Google owns and operates data centers all over the world, helping to keep the internet humming and products running around-the-clock. Relentless focus on innovation has made Google data centers some of the most high-performing, secure, reliable, sustainable and efficient data centers in the world. For more, visit

Catbird Consulting brings new and emerging technologies to market. We support academic, government, industrial, and R&D organizations, matching emerging technologies to markets, partnerships, and novel uses.

We focus on advanced technology adaptation, technology/R&D scouting, and new venture development. Using customer and market discovery best practices, we find product-market fit and develop it into efficient business models . Model and market evaluations inform development of sustainable funding plans and partnering strategies for a range of technologies, government/university R&D, and private-sector industries.

We are strategically located in Tennessee’s Technology Corridor near Oak Ridge National Lab, and other major research institutions.

The Tennessee Valley Authority provides electricity for 153 local power companies serving 10 million people in Tennessee and parts of six surrounding states, as well as directly to 58 large industrial customers and federal installations. We don’t get taxpayer funding; rather, our revenues come from sales of electricity. TVA also provides flood control, navigation, and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and regional governments with their economic development efforts.

Our mission is just as relevant today as it was nearly nine decades ago when Congress created TVA: harness the potential of the rich resources in the Tennessee Valley region to make life better for the people who call it home. We are inspired daily to pursue new ideas and innovative solutions to improve our service to you. The 10,000 employees of TVA form an experienced, talented team committed — each and every day — to improve the quality of life for the approximately 10 million people we serve.

FirstBank, a wholly owned subsidiary of FB Financial Corporation (NYSE: FBK), has approximately $12.3 billion in total assets, ranking it in the top 3% of all U.S. commercial banks.

Since 1906, local banking has remained at the forefront of FirstBank’s approach to serving businesses, families, and individuals within the communities it calls home. FirstBank is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, and has 82 full-service branches across Tennessee, South Central Kentucky, Alabama, and North Georgia along with mortgage offices throughout the Southeast.

FirstBank is the sponsor of TAEBC’s podcast, Energizing TN. You can listen to the latest episodes here.

We provide students with a deeply transformative undergraduate education – intellectually, spiritually, and socially – and have for almost 150 years. We’ve nurtured business leaders and spiritual leaders, novelists and scientists, physicians and public servants, and scholars and teachers in nearly every field of endeavor.

We’re one of America’s oldest colleges, steeped in great social traditions. Thirty-six buildings sprawling across 55 acres create a truly exceptional academic and living environment.

Award-winning and accredited academic programs are offered in dozens of majors and minors – business, entrepreneurship, criminal justice, social work, health care, and more. We prepare you with the hottest in-demand career credentials.

Our campus is designed for flexibility. Giving you more options applies to everything we do – from diverse food options and tons of fitness activities to a vibrant social calendar involving over 70 Greek-letter, athletic, religious, music, and special interest group activities.

Since 1978, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 450,000 acres in Tennessee. Along the way, the Conservancy helped to create or expand 31 state parks and natural areas, 20 state Wildlife Management Areas, and nine national parks, forests and wildlife refuges in Tennessee, in addition to establishing our own system of nature preserves.

The Nature Conservancy works across the entire state of Tennessee, with a main office in Brentwood, TN. Key areas of focus include forest health, protection of freshwater resources and aquatic life, safeguarding caves and cave creatures, and scientific support for conservation.


Chroma Energy Group provides solar engineering, procurement and construction services across the Southeast, Midwest and beyond. With a team of more than 14 solar photovoltaic (PV) experts, Chroma Energy Group provides contracting services for utilities, government, industrial and commercial businesses and is committed to high standards of workmanship, cost-effective construction and quality products.

Founded in March 2023 by Ed Rottmann, Chroma Energy Group focuses on solar installation with an eye toward future growth into other renewable energy sources and products, such as storage and other clean technology initiatives.

CO.LAB is a 501c3 nonprofit based in Chattanooga, TN that accelerates early-stage startups in the sustainable mobility space.

We believe that your venture can make the world a cleaner, smarter, more sustainable place – if provided with the right resources. Our organization has the connections, means, and motivation to help you move the needle of progress forward.

Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) is a global cleantech company operating in energy from waste (EfW) and renewable gas. Our roots are in Switzerland, where we were established in 1933 as “L. von Roll Aktiengesellschaft”, later known as Von Roll Inova. Since 2010 we have been part of the Hitachi Zosen Corporation, one of Japan’s largest industrial and engineering firms and a longstanding partner and licensee of Von Roll Inova. To this day we foster the spirit of a traditional Swiss company combined with the know-how and economic strength of an international group.

We have been building and maintaining plants for almost 90 years. We develop projects with our clients and then draw on our experience as a general engineering, procurement and construction contractor to deliver on their behalf complex turnkey plants and system solutions for thermal and biological EfW recovery, gas upgrading and power to gas. We also offer comprehensive, expert and reliable after-sales services for operators of existing plants. Quality is our greatest asset. Our unconditional endeavours to achieve this quality, together with our long experience and honest commitment, are what we pass on to clients.

The challenge of finding the best possible solutions for our clients, again and again, is what drives us. We work with them closely to find and develop integrated solutions to their individual needs and requirements – solutions based on a blend of proven technologies and passionate innovation that meet the highest quality, efficiency and environmental protection standards. This is why we’re among the market leaders in our field: We love what we do.

Piedmont Lithium is developing a world-class integrated lithium business in the United States, enabling the transition to a net zero world and the creation of a clean energy economy in America. Our location in the renowned Carolina Tin Spodumene Belt of North Carolina, the cradle of the lithium industry, positions us to be one of the world’s lowest cost producers of lithium hydroxide, and the most strategically located to serve the fast-growing US electric vehicle supply chain.

The unique geographic proximity of our resources, production operations and prospective customers, places us on the path to be the most sustainable provider of lithium hydroxide in the world and should allow Piedmont to play a pivotal role in supporting America’s move to the electrification of transportation and energy storage.

Avadain is unleashing the Graphene Revolution with its globally patented, breakthrough technology to manufacture large, thin and nearly defect free graphene flakes using a safe, environmentally friendly process. Graphene is about to supercharge the transformation to a clean, advanced energy economy.

Graphene is one of the most disruptive materials of all time. It’s the lightest, strongest, thinnest, best thermal and electricity-conducting material ever discovered. A tiny amount of Avadain’s graphene can substantially improve hundreds of advanced energy products. For example, replacing electrode conductive material in supercapacitors and EV batteries with a tiny amount of Avadain’s graphene enables faster charging/discharging, 100% depth of discharge and increased power density. 

Backed by Panasonic since 2017, Memphis-based Avadain uses a simple, scalable and cost-effective process – optimized electrochemical exfoliation and expansion – to convert graphite into high quality graphene flakes. When produced in industrial volumes at nominal cost, Avadain’s graphene flake manufacturing is currently being upscaled to mass production to meet the need of >80% of a rapidly growing multi-billion dollar market.

Avadain plans to license its technology to advanced materials manufacturers and companies with a mission-critical need for high quality graphene flakes, including renewable energy, e-mobility, defense, and space exploration.

Contact: Brad Larschan



Eonix is an early stage energy storage company. Our mission is to dramatically increase the energy density of next-generation energy storage technologies. ​Born from the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany, New York in early 2013, the primary focus of Eonix is the development of advanced ionic liquid electrolytes to be used in ultracapacitors.