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VA-based start-up exclusively licenses ORNL technologies, will locate facilities in East TN

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) announced last Friday that its has exclusively licensed five patented technologies to Safire Technology Group. The McLean, VA-based start-up, formerly known as BTRY, plans to locate facilities in East Tennessee as part of its plan to commercialize the liquid-to-solid battery technology. Collectively, the technologies are…

Start-up entrepreneurs should take time to develop their ESG plan

Bruce Simpson and Cait Brumme write in this article from the Harvard Business Review that start-up entrepreneurs should take time to worry about their Environmental, Social and Governance principles (ESG) plans. “Start-ups have an advantage over larger companies whose ‘installed base’ of assets, products and culture often needs to be undone to be…

ATDC adds sustainability-focused program with support from Norfolk Southern

We took particular note of the following announcement that came just days after last week’s panel discussion about corporate sustainability during the annual “Opportunities in Energy” forum hosted by the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council. Norfolk Southern Corporation, one of the nation’s leading transportation companies, is making a significant commitment to…

Dolphin strategy is something for entrepreneurs to consider

David Cummings, Founder of the Atlanta Tech Village and also Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta Ventures, is one of our favorite columnists. He writes easy-to-read and insightful essays. In a recent column, he points the reader to a recent article written by Todd Gardner, Managing Director of SaaS Advisors Ltd. in…

River Breeze Event Center has big plans for 2023

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Video produced by Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor After hosting eight concerts this fall in its “soft launch,” the new River Breeze Event Center in East Knox County has big plans for the next few months ahead of launching a full concert schedule…

Latest ECO report shows more retirements expected soon

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA A new survey question shows half of responding Knoxville businesses expect an increase in retirements in the next five years, according to the October edition of the “Economic Conditions Outlook” (ECO) report from the Knoxville Chamber. The report, financed by First Horizon Bank, showed 54 percent…

News Roundup | Business expansions, appointments, and Christmas fundraisers

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA Here’s your weekly roundup of business news from throughout the Knoxville region. If you have any business news or updates you’d like to feature in Teknovation Weekend, please send us an email at teknovation@pyapc.com. Knoxville native named 2023 Rhodes Scholar Yale University senior and Knoxville native Jonathan…

Skip the Line, MetaFlex win Thursday’s “Start Here Pitch Competition”

Skip the Line, an app that allows those attending concerts and other tour events to pre-order merchandise and literally have it waiting when they arrive at the venue, captured the judges nod in Thursday’s “Start Here Pitch Competition” hosted by The Biz Foundry and an organization named the Highlands CareerFest.…

TAEBC’s “Opportunities in Energy” forum covers everything from energy justice to EVs

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA From a panel discussion about energy justice to another one about giving electric vehicle (EV) batteries a second life, there was something for everyone at Wednesday’s annual “Opportunities in Energy” forum. Organized by the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) and held at…