The Spark Innovation Center Wins DOE Office of Technology Transitions EPIC Round 3 Phase 1

April 2, 2023 – KNOXVILLE, Tenn. We are delighted to announce that the Spark Innovation Center, located within the University of Tennessee Research Park, has been honored with the prestigious DOE’s OTT Energy Program Innovation Cluster Round 3 Phase 1 Award. This achievement signifies our advancement to Phase 2 this summer, marking a significant milestone in our commitment to fostering … Read More

Travis Howerton Praises East Tennessee’s Tech Potential

Travis Howerton, Co-founder and chief executive officer of Regscale, spoke highly on the rising tech environment here in east Tennessee. In an opinion column for Knoxville News Sentinel, Howerton proudly boasts the potential of the well kept secret – citing not only the affordable living costs, but the regions technological powerhouses.

DOE Awards a Spark Company in Voucher Program

The Spark Innovation Center hosted the Department of Energy’s Office of Tenchnology Transitions yesterday in a Voucher Announcement and Roundtable discussion event! Thank you to Chief Commercialization Officer, Director, Office of Technology Transitions, Dr. Vanessa Z. Chan and her team for making it out to Knoxville for this event, to Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon for attending, and to the Tennessee … Read More

It’s a New Year for New Day Diagnostics

Embracing the dawn of 2024, New Day Diagnostics is at the forefront of a healthcare revolution. Following a strategic merger and a game-changing asset purchase agreement, the Knoxville-based powerhouse, led by CEO Eric Mayer, is set to redefine diagnostics, focusing on expanding its portfolio to include over-the-counter solutions for various ailments. With a $15 million funding round underway, a commitment … Read More

Eight make their pitches, now await the results

Those pitching were part of the inaugural “Chancellor’s Innovation Fund” that is designed to help researchers overcome a technological challenge toward commercialization. They applied, made the cut, made their pitches, and now wait to see how many of the eight faculty researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) will receive up to $50,000 to advance their ideas to the … Read More

New UTK Chancellor’s Innovation Fund accepting proposals

Administered by the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development (ORIED), the new fund is designed to raise awareness, promote innovation, and support entrepreneurship for UTK’s promising innovators. Faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) will be submitting proposals for the new Chancellor’s Innovation Fund (CIF) within the next two weeks. Administered by the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic … Read More

Six start-ups selected for Cohort 2 of Spark Cleantech Accelerator

The 12-week program kicks off August 21 and culminates with a Demo Day on November 15 as part of the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council’s “Opportunities in Energy” annual event. The Spark Cleantech Accelerator at the University of Tennessee (UT) Research Park has announced the participants for the second cohort of the program that launched in 2022. The six start-ups represent a diverse group … Read More

Materials Science Professor Among Most Highly Cited Researchers

David Mandrus, the Jerry and Kay Henry Endowed Professor in UT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named in the Highly Cited Researchers list compiled by the Web of Science Group and released last week. This is the third consecutive year he has been named in the list. Mandrus leads the Emergent Crystalline Matter group, which is focused … Read More