/Accelerator announced; to work with 30 startup companies over 3 years (via Qpute.com)
TVA President & CEO Jeff Lyash speaks in a roundtable discussion at the Tennessee Valley Corridor 2021 National Summit at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, June 3, 2021. TVA, UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are partnering with Techstars to launch an innovation accelerator that will invest in 30 businesses over next 3 years, filling a gap in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge tech corridor.

Accelerator announced; to work with 30 startup companies over 3 years (via Qpute.com)


Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the University of Tennessee system announced the Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator today in partnership with Techstars, described in a news release as  a “worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed.”

The accelerator will work with 30 startups over the next three years that use clean energy, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, cybersecurity, digital currency, 5G and other innovations.

This will be the first Techstars-operated accelerator in Tennessee, the first affiliated with a national laboratory, and the first focused on “Industries of the Future,” the release statred.

“The effort will combine forces of the country’s largest science and energy lab in ORNL, the nation’s biggest public power utility in TVA, and UT research and education resources that have won international awards for bringing technology to the marketplace,” the release stated.


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