TCPoly was invited by the Argonne National Lab to pitch at its CRI demo day in Chicago. The event included 7 startups from national lab accelerators and over 100 attendees and investors. TCPoly joined fellow Oak Ridge companies Sky Nanotechnologies and Active Energy.
Matt Smith presented at the 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival in Nashville as a part of the showcase of Oak Ridge Innovation Crossroads companies. The festival was a great event featuring talks held by a number of the top entrepreneurs and investors in the Southeast and across the country.
TCPoly was selected as a part of the second cohort of the Oak Ridge Innovation Crossroads Accelerator. Innovation Crossroads is a DOE funded startup accelerator that supports physical science startups coming out of universities. The program includes funding, mentoring, and lab resources for 2 years.
After making the finals of the Rice Business Plan Competition in April 2017, TCPoly headed to the national Cleantech UP competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy in Austin, TX. The event featured 20 of the top university clean technology startups who all had placed in one of the qualifying competitions.
TCPoly competed in the Atlanta Startup Battle at Tech Square Labs where they were among five finalists to pitch at the final event. The 2nd version of the Atlanta Startup Battle featured 400 applicants and 20 semifinalists battling for the top 5 spots.
The Rice Business Plan Competition is the richest and largest student startup competition in the US with over $1.5 million in cash and prizes at stake. In 2017, only 42 companies were selected from 750 applicants and TCPoly placed in the Top 10.