SkyNano, Knoxville Startup Named Finalist for Elon Musk’s $100M Tech Prize

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel | Vincent Gabrielle | April 19, 2022

Knoxville startup SkyNano has been named a finalist for Tesla founder Elon Musk’s $100 million XPRIZE Carbon Removal prize.

SkyNano will find out Friday if it is one of 15 winners to take home a $1 million prize in the Milestone Award category, which recognizes the most promising concepts to pull carbon pollution out of Earth’s atmosphere.

SkyNano, which has developed a manufacturing technique to capture and convert carbon into useful materials, is the lone Tennessee startup to be named a finalist.

“We’re really a Tennessee homegrown company,” said Anna Douglas, SkyNano CEO and co-founder. “The technology was born at Vanderbilt, incubated at Oak Ridge National Lab and it’s flourishing in the Knoxville region. It’s a moment of pride to be able to represent Tennessee.”

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