By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA
The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are joining forces to host a technology-focused showcase during this month’s “Innov865 Week” celebration.
The event, dubbed “Technov865,” will focus on the latest technologies coming out of the region’s two major research enterprises as well as those from TVA. It is set at the Square Room on Market Square, starting at 2:30 p.m. September 19, and ending with a one-hour networking event that begins at 5 p.m.
“This is a unique opportunity to meet and hear from the inventors behind the technologies,” said Stacey Patterson, Interim UT Vice President of Research and President of UTRF.
Jetta Wong, Senior Advisor at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and the former leader of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Technology Transfer, will keynote the event. Other presenters include Joe Hoagland, TVA Vice President of StakeholderRelations; Mike Paulus, ORNL’s Director of Technology Transfer; and three of the entrepreneurs in ORNL’s inaugural “Innovation Crossroads” program.
“This is really a great opportunity to get a quick glimpse of some of the best new technologies at both ORNL and UT, and to learn more about how you can get engaged in tech-based startup activity,” said Tom Rogers, ORNL’s Director of Industrial and Economic Development Partnerships.
“Innovation Crossroads” is a new initiative at ORNL, funded by DOE to accelerate new energy technology start-ups. We described the program and the inaugural teams in this May 2017 article on teknovation.biz. Representatives of Active Energy Systems, SkyNano Technologies, and Yellowstone Energy will discuss their companies during the September 19 showcase.