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Innovation Lab

Welcome to the ETSU Innovation Lab

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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.

 Upcoming Events


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Workshop: SBIR/STTR Resources for Entrepreneurial Researchers

Tue, February 20, 2018, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST                                    ETSU Innovation Laboratory - Training Center 

Register for this workshop to get in-depth exposure to federal grant funding opportunities and learn of resources specifically available to Tennesseans. 



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Mountain Harvest Kitchen 

Kitchen Equipment Revealed Demo: the COMBI OVEN - Thursday, January 11 at 1 PM - 2 PM

Dumpling Making Workshop - Thursday, January 25 at 6 PM - 8 PM

Market Ready Producer Training Program - Tuesday, February 6 at 10 AM - 4 PM 

Valentine's Chocolate Making Workshop - Saturday, February 10 at 10 AM - 12:30 PM 

Food For Profit Workshop - Thursday, March 15 at 8:30 AM - 4 PM

For more information visit their events page on Facebook



Tennessee Small Business Development Center at ETSU

Twitter: Planning Your Business Strategy for 2018 - Thursday, January 18 at 12 PM - 1 PM 

Hiring for Your Small Business - Getting Started - Wednesday, January 24 at 10 AM - 11 AM

Advanced Facebook Techniques - Thursday, January 25 at 12 PM - 1 PM 

Hands-On Training Using Facebook Advertising Tool - Power Editor - Wednesday, February 7 at 11 AM - 1 PM

Creating a 2018 Hiring Plan that Drives Profitability - Wednesday, February 21 at 10 AM - 12 PM

  For more information visit their events page on Facebook


Innovation Lab in the News


Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Hallucinations Are Real to Patients With Dementia

R. C. Hamdy, MD, A. Kinser, PhD, J. V. Lewis, MD, R. Copeland, MD, A. Depelteau, PhD, T. Kendall-Wilson, RN, K. Whalen, BA

Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, vol. 3, First Published November 14, 2017.

Patients With Dementia Are Easy Victims to Predators

R. C. Hamdy, MD, J. V. Lewis, MD, R. Copeland, MD, A. Depelteau, PhD, A. Kinser, PhD, T. Kendall-Wilson, RN, K. Whalen, BA

Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, vol. 3, First Published October 12, 2017.

Too Many Choices Confuse Patients With Dementia

R. C. Hamdy, J. V. Lewis, MD, A. Kinser, PhD, A. Depelteau, PhD, R. Copeland, MD, T. Kendall-Wilson, RN, K. Whalen, BA

Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, vol. 3, First Published September 5, 2017.

Managing SMES

Managing SMES International Business Strategies – The Case of East Tennessee

Herausgeber: Reinhold Roth with contribution by Jon L. Smith, Viktor Kimmel, Alain Bridwell, Audrey Depelteau, Andrew J. Czuchry, David Roach, Emily van Dop, Michael Lehrfeld

Mountain Harvest Kitchen

Mountain Harvest Kitchen is Bringing Commercial Grade Equipment to Local Food-Based Businesses

7/11/2017 Accel Now 


VOX and Company to hold open auditions for two new Tri-Cities choirs

4/12/2017 Press Release by East Tennessee State University

4/17/2017 Check out their interview on our Facebook page.

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Thank you letter from Create Appalachia 

3/8/2017 Letter recognizing the Innovation Lab's in-kind sponsorship of the Arts@Work101 Series, by Katie Hoffman, Executive Director & Cher Cornett, President

Tri-Cities Ecosystem

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Spotlight: Tri-Cities, TN/VA

3/2/2017 by Tony Lettich, FundingSage 


Steve and Sheridan Nice develop new dietary supplement named GlutenShield

2/8/2017 Teknovation.Biz; by Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, Pershing Yoakley & Associates. P.C.

One Scientific

The latest news in One Scientific's Catalytic Hydrogen Fuel System

10/03/2016 Press Release; Copyright © 2016 One Scientific Incorporated.

TCAT Elizabethton

TCAT Elizabethton students to get advice on starting their own business

6/15/2016 by John Thompson, Johnson City Press

Sensational Seasonings

Innovation Lab helps launch Sensational Seasonings

4/29/2016 Press Release by East Tennessee State University

Keller Ferguson

Local entrepreneur benefits from stewardship of ETSU's Innovation Laboratory

3/2/2016 by David Floyd, Johnson City Press

Ginger Keller Ferguson

Keller-Ferguson graduates from ETSU's Innovation Lab

2/24/2016 Press Release by East Tennessee State University

Life Science TN

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!

Three Rivers Co-Op

Knoxville co-op eyeing Johnson City for second location

11/13/2015 by Nathan Baker, Johnson City Press


Living With Alzheimer's...And The Work To Find A Cure...

11/1/2015 by Leigh Ann Laube, Tri-Cities Healthy Living

FWG President. Manfred Albrecht

Soft Landings speeds German Spring maker’s Transition to States

11/1/2015 by Jeff Keeling, The Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia

Liz Lewis

Elizabeth Lewis named assistant director of Innovation Lab

10/15/2015 Press Release by East Tennessee State University

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Mountain Harvest Headway - Unicoi's community kitchen...

8/13/2015, by Sue Guinn Legg, Johnson City Press

Debbie Smith of U.S. Repiratory

Debbie Smith | U.S. Respiratory, LLC

3/21/2015 by Mary Stanford,Tennessee Small Business Development Center

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Baker Donelson partners with East Tennessee State University

2/12/2015 by The

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ETSU's Innovation Laboratory receives international honor

1/20/2015 Press Release by East Tennessee State University 


Noland: Education, economy ‘intertwined’

10/30/2012, by Madison Mathews, Johnson City Press

Kitty Juul RDPC

Kitty Juul - Flirting with disaster

Article on former ETSU Innovation Lab Member, Kitty Juul of the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, in HER Magazine by the Johnson City Press Vol.1, 2011

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Expanding Johnson City Firm Began In ETSU Innovation Lab

12/4/2008, The Greeneville Sun

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