COMMENTARY: VW’s new Innovation Hub was years in the making, further emphasizes area’s world class expertise

It took more than a decade, but the result of persistence and patience is truly significant with Friday afternoon’s announcement (see news release here and post from Tennessee Today site here) that Volkswagen, the number two manufacturer of automobiles in the world, will open its first innovation hub in North

LaunchTN Board of Directors adopts an updated strategic plan

The Launch Tennessee  (LaunchTN) Board of Directors on which I serve adopted an updated strategic plan at its quarterly meeting on Thursday. In her opening comments ahead of presentations by each of the LaunchTN staff members, Margaret Dolan, the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer, emphasized several points including the

Michelle French featured presenter at this week’s first “Beer & Biotech” meet-up of 2020

Michelle French, Founder of ZoeVET, a company we recently spotlighted in this article, will discuss her entrepreneurial journey at this week’s first Life Science Tennessee “Beer & Biotech” meet-up of 2020. The event runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. January 23 at Alliance Brewing Company, 1130 Sevier Avenue, Knoxville. To

It’s another record year nationally for venture capital

The venture industry deployed $136.5 billion in U.S.-based companies in 2019, surpassing the $130 billion-mark for the second consecutive year, according to the latest report from the PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor. The report also noted that, although venture-backed exit activity cooled off in the fourth quarter, 2019 recorded another annual record

Techstars partners with Pivotal Ventures to launch “Future of Longevity Accelerator”

Here’s a new accelerator that baby boomers like me can appreciate. Techstars and the Melinda Gates-backed Pivotal Ventures firm have teamed-up to launch the “Techstars Future of Longevity Accelerator.” Applications are being accepted through April 5, and the program itself will take place in Washington, D.C. in July and August.