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June 09, 2024 | Tom Ballard

News & Notes | Applications open next Monday for the 100Knoxville program

FoundersForge has filled the slots for next week's "The Pitch," but is opening up a small space near the food and drinks section for anyone looking to promote their start-up or business before the event.

From Knoxville:

Applications open June 17 for the next cohort of the 100Knoxville program hosted by the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center. The intensive five-week program dives deeply into participating businesses to help create structure, systems, and strategies to grow their businesses. The program includes:

  • A pre-program workshop to help participants prepare to maximize their time;
  • A Meet Your Mentor” session so participants and program mentors can meet and schedule their weekly mentor sessions;
  • Weekly tasks, videos, and education sent by the program facilitator;
  • A private Facebook group set up for each cohort to upload assignments, ask questions, and share information;
  • A feature story on all KEC social media platforms; and
  • A photoshoot for participants at the end of the session.

To receive the $5,000 grant at the completion of the program, cohort members must attend all sessions, meet with their mentor weekly, and turn in all assignments to the facilitator by the deadline given. Those activities are anticipated to take three hours every week.

From Johnson City:

On June 17, FoundersForge will be hosting “The Pitch” at the TVA Credit Union Ballpark. All of the pitching slots have been filled, however, the entrepreneurial support group is opening up a small space near the food and drinks section of the park for anyone looking to promote their start-up or business before the event. That would be between 5:30 and 6 p.m. EDT. “You and your start-up are welcome to highlight what you do, hand out brochures, do sampling, or sell your goods. To join us, you MUST fill out the application below before the event.”

From Chattanooga:

  • The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee are hosting the Diversify Summit 2024 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 12, at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The half-day summit is highlighting diversity and inclusion in today’s workplace. Diversify features breakout sessions led by industry professionals Alexis Willis and Mike Bradshaw of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Malcolm Harris of CLN Worldwide. There will also be a lunch program featuring keynote speaker Jay Bailey of H.J. Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs.
  • ACS Diagnostics Inc. of Irvine CA, with executive offices in Chattanooga, has been granted U.S Patent No. 11,980,452. The patent relates to company’s Cardiac Monitoring Core technology, specifically ambulatory ECG. The patented CORE device provides for multiple telemedicine related tests, including ECG/EKG, Holter, Event, and Mobile Cardiac Telemetry. The Core monitor integrates a cell phone module to alleviate the necessity for a companion phone for patient transmissions. This is the fifth CORE technology patent, and relates to a single cardiac monitoring device offering to perform more than one of the above mentioned test modalities. The Core monitor is the only telemedicine device that is patented to offer the worldwide cardiology community all these tests within a one device. With this patent, the days of a provider needing to purchase a different monitor for each test are over.

From Kingsport:

Several organizations in Northeast Tennessee are joining together to host a briefing from 10 to 11 a.m. EDT on June 25 on the “Fund Tennessee” program that includes three components: “InvestTN,” “LendTN,” and “AssistTN.” All three are elements of the $116.9 million allocating to the Volunteer State under the federal State Small Business Credit Initiative, frequently referred to as SSBCI 2.0.

Speakers at the event scheduled for the Ashe Street Courthouse Building in Johnson City include:

  • Aundrea Y. L. Salyer, Senior Business Counselor with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office;
  • Lamont Price, Innovation Director at the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development; and
  • Wisty Pender, Director of the Tennessee Business Enterprise Resource Office.

Sponsors include the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Kingsport Chamber; U.S. Small Business Administration; East Tennessee State University; Sync Space; City of Johnson City; Kaifa Events; FoundersForge; Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development; and Appalachian Highlands Women’s Business Center.

To register, click here.

From Crossville:

The Cumberland Business Incubator (CBI) at Roane State Community College’s campus in Crossville has a few slots still available for its free bootcamp this month focused on training participants to use Fusion CAD software and 4-axis CNC machines. Scheduled for June 24-28 CDT daily, those interested can register at this link.

Two more from Knoxville:

  • Keeton Ross, Co-Founder and President of Holocene, is a member of the “Forbes 30 Under 30” group for this year. He was selected for in the energy category, one of 20 groupings. To see others selected in the energy sector, click here. To see a list of all selected in every category, click here.
  • The Knoxville Business Growth Collaborative is hosting a hands-on, in-person and also live-streamed expert panel on job-safe artificial intelligence (AI) this Tuesday, June 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, 17 Market Square. This event is free and open to the public, especially to business owners who are interested in learning how to work with AI tools rather than being afraid of them. The Job Safe AI panel will feature local experts talking about how business owners can utilize AI tools for their process improvement, marketing, and social media, and how generative AI plays a role in saving time and money. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared to ask questions and with an open mind. To register, click here.

From Memphis:

After an extensive national search, Dr. Jessica Snowden, a nationally recognized pediatric infectious disease specialist and researcher, has been named the new Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, effective September 1. She will also serve as a Professor in the College of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics.

Currently the Vice Dean for Research and Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Dr. Snowden is known as a dedicated mentor and a leader in integrating clinical, research, and academic efforts to advance the understanding of health and disease. Additionally, Dr. Snowden brings expertise in transparent and collaborative leadership that unites both science and advocacy for institutions, their faculty and trainees, and the health needs of those they serve.

Dr. Snowden exemplifies an impressive career trajectory of extensive federally funded research, as evidenced by earlier career loan repayment and development awards, an R01 independent investigator career award, and now multiple institutional collaborative federal grants that amount to a current portfolio of more than $63 million in collaborative extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health.



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