A message for Readers from the VNC Publisher
April 25, 2017 - Invitation to Membership from Milt Capps, editor and publisher of Venture Nashville.
|NPREX eyes capital raises for direct-licensing performing rights platform|
High-school chums partner-up on platform that prompt some to circumnavigate incumbents.
|Former VC Les Wilkinson now Hashed Health chief development officer|
After eight years with Martin Ventures, Wilkinson joins portfolio company.
|Courtney 'Coko' Eason named EIR at Nashville Entrepreneur Center|
Second Code2040, Google for Entrepreneurs Entrepreneur in Residence in Nashville diversity push
|Venture Calendar - 2017 - Updated|
State and regional events of interest.
|Brett Jackson takes helm as CEO of Digital Reasoning Systems|
Venture-backed, 17-year-old firm gets veteran exec as CEO.
|Relay Life Science commercial development startup raising capital|
Entrepreneur who also leads mentor network says his new firm is operational.
|Tom Ballard still failing to retire from business and economic development|
VTC Profile of ubiquitous advocate for pro-economy, entrepreneurship groups
|As General Assembly grinds along, some notes on TNInvestco and more|
Resources that might provide refreshment for those looking to advance Tennessee innovation.
|HCTec Partners taps former UL/PureSafety chief Bill Grana as President|
Entrepreneur and investor seems Nashville momentum growing, despite traffic and other concerns.
|Wearables startup WiseWear's Series A underway, plans Nashville office|
Founder spent nearly a decade here earning degrees at Vanderbilt University.
|Venture Notes - 11 April 2017|
About two-dozen items ranging from capital raises, bankruptcy to tech transfer.
Milt Capps updated 12 April 2017
|Get Started LLC's Co-Starters offering bound for global communities|
VTC Serial entrepreneur eyes one or two capital raises for startups.
|Center for Entrepreneurship staffs-up within|
VU Owen Graduate School of Management
Less than a month into the mission, new Center director targets numerous objectives.
|VU Law & Innovation, Blockchain, Hack events set this week |
Exploring ramifications of blockchain, hacking for nonprofits and more at VU.
from submitted materials
|Franklin fintech: Startup HealthcareTTU eyes $10MM Series B raise|
Alumni of Cedars Sinai Healthcare Accelerator Powered by Techstars are at the helm in TN.
|The TENN: Rendever eyes $1.5MM Seed raise|
for VR platform for assisted-living
[Updated] Cambridge, Mass. healthcare startup won birth in Tennessee master accelerator.
Milt Capps updated March 29, 2017
|Nashville-based CrowdVest.co investment-target website cranks up|
Regulatory changes spawn new entrants, one of which plants flag in Nashville.
|Sal Novin: Nashville tech entrepreneur's alternative to startup accelerators|
Entrepreneur who sold to Trizetto, Cognizant suggests startup traction priority.
|Chattanoogan is SBA's Tennessee Small Business Person of the Year 2017|
VTC Dan LeVan, with a wide-ranging career, is honored after creating a new business.
|Nashville startups scouted by Cedars-Sinai|
Healthcare Accelerator with Techstars
Opportunity helps close gap after closure of EC's healthcare cohort accelerator.
|Nashville answer to Brookings HealthIT challenge to emerge within 120 days|
An action plan for leadership may soon come off the drawing-board.
|TN ECD grants support downtown co-working, coding, entrepreneurship|
VTC Smaller downtown get economic development grants that favor entrepreneurship.
adapted from release
|Briefing: Hashed Health to convene blockchain consortium in Nashville|
Converging activities could raise Nashville profile on global blockchain map.
|Nashville investors with hospital savvy eyed by Patientory PHM startup|
[updated] Grad of Boomtown, StartupHealth accelerators presses forward.
Milt Capps updated April 25, 2017
|For the record: Launch Tennessee aims to revise statutory charter|
Talked about for a year or more, the effort gets fresh momentum
|Belmont University Student Business Plan Competition set March 15|
[Updated] Ten student teams and their bizplans present at the Massey Center.
Milt Capps Updated
|Venture Notes - 24 February 2017|
A healthcare disrupter's latest move, Accelerators updates and much more.
|Capital raises to advance Smart-RIA platform among investment advisor|
VTC With a development push completed, CEO Mac Bartine is happy with revenue trend.
|Street Jelly Media hits pavement for capital raise for B2B+B2C growth|
VTC Bootstrapper til now, Knoxville startup aims for HD livestreaming leadership
|Gov. Haslam names entrepreneur Bob Rolfe to head TN ECD|
Former MRA exec, turnaround guy and member of the J.C. Bradford diaspora named.
adapted from submitted release
|Gov. Haslam senses Tennessee 'making headway' in tech commercialization|
LaunchTN CEO agrees it'd be great to have more data and analyses about all this.
|2017 Project Music selects 4 startups from 120+ accelerator applicants|
The 3rd cohort has apparently been finely sifted in an effort to ensure success is baked-in.
Milt Capps updated 12:09pm
|Project Music gains Entrepreneur in Residence Stephen Linn|
Startups get an advocate in pro marketer and former broadcast journalist.
adapted from release
|Augmented Reality startup Oshien eyes Kickstarter, then $750K Seed|
The Nashville gamedev community spawns startups like Paden Pierry's.
|Nashville startup PredictGov joins Duke Law Tech Lab, eyes capital raises|
AI-Machine Learning-oriented startup must consider other HQ cities.
|iCitizen eyes $5MM-$10MM Series A, cites increased traction|
[Updated CEO departure] Founded in 2012, startup said last June it was upgrading site, adding team.
