Transforming the Future Through Innovation
The ETSU Innovation Lab is a high-tech business incubator that assists aspiring entrepreneurs develop emerging technologies from concept through commercialization. With a focus on identifying and generating solutions to global problems, we are committed to championing entrepreneurs and building a cooperative entrepreneurial hub and network that is a catalyst for sustainable economic growth. Our worldwide scope and International Soft Landings Designation allow us to serve as a nexus between entrepreneurs, educational institutions, economic development councils and the international business community by offering physical and virtual business support to growing companies.
Our mission serves as the overarching framework that determines the direction, partnerships, decisions, and choices that we make on a daily basis. Being a university-based high-tech business incubator, the Innovation Lab’s mission aligns with, evolves with and supports ETSU’s Vision, Values and Mission; as such, we appreciate our unique role at the University and strive to represent the values of ETSU in the community-at-large.
- To create an environment that facilitates collaboration, innovation and shared learning for businesses during their critical developmental years.
- To provide opportunities to keep our best and brightest at home.
- To focus on the creation of high-quality jobs and wealth creation with emerging technology driven companies.
- To promote, stimulate and support economic development throughout the region by assisting emerging and/or expanding companies and in recruiting businesses from outside the community.
- To deliver virtual incubator assistance for non-residential companies.
- To enhance opportunities for “real world” experiences for faculty, staff and students.
- To offer a “Soft Landing” for International Companies to facilitate their transition to the US Business World.
- To assist and support our members in growing their business endeavors from concept to commercialization.
We wanted to make sure that all our members are aware of the steps that the University is taking at this time regarding the COVID-19 virus. Stay up to date with announcements at www.etsu.edu/coronavirus.
Keeping the health and safety of our staff and members as our highest priority, the ETSU Innovation Lab will not be scheduling any face-to-face meetings nor will we be scheduling any meetings or activities at the Innovation Lab for the time being.
Please note that Dr. Depelteau and Liz are still available for phone and or Zoom meetings. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a Zoom meeting or by phone – Dr. Depelteau 423-439-8535 / Liz at 423-439-8500.
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What Employers Are Facing During the Pandemic
Friday, December 04, 2020 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern
Online Webinar Hosted by TSBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office, Online
How Much Debt is Too Much Debt?
Monday, December 07, 2020 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Eastern
Online Webinar Hosted by TSBDC at ETSU Kingsport Affiliate Office Online
Sync.Space in partnership with Northeast State Foundation are offering Entrepreneurial Bootcamps starting November 17th.
Join expert-led programs around marketing, retail, e-commerce, and more as we help regional businesses and individuals, who have been impacted by COVID-19, move forward in their careers and companies.
· Marketing Boot camp: Get a boost in marketing and e-commerce strategy to help your business survive and thrive in a pandemic impacted world. This condensed virtual workshop customized for small businesses and entrepreneurs in need of adjusting their marketing strategy due to the impacts by COVID-19. Students get insight on customer discovery, strategies for sales and social channels, and creating a brand strategy. Participants get opportunities for discussion and 1-on-1 mentorship specific to their businesses.
· Makers, Creators and Online Retail: Thriving post pandemic: Industry experts address topics related to sales and marketing, e-commerce, access to training and equipment, finance and IP. This intensive boot camp is tailored for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the maker, retail or product industries who have been impacted by COVID-19. Specific topics to pivoting strategy, finance, and sales in the midst of COVID will be highlighted throughout the program. Sessions will be hosted at the Inventor Center at 118 Shelby Street, Kingsport.
· Restaurant Recovery: This virtual course is for employees, owners and operators of restaurants and food
service businesses to provide the tools and resources to adjust your business model
in response to the global pandemic and your customer’s changing needs and expectations.
Learn how to think strategically and define the values that will guide you safely
through this unique season for the food and beverage industry and find your opportunities
for employment and career advancement.
There are limited scholarships for each, so please encourage anyone interested to apply soon at the link below.
ATTN: SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, WOMEN OWNED BUSINESSES, MINORITY OWNED BUSINESSES, and VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group (FSAG) announced an initial $50 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds for the new Supplemental Employer Recovery Grant (SERG) program to provide additional relief to small businesses suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new wave of funding includes specific support for minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses, as well as businesses owned by disabled persons.
Small business owners and non-profit organizations can apply to receive reimbursement for eligible direct expenses or costs incurred as a result of business interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program’s application window opened October 7, 2020 and remain open until December 29, 2020, or until all funds are depleted.
Please note: Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis; Awards are capped at $30,000. Businesses located in low to moderate income (“LMI”) census tracts, Opportunity zones, or Promise zones will receive an additional $500 added to the maximum allowable expenses; 10% of all funds distributed under this program will be reserved for eligible diversity business enterprises, classified as minority business enterprises, women business enterprises, or service-disabled veteran business enterprises, and enterprises owned by disabled persons.
The period for reimbursable expenses is May 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020. Eligible expenses and business interruption costs include but are not limited to:
- Costs to create social distancing measures
- Purchasing personal protective equipment for employees or customers
- Contactless equipment
- Payroll expenses
- Mortgage interest
The SERG program follows the previously allocated $300 million for more than 40,000 qualifying businesses under the Tennessee Business Relief Program.
