur Challenge” begins at the end of August

The BioTN Academic Alliance is seeking participants and IP to fuel the fall edition of the entrepreneurial initiative.

The “Scipreneur Challenge,” an entrepreneurship-based competition organized by the BioTN Academic Alliance in partnership with Life Science Tennessee, is recruiting intellectual property (IP) and program participants for its fall 2023 cohort that begins at the end of August.

Founded in 2013 by the BioTN Academic Alliance, the Scipreneur Challenge was created to stimulate Tennessee institutions’ entrepreneurial drive and to support the creation of life-changing innovations. Through Scipreneur, university undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and research staff team up to create a bioscience company from an assigned unused technology submitted by staff members from Vanderbilt University, University of Memphis, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, St. Jude Research Hospital, and the University of Tennessee System.

The multi-week program kicks off August 31 with a virtual session from 6 to 7 p.m. CDT where an overview of the program will be provided. On September 6, the Challenge officially launches with an “IP Parade” to give stakeholders a chance to learn about this year’s intellectual property before it is developed by the teams. Then, participants will attend seven two-hour educational sessions before the culminating pitch event on November 6 where they will share their ideas around the IP that has been offered.

  • Universities and research institutions willing to provide IP should email Program Director Bryan Barringer at
  • Those interested in participating can fill out this form.
  • Finally, to register for the August 31 session or the full series, click here.

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