Milt Capps Updated: Jan. 22-23, 2017 Originally published 6/29/16
|Outgrowing startup ranks, Confirmation.com keeps pushing its envelope|
Still-evolving company looks at Medicaid, Big Banks, blockchain technology and international.
|Venture Notes - 17 January 2017|
$40MM raise at Claritas, accelerator and startup news, and more from around the state.
|Nashville cryptocurrency founder adopts 'open kimono' for disclosure|
Promising transparency, startup brings a concept that seems unprecedented among state startups.
|Gov. Haslam says ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd returning to private sector|
Announcement could fuel fresh speculation regarding potential Boyd bid for GOP gubernatorial nomination.
|Angel Capital Group eyes creating microfund focused on Nashville HealthIT|
Persistence drives continued evolution for Seed-oriented group amid Series A crunch.
|B2B: Chalkline Sports in $1MM Seed raise for bettor-content platform|
Inaugural EC manager Joe Kustelski joins brother in producing U.S. wagering content for sponsors
|Venture Notes - 3 January 2017|
Accelerator takeoffs, Marijuana, TechStars visit, capital raises and more.
|InSage's 2nd Data Monetization event Feb. 1 at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel|
[Updated] Event focuses on hidden earnings and risk inherent in deep user-data dives.
Adapted from submission - Updated Jan. 5, 2017
|VendEngine passes $20MM revenue, eyes advisory board, capital needs|
Disciplined cash management gives this bootstrap many options.
|Nashville Mayor Barry names Kelsey Metro's first Chief Strategy Officer|
Exec to ensure alignment of budget priorities with priorities of Nashville residents.
Metro/Nashville press release
|Venture Notes - 12 December 2016|
[updated] New private equity fund, $5MM Series A, Disruption Labs, Rezli raise and more.
Milt Capps updated 13 December 2016 0724
|Emma bulks-up further with SaaS industry-veteran CFO, CRO hires|
With a blue-ribbon team aboard, the company could soon be ready for any exit option.
|EC President, COO Sam Lingo departing Nashville Entrepreneur Center|
Seven years on, 2d EC employee moves on.
Adapted from submitted release
|Satchel Health eyes major Series A raise, aims for eventual homerun exit|
CEO says innovation can indeed be done competitively in low-margin sectors.
|Venture Notes - Dec. 5, 2016|
Update on Angel Tax Credit, Jobs recruitment and more.
Milt Capps updated Dec. 6, 2016 5:24pm
|Nashville Technology Council opens Tech Hill Commons with Comcast help|
Expanded quarters and event space could raise nonprofit NTC's community profile.
adapted from submitted release
|Apto maps capraises through 2019, targets expat adaptation in U.S., abroad|
Startup near-term to add Mandarin, Spanish, Arabic and support for English-speakers abroad.
|Venture Notes - 28 November 2016|
A fresh dozen items from around the state of interest to the venture sector.
|TN Comptroller: TNInvestco program 'doesn't appear successful'|
Based on criteria set in place at the outset, the capital-formation experiment now formally has a cloud over it.
|Surgiorithm among 5 Startups pitching LaunchTn-LSTN Venture Match|
[Updated] Startups with roots in Tennessee and Dallas take the stage Nov. 4 at Innovation Park
Milt Capps updated 17 March 2017
|Reporter's Notebook: Nashville Capital Network could play a broader role|
NCN is most concerned about the Series A hurdle for startups in the Nashville area.
|Former US Senator Frist 'cautiously optimistic'|
nation will address healthcare effectively
Expresses confidence stage is set for constructive engagement about insurance exchanges and more.
|Ingram Content Group ends 1440 accelerator gambit, keeps innovation focus|
No Cohort 2 planned for now, but ICG keeps all innovation options on table.
|Faros Healthcare names board chair, as Centerstone plan advances|
[updated] Former Pathfinder exec is CEO in the business that got running start in Centerstone.
Milt Capps updated 9:55am 25 Oct 2016
|Launch Tennessee Update shows multifaceted mission, wide-ranging action|
Another regional accelerator goes-it alone, capital formation numbers, and more.
|The TENN master accelerator cohort for 2016-17|
TTDC releases another interesting group of startups from instate and out-of-state.
adapted from submission
|Nashville Software School eyes new offerings, leadership succession plans|
Founder John Wark's NSS aims to make juniors who are the future talent Nashville needs.
|Venture Notes - 19 October 2016|
Boyd & Brock of LaunchTN respond on sustainability, Healthcare, Rural Metrics and more.
|PEOPLE: Cournoyer helms The Iron Yard - Nashville|
70 techies have completed coding studies via Nashville's newest training entrant.
|Martin, O'Rourke lead formation of new ROND Capital buyout firm|
New entity focuses on "underserved" small and medium-sized businesses.
Milt Capps updated 12:47pm
|BIGR Media to raise capital for hyperlocal media and marketing group|
Co-founders work to de-risk deal, now must decide how aggressive to be.
|Venture Notes - 12 October 2016|
Rumors of a sale, new hand at Emma, Martin Ventures bet, and more.
|Martin Ventures-backed Hashed Health unveiled|
for healthcare blockchain dev + commercialization
[Updated] Blockchain initiatives now said to be expanding in Nashville.
