Congratulations to Erica Grant for Raising SEED Round

Members of Cohort 4 of “Innovation Crossroads” graduated over the summer from the two-year program. One founder, Erica Grant, has continued to participate in panel and pitch events throughout Knoxville despite being busy planning for a pilot program, raising a seed round, and hiring at her recently renamed company now known as Quantal Security Inc. The company is focused on creating stronger … Read More

Spark Alumni Selected for TAEBC’s “Opportunities in Energy” Speaker Line-Up

The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) has announced 16 speakers for its upcoming “Opportunities in Energy.” The annual event will run from 12 noon to 4 p.m. EST November 16 at The Square Room on Market Square in Downtown Knoxville. Sessions will include topics ranging from battery partnerships to corporate sustainability to a local Knoxville nonprofit winning the Department of Energy’s … Read More

frakktal selected for new “HudsonAlpha Agtech Investment Accelerator”

frakktal, one of the participants in the inaugural “Spark Cleantech Accelerator,” has joined another accelerator. It’s the “HudsonAlpha Agtech Investment Accelerator” where the participating start-ups receive a $100,000 investment. Operated by gener8tor, a global venture firm and start-up accelerator, in partnership with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, the 12-week program kicked-off October 13 with five participants in its inaugural cohort. Other participants … Read More

UT’s “Spark Incubator Program” announces new cohort

The “Spark Incubator Program,” a strategic initiative within the Spark Innovation Center at the University of Tennessee (UT) Research Park at Cherokee Farm, has selected eight early stage tech companies to participate in its 2022-2023 program. The two-year program, led by John Bruck and Carol Seamons, was launched in September 2020 to provide some of the East Tennessee region’s most … Read More

Eight Companies Selected to Participate in Cohort Two of Spark Incubator Program

Two-year incubator program at UT Research Park supports East Tennessee’s most promising hard tech startups with crucial resources and guidanceKNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Spark Incubator Program, a strategic initiative within the Spark Innovation Center at the University of Tennessee (UT) Research Park at Cherokee Farm, has selected eight early-stage tech companies to participate in its 2022-2023 program.The two-year program, led by John Bruck … Read More

IC Cohort 6 participant selected as a Breakthrough Energy Fellow

Anca Timofte of Holocene, one of the participants in Cohort 6 of the “Innovation Crossroads” program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been selected for the prestigious Breakthrough Energy Fellows global initiative. Launched by Breakthrough Energy which was founded by Bill Gates of Microsoft fame, the program is designed to support the development of cutting-edge climate technologies. The second cohort consists of 47 Innovator and … Read More

 8 out of 37 companies that received SBIR and STTR Matching Funds are Spark and UT Research Park Affiliated

Thirty-seven companies have received funding thus far this year under the State of Tennessee’s matching program for recipients of federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards. In an announcement yesterday, Launch Tennessee, which administers the program, said that 15 East Tennessee-based companies, 16 from Middle Tennessee, and six who call West Tennessee home received … Read More

Eight Companies Selected to Participate in Cohort Two of Spark Incubator Program

Two-year incubator program at UT Research Park supports East Tennessee’s most promising hard tech startups with crucial resources and guidance KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Spark Incubator Program, a strategic initiative within the Spark Innovation Center at the University of Tennessee (UT) Research Park at Cherokee Farm, has selected eight early-stage tech companies to participate in its 2022-2023 program. The two-year … Read More

Six start-ups selected to pitch at next month’s “Startup Day” in Knoxville

The Innov865 Alliance has announced the six entrepreneurs who will pitch for dollars during next month’s annual “Startup Day” in Knoxville. Scheduled for September 20 at The Mill & Mine in Downtown Knoxville, the six represent the region’s growing ecosystem as well as the diversity in terms of types of new ventures that are starting here. They are: Alex Weber whose D3D VR … Read More