Relive Knoxville’s 2015 Startup Day and hear from Angel Gambino with this recap video

Relive Knoxville’s 2015 Startup Day and hear why the event is important to the community from International Entrepreneur & Alchemists Collective CEO, Angel Gambino.

“If any of us are going to grow our businesses, we can’t be defined by geography. Most of us are in our hometowns and not moving to Silicon Valley because our friends and our family and our lifestyle are what we love most,” said Gambino.

Startup Day Crowd of More than 500 Celebrates Knoxville’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

(Knoxville, Tenn) – More than 500 of East Tennessee’s leading investors, innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders convened at the U.S. Cellular Stage at The Bijou Theatre in Downtown Knoxville on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 2015 for the annual Startup Day, now in its third year and the area’s biggest event that recognizes entrepreneurship.

Bryan Crosby, FunLPro Technology LLC, was awarded the $5,000 cash prize from sponsor BOBA (Business Owners Benefits Association). Crosby was one of seven startups in competition for the prize.

Bryan Crosby is the co-founder and CEO of FunLPro Technology LLC, which produces a patented closure system for fluid containers that provides a lengthy, extendible, and directional pouring spout within the closure system itself. FunLPro eliminates the need to purchase, store, and reuse separate pouring devices such as traditional funnels that allow spills and contaminants to be present in the transfer process.

Harvey Abouelata, ARiES Energy founder and Startup Day 2013 alum, received the first ever Traction Award, sponsored by UT Federal Credit Union. The Traction Award was given to a Startup alum who has gained the most momentum in the past three years. ARiES Energy is an alternative energy solutions company launched in 2011.

One of the largest Series A funding investments in the Southeast region was announced during the event by Eric Dobson, Chief Executive Officer of Angel Capital Group. General Graphene, led by serial entrepreneur Vig Sherrill, is the recipient of the investment from Angel Capital Group, a national syndicate of angel groups and funds. General Graphene, introduced by Sherrill during a Startup Day 2014 Power Pitch, makes graphene, one of the most expensive substances on earth, affordable for material innovators throughout the world. At only one atom thick, graphene is harder than a diamond; 200 times stronger than steel; 1,000 times the current carrying capacity and 20 times more thermally conductive than copper; impermeable to all substances known; inert in the human body; anti-microbial; corrosion resistant; flexible and almost transparent.

“What a banner day this was for the Knoxville entrepreneur community,” said Stacey Patterson, University of Tennessee Research Foundation Vice President and Startup Day Steering Committee member. The University of Tennessee Research Foundation is a presenting sponsor of the event. “This was the largest Startup Day event in our history and shows the power of the entrepreneur and innovator spirit in Knoxville. Congratulations to the winners and to the startup pitchers; all are to be commended for their exemplary work. We’re also fortunate to be the place where such a significant investment announcement was made and look forward to seeing all the good things that General Graphene will do for the world.”

Startup Day 2015 also brought international entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer of Alchemists Collective, Angel Gambino to Knoxville. Angel Gambino has 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. She is a native of Detroit who moved back to her hometown from London to join others committed to reigniting economic growth in her hometown. Her Startup Day message focused on how an entrepreneurial spirit and passion can reignite cities like Knoxville.

Additional activities included fireside chats with some of the area’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs representing Angel Capital Group, Meritus Ventures, The JumpFund, TennEra, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

About Startup Day

Several organizations that share in the mission of promoting new ideas and businesses, host Startup Day, an annual event that showcases Knoxville as a destination for startups and entrepreneurs. The event is hosted by: The University of Tennessee Research Foundation, Oak Ridge National Lab, Launch Tennessee, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, Tech 2020, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, and The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. http://knoxvillestartupday.com/

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FunLPro Technology LLC Winner of Startup Day 2015 Pitch Competition

(Knoxville, Tenn) – Bryan Crosby with FunLPro Technology LLC claimed the winning pitch prize during Startup Day 2015 on Thursday, November 19, 2015 on the U.S. Cellular Stage at The Bijou Theatre in Downtown Knoxville.

Bryan Crosby, FunLPro Technology LLC, received $5,000 from sponsor BOBA (Business Owners Benefits Association). The winning pitch was one of seven heard during the annual Startup Day, now in its third year.

This was the first time Startup Day has announced a pitch winner and offered prize money.

