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November 14, 2021 | Tom Ballard

New video released promoting the Power Shed

In late April, we posted this article about a technology developed to solve a mowing challenge at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville that was being commercialized by another local company.

Recently, that company – Solar Alliance – posted a video on Vimeo talking about the Power Shed, a “robotic mower housing structure that allows you to cut the chord and station robotic mowers anywhere the sun shines.” Click here to watch the video.

In other “News & Notes” from the past week:

  • The Biz Foundry in Cookeville has partnered with Flint Global to celebrate “Global Entrepreneurship Week” tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. CST at Red Silo Brewing. The “Founders Spotlight” event will feature Shehla Rooney, Owner of GoKnee. To register, click here.
  • Terrence (TJ) O’Neil, Founder of  HD Clean LLC based in Johnson City, has received a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research award from the U.S. Air Force for his device that could potentially be a lifesaving solution to a problem that many dialysis patients experience as a result of venous line disconnection. The funding is just short of $42,000. You can read more about O’Neil’s invention in this recent article.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that it had awarded the University of Tennessee $248,821 to support the Tennessee RiverLine Community Planning Initiative that supports investments to help benefit rural communities along the 652-mile reach of the Tennessee River.
  • The “Techstars Future of Longevity Accelerator” launched its second cohort last Monday. Run in partnership with Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company created by Melinda French Gates to advance social progress in the U.S., the program focuses on start-ups with innovative solutions to address the unmet needs of older adults and their caregivers. Program themes include aging in place, caregiver support, care coordination, financial wellness, preventive health, and social engagement. Click here to learn more about the participants.

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