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September 17, 2017 | Tom Ballard

“Innov865 Week” runs through Friday with numerous events

Innov865 Week - 2017By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA

It’s show time for the Knoxville region’s second annual “Innov865 Week” celebration.

Following two early events on Friday – a preview of the week at the weekly meeting of the East Tennessee Economic Council and the all-day “Endeavor Summit” for young professionals hosted by the Knoxville Chamber, the full-week of activities begins today with “Future865,” a look at strategies and opportunities to further grow entrepreneurship in the region.

A final event on Friday afternoon was added late last week to commemorate the opening of UpStart Ventures, a new co-working space in West Knoxville. We’ll spotlight the facility in a article next week, but you can see it on Friday afternoon. The event runs from 2 to 6 p.m. with free beer and wine. UpStart Ventures is located at 110 Center Park Drive.

Here’s a day-by-day snapshot at the week’s other activities. All locations are in Knoxville.


  • 5 to 7 p.m. – “Innov865 Podcast Meet-up” at Hexagon Brewing, 1002 Dutch Valley Drive. (Click here.)
  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – “Bunker Brews” at Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, Market Square. (Click here.)


  • 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. – “Maker City Summit” at The Mill and Mine, 227 West Depot Avenue. (Click here.)
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council Lunch and Learn. (By Invitation Only.)
  • 2:30 to 6 p.m. – “Technov865 Forum” at The Square Room, 4 Market Square. (Click here.)
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. – Life Science TN “Biotech and Beer” Meet-up at Casual Pint in Hardin Valley. (Click here.)


  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – “The Works Demo Day” at Jackson Terminal, 213 West Jackson Avenue. (Click here.)
  • 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – “Investor Legal and Business Bootcamp” at The Square Room, 4 Market Square. (Click here.)


  • 9 to 11 a.m. – “Investor Speed Dating.” (By Invitation Only.)
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – The JumpFund’s “Women Investing in Women” Luncheon. (By Invitation Only.)
  • 2 to 5 p.m. – “Start-up Day” at the Bijou Theater. (Click here.)
  • 6 to 8 p.m. – “Celebr865: The Start-up Day After Party” at Scruffy City Hall, 32 Market Square. (Click here.)
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – “Behind the Scenes of Making Gov Data ‘Open’ + Valuable” at the Technology Cooperative, 13 Emory Place. (Click here.)


  • 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. – “Data Analytics Lunch & Learn” at Cherokee Mills, 2240 Sutherland Avenue. (Click here.)
  • 2 to 6 p.m. – “Networking Reception presented by Luedeka Neely and UpStart Ventures,” 110 Center Park Drive.  No pre-registration is needed.

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