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PitchBook News has good and bad news for women-founded companies

PitchBook News reports that U.S. venture-backed companies with a female Founder or Co-Founder raised $15.9 billion in the third quarter. That’s according to data from PitchBook’s “Female Founders Dashboard” and marks the highest quarterly total for female-founded teams to date. At the same time, it also notes that median pre-money valuation…

Recent PitchBook News report examines trends in agtech

PitchBook News notes that “the pandemic led investors to ramp up investment in agtech startups addressing vulnerabilities in agricultural supply chains. Now extreme weather events including droughts and wildfires are highlighting new challenges and driving investment in soil sensors, weather prediction services, and aerial imagery that helps growers mitigate the…

“Startup Week CHA” now underway

It’s that time . . . “Startup Week CHA” launches today with nearly 100 different events including pitch competitions, workshops, and advisory sessions. We did a preview several weeks ago with this article in teknovation.biz. Now, CO.LAB has offered this exciting glimpse at the myriad opportunities and fun things available. Look…

Three Roots Capital celebrates five years in business

Knoxville’s Three Roots Capital celebrated its fifth anniversary of business with an event Thursday night under a tent adjacent to the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials at the University of Tennessee (UT) Research Park. In comments he made during the celebration, Grady Vanderhoofven, President and Chief Executive Officer of Three…

KEC’s new look leads our “News and Notes” from the past week

Leading our roundup of news and notes from last week is a new look for the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center. The organization has a new logo. If you attended “Startup Day” on October 5, you might have seen the logo on a tee shirt that Chris McAdoo was wearing while he served…

U.S. Respiratory graduates from ETSU’s Innovation Lab

After nearly seven years as at tenant in the Innovation Lab at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), U.S. Respiratory LLC has graduated and opened a new location in nearby Gray. The company, founded by Debbie Smith, joined the Innovation Lab in 2014 and was awarded the Rising Star Award that…