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Innovation Lab

Research and Sponsored Programs

Services & Benefits

Innovation Lab Staff Services


  • Comprehensive Business Assistance Programs designed to successfully nurture emerging ventures.  
    • Needs Assessment
      • To determine if potential applicants are ready for incubation and if the incubation program has the value-added services to fill the applicants’ needs.
      • Proactive ongoing assessment of members’ needs from concept through commercialization.        
    • Coaching and Facilitation
      • Provide oversight and support as members use program’s resources
      • Serve as a sounding board for member businesses as they face the many challenges associated with starting a new venture.
      • Provide members with outside perspectives and allow for strategic thinking that principals might neglect due to their focus on daily operation of their business.
    • Monitoring Member Progress
      • Assist members in being accountable to their specific milestones, goals, benchmarks and timelines e.g. completing ‘proof of concept’, securing capital, establishing strategic partnerships, etc.
  • Professional Infrastructure
    • Access to a Know-How Network
      • Open doors to experts not typically accessible by early-stage ventures.
      • Expand the range of technical & professional expertise in dealing with the formation and growth of new business ventures.
      • Match members to mentors.
  • Capitalization and Financing
    • Assist members in identifying funding sources.
    • Notify members of grant training programs, e.g. SBIR & STTR.
    • Partnerships with TN SBA, TN ECD, Life Science TN etc.
    • Coach members on pitch presentations.
  • Client Networking
    • To provide a cooperative environment that promotes synergy.
    • Notify members of networking opportunities both on and off site.
    • Introduce members to Innovation Lab Stakeholders.
  • University Resources and Linkages
  • Facilities Management


 Front view of Innovation Lab with mountains in background


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