Accelerating the Tennessee Valley automotive industry


April 7, 2015

Tech 2020 Announces autoXLR8R 2015

Application window for autoXLR8R 2015 now open

Tech 2020 announces open applications for autoXLR8R 2015, a business accelerator for startups seeking to commercialize technology in the automotive industry.  The application process is detailed on the program website:  The deadline for applications is May 29, 2015.

The program opens in Oak Ridge, TN on July 6, 2015 and runs through the week of August 31, 2015.

autoXLR8R is in it's third year, having started at the Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Centers (SMTEC) in Tullahoma, TN.  Tech 2020 has been involved with providing educational support since it's inception.  Now the organization will leverage its rich history in entrepreneurial support to deliver the comprehensive program.  autoXLR8R 2015 is presented in coordination with LaunchTN and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center.

"East Tennessee is a great place for autoXLR8R," said Shawn Carson of Tech 2020.  "It's a strategic location for a program that will extend to startups across the southeastern US.  We are in the heart of innovation and technology development with institutions like the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CUICAR) close by."

Carson went on to describe how the program will evolve for 2015.  "We are moving to an online/remote based program delivery, which will minimize disruption of the entrepreneur's normal business activities, and it also removes geography as a constraint.  We expect to have participants from across Tennessee and the southeast."

Jack Sisk, autoXLR8R Program Director since 2013, came along to Tech 2020 with the program.  Sisk said, "the automotive industry is constantly seeking innovation and the integration of new technology into its vehicles. We view autoXLR8R as a catalyst to introduce these new technologies.”

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