TT/I  University of Tennessee Research Foundation

     Office Locations:

UT Conference Center
600 S. Henley Street, Suite 211
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-1882

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    The University of Tennessee Research Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes the commercialization of UT intellectual property, encourages an entrepreneurial culture, contributes to state and regional economic development, and promotes research and education to benefit the people of Tennessee and beyond. UTRF facilitates the transfer of inventions to the private sector, providing public benefit of new products which are the result of academic-research funding. The UTRF Business Incubator, at 2450 E.J. Chapman Drive, provides entrepreneurs with an environment that encourages learning, growth and self-sustainability. Located on the Knoxville campus, participants learn from both experts and each other as they navigate the complex path of starting and building a technology-based business. In the past year, UTRF signed 21 new license and option agreements and worked with the inventors to start four new companies. UTRF also collected more than $1 million in revenue, received 28 new U.S. patents and managed 145 new inventions.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    David Millhorn PhD President & CEO
    Richard Magid PhD Vice President
    Stacey Patterson PhD Vice President


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