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June 02, 2024 | Tom Ballard

News & Notes | spotlights “CO.MOBILITY Summit” and Chattanooga

Three solar projects coming to Blount County, courtesy of Silicon Ranch.

From Chattanooga:

We met Chris Wink, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of during the recent “CO.MOBILITY Summit” in Chattanooga. In addition to covering the event for his publication, Wink was also on a panel with Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly and Joe Kirgues, Co-Founder of start-up accelerator operator gener8tor, The Company Lab’s partner in the “Sustainable Mobility Accelerator.” is focused geographically on Baltimore, the District of Columbia, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. You can find his recent column, his thoughts about the conference, and Chattanooga here.

From Nashville but with Statewide Interest:

Launch Tennessee is hosting another virtual “Ask Me Anything” session about the “InvestTN” program this week. Scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 6, the session is designed for entrepreneurs to learn about the $70-million, federally-funded equity investment fund that Launch Tennessee is administering. To register, click here.

From Knoxville:

  • The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is hosting a Community Happy Hour for te founders, entrepreneurs, makers, movers, and shakers in Knoxville from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. EDT on June 5 at Zero/Zero, a cozy, natural wine bar in Happy Holler. These meetups won’t have any planned programming; just show up, network, and have a good time.
  • Real Good Kitchen (RGK) is hosting its next “Food Business Bootcamp” the evening of June 21 and all day June 22. The weekend offering is a prerequisite for RGK’s second “Food Business Incubator Program,” which will be accepting applications for the fall very soon. To learn more about the bootcamp or to register, click here.

From Maryville:

The Daily Times reports that a 126-acre Blount County-based solar farm is closer to breaking ground after clearing a procedural hurdle. Silicon Ranch Corporation, a solar-focused company headquartered in Nashville, got permission from the Blount County Planning Commission.

Located just outside the Maryville city limits, it is one of three projects planned for the county. Other Silicon Ranch plants are planned or in progress on DENSO Manufacturing Inc. property in the city and on Mint Road by Old Niles Ferry Road in western Blount County. 

Silicon Ranch staff expect to generate 10.25 megawatts of power, an amount that could help reduce energy costs for Maryville Electric Department customers.

From Oak Ridge and Ohio:

Skuld LLC, a participant in the 2023 cohort of the “Innovation Crossroads” program operated by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was spotlighted in a recent edition of Additive Manufacturing. The article, titled “Additive Enhances Lost Foam Casting Process for Metal Manufacturing,” talks about the start-up company’s patent-pending 3D printing-enabled process known as Additive Manufacturing Evaporative Casting (AMEC). The process provides a new approach to lost foam casting (LFC), a type of investment casting, and additionally it extends the application range of this metal part making process.

From Nashville:

Ducky, a provider of an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered support platform, raised $2.7 million in pre-seed funding. The round was led by Penny Jar Capital, with participation from Bread & Butter Ventures, NOMO Ventures, Wilson Sonsini, angel investors and others.

The company, founded by Hongbo Tian and James O’Brien, intends to use the funds to expand operations and its development efforts. The start-up’s product combines machine learning and AI to make internal knowledge sources instantly accessible for customer-facing teams by automatically delivering relevant information and an on-brand customer response.

From Madison:

The Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) and Halyard Health (formerly Kimberly-Clark Health Care), a medical technology company, are collaborating to launch the nation’s first peer-to-peer Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Center of Excellence housed within a school.

The new Center, now open on MTSA’s Madison campus, will be dedicated to the education of nurse anesthetists in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia (UGRA) with Halyard Health’s ON-Q Pain Relief System, used primarily to treat acute pain.

Founded in 1950, MTSA provides a Christian, Seventh-day Adventist learning environment that fosters the pursuit of truth, excellence in anesthesia practice, and a life of service, to supply needed anesthesia providers. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., Halyard is a medical technology company focused on preventing infection, eliminating pain and speeding recovery for healthcare providers and their patients.


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