“We’re pleased to be able to present Bryan Crosby this honor and look forward to seeing how FunLPro Technology grows in the future,” said John Ballinger, COO and co-founder of BOBA. Ballinger, a distinguished military veteran and small business champion, founded BOBA in 2007 with the vision of returning financial balance to those contributing the most to the U.S. economy. BOBA offers small business owners and non-profit organizations a solution for reducing costs, controlling risks, and advising on the many issues associated with operating a successful business or organization, to include; payment processing, HR compliance, insurance, risk management, training and legal services.

Bryan Crosby is the co-founder and CEO of FunLPro Technology LLC, which produces a patented closure system for fluid containers that provides a lengthy, extendible, and directional pouring spout within the closure system itself. FunLPro eliminates the need to purchase, store, and reuse separate pouring devices such as traditional funnels that allow spills and contaminants to be present in the transfer process.

Judges David Kereiakes, Senior Associate, River Cities Capital Funds; Angel Gambino, CEO, Alchemists Collective; and David Belitz, Chattanooga Renaissance Fund; scored all presentations on a variety of criteria including value proposition, market and sales strategy, distinctive competence and growth potential.

“We are proud of all the entrepreneurs and look forward to seeing them continue to grow their businesses,” said Shawn Carson, Director of Tech 2020 and Startup Day Steering Committee member. Tech 2020 is also a Startup Day sponsor. “This was a tough competition, filled with tremendous talent. All of the entrepreneurs are to be commended.”

More than 500 business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs attended the annual event. Startup Day 2015 featured Angel Gambino, an international entrepreneur and Detroit native who moved back to her hometown from London to energize the community, founding Alchemists Collective. The first ever Traction Award was also presented to a Startup Day alum who has made the most progress over the past few years. ARiES Energy received the award, sponsored by UT Federal Credit Union.

About Startup Day

Several organizations that share in the mission of promoting new ideas and businesses host Startup Day, an annual event that showcases Knoxville as a destination for startups and entrepreneurs. The event is hosted by: The University of Tennessee Research Foundation, Oak Ridge National Lab, Launch Tennessee, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, Tech 2020, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, and The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. http://knoxvillestartupday.com/

About Bryan Crosby and FunLPro Technology LLC

Bryan Crosby is the founder and CEO of FunLPro Technology LLC, which produces a patented closure system for fluid containers that provides a lengthy, extendible, and directional pouring spout within the closure system itself. FunLPro Technology eliminates the need to purchase, store, and reuse separate pouring devices such as traditional funnels that allow spills and contaminants to be present in the transfer process. FunLPro is bottled on to existing container systems through existing assembly line processes and eliminates the need for end users to purchase, store, and utilize a separate pouring system when transferring fluids.

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It’s Almost Time! The Excitement is Building for Startup Day 2015!

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Startup Day Pitcher Bryan Crosby talks about FunLPro on WVLT, a new product he will be introducing during Startup Day, Thursday, November 19. Crosby is one of seven pitchers competing to win $5,000.

Knoxville’s third annual Startup Day, an event to celebrate Knoxville’s entrepreneurial spirit, will be held Thursday, November 19 at the U.S. Cellular Stage at The Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville.

Startup Day includes fireside chats with Knoxville’s most outstanding entrepreneurs and investors and new this year, a pitch competition between seven startups, competing for a $5,000 cash prize. The first Traction Award will be presented to a Startup Day alum that’s made the most progress over the past three years.

More than 400 attendees participate in the event including: business leaders, entrepreneurs and startups, investors, young professionals and community leaders.

Who:
International Entrepreneur and CEO, Alchemists Collective, Angel Gambino
City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero
Jon Shieber, Senior Editor, TechCrunch and CrunchBase
Click here for a complete list of speakers, startup competitors and Traction Award nominees.

Where: U.S. Cellular Stage at The Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St., Knoxville, TN
When: Thursday, November 19, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Startup Day 2015 showcases Knoxville as a destination for startups and entrepreneurs. It is presented by a steering committee that represents the region’s entrepreneurial assets and support network: The University of Tennessee Research Foundation, Oak Ridge National Lab, Launch Tennessee, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, Tech 2020, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, and The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

To learn more, visit http://knoxvillestartupday.com/.

Fireside Chats Feature International Entrepreneur; Regional Innovators and Investors

Startup Day 2015 will host three Fireside Chats with the highlight being international entrepreneur and executive of Alchemists Collective Angel Gambino.

