Source: Knoxville News Sentinel | April 2, 2015

Oak Ridge startup General Graphene has won the $20,000 grand prize at the Charlotte Venture Challenge held as part of the Southeast Venture Conference.

Founded by serial entrepreneur Vig Sherrill, the company aims to produce a new carbon material called graphene using licensed technology from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Texas that reduces the cost to manufacture it.

The two-day event began with the 30 start-up companies making five-minute pitches followed by questions from investors and corporate judging panels. The judges selected the final six teams who were interviewed by a second judging panel and presented to the audience.