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SEEED one of 18 awardees in DOE’s “Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize” announcement

Socially Equally Energy Efficient Development (SEEED) is one of 18 organizations across the nation sharing a pot of $3.6 million through the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) “Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize.” It is a first-of-its-kind competition designed to support entrepreneurship and innovation in communities historically underserved in federal climate and…

Crunchbase News ranks universities with most funded founders

Crunchbase News has again compiled a list of the top universities in terms of producing the most funded founders, and the top three are pretty much as they have been. In its latest iteration, the publication analyzed how many founders of top schools raised $500,000 or more since the beginning…

Alicia Caputo provides update on Avrio’s progress in the first responder sector

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Former Knoxville Chief of Police Phil Keith has agreed to serve as an advisor to Avrio Analytics as the Knoxville-headquartered start-up moves more aggressively into the first responder sector and prepares for a new capital raise. That’s the word from Alicia Caputo, Co-Founder…

PART 2: Derren Burrell shares advice given to Veteran Ventures Capital portfolio companies

As noted in this post from yesterday, Y Combinator, the Silicon Valley-based start-up accelerator that has backed more than 3,000 new ventures around the world, issued an advisory to its portfolio companies last week. It cautioned them about economic and geopolitical uncertainties and urging conservative actions. That was followed yesterday…

Alabama Launchpad winner focused on helping restaurants with staffing challenges

Hypepotamus casts its spotlight on a Birmingham, AL-based start-up that recently won $25,000 in non-dilutive funding through the Alabama Launchpad‘s “Cycle 1 2022 Finale.” The company is Croux, and its team is “building a solution to help restaurants fill shifts quickly with great, local talent.” As noted in the article, staffing…

UGA creates new Research Institute to help facilitate more federal agency work

To help the University of Georgia (UGA) secure future research contracts with federal mission-focused agencies, the institution has created the UGA Research Institute (UGARI). The decision followed the awarding of a contract to manage the Savannah River National Lab, located at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, to a consortium…

Spiky.ai providing insights to help employers create high performing teams

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is another article in a series spotlighting one of the companies in the inaugural cohort of the “Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator.” The “Demo Day” is set for this Thursday {May 26} at the Student Union at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the public is…

TVA execs outline initiatives to reach net zero by 2050

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA The title was the “Energy System of the Future; Powerful Partnerships” when two Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) executives participated in the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council’s (TAEBC) annual “lunch and learn” focused on the nation’s largest public utility. Amy Henry, Director of Transformative…