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ORNL's Innovation Crossroads energy startup accelerator preps for Cohort 3
ORNL's Innovation Crossroads energy startup accelerator preps for Cohort 3

The applications window will soon open for the DOE-backed technology commercialization program.

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Stuart McWhorter leads formation of D17 Ventures media/tech-oriented VC
Stuart McWhorter leads formation of D17 Ventures media/tech-oriented VC

[Updated] $6MM raise apparently found quick acceptance - McWhorter foresees $100MM impact.

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Petra Capital files for $150 Million Growth Fund IV
Petra Capital files for $150 Million Growth Fund IV

Twenty-one-year-old firm could hit $600MM raised since inception.

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CEO Charlie Brock announces departure from Launch Tennessee
CEO Charlie Brock announces departure from Launch Tennessee

[updated] High-energy team builder prepares for his next entrepreneurial or service act.

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LifeScienceTN chairman is now UM's Townsend, former ECD Staff Chief
LifeScienceTN chairman is now UM's Townsend, former ECD Staff Chief

Chair's experience brings continuity, clear sense of value of legislative ties and momentum.

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Venture Notes - May 2, 2018
Venture Notes - May 2, 2018

LaunchTN pushes, TN fintech pivot person, Kisber in K-TENN, capraises for SIGNiX, Metova, others.

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PlayMakerCRM's backer Mainsail Partners ranks<br>Nashville best for bootstrapping healthcare
PlayMakerCRM's backer Mainsail Partners ranks
Nashville best for bootstrapping healthcare

Growth-equity firm says Music City, Austin, Atlanta and others each has a superniche.

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Growth-equity firm SSM Partners eyes Nashville investment opportunities
Growth-equity firm SSM Partners eyes Nashville investment opportunities

With dry powder and 60 transactions under its belt, SSM relishes HealthIT, ecommerce, marcom companies.

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Nashville's Juice Analytics mulls Series A raise and bridge finance options
Nashville's Juice Analytics mulls Series A raise and bridge finance options

HealthStream has been minority stakeholder since 2013.

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Venture Notes - 9 February 2018
Venture Notes - 9 February 2018

Solaster capraise out of Jumpstart, new crypto fund, some blockchain plays and more.

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Launch Tennessee gameplan may eventually include $50MM Fund of Funds
Launch Tennessee gameplan may eventually include $50MM Fund of Funds

There are similar models in Georgia and other states, some involving a mix of public and private funds.

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Angel Capital Group updates Nashville and Appalachian microfunds
Angel Capital Group updates Nashville and Appalachian microfunds

CEO says sees first close on HealthIT fund by end of 1Q 2018.

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Headsup: LaunchTN may have to beard budget lion<br>to fund Tennessee entrepreneurial leadership
Headsup: LaunchTN may have to beard budget lion
to fund Tennessee entrepreneurial leadership

CEO Charlie Brock unveils robust plan for LTN advancement, but may be facing budget headwinds.

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NVille startup raises Seed for Solar Site Design, draws strategic interest
NVille startup raises Seed for Solar Site Design, draws strategic interest

Construction services marketplace startup rides cresting economic wave, says founder.

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Beacon Center poll says State incentive wasteful, while Entertainment, Blockchain, other industries mobilize for Capitol Hill action
Beacon Center poll says State incentive wasteful, while Entertainment, Blockchain, other industries mobilize for Capitol Hill action

'Free-market' combatant of industry incentives may face new players pursuing legislated benefits.

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Venture Notes - 6 December 2017
Venture Notes - 6 December 2017

27 short takes on Venture developments statewide, from robots and healthcare, to hair dye and video security.

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Rep. Mark White: GOP West TN Economic Caucus<br>should push region's economic development
Rep. Mark White: GOP West TN Economic Caucus
should push region's economic development

Legislator observes the Western Division of the State lagging Eastern and Western regions.

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FINTECH: Franklin-based Core10's Series A propelled by FINTOP Capital
FINTECH: Franklin-based Core10's Series A propelled by FINTOP Capital

Nashville entrepreneur Joe Maxwell's win-win strategy spurs 'here-shoring' initiative.

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Tennessee State University, NBIC separate business incubation missions
Tennessee State University, NBIC separate business incubation missions

Startup clients may migrate to either of the incubators - Nashville gets a net incubator increase.

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ITIF: Tennessee has risen sharply in New Economy Index
ITIF: Tennessee has risen sharply in New Economy Index

[updated] A pronounced rise in overall ranking comes with weaker showing on some of 25 dimensions.

