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Applications now open for annual “What’s the Big Idea 48 Hour Launch”

Applications are now being accepted until February 4 for the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center‘s (KEC) 14th annual “What’s the Big Idea 48 Hour Launch.” The accelerator-style competition is designed to inspire entrepreneurial action by bringing together bright minds in early March to participate in an intensive period of prototyping, community building,…

VentureSouth reports strong 2021 results

Despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic, VentureSouth reported another strong year of investment activity with more than $10 million invested in 30 early stage companies in the Southeast in 2021. In addition, the Greenville, SC-based firm added three new groups that resulted in the total number of members…

DC-based software firm launches its own accelerator

A Washington, DC-based software firm has evolved from being a provider of services to start-ups to running its own virtual accelerator. “We don’t just advise start-ups, we help build them,” MassLight Inc. declares on its website. The 22-year-old software company started building apps for start-up founders in exchange for equity…

Applications can be submitted now for PYA-sponsored “Tom Ballard Innovation Award”

PYA Ballard Innovation Award

Applications have officially opened for the 2022 “Tom Ballard Innovation Award” sponsored by PYA, the power behind teknovation.biz. Companies interested in applying must download and complete the PDF application here. The competition is open to any early stage company in the East Tennessee area that has established a “proof of…

Y-12 spotlights partnership with UTK College of Law

For the past several years, the Technology Transfer Office at the Y-12 National Security Complex has partnered with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) College of Law to give law students a unique opportunity to work with Y-12. The partnership is two fold — to help the UTK students gain…

Y Combinator ups its investment in accelerator participants to $500,000

The ante just got upped. TechCrunch reported earlier this week that Y Combinator, the start-up accelerator, has announced updated terms for participating companies with more total cash. The group will now invest a total of $500,000 in two different forms. One is the traditional equity deal which provides $125,000 for seven…

CAN celebrates five years, shows impact an angel fund can have

As it celebrates its fifth birthday, the Carolina Angel Network (CAN) continues to help early stage start-ups grow and flourish by providing advice, networks and capital that startups need to be well positioned for success. CAN is an angel investing platform that connects University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-affiliated entrepreneurs…