SMART RIA AND SKYNANO TECHNOLOGIES WINS STARTUP DAY 2017 PITCH COMPETITION

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Mac Bartine with Smart RIA and Anna Douglas with SkyNano Technologies claimed the winning pitch prizes during Startup Day 2017 on Thursday, September 21, 2017 on the U.S. Cellular Stage at The Bijou Theatre in Downtown Knoxville. This marks the first year that the Startup Day pitch competition featured two prize categories.

Mac Bartine, Smart RIA received the $10,000 Startup Day 2017 Judge’s Choice Prize presented by the Innov865 Alliance. Anna Douglas, SkyNano Technologies received the $5,000 Startup Day 2017 Crowd Favorite Prize presented by SunTrust Bank. The winning pitches were among six heard during the fifth annual Startup Day, the signature event of Innov865 Week 2017, which runs from September 18-22.

 

Douglas selected for ORNL fellowship

Anna Douglas (‘14) has been selected for a prestigious entrepreneurial fellowship in the inaugural cohort of the Department of Energy Innovation Crossroads program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Douglas, an interdisciplinary materials science student working towards a doctorate at Vanderbilt University, is one of five students selected to participate. The program includes $350,000 in seed funding, two years of salary, unlimited access to ORNL resources, and access to experts in her field.

“I am extremely honored to have been selected for this opportunity,” said Douglas. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend two years at the world-class facilities at the national lab during the course of my PhD. To get to pursue a start-up company and gain business expertise throughout this journey is a truly unique experience. I am very grateful to my professors and advisors at Lee for their wonderful preparation and continued support throughout this journey.”

Douglas earned bachelors’ degrees in mathematics and chemistry from Lee. During her time at Lee, she was a Presidential Scholar, received tennis and leadership scholarships, interned at the NASA Glenn Research Center, and was a recipient of the Charles Paul Conn Award. She also served as captain for the Lady Flames tennis team, the president of Lee Prime, treasurer of Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, and president of Sigma Nu Sigma service club.

Douglas is CEO of SkyNano, LLC, a company she founded with Dr. Cary Pint, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt and CTO of SkyNano, LLC. This year, Douglas has presented research at the American Vacuum Society Annual Meeting in Nashville; Celebration 2016 at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee; Air Force Research Labs in Dayton Ohio; Yellow Springs Carbon Nanotube Collaborators Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio; and the Gordon Research Conference on Batteries in Ventura, California. She is currently giving business presentations at the 36/86 Tech Conference in Nashville and the Megawatt Ventures Pitch competition in Orlando, Florida.

Outside of school, Douglas and her husband Scott, who is also a Lee alumnus, enjoy attending My Local, a startup church in Nashville.

Lunch with Thomas Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally known author and journalist who has won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work at The New York Times. His foreign affairs column in The New York Times reports on U.S. domestic politics and foreign policy, Middle East conflicts, international economics, environment, biodiversity and energy. Friedman is a member of the Brandeis University Board of Trustees and the Pulitzer Prize Board. He has served as a visiting lecturer at Harvard University and has been awarded honorary degrees from numerous institutions, including the University of Minnesota, Williams College and Washington University in St. Louis. He has received lifetime achievement awards from the Overseas Press and National Press Clubs, and was awarded the honorary title, Order of the British Empire, by Queen Elizabeth II. His latest book, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, became his seventh New York Times bestseller.

We had the pleasure of having lunch with Thomas our first week at ORNL!