Startup Day Power Pitchers featured in Knoxville News Sentinel “elevator pitch” videos

The Knoxville News Sentinel and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center teamed up to produce “The Elevator Sessions,” videos of each entrepreneur pitching at Startup Day 2014 giving their elevator pitch – you guessed it – in a real elevator. Below are links to each of the 10 Power Pitch videos.

To read the Knoxville News Sentinel’s preview story from this weekend, click here.

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel

Startup Day returns as Knoxville’s entrepreneurial culture is growing

The Knoxville News Sentinel featured Startup Day 2014 this weekend with a story on the event and the November 7 Knoxville Entrepreneur Roundtable with moderator Carly Harrington, Knoxville News Sentinel, and panelists Chuck Morris of Morris Creative Group and Cirkel, Patrick Hunt of Fiveworx, Mary Shafer Gill of ARiES Energy and Tom Ballard of Pershing Yoakley & Associates and PY Analytics.

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Source: Carly Harrington, Knoxville News Sentinel

Knox-linked startup finalist at Bay Area summit

Tennessee startup Bandposters is one of 10 companies that will present at the San Francisco Music Tech Summit on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The company was among more than 50 entries selected by a panel of judges including Bay Area digital media venture capital firm Walden Capital and music technology giants like Echo Nest and Spotify.

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Source: Knoxville News Sentinel

The Entrepreneurship Buzz: A summary of the Knoxville Entrepreneur Roundtable through the eyes of a University of Tennessee student

By Cameo Jonas, University of Tennessee student, who attended the Knoxville Entrepreneur Roundtable on November 7

Knoxville is buzzing with talk about entrepreneurship. The city has become an exciting and engaging environment for startups to come and succeed.

To discuss this new landscape, the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center hosted its first Friday Fanfare on November 7. The Fanfare was dedicated to a Knoxville Entrepreneur Roundtable, which also served as the kick-off to Startup Day on November 20.

The Knoxville News Sentinel’s Carly Harrington moderated the event. Panelists included: Chuck Morris of Morris Creative Group and Cirkel, Patrick Hunt of Fiveworx, Mary Shafer Gill of ARiES Energy and Tom Ballard of Pershing Yoakley & Associates and PY Analytics.

The panelists discussed how startup companies succeed and what factors are influencing entrepreneurship in the area. They all agreed that startups need funding to succeed. However, there are a lot of factors that go into receiving the necessary funds.

Hunt described fundraising for startups as a “numbers game. There are a lot of reasons for [people and corporations] not to invest and very few reasons to invest. You have to find the right timing and fit,” he said.

Even though fundraising for a startup can be a daunting task, Ballard stated that it is important to always remain positive. Gill also suggested obtaining clients that could someday turn into investors.

Other advice the panelists gave to the audience: have a mentor, find local customers, and “embrace the idea of failing fast.”

During the session the panelists also discussed how Knoxville could grow into becoming the South’s mecca for entrepreneurship. According to the panelists, for this to happen, entrepreneurs need to recognize the culture of the area and take advantage of it.

The region has a lot of strong assets like the Great Smoky Mountains and the numerous notable companies that are based in East Tennessee, like the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee, and Alcoa, to name a few.

Ballard stated, “The region just needs to set a brand that can entice people to come here. By doing this, we can [also] attract and maintain the talent we need to draw even more companies to the area.”

Entrepreneurship in the area will continue growing and changing, making Knoxville a great place to have these conversations. This will hopefully lead to Knoxville becoming the South’s mecca for entrepreneurship.

Knoxville Entrepreneur Roundtable set for Friday, November 7

The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center will host a Knoxville Entrepreneur Roundtable on Friday, November 7 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Roundtable will be a candid conversation about the state of entrepreneurship in the Knoxville region with Chuck Morris, Morris Creative Group and Cirkel; Patrick Hunt, Fiveworx; Tom Ballard, PYA and Mary Shaffer Gill, ARiES Energy.

Carly Harrington of the Knoxville News Sentinel will moderate the Roundtable.

The event is open to the public and is a pre-First Friday activity.

Click here to learn more and/or register for the event.

Local startup wins pitch competition

For the past seven years, a Knoxville company has been quietly developing an environmentally-friendly solution for processing liquid waste produced by hospitals, surgical centers and military field hospitals.

That changed in October when Innovasan won the Life Science Tennessee Venture Forum for its Med-San technology. Prizes included an opportunity to pitch at the regional SEBio investor conference; a five-minute promotional video, $5,000 and other professional services.

Med-San takes fluid medical waste now being solidified and incinerated, autoclaved or simply poured down a drain and transforms it into a “disinfected waste that is safe for disposal down the drain,” says Jeffrey Hubrig Jr., the company’s manager of business development.

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Source: Larisa Brass, Greater Knoxville Business Journal/Knoxville News Sentinel

Startup Day 2014 featured in Knoxville News Sentinel

The Knoxville News Sentinel published a story by Carly Harrington on Oct. 17 about Knoxville’s Startup Day 2014.

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Source: Carly Harrington, Knoxville News Sentinel

Two Knoxville companies selected for LaunchTN’s The Tenn program

Carly Harrington’s recent piece in the Knoxville News Sentinel highlights two early-stage Knoxville companies who have been selected to be part of this year’s LaunchTN master accelerator program, The Tenn. Fiveworx (who participated in last year’s Startup Day) and (scheduled to deliver a Power Pitch at Startup Day 2014) are among 10 companies chosen across the state to participate in the cohort.

The Tenn program, which starts October 23, matches entrepreneurs with master mentors and includes training in The Rockefeller Habits, a business management system, and guidance in such business topics as marketing, financial management and operations.

Read the full story here.

Source: Carly Harrington, Knoxville News Sentinel

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.

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Source: Carly Harrington, Knoxville News Sentinel