Milt Capps Updated 7 Feb 2017 1000
|'Go-Mode': Healthtech Hackathon results come ahead of Distributed: Health|
International and national attendees gather in Nashville to focus on blockchain.
|Digital Nashville set to idle |
[updated] Digital Nashville again operationally dormant. Latest chief was selected 11/14.
Milt Capps Updated 2 Oct. 2016 Originally published Nov. 10, 2014
|Venture Capital, HealthTech sessions are Oct. 4 at Entrepreneur Center|
Speakers discuss investor interest in blockchain, and Nashville's preparation for HealthIT leadership.
|Mayor Barry seeks 'Nashville Vision' for economic inclusion, empowerment|
A new platoon of civic-minded influentials picks-up the challenge.
|Venture Notes - Sept. 29, 2016|
VU spawns Predictgov, Clayton Associates, REDCap Cloud update, NextGxDx raise, Project Healthcare, The TENN and more.
|Musculoskeletal startups often 'break stealth' during annual Memphis event|
VTC For the 14th year, investors, entrepreneurs, strategic corporates meld at FedEx Institute.
|Grajewski: VU brands the Wond'ry innovation center, ramps-up programs|
The new center's portfolio, mission, identity and reach are getting steadily sharper.
|Venture Notes - 23 September 2016|
More than a dozen nuggets from around the state.
|Launch Tennessee's Courtney Corlew joins SFO's Bulleit Group PR firm here|
After six years at ECD agency, Tennessee native returns to private sector.
|Hurdl Enterprises $1.8MM Seed raise afoot for direct-fan marketing|
[updated] Entrepreneur hopes to root company with Nashville capital.
Milt Capps updated 7 March 2017
|Update: Glow Motion Technologies at $5MM rev, mulls capital, partnerships|
From nightclub owners to fan-activation entrepreneurs, an inflection point may be close.
|Charlie Martin: Time for trumpet and an assault on Healthcare's Jericho?|
Healthcare entrepreneur believes status quo may be no more 'impregnable' than storied city's walls.
|Bredesen: Straight talk on HealthIT, procurement and 'Darwinian tensions'|
A tech-savvy chief executive lays-out what he sees as some hard truths.
|Innovation Crossroads: ORNL Energy-startup accelerator aborning|
VTC New accelerator likely to go operational in October.
|Update: Nashville Fintech, Blockchain initiatives|
Maxwell, Bailey comment on technologies' interrelationship ahead of Oct. 3 event
|October 3: Distributed Health CLE on Blockchain + legal, regulatory issues|
Sponsored by BTC, publisher of Distributed Magazine, unprecedented event addresses lawyers' needs.
|Dynamo Fund, Accelerator raise tops $18MM, cohort announced|
Entrepreneurs who exited America Access Transport for logistics, transportation startup program.
|TriStar Health Partners eyes $100MM fund for healthIT, medtech and more|
TriStar and Innovation Institute leaders 'get along well as human beings'
|Venture Notes - 12 September 2016|
[Updated] 11 items from around the state of interest to techies, investors, entrepreneurs, et al.
Milt Capps updated Sept. 13, 2016 0639
Bass Berry IPO 'roadmap' could help in following Ayers' or other IPOs
After a slothful 1H16, IPOs may heat up, and resources like this shed light on the process.
Milt Capps updated 16 September 2016 1009
|Next Awards 2016 finalists from Chamber, Entrepreneur Center|
The annual Chamber, EC lists of competing entrants.
|Venture Notes - 8 September 2016|
EVAmore, AgLaunch, Stony Creek Colors, BunkerLabs accelerator for Veterans have news.
|Foundation Instruments, Stony Creek Colors receive SBIR grants|
Nondilutive capital gives entrepreneurs advantages in research, bizdev and raising capital.
By Milt Capps
|VNC Market Monitor Services|
Research and services for VNC Members and prospective Members focused on Nashville and the Mid-South.
|Brookings Fellow: Nashville has 'very serious' HealthIT opportunity|
[Updated] Brookings' findings are now available for review here.
Milt Capps Updated 24 Aug 2016 (Original story 15 Aug. 2:30pm)
|Will Emma's discipline attract partner who shares Nashville commitment?|
IPO, private equity, regardless of the course, there may be a way to preserve the vision.
|New board member McCormick sees Emma's|
upside prospects and its requirements
[Updated] Advisor says Emma needs more people who have accelerated growth to and beyond $100MM sales.
Milt Capps updated Oct. 12, 2016
|Venture Notes 15 August 2016|
Frontier Capital, Petra Capital, TextRequest, CEAdvisory raise, Pharos Cap, VU Med Innovators, MDSave.