To apply and learn more about what is eligible for reimbursement, please visit https://tncaresact.tn.gov/SERG. For application assistance, please call 1-833-740-1438 or email support@TNCARESACT.com.
Incubator cooking up new business.
Professional angler Aaron Martens was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor motivating outdoorsmen around the country to help. Proceeds of this virtual tournament from September 12-20 will go the Martens family.
ETSU Innovation Lab affiliate member, Connect Outdoors, is happy to help with this fund raising effort. The Connect Fishing League software will host the tournament.
Dr. Audrey Depelteau, director of the ETSU Innovation Lab, was chosen to be a mentor in the first Climate Reality global virtual training held in July. Five hundred Climate Reality Leaders from around the world served as mentors for more than 10,000 participants. Climate crisis training focused on diversity, equity, inclusion
Hebmuller Aerospace’s initiative exemplifies the symbiotic relationship between the Innovation Labs’ International Soft Landings Companies and East Tennessee State University, faculty and students. Axel and his team are truly integrated in our community and we are so proud of them.
Connect Outdoors, an affiliate member of East Tennessee State University’s Innovation Lab, will host the Big Bass Shootout through its Connect Fishing League. A series of four one-day tournaments open to all ages is scheduled for May 30, June 6, June 13 and June 20 with the winner to be announced on Father's Day, June 21.
Affiliate Member Civic 365 is getting ready to launch.
Like their social media sites for updates.
by: Kaylyn Kluck
Posted: Dec 26, 2019 / 07:21 PM EST / Updated: Dec 26, 2019 / 07:21 PM EST
Vol. 68 Number 4 October 7, 2019
Great write up on our Director, Dr. Audrey Depelteau and her work with the The Climate Underground and as a Climate Reality Leader.
Posted: October 28, 2019
"Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks" Making the transition from a person without a care in the world to a heart disease patient. Featuring interviews with Cynthia Jan Blair, Lynn Frierson, Dr. Timir Paul, and Dr. Hadii Mamudu. A production of CVD Appalachia.
Thank you CVD Appalachia for the acknowledgement at minute 58.
by: Jackie DeFusco, WJHL
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Innovation Lab Members, John Cannon and Jason Hudson discuss Opportunity Zones with local reporter Jackie DeFusco.
Congratulations to Innovation Lab Affiliate Member, Symply Data Centers, for being mentioned in this Forbes article on Opportunity Zones!
UNICOI — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee took a tour of Unicoi’s Mountain Harvest Kitchen on his visit to Northeast Tennessee Tuesday.
Asked about his impression of the regional food business incubator, the longtime businessman called said the kitchen is “a really good example of government partnering with communities to create private sector jobs.”
“What’s better than a job coming to Tennessee? It’s a job that is created in Tennessee,” Lee said.
“One job creates another job. When we can incubate jobs, that’s the thing we need to do and I’m very excited to be a part of it.”
Scott Morris, Connect Outdoors VP of Tournament Operations announces a partnership with Tennessee B.A.S.S. Nation to help the organization with their fundraising efforts and to contribute to the organizations conservation efforts. Connect Outdoors will sponsor 13 tournaments across the state with 1800 anglers participating.
Nationally-known outdoorsman Garry Mason is joining an Affiliate Member of the Innovation Lab at East Tennessee State University – ConnectScale, LLC – to build a high school fishing and tournament fishing platform.
Affiliate member ConnectOutdoors/ConnectScale to Provide Tournament Platform for Middle Tennessee Fishing Club.
Affiliate Member, John Cannon is mentioned in this article about Opportunity Zones and possible investments headed to our region.
Check out the article about our Soft Landings Designation with partner NETVRIDA and International member, Hebmüller Aerospace, in this month's issue of Southern Business & Development (Tennessee).
1st place award and $7,500 – Lisa Ousley, DNP, RN, FNP, of INSTRUCTIDERM, LLC & ETSU College of Nursing for her team’s product, which creates two and three-dimensional models of skin lesions. These realistic-looking “lesions” can be placed on humans and mannequins to help educate clinicians detect skin diseases, such as melanoma.
More than just the Director of the Innovation Lab, Dr. Audrey Depelteau is also a dedicated Climate Reality Leader. She recently served as a mentor during leadership training in Atlanta with attendees from over 40 countries.
ETSU Innovation Lab affiliate member, enlistMD, aims to bring armed service enlistment into the 21st century. Check out the article on page 21 in the January 2019 issue of The Business Journal of the Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia.
Dr. Noland mentions the work of Dr. Audrey Depelteau, Director of the Innovation Lab.
Congratulations to our Innovation Lab Member, TEVET, LLC, named Regional Subcontractor of the Year!
GOVERNOR HASLAM, COMMISSIONER ROLFE ANNOUNCE VAN HOOL NV TO ESTABLISH FIRST US MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN MORRISTOWN4/12/2018 by Scott Harrison, TNECD
3/27/2018 by Brandon Paykamian, Johnson City Press
Congratulations to ETSU Innovation Lab's member, HemispheresNeuro (Dr. Eric Sellers, Dr. Mike Adler and Bob Adler), for being accepted into the Life Science Tennessee State Mentorship Program. We are so proud of you!
Article on former ETSU Innovation Lab Member, Kitty Juul of the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium,
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