UT, Syracuse Explore Higher-Education Opportunities for Military-Affiliated Students

Leaders from UT and Syracuse University attend a two-day summit on collaboration between higher education institutions.
In April, UT and Syracuse University co-hosted a two-day summit to explore how collaboration between higher-education institutions and the federal government can better support military-connected students. UT System attendees included UT Chattanooga Chancellor Steve Angle, UT Chattanooga Provost Jerry Hale, UT Knoxville Provost John Zomchick, UT Martin Provost Stephanie Kolitsch, Department Head and Professor of Military Science Lt. Col. Justin Howe and UT System Executive Administrative Coordinator Noah Smith.

UTRF Launches Venture Program, Accelerator Fund

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) created the Venture Launch Program and the Accelerator Fund to bring more UT innovations to the world.

“The benefits this kind of program will provide are numerous and invaluable,” says UTRF President Maha Krishnamurthy. “As UTRF looks for ways to support entrepreneurship within UT, this program will be a key step in establishing that culture.”

UTRF protects and commercializes UT’s innovation and research while encouraging an entrepreneurial culture throughout the UT System. The program and fund will help nurture startup companies by providing UT’s innovators with the resources needed to transform their ideas into companies through early mentorship and guidance for commercialization.

The UT System provided the initial $5 million for the fund.

“UT already changes lives through the research and ideas its innovators produce,” says UT System President Randy Boyd. “Now, through the Venture Launch Program and the Accelerator Fund, we’ll help our researchers and innovators move more ideas into the world.”

Investments will range from $20,000 to $150,000, and while the ideas must originate from UT, the startup founders do not have to be UT-based. Funding recommendations will come from an investment advisory committee made up of investors and entrepreneurs.

UT System Spreads Orange in Middle, West Tennessee

The side of the Kenton Drug Co. pharmacy building, marked with the 'Everywhere You Look, UT
The UT System welcomed four new locations, including this pharmacy in Kenton, a cotton company and two family-owned farms as part of its statewide “Everywhere You Look, UT” mural campaign.

UTRF Recognized for Patent Excellence

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation ranked No. 81 in the National Academy of Inventors’ Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted Utility Patents in 2022.

“The University of Tennessee continues to make a profound and tangible impact across the state and around the world,” says UT System President Randy Boyd. “Each of these patents further positions UTRF as problem-solvers and solution-seekers that create future opportunities for success.”

The UT Research Foundation received 41 patents in 2022, placing it in 81st place alongside the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and the University of New Mexico.

“We support UT innovators to develop and deploy technology that solves problems and improves lives,” UTRF President Maha Krisnamurthy said. “Innovation is everywhere at UT, and our team is capturing every opportunity.”