Entrepreneurs Of Knoxville Presents on November 5, 2013: EOK $1000 Give Away!!! 1st Place $500, 2nd Place $300, 3rd Place $200 Pitch Competition on Market Square Stage and Networking at KEC Sponsored…

Entrepreneurs Of Knoxville Presents on November 5, 2013:

EOK $1000 Give Away!!! 1st Place $500, 2nd Place $300, 3rd Place $200

Pitch Competition on Market Square Stage and Networking at KEC Sponsored by UTFCU on November 5, 2013 at 6pm. Arrive at 5:30pm to mingle with the guests.






Lead Angel Capital Group Judge Dr. Eric Dobson, CEO of Angel Capital Group, former founder and CEO of Navigational Sciences, and TrakLok Corporation. Chief Financial Analyst, 2012 - present. Eric is a serial entrepreneur having raised $12.5M for two companies now turned private equity investor.  Angel Capital Group is establishing a national brand for angel investing having investment chapters in Denver, Kansas City, Nashville, Knoxville, Greenville, and Charleston, SC with 200 members. ACG invests in 6 – 10 companies per year in the technology, software-as-a-service, medical device, biotech, energy, clean tech, and financial services sectors. Eric has the coolest job on the planet. He finds startups and early stage companies that have amazing potential, review their strengths and challenges, and then help structure investments in these companies so they can grow to become the industry leaders of tomorrow.


ACG Judge Gerald L. Carlson, PhD. Dr. Carlson is the managing partner in a consulting practice which focuses on new business development, new product development, technology transfer, and intellectual property management, with expertise in strategic alliance development, licensing, business planning, and technology platform development in the broad areas of food, drug, and chemical specialty products. Dr. Carlson led development teams which introduced over 70 new chemical specialty products worldwide. Former head of R&D executive committee of SC Johnson, and was responsible for products such as Edge®, Pledge®, Raid®, and OFF! ®. as well as, products in the food and drug categories, including Aveeno® brands. Dr. Carlson is a graduate of Indiana University and the University of North Carolina, his professional publications include papers in Science, the New England Journal of Medicine, Gastroenterology, the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine, the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, and the Journal of Organic Chemistry.

ACG Judge Mike Akers, COO/CFO with extensive experience in turn around management. Mike’s tag line is “I put feet on vision”, because he has worked in all functional areas of business, and has experienced true success firsthand.  Mike’s motto is simple, do the right thing, help people, and you can never go wrong. Mike’s passion is helping companies take the next step to the next level. The next level can be defined as a startup getting off the ground or an established company having a growing spurt, or a venture, or angel capital situation that is not on track, or a company that just needs some experience and objectivity to compliment the owner/CEO or senior leadership team. Mike has years of experience in manufacturing, distribution, and service in exporting and importing. Mike led a team at IJ Valdosta and Power Systems to award-winning performances. Mike received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Tennessee. He has 20 years of experience as a CFO and 10 years of experience as a COO and General Manager. He has worked for companies from $1,000,000 in revenue up to $750,000,000.

Downtown on Market Square Stage, five individuals will pitch their ideas to three-judge panel from Angel Capital Group, charged with selecting those who will win on November 5th. The companies or ideas presented at EOK’s event include:

Kyle McClain is best described as a technologist. He has always looked to shorten or “hack” things and processes. He has worked in the mobile, web and IT sectors helping both Fortune 500 companies and small businesses refine their business processes. For the past three years Kyle has served as the COO for ROAR.PRO, a mobile application publishing platform for churches and non-profits. Kyle was motivated to create the app – the “Diabetes Virtual Assistant” – to make the task of self-managing diabetes better based on his own personal diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes in 2010. Kyle founded gludi http://gludi.com a company aimed at helping people with diabetes self-manage their disease with a mobile phone app. The app helps individuals with diabetes to do everything from recording their periodic glucose checks during the day to receiving analytics and even inviting others to help them manage their disease. You can keep up with Kyle on twitter @kylemcclain.

James Horey has extensive experience developing and deploying big storage and analysis technologies for a variety of small and large organizations. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico, where he specialized in distributed systems and sensor networks. OpenCore http://www.opencore.io/#/  is a cloud-based computing company whose focus is on building customized big data stacks in the cloud or, as is pitched on its webpage, “Big Data Platforms-as-a-Service.” They provide a fully managed service for cloud-based data storage with the ability to quickly scale and add analytic capabilities. Examples of big data software Open Core offer includes: Hadoop/HBase, PostGreSQL, and GlusterFS. Their service simplifies and drastically reduces the time to store and analyze data in the cloud. Customers pay using a per-use pricing model without any long-term contracts.

Dave Seeman is from Franklin TN and is currently studying Mechanical Engineering and Entrepreneurship at the University of Tennessee. Dave has worked for startup companies including New York City education startup Articula, and a local IT company, Neighborhood Nerds. David plans to launch his business, Willow List in alpha by next January and will graduate in May. Willow List  http://willowlist.co/ is an online registry service designed for people getting married with belief that couples deserve a simple way to get all that they register for, without hassling with duplicates, returns, or burdening their guests' pocketbooks. Willow List enables couples to register from anywhere on the web, allows guests to contribute their money as they see fit, and then delivers all of their gifts wrapped and beautifully prepared for that big and special day. 

A concept pitched by Kathryn Eaton of Eaton Tax & Business Services to build a family friendly skating rink that also doubles as a fitness center alternative for existing workout companies and even those who are home schooled. Kathryn is also a proud sponsor of Hard Knox Roller Girls. Kathryn is a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified QuickBooksProAdvisor. Kathryn has an MBA in Entrepreneurship, and a BSBA in Accounting from University Of Tennessee.





Dan Grabel earned his Masters of Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, and has a Masters in Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dan has over 20 years of experience working with children and young adults. For 10 years, Dan worked at Camp Livingston as assistant director. Additionally, he was the assistant director at the JCC's Camp Sabra, as well as a social worker at Camp Interlaken in Wisconsin, and as an adventure trip leader at the YMCA's Camp Greenville in Greenville, NC. Dan has spent 12 years working in Illinois and Missouri public schools as a social worker and school counselor. Dan provided individual and group counseling, and served on school-wide and district level leadership teams. Dan and his wife Lisa, have a 5-year-old daughter. Camp Manitowa  https://www.campmanitowa.com/ is an Illinois-based outdoor education retreat center and sleepaway camp at Rend Lake for 2nd through 9th graders that is seeking funding to expand its capacity by adding cabins. Camp Manitowa offers one and two week summer camp sessions during the summer months and retreats throughout the year. Their activities include; water skiing, kayaking, horseback riding, 50' challenge course and 400' zip line, wide variety of sports, arts & crafts, outdoor living skills, swimming, camp fires, and more! Camp Manitowa offers a safe and secure environment where campers thrive, learn new skills and develop confidence through an elective activity program.

Thank you to our Special Event Sponsor UTFCU - UT Federal Credit Union for providing EOK the $1000 !!! www.utfcu.org or www.onlybankoncampus.com

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Comment by Victoria Caldwell on October 18, 2013 at 11:23am

The duration of the pitch is set to 10 minutes with 5 minutes of Q&A for the Judges at the competition on November 5th.  Please prepare your presentations accordingly.

Comment by Victoria Caldwell on October 16, 2013 at 6:28pm

The five finalists just completed their Angel Capital Group Mentoring meeting yesterday October 15th at an EOK Conference room over Neighborhood Nerds in Sequoyah Village where they were all personally guided by the Lead ACG Judge Eric Dobson in the fine art of making a great Pitch no investor can resist!!


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