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January 22, 2024 | Tom Ballard

News & Notes | Several upcoming events and one shutdown

The opportunities range from a "Diversity Business Expo" in Knoxville to an "Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Meet & Greet" in Nashville and the "DriveElectricTN Momentum Summit" in Murfreesboro.

From Johnson City:

The East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Research Corporation is partnering with Ballad Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), StoryCenter, and StoryCollab on what it characterizes as “the astounding ‘Bring Your Brave’ project” that will have its exclusive film screening next week in Johnson City.

Led by Allison Myers and Mary Ann McNair, the film shares powerful stories from local survivors about their struggles and resilience in navigating breast and ovarian cancer. The ‘Bring Your Brave’ premiere will be held January 30 in the Powell Recital Hall of ETSU’s Martin Center for the Arts, 1320 West State of Franklin Road. The lobby opens at 5:30 p.m., and the screening begins at 6 p.m. Seating is limited. To register, click here.

From Knoxville:

The East Tennessee Purchasing Association (ETPA) will host its annual “Diversity Business Expo” on the morning of March 7 at Bridgewater Event Center. According to information posted on the ETPA website, the organization hosts its “Business Matching and Tradeshow” in odd numbered years, and the “Diversity Business Expo” in even numbered years. This will be the fifth biennial expo.

From Nashville:

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (NEC) is hosting an “Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Meet & Greet” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST on January 31. The lunchtime event is described as an opportunity to learn about resources and opportunities for entrepreneurs across Middle Tennessee. “You’ll also get to connect with other ecosystem partners and entrepreneurs actively growing businesses in Nashville. Opening remarks and welcome from Mayor Freddie O’Connell.” Registration is at this link.

From Murfreesboro:

On May 9, the Drive Electric Tennessee initiative will host the second annual “DriveElectricTN Momentum Summit” in the Student Union at Middle Tennessee State University. The event will focus exclusively on transportation electrification efforts including workplace charging, economic and environmental benefits, and workforce/manufacturing efforts in the electric vehicle industry across Tennessee.

  • General session topics include: (1) Preparing Tennessee’s Grid for Electrification; (2) Understanding EV Tax Breaks & Incentives; and (3) Working for the Future: Tennessee’s EV Industry.
  • Breakout session topics are: (1) Accelerating Rural EVSE Deployment; and (2) Charge into the Workday: How Workplace Charging Benefits Everyone.
  • Mini-session topics include: (1) A Thriving TN: The Economic & Environmental Benefits of EVs; and (2) DriveElectricTN Chapter Development Updates.

Registration is open at this link.

From Memphis:

Memphis Inno reports that Dextrous Robotics, which had moved into a new Midtown headquarters eight months ago, is shutting down operations. “Put simply, we adopted an aggressive trajectory 18 months ago that the recent investment market didn’t support,” said Chief Executive Officer Evan Drumwright in a LinkedIn post. “We became insolvent as a result.” Launched in 2019, the company’s main product was the DX-1 robot which was designed to take advantage of a need in the logistics industry. It had the ability to remove boxes off of trucks at a pace of 2,000 an hour.


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