Ep. #36 of the SouthFound podcast – Dr. Beth Conerty of the Innovation Crossroads

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Beth Conerty of the Innovation Crossroads

Dr. Beth Conerty is pretty busy these days. With a focus on Chemistry and Applied Science, Beth has also obtained her doctorate. After an internship opportunity to work in the Industrial Partnerships department, she has since been tapped to spear-head the Innovation Crossroads program inside the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). To top it off, Beth is also a somewhat passive partner in her own startup.

Innovation Crossroads

The program, launched in September 2016, is currently working with it’s the first cohort of companies. Those companies include some former SouthFound podcast guests such as Peroxygen Systems and next week’s guest SkyNano Technologies.
The program provides capital (about $350k in cash and research lab credits), which includes a personal stipend, health benefits, and a travel budget.
Companies in the program spend time developing their business model and researching how to refine their solution. The program requires check-in sessions about every two weeks and hosts a monthly speaker series where various subject-matter experts cover a variety of topics. 
The cohort is encouraged an advisory board made up of professionals from a variety of background, including business professionals with expertise in Accounting, Marketing, etc.
Now accepting applications
The Innovation Crossroads program opens it’s doors annually to a new cohort. Applications are currently open and the deadline is October 30, 2017.
Companies are not required to live in Tennessee but are required to move to this part of the country during the two-year program.

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