Startup Day Returns on Nov. 20

Communications Director

Kristin Farley
(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Startup Day Returns on Nov. 20

Posted: 11/11/2014
November 11, 2014 - Knoxville and East Tennessee have a rich tradition of innovation, entrepreneurship and successful startups. Wouldn't you like to hear their stories and meet the new generation of business leaders in our community? Come to Startup Day 2014, starting at 2 p.m. at the Standard, 416 W. Jackson Ave.

Jon Shieber, senior editor of TechCrunch and CrunchBase, will be master of ceremonies for Startup Day 2014 and help us celebrate our startup and entrepreneurial community. Startup Day 2014 brings together businesses and entrepreneurs looking for the next big idea, investors and Angels looking for new startup opportunities, businesses offering services to startups and small businesses, regional accelerators, research institutions and East Tennesseans interested in learning what all the excitement is about.

This year's event features fireside chats with Knoxville's legendary entrepreneurs and PechaKucha style, quick-fire pitches from ten Knoxville startups. It is open to everybody!

For more information about Startup Day please visit


2:00 PM Doors Open
2:30 PM Welcome from Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero
2:45 PM Remarks from Master of Ceremonies, Jon Shieber, TechCrunch and CrunchBase
2:50 PM What it Takes to Make it: Success Stories from Knoxville's Seasoned Entrepreneurs
Fireside chat with Larry Bodie, Claris Networks and John Sharpe, StaffSource Moderated by Carly Harrington, Knoxville News Sentinel
3:10 PM Power Pitches - Survature, Vuture, NewsBreak
3:35 PM Raising Venture Capital from East Tennessee.
Fireside chat with Kelly Tiller, Genera. Moderated by Matt Shafer Powell, WUOT.
4:10 PM Power Pitches
Cathedral Leasing, Nanofermentation, General Graphene
4:35 PM Planting Roots: Why East Tennessee is a Great Place to Start Up
Fireside chat with Jay Rogers, Local Motors. Moderated by Jon Shieber, TechCrunch and CrunchBase.
5:10 PM Power Pitches
Vendor Registry,, MomForce Network, Audiohand
5:45 PM Knoxville's Capital Connections: Investor Insights on East Tennessee's Startup Community
Fireside chat with investors Ben Brown, SwiftWing; Ken Woody, Innova; Mark Montgomery, FLO {thinkery} and David Belitz, Chattanooga Renaissance Fund Moderated by Jon Shieber, TechCrunch and CrunchBase
6:10 PM Closing Remarks
6:15 - 7:30 PM Happy hour, music and networking