Knoxville startup TennEra looks to make maximum use of plants

The Knoxville News Sentinel’s Carly Harrington wrote this story about Knoxville startup TennEra, a for-profit, wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Tennessee Research Foundation.

For years, efforts to build a thriving, local bio-based economy have been focused on growing renewable energy crops such as switchgrass to produce fuels. According to TennEra, the problem with this approach lies within the refining process, which uses less than half of the plant. TennEra’s objective looks to completely rearrange the biorefinery model to essentially make sense out of using renewable energy crops for things like energy but also for biochemical and bioproducts.

Read the full story here.

Source: Carly Harrington, Knoxville News Sentinel

Angel capital increasing locally

The Greater Knoxville Business Journal published this story written by its editor, Amy Nolan, which is an in-depth piece about Knoxville’s “growing spirit to find and foster entrepreneurs, recognizing their value in developing an economically healthy city.” The article states that several developments are on the horizon that could match more local investors to homegrown entrepreneurial ventures.

The full story is available here.

Source: Amy Nolan, Greater Knoxville Business Journal