VU Music, Mind & Society Program may feed Nashville innovation
Within this scientific work are pain-points that could spawn inventions, innovations and startups.
|Franklin entrepreneur raises Seed for CommuniGift, plans D.C. headquarters|
Intern to US Rep. Jim Cooper, Ensworth grad is dedicated to gifting platform for social good and profit.
|ECD's Brewer joins Cate's Stones River Group|
Clint Brewer served commissioners Hagerty and Boyd, now joins a Haslam Admin veteran.
|Kauffman funds research on Nashville corporate spin-offs, ecosystem|
Researchers need Nashvillians' help in assay of spin-off activity in Nashville area.
|LaunchTN names Capital Formation, Entrepreneurship leaders|
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (TTDC), aka Launch Tennessee, fills posts.
|Venture Notes - 10 August 2016|
New NTC CEO and Health IT strategy coming, VC motives, Noro-Moseley exec, Women Angels coalesce and more.
|CaredFor: Polidor siblings eye Seed raise for referral-marketing startup|
The CellJournalist veterans have brought another startup to the starting-line, this time in marketing software.
|CMA-backed, EC-based Project Music accelerator accepting 3.0 applications|
The year-round program for developing innovative companies could advance, once again.
|SaaS: Affirm Health startup preps for Seed capital raise|
[updated] Opioid abuse crisis is latest driver in startup business opportunity.
Milt Capps updated
|Gatto exits Selous Venture, doubles-down on Jumpstart, Health:Further|
[Updated] Shifting burden allows focus on Jumpstart, where his passion lies.
Milt Capps updated 3:05 pm
|Entrepreneur Center: Sullivan is EIR and startup Alumni Relations lead|
Woman with international, finance, Angel and other experience to lead next phase of EC alumni network development.
|CEO: 'Pass It Down' gets strategic interest, eyes Seed, Series A capraises|
VTC Boomer aging, story-telling and training needs in industry verticals and rising use of social media, help make the case.
|Venture Notes - 27 July 2016|
Speakers ahead and a Nashville startup joins Louisville healthcare accelerator.
Staff updated 5:56pm
|Mike Muhney, Harry Jacobson team on VIPOrbit's $2.7MM capital raise|
Another rodeo: Partners target evolving team/interpersonal relationship- and project-management market.
|Dart Music pivots to deeper water as Dart Data, pursues $2MM Series A|
[updated] Native Nashville entrepreneur presses forward after classic rethink.
Milt Capps Updated March 12, 2017 1428
|mSIGNIA nears end of Series A raise, sees Nashville as its techdev center|
User-authentication startup pledges to grow Nashville headquarters.
|CEO: Healthcare Blocks raising capital, navigates Tech-Angel shortage|
[updated] Long-time Nashville resident Kelso rather not relocate, but needs Tech-savvy investors.
Milt Capps updated Sept. 27, 2016 9:35 a.m.
|Enterprise Wellness: Chattanooga's Spire Labs looks to accelerate|
VTC Chattanooga startup made very strategic pivot, and builds bizdev presence in Nashville.
|Music Startup resource? Insights into Music Consumers|
Music is awash in data, but this product of a partnership shows value-add potential.
|HouseLens in talks with strategics amid $2MM capraise|
Management hopes local money will help deeply root company long-term in Nashville.
|Venture Notes - 21 July 2016|
Resolute Capital's Fund IV, HCA CEO to speak, new LaunchTN SBIR-STTR writing grants and more.
|Steve Case: Nashville entrepreneurial scene can be 'better still'|
Racing toward the future, Nashville and TN innovators and businesses must be prepared.
|Venture Notes 14 July 2016|
[updated] A baker's dozen oughta-reads on startups and capital from around the state.
Milt Capps updated 18 July 2016 1403
|UMemphis FedEx Institute of Technology aims to be catalyst for Memphis, Tennessee innovation|
VTC A fresh assay has led to new focus and renewed vision for regional service and leadership.
|Idea: Curt Hahn presses case for Nashville Film & TV Investment Fund|
That old chestnut, Film-TV industry production incentives, gets a fresh take.
|TwelveStone Health Partners to create techco,|
raise venture capital, add JVs and M&A deals
After sales of specialty pharmacy and other assets to Fred's, Shane Reeves has 100% control.
|VC moves Directed Sensing startup from Knoxville to Austin|
VTC ORNL-UT-linked Peter Fuhr is now advisor to the startup he founded.
|Exec: With $22MM in, Chattanooga's Bellhops likely to raise more capital|
VTC In prospect: Deeper market penetration and more capital somewhere over the horizon.
|Booker: CapitalTN aiming to improve Tennessee PE/VC investor ecosystem|
Group working from Nashville EC plans to draw more investors in from the sidelines.
|Visit our sister site: Venture Tennessee Connections|
We're ramping-up statewide coverage. While we cross-post some items, you can see it all, by clicking the headline.
|Vendor Registry soon to wrap Seed raise and assess way forward|
VTC Long-term capital strategy and exit options await gaining further traction.
|VentureNotes June 29, 2016|
Updates on InCrowd Capital, VRTIFY, Arkis, Addiction Campuses
|Ripple Music emerging from stealth, into Series A raise for VideoBomb app|
[Updated] Chad Marcum begins to reveal details of his team, model, strategy and roll-out plans.
|Oasis Venture's PitchDay is June 30 in Nashville|
Pitches with social enterprise at their hearts will be made Thursday at free event.
|Musictech: Jammber, LANDR could raise capital in Music City|
Nashville gradually moving toward becoming true Music innovation-investment nexus?
|Proximity Aware chooses Nashville, sets Seed raise for its Menud platform|
Departing tech-centric Bay Area, co-founder cites Nashville's numerous advantages.
|Healthtech veteran sees blockchain technology upside for Nashville, industry|
John Bass, CEO of HCA's InVivoLink, has joined the Blockchain expedition.
|Village Capital-Kresge healthcare startup initiative|
anchored in Nashville, San Francisco, Philadelphia
A cohort of healthcare startups will visit each city and ultimately peer-rate investment winners.
|Update: Brody-Waite named CEO of Nashville Entrepreneur Center|
[updated] Former InQuicker CEO sees traditional '100-day' assessment.
