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June 25, 2023 | Tom Ballard

News & Notes | Opportunities abound

They range from an all-new season of the "Big Ideas Welcome" podcast series to upcoming events like "KTech CONNECT," application deadline for "CO.LAB Mobility Accelerator," and early bird discounts for "Startup Mountain Summit."

From Knoxville:

  • The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center announced that host Chris McAdoo is back for an all-new season of the “Big Ideas Welcome” podcast series. Each week, in 15 minutes or less, listeners will be introduced to entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, change makers, and leaders that have a big idea. They’re going to talk about what that big idea means to them, about what it takes to put that idea into action, and maybe most importantly, they’re going to talk about what that big idea means for you, your life,  your business, your community, and your future. The new season began June 20 and continues each Tuesday on a variety of platforms including SpotifyBuzzsproutApple, and
  • The Knoxville Technology Council has announced a new networking event to be held over parts of three days. Titled “KTech CONNECT,” it is designed to help tech professionals connect in a variety of settings, share ideas, and explore ways to contribute to the advancement of network engineering and the tech industry as a whole. More details can be found here.

From Chattanooga:

The end of the week – June 30 to be exact – is the deadline to apply for the inaugural cohort of the “CO.LAB Sustainable Mobility Accelerator powered by gener8tor.” The title refers to the future-forward movement of people, goods, energy, and data – something that unequivocally reflects Chattanooga’s spirit of innovation. Those selected will receive:

  • A $20,000 investment;
  • Additional funding of $100,000 at the conclusion of the program;
  • Access to a national network of mentors, technologists, industry experts, and local corporate partners; and
  • Proven curriculum that will help your business scale.

To apply, click here.

From Johnson City:

Organizers of the “Startup Mountain Summit” have announced a “flash sale” for a very limited time for tickets to the event scheduled for October 25, 26, and 27. Instead of the normal $349 per person fee to register, those planning to attend can take advantage of a $200 discount, paying only $149. To do so, click here.

Operating under the theme of “Resilience in a Tough Market,” the event, organized by FoundersForge,  is expected to draw more than 250 attendees from beyond the region to hear from top-tier speakers and investors on how they have approached challenging economies in the past and how they are gearing up for the future. The summit presenters come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, ranging from successful entrepreneurs to those currently growing vibrant start-ups.

From Maryville:

The Daily Times reports that James Tomiczek, the developer behind Greenway Village, is ready to move forward with his plans after approval by the Maryville Planning Commission and Downtown Design Review Board. We spotlighted this project and two other developments that Tomiczek is pursuing in this April 23 article.

From Tampa, FL but with Ties to Knoxville:

Fluix Inc., a participant in the first cohort of the “Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator,” is a second company with ties to the local community that was selected for the Venture For ClimateTech accelerator. We previously reported last week that MetasorbexTM Corporation, a participant in the inaugural cohort of the “Spark Cleantech Accelerator,” had also been selected for the program.

A total of 20 early-stage companies were selected to participate in the third cohort of the Venture For ClimateTech program which is supported by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and advances technologies that will help meet New York State’s climate and clean energy goals under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

Like MetasorbexTM Corporation, FLUIX will receive up to $100,000 in funding and hands-on support to ready their technologies for customers, pilot runs, and investment towards commercialization. The company automates HVAC and cooling systems through artificial intelligence to better manage data centers, raw material storage facilities, greenhouses, and other critical infrastructure.

From Nashville:

Picket, a provider of integrated technology and services for residential real estate investing, management, and resident experience, raised $20 million in Series B funding in a round  led by LL Funds with participation from RET Ventures. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate innovation and expand technology-enabled services for investors and rental home residents.

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