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GeoAir Wins Fall 2016 Vol Court Pitch Competition

GeoAir, a startup company founded by MBA candidate Alex Adams, won top prize at last week’s fall 2016 Vol Court Pitch Competition. The company beat 18 competitors to take first place at the competition, which was hosted by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. GeoAir gives a faster, more precise way to identify mold in fields by using a drone to take airborne samples of the field.

Vol Court Pitch Competition Kicks Off October 12

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Bring an idea and start a business with the help of Vol Court, a semiannual pitch competition and speaker series hosted by UT’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Vol Court kicks off October 12 with a six-week entrepreneurial speaker series that culminates November 16 in a pitch competition where attendees put what they’ve learned into practice.

Third UT Faculty Member Named to National Academy of Inventors

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A lifetime of innovation in areas related to computing and processing has led to UT’s Doug Birdwell, a professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science, being named as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Research Foundation Announces Invention Disclosure Portal

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The UT Research Foundation announced on Tuesday the creation of a new secure, online portal for invention disclosures at the university. The Invention Disclosure Enterprise Application is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and is compatible with most operating systems and devices.

Vol Court Pitch Competition Increases Award Amount, Begins Tuesday

UT students, faculty, and staff, along with members of the local community, will once again have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas in the Vol Court Pitch Competition for a chance to win free office space in the UT Research Foundation Business Incubator and help with getting started through legal and accounting services.

White House Picks University of Tennessee to Lead National Composites Manufacturing Institute

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President Obama’s announcement Friday that the UT Knoxville will lead the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, a $259 million public-private partnership, received ample media coverage locally and nationwide. Business journals in cities such as Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta featured stories on the institute which reflects a $70 million commitment from the US

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White House Picks UT to Lead National Composites Manufacturing Institute

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On January 9, President Barack Obama announced that UT will lead the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, a $259 million public-private partnership. The Institute reflects a $70 million commitment from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and $189 million from IACMI’s partners. Supported by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, IACMI joins four other institutes backed by the Obama administration in a recent push to accelerate advanced manufacturing.