Angel Gambino

Angel Gambino

Featured Fireside Chat: A native of Detroit who moved back to her hometown from London to join others committed to reigniting economic growth in the city, Angel Gambino will share how an entrepreneurial spirit and passion can reignite cities like Knoxville.

Angel Gambino has 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.

Tech Crunch’s Jon Shieber will moderate Angel Gambino’s discussion.

Additional Fireside Chats: Investors Eric Dobson, PhD with Angel Capital Group; Grady Vanderhoofven with Meritus Ventures LP and Kristina Montague with The JumpFund will join Bob Bradley with NewsBeak Media Networks for a Fireside Chat discussion on how entrepreneurs can gain capital investments in an environment that is risk averse. “Hungry for Success but Starving for Capital” promises honest dialogue on Knoxville’s aversion to risk.

“Three Technologies that will Change the World: Made in East Tennessee” will close out the Fireside Chats, featuring discussion with some of East Tennessee’s primary innovators sharing insight into why this region is fertile ground for innovation.

The Fireside Chat is moderated by Beth Papanek with the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education and participants include Adam McCall with TennEra; Vig Sherrill with General Graphene and discussion from Craig Blue with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation.

Info: knoxvillestartupday.com

 

Startup Day Announces Angel Gambino, CEO, Alchemists Collective, as Featured Fireside Chat

(Knoxville-TENN) -Detroit native and Chief Executive Officer of Alchemists Collective, Angel Gambino, will take center stage at the U.S. Cellular Stage at The Bijou Theatre on Thursday, November 19, 2015, sharing how international entrepreneurial success mixed with hometown passion can energize cities like Knoxville.

Angel Gambino

Angel Gambino

Ms. Gambino is an example of how an early adopter holds the key to developing a thriving startup spirit in any community. Her efforts in Detroit have led to the revitalization of Corktown, the oldest residential neighborhood in the city, now bustling with commercial growth and home to The Alchemists Collective headquarters, a venture development that includes more than 110,000 square feet of property.

TechCrunch’s Jon Shieber returns to Knoxville for his second Startup Day appearance, interviewing Ms. Gambino for her fireside chat.

Angel Gambino has 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. She moved back to Detroit from London to join others committed to reigniting economic growth in her hometown.

“Ms. Gambino is an entrepreneur who shares Knoxville’s passion for reinvesting in local communities and growing a local culture,” said Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer for Pershing Yoakley & Associates. PYA is a Startup Day Presenting Sponsor. “Anyone attending Startup Day, from an entrepreneur to an investor to someone interested in starting a business, will find inspiration from Ms. Gambino.”

Angel Gambino is the former General Manager, Smart Mobility for Castrol Lubricants where she developed their global smart mobility strategy, brokered investments, created and advised Boards of a portfolio of mobility ventures. As Senior VP of Innovation for Westfield Shoppingtowns (the largest retail owner/operator in the world), she was responsible for developing and overseeing innovation, consumer experience, commercial and community activations and partnerships bridging ecommerce and physical retail.

She is also a former Vice President at MTV Networks, responsible for strategy and profitability of commercial properties, television distribution, licensing, merchandising and digital media as well as having been the youngest Controller at the BBC where she lead the transformation of the broadcaster in to an award winning multi-platform media company by developing their first mobile and on-demand services such as the iPlayer. Before working in big media, Ms. Gambino was a consultant to Fortune 50 US companies launching their first internet operations and was part of the founding team at a handful of digital startups in the 1990’s that are still profitable today.

Ms. Gambino has won numerous awards as a digital media entrepreneur and business leader including being listed within WIRED’s Annual Top 100 Innovators and the UK’s TechCity Top 100.

She has a Juris Doctorate and Masters from the University of Oregon School of Law and two Bachelor of Arts from Missouri Valley College where she competed in the national finals for women’s soccer.

In addition to Angel Gambino’s featured chat, additional activities include seven startups pitching for the chance to win $5,000; fireside chats with area investors and entrepreneurs; and the first ever UT Federal Credit Union Traction Award, presented to a Startup Day alum who has made the most progress in the past three years.

Startup Day 2015 is free but registration is required.

About Startup Day 2015

Startup Day showcases Knoxville as a destination for startups and entrepreneurs. It is presented by a steering committee that represents the region’s entrepreneurial assets and support network: The University of Tennessee Research Foundation, Oak Ridge National Lab, Launch Tennessee, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, Tech 2020, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, and The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

For more information: www.knoxvillestartupday.com

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