Milt Capps updated 5:11pm
|Bunker Labs Nashville startups on firing line in June 28 event|
[updated] Local Bunker Labs crew is gaining momentum, enjoying network effect.
Milt Capps Updated June 24, 2016 2:20pm
|Galante, Trahern, Artists & Allies take Music issues to nation's capital|
Seeking to anchor Music in the education agenda, the industry has business issues, as well.
|Venture Notes, 17 June 2016|
[updated] Nashville entrepreneurship 2.0? Capraises, possible startup trouble, Krajicek venture tips and more.
Milt Capps updated 18 June 2016 1110
|Prominently backed YouScience startup sets $2.5MM capital raise|
Updated / YouScience learned a lot in the early going, now aspires to gain traction in Enterprise.
Milt Capps updated 18 April 2017
|Nanomechanics gets investor-bidder approaches, eyes valuation and growth|
VTC While organic growth is aggressively pursued, this early-stage company is open to strategic/PE talks
|Startup capital raises reported for HoneyCo indie-living + Ampersand Health|
While talk of industry consolidation and impediments continues, entrepreneurs keep innovating.
|Post-36|86: VC Mitchell seeks dealflow, Nashville affiliate candidates|
Question mark hangs over Nashville's shot at being a Consumer startup breeder.
|EC seeks Entrepreneur in Residence, add advisors for Project Healthcare|
[Updated] The EC also seeks an Entrepreneur in Residence for the PH initiative.
adapted from submitted release updated 14 June 2016
|CEO search seeks Huddleston successor at Nashville Technology Council|
[Updated with recruiter] The nonprofit announced Huddleston's September departure this morning.
Milt Capps updated 12 August 2016 0652
|Winners announced from Statewide University Pitch Competition|
[Updated] Effort intended to engage student-led startup teams statewide.
|U-Pitch: Blaque Reily's Portmanteau Jewelry startup is building in layers|
'Hippie from Alaska' charts her own path in Nashville's expanding fashion sector.
|Knoxville Entrepreneur Center's CodeWorks startup concepts noted|
VTC First cohort information out of Knoxville CodeWorks.
|AeroWALL Dynamics: NVille startup to leverage TN's transportation sector|
Healthcare veteran finding more 'fun' in Transportation startup.
|AegleGear healthcare apparel startup nears launch in Chattanooga|
VTC Germ-fighting fabric ready for market in September.
|Startup retention: Will edtech entrant Coursicle be a Tennessee keeper?|
VTC We've proven we can attract cool companies. How do get them to stay?
|June 14, Oct. 3 events target Blockchain adoption|
in Healthcare, Supply Chain, Financial Services
Updated - Nashville's BTCMedia is examining Blockchain in Nashville and St. Louis.
Staff updated 28 June 2016
|Soundways 1st Music startup funded via Consortium/StartCo partnership|
VTC A new Music accelerator program in Memphis has awarded its first money.
|HealthX3: Jumpstart cohort, GfE HealthTech, EC Project Healthcare|
100s of apps reviewed for coveted spots in 2 programs - with app window open on another June 1.
|36|86 startups: BrewFund ready to blow the head off craft beer market|
Johnson City duo is way down the road with their techdev, ahead of investor pitch.
|SCHERMERLAND: 36:86 Speakers, celebration draw entrepreneurs, investors|
LaunchTN has upped the ante, producing a cohesive package of certain fun and likely wisdom.
|20 Days: Launch Tennessee bets heavily on impact of 36|86 conference|
LTN aims to draw 900, including perhaps 100 investors to its 4th annual conclave in Nashville.
|NEA partner eyes 'huge opportunity' for Nashville healthcare technologists|
Sandbox, Brentwood Capital, Citigroup, NEA, EDG Partners execs share views.
|Overdog sale was assets deal; buyer Odd Networks mulls capraise|
New York-based principals shed a bit more light on the deal and its origins.
|AgLaunch accelerator launches, powered by Memphis Bioworks, TNDA allies|
VTC Innovation seeds begin sprouting, as first startups recruited.
|Venture Notes - May 11, 2016|
[updated] Health:Further, Ingram, Case, McWhorter, DART Music and DATAFlyte raises, SeedHatchlings and more.
Milt Capps Dart Music item updated 26 July, 2016
|President of S-RAM Dynamics sees near-term opportunity in Tennessee|
Tech-dev exec, active Angel with Bioenergy interests surveys the region.
|Healthcare: SEMDA Nashville event affirms|
connections of Devices, IT/Data, Services
Fresh-faced startups, veterans of industry convene in Music City May 18-19.
Milt Capps Updated 16 May 2016 11:51am
|Healthtech: Spera Health F&F raise likely prelude to true Seed round|
Behavioral Health, particularly addiction treatment, is the launchpad.
|TeleMed: WeCounsel Solutions completes $3.5MM Series A capital raise|
VTC Founder and investors express strong confidence in market headway.
|2016 Memphis Accelerator Portfolios announced|
VTC Teams arriving for array of Memphis accelerators.
