Discover the world-changing ideas coming from Knoxville’s entrepreneurs at Startup Day 2019!
Innov865 Mayoral Forum Returns!
A mayoral forum moderated by WATE 6 On Your Side is planned for Startup Day, where the two candidates competing in the November general election to become Knoxville’s next mayor will present their vision for entrepreneurship and innovation!
FEATURED GUEST: Ted Serbinski
Ted Serbinski is the Managing Director of Techstars Mobility, the first U.S. startup accelerator program focused on next-generation mobility technologies. Techstars is an American seed accelerator with more than 1,900 companies in its portfolio and has invested $6.2 billion in startups since 2006. Serbinski previously was a partner and founding member of Detroit Venture Partners, a $55 million seed-stage fund that has invested in more than 25 companies.
FIRESIDE CHAT: Kelly Tiller
Dr. Kelly Tiller, President and CEO of Genera Energy, has led her startup to become the country’s leading commercial biomass feedstock supply solutions company. Tiller recently secured a $118 million investment for sustainable packaging and fiber products made from grass.
Knoxville’s most investable startups take the stage!
Startup Day’s main event is the annual “Shark-Tank”-style pitch competition for a chance to win up to $10,000 in cash prizes. This year, six of Knoxville’s most investable startups will pitch their businesses on-stage before a panel of expert judges. In addition to the opportunity to spotlight their startup for investors, entrepreneurs will compete for a “crowd favorite” cash prize presented by SunTrust Bank. Learn more »