Knoxville Startup Day helps you become your own boss


KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Now in its fourth year, Knoxville’s Startup Day celebrates entrepreneurs and showcases East Tennessee as a destination for startups and entrepreneurs.

The day was designed to help entrepreneurs face on of their biggest challenges: access to capital. Startups compete in a pitch competition for a $5,000 cash prize. A panel of investor judges will select the winner.

The annual event designed to celebrate startup and entrepreneurial culture in East Tennessee. Startup Day 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 and research institutions.

For more information on Knoxville Startup Day and the pitch competition, visit

Six startups have been selected to represent their businesses before the panel of judges on September 22 at the Bijou Theatre:

  • Daniel Lawhon, AirFlare AirFlare partnered with NASA to use its metabolic analysis technology to develop a fitness tracker that can personalize a person’s workouts, diet, and fitness plans based on their metabolism. With this technology, a person can determine whether he or she is burning fat or carbohydrates when working out; at what pace he or she should be exercising for maximum athletic performance or weight loss; and whether more recovery time is needed.
  • Jay Crawford, Hot Transfer Network Hot Transfer Network is an online, HIPPA secure marketplace that allows regional networks of credentialed doctors to actively facilitate hospital to hospital transfers. An orthopedic surgeon, Crawford is familiar with the problems that can arise when a hospital needs to transfer a patient to a different facility to receive treatment. Using this system, hospitals can save time and money, reduce conflict, and improve patient outcomes with faster treatment.
  • Alicia Caputo, Avrio Analytics Avrio Analytics leverages proprietary technology to offer data analytics services at a fraction of the cost, as well as providing predictive capabilities not available from visualizations alone. Its services put the power of a data scientist at the fingertips of anyone.
  • Dimitriy Petrov, RushBrush LLC RushBrush LLC is a company that creates innovative personal hygiene products. Its latest innovation is the RushBrush, a hybridized toothbrush that makes oral health on the go both more effective and convenient. Unlike ordinary toothbrushes, the RushBrush’s nylon bristles are coated with dehydrated toothpaste and the brush can be used right out of the package, no water required. The brush is produced using biodegradable materials, making it an environmentally-friendly option for consumers.
  • Graham Taylor, T&T Scientific Corporation T&T Scientific created LipX, a time-saving, single use extrusion device that researchers can use to prepare liposomes for use in a wide range of research applications. Unlike the gold standard device which requires 45-60 minutes to assemble and clean with each use, LipX is ready to use out of the package. As a result, the extrusion process time is reduced to only a couple of minutes. With researchers performing this process over a million times each year, LipX has potential to make a big impact in the industry.
  • Eva Mutunga, TechSmarrt TechSmarrt’s data analysis software for materials research streamlines the process of material discovery and has shown gains in computational efficiency by over 100,000 times compared to a supercomputer. This allows users to obtain data on a material and its properties within seconds, saving time and reducing the amount of energy consumed during the process.

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