How to Cut Prototyping Time and Production Costs by 90% using 3D Printing Capabilities

May 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

gearCase Study: Turbine Technologies intergrates MultiJet Printing (MJP) technology to maximize iterative design by producing parts quickly, accurately and at a fraction of the costs associated with traditional machine tooling. This turbine engine maker utilizes 3D printing technology in casting wax and plastic patterns to create an R&D process that doesn’t rely on traditional costly tooling enabeling them to reduce 5 weeks off development time by five and produce patterns at one-tenth of conventional costs.Turbine Technologies makes small, advanced turbine engines for vehicles including UAVs and has successfully completed contracts for the NASA, the United States Naval Research Laboratory, the US Air Force, and the US Army.For access to our funding and support network for your project, contact:Atlantis Capital Advisors Darrell James, CEO/Managing Director 

Micro-factory: Localized Manufacturing

May 27, 2014 § 1 Comment


Tennessee is home to more than 900 auto manufacturers and suppliers. To support this burgeoning growth, Tennessee economic development coalitions statewide are collaborating with public and private educational institutions to focus on workforce development programs encouraging foreign MNE investment in the region.

View this incredible video of Local Motors introduction into the custom micro-factory concept of localized custom designed, fabrication and delivery of street legal vehicles.[/ 

Join us Wednesday May 28, 11:30 am at Market Square to preview Local Motor entry into a breakthrough concept in R&D, design and manufacturing of on/off road vehicles in Knoxville, Tennessee

For additional information contact: Atlantis Capital Advisors,

Atlantis Capital Advisors Announces New Fund for Alternative Fuel Investment

May 8, 2014 § 3 Comments

PTFSlide01April 10, 2014 – Atlantis Capital Advisors, Oak Ridge, TN – Plastic is an integral part of modern life around the world and while over 280 million tons of plastic are produced each year, only about 8% of that is recycled with the remainder ending up in rivers, oceans, and landfills. Most plastics resist degradation and can last in the environment for hundreds of years. The plastics industry consumes about 3% of the total domestic oil and gas production in the United States and represents an enormous amount of energy that is simply lost when the plastic is not recycled. source:

We represent a pioneer company that employs novel technology to convert low‐value plastics normally bound for the landfill (or worse) into a high‐value energy resource. The company will not only own and operate its own conversion facilities in the United States but will sell its technology to qualified buyers throughout the world. The private placement capital raised under SEC Regulation D 506(c) will add many key components to its existing business and will be instrumental in its future growth plans.

Contact: Darrell James, (865) 466-4696

Recycled Plastic to Fuel – Pyrolysis

May 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

PTFSlide01WASHINGTON (January 14, 2014) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced that a new group has formed within its Plastics Division that will work to enhance public policy in support of technologies that convert non-recycled plastics into petroleum based products. The new Plastics-to-Oil Technologies Alliance will work to increase awareness of the benefits of plastics-to-oil technologies, enhance the industry’s voice through expanded membership and demonstrate broad support for plastics-to-oil technologies through an expanding network of allies.

The process of recovering energy from waste polystyrene is pyrolysis, in which plastics are thermally processed to molecularly break them down (depolymerization) into the building blocks of fuels that can then be processed into diesel fuel or into high quality liquid fuels such as gasoline or jet fuel. There is a strong global demand for alternative energy sources to displace petroleum in liquid fuels markets, making pyrolysis an appealing option. Several companies in the U.S. and Europe have recently commercialized pyrolysis techniques. See this video 

5 Keys to Angel Investment

May 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

by Tim Berry, Guest Blogger, created: April 29, 2014, 5:36 pm

229540_10150174901139132_322262144131_7000983_4531651_nWith this post I’d like to give my personal answer to the frequent question, “What do angel investors look for in a business plan?” I can’t promise that what I think applies to anybody else. But I’ve been in an angel investment group for five years now, and I’ve seen a lot of businesses evaluated. Here are five things I say matter.

1. A believable market definition It’s not just the numbers. Especially not huge numbers that lack definition. Too many of the several dozen business plans I’ve read this year lack a good market-defining story. Market numbers are useful, yes, but they don’t stand alone. Investors want to believe the story first, then get the numbers. The story is about the use case, also called “why to buy,” and market need. I like the business pitches that put a picture on a slide and explain how that person has a problem that this business solved. For example, one recent pitch starts with a picture of a middle-aged woman and explained how this new business creates a channel for her to sell her craft goods effectively. Another pitch I saw showed a picture of the garbage area behind a restaurant to pitch a system to save unused food and make it available to people who need it. Then they go to the numbers, after explaining the need.

2. Believable growth plan Startups become good for the early stage investors by growing. While there are some extremely rare cases where traffic and position alone created value (such as Amazon in its early days, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), for most of us it takes sales growth. Investors want to see and believe the growth plan. For example, if it’s a physical product to be sold in retail stores, there should be a plan for getting the product into distribution, and a sales forecast based on sales per store and stores’ growth by year. Or if it’s a mobile app, then sales growth based on potential user base and ways to drive traffic to the app via the various download stores. Sales forecasts based on details are more credible. I liked a plan I saw recently that presented a forecast of sales of a product related to bars by showing actual sales in the first four bars and extrapolating those to all bars in the U.S. The methodology made sense.

3. Defensibility Defensibility is whatever quality keeps a startup from being overwhelmed by competition that stunts its growth. Most investors look for proprietary technology, such as patents — when they are good patents that experts say will be reasonably defensible — or trade secrets. This is also called “barriers to entry.” There’s limited value to an idea that any other business can just copy.

4. Scalability The lack of scalability in most service businesses is why investors generally prefer product businesses and why the classic service businesses aren’t as attractive. The test is whether it can double sales without doubling fixed costs and employees. Most service businesses don’t scale: the classic consulting business, for example, or attorneys, graphic design, programming for hire… these service businesses are hard to scale. With product businesses, when a widget starts selling in most cases you can make more widgets with automation. And there are some service businesses that are scalable. Generally, they relate to software services over the web. The travel buyer sites are services, but they scale.

5. Potential exit Angel investors make money by investing money in a business today and getting money back from that business in a few years when it grows, increases its value and sells out to a larger company or registers its stock for sale on a public market.What many people don’t realize is that outside investors don’t make money just from owning a small portion of stock in a successful business. Theoretically, there could be dividends eventually, but growing companies don’t normally generate dividends. Angel investment assumes that the businesses create some way for the investors to sell their shares. Having a minority share in a healthy, happy company – one that doesn’t need any more outside investment and has no reason to invite a larger company to purchase it – offers no return on investment for the early investors who aren’t employees.

About the Author: Founder and Chairman of Palo Alto Software and, on twitter as Timberry, doing social media business planning at, and blogging at Stanford MBA. Married 42 years, father of 5. Author of business plan software Business Plan Pro and and books including The Plan As You Go Business Plan, published by Entrepreneur Press, 2008.

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