Second Annual Innov865 Week Kicks-off Today with Future865

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Today marks the start of Innov865 Week 2017, a week-long series of events taking place September 18-22 that brings together startups, entrepreneurs, makers, investors, business leaders, students, and community leaders from across East Tennessee to celebrate and showcase Knoxville as a great place for entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses.

“Knoxville’s entrepreneurial scene has exploded over the last several years, drawing talent from East Tennessee, and across the country, to start and grow their businesses in our community,” said Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. “Innov865 Week is our opportunity to highlight these diverse entrepreneurs who are putting Knoxville on the map as a hub for innovation.”

Innov865 Week 2017 kicks-off today with Future865, an event that will explore opportunities to help Knoxville leverage its assets to become THE destination for entrepreneurs in the Southeast. Other scheduled activities, including educational panels, pitch competitions, investor roundtables, and social events, will be held throughout the week leading up the signature event, Startup Day on Thursday, September 21 at the U.S. Cellular Stage at The Bijou Theatre. A full list of events can be found on the Innov865 Week event calendar.

“Last year’s Innov865 Week was a great success, drawing more than 1,400 attendees to Knoxville to participate in the week’s events. We have an incredible line-up of activities planned for 2017 that promise to showcase why East Tennessee is the best place in the Southeast for startups and entrepreneurs of all kinds,” said Tom Rogers, Director of Industrial Partnerships and Economic Development at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a founding member of the Innov865 Alliance.

About Innov865 Week

Innov865 Week is presented by the Innov865 Alliance. The Innov865 Alliance develops, supports and promotes the Knoxville region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. It’s a collaborative effort to celebrate and showcase Knoxville as a great place for entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses and increase access to capital. Founding members include the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, Oak Ridge National Lab, PYA, UT’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Tennessee Valley Authority, Three Roots Capital, Launch Tennessee and Knoxville Entrepreneur Center. For more information and to stay updated on events, visit: http://innov865week.com

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Future865

By invitation-only

With a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, Future865 will kick off Innov865 Week 2017 and explore opportunities to build the most effective future for Knoxville with community and business leaders.

Join us for a day of dialogue and idea-sharing as world-class innovators, entrepreneurs, and thought-leaders from some of the most vibrant industries in East Tennessee share their work and vision for the future of healthcare, transportation, investing, civic innovation, and food. Be a part of the conversation as we discuss the role entrepreneurship is creating in the East Tennessee of tomorrow, starting today.

This event is by invitation-only and space will be limited to ensure a productive and intimate dialogue and setting.

If you’re interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact John Bruck.

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Wendy Lea, CEO of Cintrifuse to be featured keynote speaker at Future865

Future865 promises diverse discussion on the types of entrepreneurship happening in Knoxville.

The event will kick off Innov865 Week 2017 on Monday, September 18 and explore opportunities to build the most effective and vibrant future for Knoxville with community, business and thought leaders.

A variety of presenters will describe their visions for harnessing innovation and entrepreneurship in building a stronger ecosystem and propose solutions in an engaging environment with the audience.

Future865 will include presentations on issues such as the importance of angel investing, innovations in healthcare, intelligent transportation, and entrepreneurship in Knoxville’s food industry.

Wendy Lea, CEO of Cintrifuse will be serving as the featured keynote speaker for Future865. Cintrifuse is a startup catalyst, a public private partnership designed to build a tech-based economy in the Greater Cincinnati Region.

Having delivered business solutions in 30 countries, Wendy Lea brings a worldly point of view to digital innovation and her entrepreneurial pursuits. She also is a member of C200 and Cincinnati Women’s Executive Forum. In 2012 and 2013, Wendy was recognized as a Women of Influence in both Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

She currently serves on the boards of The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Health Collaborative, INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati, TechStars, and venture-backed Xyleme in Boulder, Colorado.

Future865 promises engaging discussion on the innovations in healthcare

Future865 promises diverse discussion on the types of entrepreneurship happening in Knoxville.

The event will kick off Innov865 Week 2017 on Monday, September 18 and explore opportunities to build the most effective and vibrant future for Knoxville with community, business and thought leaders.

A variety of presenters will describe their visions for harnessing innovation and entrepreneurship in building a stronger ecosystem and propose solutions in an engaging environment with the audience.

One of those speakers will be Dr. Bruce Ramshaw, Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he will be discussing innovations in healthcare.

He received his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He has been recognized internationally for laparoscopic and advanced hernia procedures, and he also specializes in creating patient-centered care teams.

Most recently, Dr. Ramshaw served as chair of the Halifax Health Medical Center General Surgery Residency Program in Daytona Beach, Florida, since 2009.

In addition to being an education leader, Dr. Ramshaw has founded multiple companies in the healthcare field including Advanced Hernia Solutions and Surgical Momentum.

Advanced Hernia Solutions has helped complex hernia patients from all over the world on the basis of a patient-centered care model. Surgical Momentum, dissolved in April 2017, was a patient safety organization that was established in 2009 after Dr. Ramshaw recognized there could be vast differences in how the same hernia mesh reacted in different patients. Using Continuous Quality Improvement principles, Surgical Momentum worked with medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and distributors to improve value, quality of care and patient outcomes.