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Innovator Roundup — innovation and entrepreneurship on display

Innovation was on display this week as LaunchTN invited leaders from across the state to gather in Nashville. 

“Tennessee has extraordinary successes that we want to share,” Launch Tennessee CEO Lindsey Cox said. “We want people to understand all the ways that investment in innovation can be transformative and strengthen the state’s economy.”

Innovation Week focuses on areas where innovation, commercialization and advocacy intersect.

It’s a chance to showcase technology innovation and entrepreneurship wins. 

Weekly recap
Check out a recap of the week with photos and more details.

Innovators on display
Leading up to Innovation Week, we’ve been highlighting companies LaunchTN has supported through the SBIR/STTR Matching Fund. 

Check out the articles for more information about each company, how matching funds help them achieve their goals and what other support they’ve found in Tennessee. 

  • AgriCapture  — maximizing profitability of conserving and protecting natural resources
  • Amalgamated Vision — leading the extended reality industry with its light-weight eyewear
  • Branch Technology —  solving construction and manufacturing problems using a novel process that combines large-scale 3D printing, industrial robotics, and composite materials
  • Captis Aire — converting a waste products from wood manufacturing processes into valuable chemicals
  • Holocene — helping companies and governments deliver on that ambition to deliver a net zero future
  • Orion Therapeutics — standing at the forefront of RNA therapies and vaccines, specializing in targeted drug delivery systems
  • Safire Technology Group — working to improve Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries — making them safe, ballistically-resilient, and able to perform in extreme environments for use with the U.S Air Force
  • Serious Health — reimagining elder care 

Virtual celebration blogs
Thursday we virtually celebrated innovation and entrepreneurship. As part of that, we are highlighting our Network Partners, whose work elevate entrepreneurship across the state.

We’re also highlighting Startup Tennessee, a hub for showcasing and sharing Tennessee’s entrepreneurial resources.

Tennessee Technology Advancement Consortium
During Innovation Week, LaunchTN educated attendees about the Tennessee Technology Advancement Consortium, a new pilot project.

The Tennessee Technology Advancement Consortium is working to provide commercialization and technology transfer support for The University of Memphis, Tennessee State University and Tennessee Tech University. 

The new collaboration aims to foster innovation, democratize access to commercialization support for novel technologies, and streamline commercialization of university-based innovations across Tennessee.

TTAC can help faculty researchers, university affiliated entrepreneurs or students commercialize their technology.  

Check out blogs about how TTAC has helped Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State Universities. 


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