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  • Elevating the life sciences in Tennessee

    Abby Trotter and Ted Townsend, executive director and chairman of the board of Life Science Tennessee, respectively, explain how Tennessee’s life science sector is aiding in economic development. Abby Trotter and Ted Townsend believe life science is one of the most important industries for improving people’s lives, and that work is more critical than ever…

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  • Connecting entrepreneurs to an ecosystem of support

    Jim Biggs and Brandon Bruce, executive director and board chair of the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, respectively, share some insight into the factors that set Knoxville apart as a hub of entrepreneurship. For Jim Biggs, one of the best parts of working with Knoxville’s entrepreneurs is getting to see companies succeed across an incredibly diverse range of…

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  • From lab to market: Meet Purist

    Get to know the entrepreneurial researchers leading the charge in Tennessee’s science- and tech-based innovation. This week, meet Purist. Purist is developing a technology to enable a distributed network of small-scale and underutilized nuclear reactors to produce high-purity radioactive ingredients for nuclear medicine applications. What differentiates Purist is the capability to concentrate the radioisotope product,…

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  • Celebrating stories of entrepreneurship

    Ben Ferguson and Lisa Garner, cofounder and executive director of theCO, share some exciting updates on the work they’re doing to foster entrepreneurship and economic development in West Tennessee. With theCO, what started as a Taco Thursday gathering for Ben Ferguson and his friends turned into a crucial resource for entrepreneurs and business owners in…

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  • Changing the narrative around rural entrepreneurship

    Heath Guinn, President and Executive Director of Sync Space, describes the mutually beneficial relationship that he sees between rural communities and entrepreneurs. Heath Guinn believes his community in the Tri-Cities has something special to offer, an ideal environment for entrepreneurship. “We have our flag in the ground around how rural companies can succeed in a…

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  • Fostering innovation in times of crisis

    Leslie Smith, Founding CEO of Epicenter Memphis and current national director for Gender Equality in Tech Cities, explains why entrepreneurial communities are uniquely suited to rise to the occasion in the midst of setbacks. Even as COVID-19 has had devastating economic impact, Leslie Smith recognizes that sometimes a crisis is exactly what entrepreneurs need to…

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  • Tennessee Capital Assessment

    To increase available capital for Tennessee companies, we conducted a survey from June-August 2020 to capture information and insight for three primary groups: Investors, Founders, and Ecosystem Builders. Tennessee is one of the few states in the nation that coordinates resources on a statewide basis. LaunchTN connects investors from around the world to our Network…

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  • Turning energy innovation into economic growth

    Cortney Piper, Executive Director of Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council, shares her vision for making Tennessee a global leader in advanced energy innovation and job creation. When Cortney Piper first recognized the enormous potential of Tennessee’s advanced energy sector, she decided to create an organization that could help make her state an industry leader. The…

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  • Supporting startups of all sizes

    Marcus Shaw, CEO of CO.LAB, explains why Chattanooga is known as a great place to grow a business. Even as COVID-19 creates new challenges for entrepreneurs, Shaw remains confident that innovation will grow out of the struggle. “When the buildings fall, the artists arise,” he said, sharing a saying he learned while traveling in Nepal….

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