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April 14, 2024 | Tom Ballard

News & Notes | TVA appoints Bert Robinson as executive for its east region

UT at Chattanooga is hosting its annual Technology Symposium on April 15, and the public is invited to attend the event.

From Knoxville:

The Tennessee Valley Authority has announced the appointment of Bert Robinson as the executive leader for the agency’s east region, which focuses on serving customers and communities across East Tennessee as well as North Georgia, Western North Carolina, and Southwest Virginia. Most recently serving as the East Region’s Director of Government & Community Relations, he has been with the nation’s largest public power supplier for 16 years. Robinson is a native of Athens and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

From Chattanooga:

  • Research projects by students from area high schools and Cleveland State Community College will compete alongside those of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) students at the seventh annual UTC Technology Symposium scheduled for today (April 15), and the public is invited to check them out. Sponsored by the UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science, the daylong symposium will begin with a keynote address from UTC alumnus Greg Heinrich, TVA Vice President of Transmission Operations and Power Supply. Following his remarks, visitors can tour the exhibit of more than 130 community projects and undergraduate and graduate-level applied research projects displayed in the University Center Tennessee Room.
  • Tasia Malakasis, Chief Executive Officer of The Company Lab in Chattanooga, will be one of the speakers at the annual Builders Conference — a day of discussions, case studies and data analysis on local tech, start-up and innovation communities. The event will occur May 9 inside the posh Fitler Club in Philadelphia, PA.

From Cookeville:

The Biz Foundry is hosting an event Tuesday night, April 16, to help start-ups searching for investors and established businesses looking for growth capital. Titled “Find Your Funding,” the discussion begins at 5:30 p.m. CDT. To register, click here.

From Nashville:

Launch Tennessee has announced the three Fellows who are working with its team this spring.

  • Samuel Ufuah is a Venture Fellow, described as passionate about the intersection of healthcare innovation and care gaps within the healthcare system. He’s pursuing his MBA at Vanderbilt University and says venture capital offers opportunities to foster relationships with passionate founders and entrepreneurs driven to bridge these gaps, while offering medical insights into difficult problems.
  • Milind Chaturvedi is a Tennessee Technology Advancement Consortium (TTAC) Fellow and a student at East Tennessee State University studying math and finance. His long-term goal is to work in the start-up world in venture capital, providing as much value as possible to any organization that seeks to change the world.⁠
  • Eternity Sledge is also a TTAC Fellow from Fisk University who is President of the Entrepreneurship Club at the university and aspires to start her own nonprofits and businesses.⁠

Another from Nashville:

Yoshi Mobility, a leader in mobile automotive services, has successfully completed a $26 million Series C funding round that will enhance and expand its comprehensive suite of services. According to an article in The EV Report, the latest injection of capital comes from General Motors Ventures and Bridgestone Americas, as well as international players like Universal Motors Agencies and Shikra Limited. The additional funding will enable an expansion of services including preventative maintenance, virtual vehicle inspections, and electric vehicle (EV) charging.

From Memphis:

Epicenter, one of the entrepreneur centers in the Launch Tennessee network, has released its 2022-23 Impact Report. The document shares the successes of 10 entrepreneurs who have benefitted from the program. Click here to read the report.

From Boston but with East Tennessee Ties:

Nth Cycle, a pioneering critical metal refining company that was a participant in the second cohort of the “Innovation Crossroads” program, announced that it has been awarded a $7.2 million tax credit allocation under the “Inflation Reduction Act’s” Advanced Energy Project Tax Credit (48C) program, administered by the U.S. Department of Energy. Nth Cycle will use the tax credit to help establish the nation’s first large-scale production of Mixed Hydroxide Precipitate (MHP) at the company’s facility in Fairfield, Ohio. Nth Cycle’s MHP, produced from its patented “Oyster” electro-extraction refining system, yields unprecedented purity of nickel and cobalt hydroxide while helping battery companies comply with the Act’s domestic materials requirement for electric vehicles.

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