Capital Ideas

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Capital Ideas

Funding has long been a challenge for East Tennessee start-ups,but the pipeline is growing.

by jesse fox mayshark • september 21, 2018

(With Innov865 Week just ahead, we are looking at the local environment for new businesses. Today: The challenges of finding venture capital in East Tennessee. Monday: The state of entrepreneurship in Knoxville.)
At Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the 1990s, Grady Vanderhoofven saw ground-breaking technology move out of the lab into the private sector -- and then out of the state.
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Working in the Office of Technology Transfer, Vanderhoofven was charged with licensing ORNL innovations and turning them into business ventures. “We actually created 12 start-ups in the late ’90s based on technology that came out of the labs,” he said in a ...

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