Schedule

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.

Program

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

Featured Fireside Chat: Angel Gambino, CEO, Alchemists Collective
Moderator: Jon Shieber, Senior Editor, TechCrunch

Power Pitches: Marva Solt, RadiantWear LLC; Fadi Saleh, SpareTime Entertainment; Will Sames, Additerra

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.
Moderator: Bob Bradley, NewsBreak Media Networks

Power Pitches: Bryan Crosby, FunLPro Technology LLC; Philippe Hanset, ANYROAM LLC

Where Are They Now? Bob Bradley, NewsBreak Media Networks, Traction Award Nominee Video Presentation

Power Pitches: Rob Moseley, SimPath; Robert Wilson, RDI LLC

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

utfcu1-400x132 Traction Award Presentation


BOBA-Logo_300-dpi 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

Fireside Chats

Featured Fireside Chat: Angel Gambino, Alchemists Collective

Moderated by Jon Shieber, TechCrunch

Angel Gambino is known as an international entrepreneur and executive having founded and developed digital media companies that floated on the stock market and sold in high profile trade sales including the $850 million AOL TimeWarner acquisition of bebo. Angel Gambino is a native Detroiter who moved back to Detroit from London to join others committed to reigniting economic growth in her hometown.

Hungry for Success but Starving for Capital?

Moderated by Bob Bradley, NewsBreak Media Networks

Knoxville, for all its innovation accolades, remains cautiously optimistic when it comes to financing new endeavors. Join some of the area's leading investors and startups for an honest dialogue about our aversion to risk and how Angels can help overcome it.

Three Technologies that will Change the World: Made in East Tennessee

Moderated by Beth Papanek, Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education

Manufacturing the world’s first 3D printed cars and buildings; green chemistry to create cost effective, sustainable composites; manufacturing a miraculous material that will change the world at marketable prices. The area’s leading researchers and entrepreneurs discuss why East Tennessee is fertile ground for materials and manufacturing.

Pitch Competition

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.