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January 05, 2020 | Tom Ballard

Here are some additional news briefs from the holidays

Did you keep-up with news over the holidays? Well, in case you turned-off your normal media sources, we kept watch over those that we always monitor and, like Santa, we had a few helpers who sent us articles they thought our readers would find interesting.

Here they are in no particular order.

  • Bunker Brews Knoxville announced that its next meet-up is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. January 16 at Calhoun’s Restaurant near Pellissippi Parkway. This month’s event will feature Dan Miller, Director of the “Innovation Crossroads” program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Click here to register.
  • Meg Hutchinson, the Founder of The Florista and a May graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a degree in supply chain management, received national exposure when she was asked to bring her arrangements to Los Angeles during the Teen Vogue Summit. It was her first big order outside of Tennessee. During her college career, the Franklin, TN native won $19,500 through three competitions hosted by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. They were “Vol Court,” “Graves Business Plan Competition,” and “Boyd Venture Challenge.” Click here to learn more.
  • Bradley O’Neill, writing in The Discoverer blog, ranked Knoxville as one of the 10 most underrated cities in the U.S. What did he say about it? “Set on the Tennessee River, this is the personification of an easy-going college town. College football, museums, nightlife, you’ve got a little bit of everything to keep you busy. Market Square and the Old City are the restaurant and nightlife hotspots. And Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness has 50 miles (80 kilometers) of trails that meander along the riverfront.”
  • Lowcountry Local First is a Charleston, SC-based group that is soon graduating the first cohort of participants in its new “Good Enterprises” initiative. The program, focused on underrepresented groups and based on the proven model and curriculum of Rising Tide Capital, involves three parts — a 12-week course, a business accelerator phase and financing assistance.
  • Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), an objectives-based program for massively scalable science- and tech-based companies, is partnering with the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business for its first U.S.-based program. CDL-Atlanta will begin accepting applications for its first cohort in April with 25 companies selected to participate in the four sessions over the course of the program year. Click here to learn more.
  • Our Northeast Tennessee readers may have already seen this. The day after Christmas, Johnson City’s WJHL-TV posted a story about Ben Arnold and his Connect Outdoors company about which we have posted several articles. Here’s a link to the WJHL video.
  • Duke University and Deerfield Management Company, a healthcare investment firm, have created a major translational research collaboration with $130 million in funding. Spearheaded by Duke University’s Office of Licensing and Ventures, the alliance is expected to accelerate Duke’s preclinical development of new drugs for improved quality of life and cures for disease. Learn more here.

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