Adapted from submitted release
|Greenhill, Nowers: Nashville EC Diversity program lifts-off, adds sponsors|
Stepped-up focus, funding and Diversity-focused Enterpreneur in Residence in place paying off.
|CEO: Nashville workable for Fintech startups eyeing community banks|
Nashville investor Crom Carmichael is in his second Krajicek-led venture.
|OverDog sale rumor afloat, some announcement said imminent|
[Sale confirmed] New money, strategic inflection, or much hubbub about nothing? Time will tell.
Milt Capps 3:38pm 9 May 2016
|Reporter's Notebook: Healthcare M&A Conference in Nashville, June 16-17|
VNC Discount: Healthcare consolidation is robust and the landscape rapidly shifting.
Milt Capps Updated 3 May 2016
|Anquiro market-intel startup in Nashville acknowledges Angel conversations|
Helping incumbent retailers adjust to signals of new entrants in their markets.
|Their Take on Capital: Grant Jackson, Council Capital managing partner|
Managing General Partners gives fresh view of region's Healthcare sector.
|Solidus-backed Healthcare Learning Innovations plants flag in Nashville|
American Sentinel veteran takes the helm in Music City.
Milt Capps updated 5:48pm
|Deadline May 15 for startups seeking Knoxville's|
Scripps Networks Interactive investment
VTC Whether you're a Coder or you've had a brainstorm about better living, check it out.
|Nashville's Trinocity raises $1.2MM for educational marketplace platform|
Continuing-education content monetization is the mission for this startup.
|Vanderbilt University Board of Trust taps Private Equity execs as chairs|
[updated] Veterans of Summit, Accel, Facebook, TPG, Tech Crossover, GS and others on BoT.
|Grajewski: VU Innovation Center likely to seal some partnerships by August|
Executive director also seeks mentors, domain experts and collaborations.
|VUSE's Fauchet: $5MM gift spurs innovation in Medicine, Energy, Security|
Engineering Dean sees opportunities to address large-scale global needs.
|Spotlight: Nashville's WPC's Taproot a finalist for SIIA Codie healthIT award|
SIIA led by board of execs from within Thomson Reuters, Google, Adobe and others.
|Denenberg departs LaunchTN, state mentor networks for new industries set|
Search for entrepreneurship lead begins soon, lead for Ag network is set.
|EPIcenter: Entrepreneurial 7.0 Quake in Memphis as accelerators erupt|
VTC Student-driven and Music-tied accelerators offerings are new in Memphis.
|Urgent Team may turn to large PE house if $100MM M&A target looms|
Chairman/CEO says company can be in Top 10 ranks nationally by EOY16.
|Franklin's Innovation Park may include technology incubator|
Developers studying HudsonAlpha and other innovation centers.
|Venture Notes - 12 April 2016|
This roundup features Amplion, HCCA, CouncilCapital, John Murdock, Joe Kustelski, Proton and more.
|HealthIT: Both hard realities and major opportunities are C4MI targets|
Center for Medical Interoperability begins ramping-up its architectural and assessment work.
|Publishing startup Leafless pivots, plots course to profits + 1440 Demo Day|
Three-year-old company sees mainstream publishing industry with fresh eyes.
|CEO: Despite Ukraine-Nashville shuttle, Music City best for Concert.Expert|
Co-founder happy to be in Nashville, with access to Indie performers and Project Music.
|EC Project Music cohort members in dress rehearsal for Demo Day|
Presentations augur well for latest Project Music cohort.
|Entrepreneur Center CEO McWhorter stepping down|
to shoulder Clayton Associates' duties
President and COO Sam Lingo will also be Acting CEO.
Adapted from submitted press release
|Zycron CEO Freeman says Nashville Tech-talent shortage real and worsening|
[Sale updated] Entrepreneur says youth need to develop 'hunger' to accomplish goals.
Milt Capps updated
|Smartvue receives suitors, next raise likely a multiple of $15MM Series B|
About 16 years into his mission, CEO Renkis gears for Internet of Things video leadership.
|Venture money: 'Access to capital' to be sole focus of Tech2020 successor|
VTC Grady Vanderhoofven is likely to lead the repurposed nonprofit and some allies.
|Gem founder ranks NVille Healthcare sector as a key Blockchain market|
CEO Winkelspecht is working with HC customers on proof of concept technologies.
|BeachyApp: Nashville's Beach Chairs pursues $2MM Angel raise|
Entrepreneurs have their eyes on the prize, and future investment in other startups.
|New Chattanooga accelerator, $12MM Fund target Logistics, Drones, Software|
VTC Two years after a successful exit from logistics business, a new venture launches.
|Stony Creek Colors eyes $8.6MM capital raises now thru 2018|
Founder presses ahead with no native Tennessee capital, other than her own.
|Randy Boyd increases Radio Systems control, TSG Consumer again at table|
VTC Chairman of Knox-based company is also Haslam Administration's ECD chief.
|Venture Notes - March 17, 2016|
Updates on VU venture staff, raises by SmartFurniture and RelevanceCapital and more.
|Venture Notes - March 14, 2016|
Pendleton Square, NextDocVisit, VU commercialization.
|Update: Launch Tennessee presses forward on Commercialization|
Some new public-private stratagems for commercialization may emerge this spring and summer.
|Diversity: Nashville Entrepreneur Center to add Entrepreneur in Residence |
[Updated] In alliance with Code2040, Kauffman Foundation and others, the EC pushes forward.
