This year’s event features a keynote chat with international entrepreneur Angel Gambino, CEO, Alchemists Collective; as well as fireside chats with Knoxville’s most outstanding entrepreneurs and investors; power pitches from seven Knoxville-area startups and a networking filled happy hour.
|1:45 PM||Doors Open|
|2:30 PM||Welcome and Opening Remarks: Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero
Where Are They Now? Uta Preston, Little Fishkopp, Traction Award Nominee Video Presentation
Where Are They Now? Harvey Abouelata, ARiES Energy, Traction Award Nominee Video Presentation
Fireside Chat: Hungry for Success but Starving for Capital? Speakers: Eric Dobson, PhD, Angel Capital Group; Grady Vanderhoofven, Meritus Ventures, LP; Kristina Montague, The JumpFund.
Where Are They Now? Bob Bradley, NewsBreak Media Networks, Traction Award Nominee Video Presentation
Fireside Chat: Three Technologies that will Change the World: Made in East Tennessee. Speakers: Craig Blue, PhD, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation; Adam McCall, TennEra; Vig Sherrill, General Graphene. Moderator: Beth Papanek, Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education
Traction Award Presentation
Pitch Competition Check Presentation
|5:00 PM||Closing Remarks|
|5:00–6:00 PM||Happy Hour & Networking|
|7:00 PM||Hungry for More? Take a Peek at the Next Generation. Join CodeTN at the Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley Street, to see some of the best high school computer programmers in the region compete. CodeTN is a join venture of the Great School Partnership and the United Way of Greater Knoxville. Info: codetn.org|
Seven East Tennessee startups pitch their innovative product concepts on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre, competing to win a $5,000 prize.
UTFCU Traction Award
New in 2015, the UT Federal Credit Union Traction Award will be given to a Startup Day alum that’s made the most progress over the last three years.