UT Research Foundation News

UT Technology Named a 2013 Top Innovation

Technology developed by UT researchers that lights up cells to enable study of the effects of drugs and monitor disease is among The Scientist magazine’s top ten innovations of 2013. Most bioluminescent tests, or tests that light up cells, only temporarily generate a light signal. The UT technology genetically modifies the cells so they light up in response to specific stimuli that can be monitored over time.

UTRF Launches Business Plan Competition for Academic-Affiliated Startups

The UT Research Foundation has announced the formation of a new business plan competition called Tennessee Venture Challenge. TVC is open to start-up companies engaged in commercializing intellectual property created at UT. Finalists will have a chance to win a share of the $25,000 in cash. The competition begins in April of next year.

Research Foundation Accepting Submissions for Maturation Funding Program

The UT Research Foundation is accepting submissions for the seventh annual UTRF Maturation Funding program. Proposals are due to department research offices by close of business Friday, October 18. The program helps UT researchers further develop technologies that have potential for commercial success. Up to $15,000 in direct costs will be awarded to the highest ranking proposals.

Vote now: Facebook Users to Pick Winner of 2012 Vol Court Contest

For the first time, Facebook users will select the winner of UT’s Vol Court, a contest between aspiring entrepreneurs for cash prizes to launch their business. Voting is now under way and closes at 11:00 p.m. on November 13. The two final businesses in the competition are Credit Virgin, an online platform that helps students build good credit scores, and Find Food, a mobile application to help shoppers locate food items in a grocery store.

Call for Proposals: UTRF Maturation Funding Program

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation is announcing a call for submissions for the sixth annual UTRF Maturation Funding program. Proposals are due by October 16. The program helps UT researchers further develop technologies that have potential for commercial success. Up to $15,000 in direct costs will be awarded to the highest-ranking proposals.

UT Receives NSF Award to Commercialize Discovery

Jimmy Mays, right, shows Joy Fisher the mechanical strength of a piece of Superelastomers™ material.

Jimmy Mays, a chemistry professor at UT Knoxville, has developed a substance that promises to replace conventional rubber in many products with something that is stronger, greener, and easier to recycle. Now he’s joining forces with the College of Business Administration’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to turn his new discovery into a game-changing business.

UT Student Business Seeking Peers’, Public’s Help to Win National Contest

How’s the Living Inc., a company that operates www.howstheliving.com, a business founded by UT engineering major Aeron Glover and UT business major Kaliv Parker, is currently in the top twenty of a $100,000 national competition. Glover and Parker are seeking help from their peers and the public to win the competition.

UT Student Business, ‘How’s the Living,’ Wins Again

Add another victory to the list. In six months, How’s the Living Inc., a business founded by Aeron Glover, an engineering major, and Kaliv Parker, a business major, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has won three major competitions. In the latest competition, the Tennessee Technology Development Corporation has granted Glover and Parker a $10,000 business development grant. Their company operates the website howstheliving.com, which helps college students learn more about student housing around the world.

UT Students Win National Business Pitch Competition and $25,000

KNOXVILLE – Two University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students are the winners of $25,000 and on their way to launching the nation’s next big business. mtvU revealed today that Aeron Glover, an engineering major, and Kaliv Parker, a business major, won the 2010 Movers & Changers competition, a national business pitch competition sponsored by mtvU and

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