Milt Capps Update issued March 12, 2016
|LaunchTN selects partners for Statewide University Pitch Competition|
[Updated] 17 competitions on 10 Tennessee campuses are admitted.
Submitted, updated 18 March 16
|Baker Donelson programs advance Atlanta Cybersec accelerator + HealthIT|
[Updated] Deadline for SE Regional Capital Connections event is April 29.
Milt Capps Updated 25 May 2016
|$20MM in techdev lets startup VortexT Analytics deliver Big-Data insights|
VTC P2S-Covenant JV tackles Big Data analytics for array of verticals.
|Startups: TN's autoXLR8R up for adoption by UT Institute for Public Service|
A fourth cohort of startups is likely to be invited to Knoxville, but timeline TBD.
|Carmichael-backed Tandum LLC's extended Seed round approaches $2MM|
[Updated-Exit] Co-CEO's cautiously share dream of leadership in crowded event ticketing space.
Milt Capps Updated 5 March 2017
|Venture Notes - March 7, 2016|
[updated] TN's pro-entrepreneurship legislation, a $4MM JourneyPure raise, and more.
Milt Capps Updated 11 Jan 2017
|Medical Decisions LLC plans $2MM-plus Series A for EvidenceCare platform|
Spying opportunity to speed adoption of evidence-based medicine, startup asserts itself.
Milt Capps updated 15 March 2017
|Dose Healthcare eyes Series A raise, serves consumers at home or work|
Cole Hawkins, Jade Preis aim to expand from Mid-TN through Southeast
|Venture Notes - March 1, 2016|
VU event, Fintech startup, Randy Boyd on ECD priorities, INCITE and accelerator cos.
|IQuity Labs' VU license + Eurofins partnership could lead to global market|
Team says rapid Angel-investor enlistment is one reason this is a 'W' for region's LifeSciences
|Forming priorities, Mayor Barry engages Nashville entrepreneurs, creatives|
[updated] Nashville's first woman as Mayor eyes opportunities, five months into her term.
Milt Capps updated 28 February 2016
|The Company Lab to accelerate dozens of startups each year|
VTC Chattanooga nonprofit behind GigTank365 and CoLab Accelerator pushes ahead.
|FCA Venture Partners said to co-manage Dioko fund, files for $75M Fund VI|
[Updated] Clayton Associates affiliate obviously pushing on more than one front.
Milt Capps UPDATED March 15, 2016 11:23 a.m.
|CEO: Cicayda LLC extends Series B for growth, receives suitors|
Four-year-old Cicayda preps for growth and explores M&A possibilities.
|LaunchTN details INCITE investment tallies, investors, portfolio companies|
As INCITE comes to halt, we take at look at the ground that's been covered.
|Life ScienceTN seeks General Assembly support for readying commercialization program, opts to defer $40MM ask|
[updated] Treading carefully to 'get program right', industry aims for step-by-step progress.
By Milt Capps updated with ECD comments 4pm 17 February 2016
|Martin Ventures' bet on Carena telemed a signal for Nashville HealthIT?|
Frank Coliano shares the view from one of Nashville's most interesting vantage-points.
|Venture Notes - February 8, 2016|
[updated] Raises by SertintyONE, Lincor, MedPass and others updated here.
Milt Capps updated 3 May 2016
|Startup BachWeekend priorities include Hotel hookup and Seed-capital raise|
Founder Goldsmith cites steady growth in first-to-market effort.
|Tech-talented VU School of Engineering alumni quickly spread afar|
The local shortage of computer science, other engineering talent oft-cited, while recruiters swarm.
Milt Capps last edited 6:23pm Feb. 5, 2016
|Startup assistive-device maker TabletTable considering recruiting capital|
[updated] Entrepreneur says he knows his limits, wants assistive-device mission to succeed.
Milt Capps updated 11 January 2017
|Nashville EC's Project Healthcare Accelerator to launch in Fall 2016|
Year-round push involves Google for Entrepreneurs and Village Capital.
|Vanderbilt University Innovation Center's first chief to be Robert Grajewski|
[updated] North Carolina-based entrepreneur and scholar begins work April 1.
Milt Capps Updated 17 March 2016
|LaunchTN grapples with robust agenda of opportunities, challenges|
With 3686 ahead, new University and Researcher programs, weaker capital ecosystem and more
Milt Capps edit 8:25am 26 Jan. 2016
|Monsor: Statewide Mentor Net has traction with early-stage companies|
LifeSci Network seeks mentors and mentee companies, eyes event on Capital.
|CEO: Entrepreneur Center views Jumpstart accelerator exit as opportunity|
[updated] Prepared for change, EC CEO has already sketched-out 2016 strategy.
Milt Capps updated Jan. 24, 2016 5:10pm
|Nashville EC's BunkerLabs, Veteran Entrepreneur Society gather Jan. 21|
[updated] Current and former military personnel are invited to form-up Thursday at the EC.
Milt Capps updated 25 February 2016
|Haslam Admin asks GenAssembly for Angel Tax Credit to mobilize early-stage investors and energize Tennessee 'Angel ecosystem'|
[updated] ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd expresses strong support for bill enrolled this week.
