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June 09, 2013 | Tom Ballard

LaunchTN, partners hosting four “Venture Matches” this summer

LaunchTN is joining with a number of area entrepreneurial entities to sponsor a four-part series of events this summer to better connect inventors, entrepreneurs and potential investors.

Jill Van Beke, LaunchTN’s East Tennessee Director, said the “Venture Match” series kicks-off June 26 with a session focused on energy. It begins at 7:30 a.m. at Tech 20/20 in Oak Ridge’s Commerce Park.

“We want entrepreneurs looking for a new technology to have a chance to hear from scientists who have commercially viable ideas,” she said. The session will include several presentations as well as the opportunity to network with researchers, investors and entrepreneurs.

The series will continue for the next three months with a different topic each time. Dates, topics and locations are:

  • July 24 – Materials science at 7:30 a.m. at the new Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) on Market Square in downtown Knoxville.
  • August 28 – Agriculture at 7:30 a.m. at the University of Tennessee (UT) Business Incubator behind the UT College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • September 25 – Software at 5 p.m. at the Mill Room in Cherokee Mills, 2220 Sutherland Avenue.

LaunchTN’s partners, in the order of event, are Tech 20/20, KEC, UT, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, host for The sponsor is Bass, Berry & Sims.

Pre-registration is encouraged. To do so, email either Van Beke at or Linda Nyholm at

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