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Innovation Lab

Transforming the Future Through Innovation

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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


Small Business Loan

Preparing for a Business Loan 

Summer small business seminar presented by First Citizens Bank

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6pm -8pm
ETSU Innovation Lab, Training Center Room 131
2109 West Market Street, Johnson City  

Topics to be discussed during the seminar include:

  • How to communicate the purpose of the loan, both in person and in writing
  • Different business entity types
  • Licenses and permits
  • Loan amount and type
  • Business plan essentials
  • How a loan is approved
  • Credit score tips

 For more information, or to register, contact Shannon Gibson at or 423-282-0079 or the Innovation Lab at or 423-439-8500. 



Tennessee Small Business Development Center at ETSU


Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 10AM – 11AM

Instagram 101 - Stories, Hashtags, Engagement for Business Owner

Tennessee Small Business Development Center at ETSU (TSBDC)


 For more information visit their events page on Facebook


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Mountain Harvest Kitchen 

J.Bake Pizza Pop Up! at MHK
Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 12PM -3PM 
105 Unicoi Village Place, Unicoi, Tennessee 37692

Lunch & Learn: Starting and Scaling a Food Business
Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 10 AM – 2 PM
105 Unicoi Village Place, Unicoi, Tennessee 37692

For more information visit their events page on Facebook



Innovation Lab in the News


Connect Outdoors

ConnectScale Partners with Mount Juliet High School Fishing Club

June 10, 2019, Press Release

Affiliate member ConnectOutdoors/ConnectScale to Provide Tournament Platform for Middle Tennessee Fishing Club.

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Activated Capital readies $25 million in heartland startup investments

May 21, 2019, by Opportunity Zone Magazine Staff

Affiliate Member, John Cannon is mentioned in this article about Opportunity Zones and possible investments headed to our region.  


Pitching, innovating and motivating at ANA and ANCC conferences

April 26, 2019, ANA Enterprise Press Release

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.

Dr. Audrey Depelteau Dr. Audrey Depelteau mentors new Climate Reality Leaders


April 4, 2019 ETSU Press Release

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.

Troy Sybert

Troy E. Sybert, MD, MPH, Joins Hahnemann University Hospital as Chief Medical Officer

November 19, 2018, Hahnemann University Hospital Press Release

We are so proud of former Innovation Lab member, Troy Sybert, M.D!

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The Business Journal

January 2019, By Scott Robertson

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's interview with Business Journal

The Business Journal Q&A: Brian Noland 

September 18, 2018, By Scott Robertson


Dr. Noland mentions the work of Dr. Audrey Depelteau, Director of the Innovation Lab.  

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Help Us Help Others Stream: The Online Video Industry Gives Back (featuring Innovation Lab's new affiliate member Help Me! Stream)

June 2018 issue of Streaming Media, By 
Impact Award

ETSU Innovation Lab wins InBIA University Impact Award Winner for May 2018

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SBA Tennessee District Office Announces Small Business Week Award Winners

4/27/2018, SBA News, Contact:

Congratulations to our new Innovation Lab Member, TEVET, LLC, named Regional Subcontractor of the Year!

Square One Erwin

Square One a new space for business starts

4/17/2018 by Sue Guinn Legg, Johnson City Press

Square One co-working space opens in Erwin

4/17/2018 by BJournal Editor

Pitches & Pints

Pitches and Pints event to showcase and celebrate the local entrepreneurial community.

4/19/2018 by Hannah Swayze,  Johnson City Press



4/12/2018 by Scott Harrison, TNECD

John Cannon

ETSU's newest Affiliate Member - Symply Data Centers - featured in Johnson City Press Article

3/27/2018 by Brandon Paykamian, Johnson City Press



Breaking News in Hydrogen

01/05/2018, One Scientific Newsletter

Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Repetitive Questioning Exasperates Caregivers

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

Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, vol. 4, First Published January 9, 2018.

Patients with Dementia Are Easily Distracted

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

Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, vol. 3, First Published December 7, 2017.

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

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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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