Milt Capps updated 14 April 2016 0721
|Memphis Money: Sage Advantage Fund created by advisory firm's founders|
VTC Memphis-centric founders to provide savvy and capital to proven early-stage companies.
|March 16: Tech sector Execs focus on Software growth + finance in Nashville|
Complimentary and paid registrations for this unprecedented event are being taken now.
|Joe Maxwell & partners launch Cultivation Capital Fintech Growth Fund|
Serial entrepreneur shifts to lead VC fund stressing operator experience and regional focus.
|Clayton's FCA Venture Partners leads One Medical Passport Series A raise|
[Updated] Healthcare-centric VC makes growth investment in Connecticut healthIT entrant.
Milt Capps updated 7 March 16 1024
|VC's Lucro Marketplace for Healthcare solutions seeks array of partners|
[updated] Startup greenlighted with patient capital, golden Roladexes.
Milt Capps Updated 3 March 2016 12:15pm
|Claritas Capital-backed PGT entrant Genomind pursues $13MM capraise|
[Updated] Nashville VC continues building its healthcare portfolio.
Milt Capps Updated 8 Feb 2017
|Axial Healthcare sees Series B, tech buys, deeper-risk role within 24 months|
[updated Series B] CEO sees 'land-rush' underway in healthcare data for pain-care management.
Milt Capps updated 24 Oct. 2016
|Escape velocity for Watershed LRS spin-out calls for $3MM-$5MM capraise|
[updated] Local bootstrapped startup is on high-growth trajectory.
Milt Capps updated June 16, 2016 0718
|ProjectMusic: EVAmore in business/platform dev push + pursuing capraise|
[updated 10:21a] Belmont students keeping moving toward launch, with deep advisory bench.
Milt Capps updated Sept. 8, 2016 10:21am
|Payments entrepreneur Daily completes 8th acquisition,|
may not need full $100MM raise before considering IPO
[Update] In 3rd outing, CEO focuses on technology for enterprises that 'don't go out of business'.
Milt Capps UPDATED 1 Feb 2017 1229
|Amplion Clinical Comms builds value before considering capital or exit|
[Updated] David Condra and investors bide their time, to catch the wave they see building.
Milt Capps Updated 12 April 2016 12:28p
|MedPass Health data-workflow startup aces Seed round, eyes Series A raise|
[updated] This immunization data-collection startup is being accelerated via a university alliance.
Milt Capps Updated Nov. 14, 2016
|Data-centric WPC Healthcare eyes capital raise to deepen Taproot|
[updated] Suitors queued, this compliance and insights specialist considers tapping the private market.
Milt Capps Updated 4 April 2017
|X Factor: NextGxDx eyes fresh capital raise, dismisses exit notion|
[updated name change] With sector veterans on its board and access to capital, this startup girds for raise.
Milt Capps Updated 1 March 2017
|CEO: Optio Labs may pursue 'significant' Series B raise within 12 months |
[updates] Optio is building talent base in Nashville
Milt Capps Updated April 27, 2016
|HealthIT: Scale-focused RoundingWell in Super-Angel raise, may double staff|
[updated] Smithwick says early market penetration signals 'time to step on the gas'.
Milt Capps updated 29 June 2016
|Healthbox grad Atlas Health Technologies eyes Seed capital round|
[updated] Accelerator grad moving toward an inflection point, and Healthbox tweaks its model.
Milt Capps updated 30 March 2016 0727
|FinTech: Capital Confirmation eyes $20MM revenue, broadens global stride|
[updated] Chris Schellhorn and Brian Fox have roadmapped their way globally, like FinTech focus.
Milt Capps Updated Oct. 28, 2016
|Council Capital launches Fund III with $125MM target, exits Ingenious Med|
[Updated] Private equity firm with $200MM capital managed, seeks to increase its opportunities
Milt Capps Updated 12 April 2016
|VU prof's Maize Analytics targets health-info breaches, mulls capital raise|
[updated] Protecting personal health information resident in electronic medical records is startup's timely focus.
Milt Capps Updated 13 April 2016 1217
|High on Nashville, tech startups 24/7 Sports,|
Comicbook.com mull growth strategies
[updated] CBS Sports Digital buys 24/7 Sports, led by Shannon Terry.
Milt Capps updated 8:05pm Dec. 16, 2015
|Video Venture -- Nashville's HouseLens positions for Series A raise|
[Update] Corporate IT technologist now CEO ultimately had to follow his passion for this startup
By Milt Capps updated 18 Feb. 2016
|Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund LP pursues $200MM raise|
Updated: Rock Morphis and David McClellan are adding tons of dry powder to their healthcare venture arsenal.
VNC Staff Updated 2 May 2016
|Founder of local $95MM Hope Investments fund|
aims to support Just Hope global relief work
[updated] A former Franklin corporate executive hopes to turn her investment-management savvy into a boon for the impoverished
By Milt Capps Updated 15 Jan. 2017
|Medaxion goes mobile to capture medical charges|
[updated] HealthStream co-founder's latest technology play aims to awaken sleeping value in medical niche
By Milt Capps Updated 25 July 2016
|Rash hospital startup draws Warburg Pincus investment|
[Updated] In the best Nashville tradition, a veteran healthcare entrepreneur takes another dip in the nation's hospital gene pool
By Milt Capps Updated 22 March 2016 9:25a
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|Nashville loses Veran Medical Technologies|
[Updated] Results-oriented Nashville entrepreneur in hot medical-devices sector accepts VC investment, relocates firm. Should Nashville focus on more familiar sectors and 'focus on its knitting'?
Milt Capps updated May 25, 2016 10:25am