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Exec: LaunchTN embraces discretionary role in IMPACT Fund investing
Exec: LaunchTN embraces discretionary role in IMPACT Fund investing

Applications for investment consideration are being taken now.

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'Person First Alliance' emerges in response to Brookings' HealthIT challenge
'Person First Alliance' emerges in response to Brookings' HealthIT challenge

Designation of leader for coalition's next phase of work may bring acceleration.

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Venture Notes - 27 July 2017
Venture Notes - 27 July 2017

'Erosion' in TN investment? Major IT and software cos' raises, TN fund recruiting, startup updates and more.

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Nashville: Media, Entertainment & Technology Alliance to lobby, form PAC
Nashville: Media, Entertainment & Technology Alliance to lobby, form PAC

[updated] In-the-works a year or more, the advocacy group is about to stand up to be counted.

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LaunchTN eyes creation of model anti-sexual harassment policy
LaunchTN eyes creation of model anti-sexual harassment policy

Exec says harassment 'unacceptable' and LaunchTN will advocate broad adoption of planned policy model

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Venture Notes - 11 July 2017
Venture Notes - 11 July 2017

Publisher rating VCs!? plus new capital raises, deals, NVille EC scholarships and more.

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LaunchTN's Lanahan on coastal VC realities, authenticity + Unicorns
LaunchTN's Lanahan on coastal VC realities, authenticity + Unicorns

Exec averse to encouraging all to 'shoot for the middle', notes need for champion investors.

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VU Engineering alum helms new Engage VC with Atlanta corporate impetus
VU Engineering alum helms new Engage VC with Atlanta corporate impetus

New firm is closely allied with ATDC and Georgia Tech, first cohort app deadline July 8.

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Jumpstart Foundry seeks greater mindshare among U.S. HC entrepreneurs
Jumpstart Foundry seeks greater mindshare among U.S. HC entrepreneurs

'We're not shy about our ambitions' as they eye tips of entrepreneurs' tongues.

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Tennessee doubles down on LaunchTN, 36|86 looms as inflection point
Tennessee doubles down on LaunchTN, 36|86 looms as inflection point

A rich program with speakers by the dozen, including 10 VCs on the stage.

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Nashville's Saltvest Alto-IRA fintech startup enters LittleRock accelerator
Nashville's Saltvest Alto-IRA fintech startup enters LittleRock accelerator

Satz, Tanner quietly target the needs of the 'mass affluent'.

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Jim Phillips CEO of relaunched XMI backed by Engelbrecht's SCI of Evansville
Jim Phillips CEO of relaunched XMI backed by Engelbrecht's SCI of Evansville

[updated] Former XMi executive holds minority stake, in wake of entrepreneur Shmerling's peel-off.

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36|86 Nashville: LaunchTN cohort of 36 startups has 21 from out of state
36|86 Nashville: LaunchTN cohort of 36 startups has 21 from out of state

With more than 1,000 attendees projected for the annual conference, Villagers get scrutiny.

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As General Assembly grinds along, some notes on TNInvestco and more
As General Assembly grinds along, some notes on TNInvestco and more

Resources that might provide refreshment for those looking to advance Tennessee innovation.

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Expansion-minded Launch Tennessee funding at-issue,<br>while Seed Fund proposal still likely to see daylight
Expansion-minded Launch Tennessee funding at-issue,
while Seed Fund proposal still likely to see daylight

With the General Assembly and Governor in full budget mode, LaunchTN assesses its options.

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Nashville answer to Brookings HealthIT challenge to emerge within 120 days
Nashville answer to Brookings HealthIT challenge to emerge within 120 days

An action plan for leadership may soon come off the drawing-board.

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TN ECD grants support downtown co-working, coding, entrepreneurship
TN ECD grants support downtown co-working, coding, entrepreneurship

VTC Smaller downtown get economic development grants that favor entrepreneurship.

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For the record: Launch Tennessee aims to revise statutory charter
For the record: Launch Tennessee aims to revise statutory charter

Talked about for a year or more, the effort gets fresh momentum

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Gov. Haslam names entrepreneur Bob Rolfe to head TN ECD
Gov. Haslam names entrepreneur Bob Rolfe to head TN ECD

Former MRA exec, turnaround guy and member of the J.C. Bradford diaspora named.

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State of the Startups: Tennessee Technology Development Corporation,<br>aka Launch Tennessee, wants to shed some commercialization emphasis
State of the Startups: Tennessee Technology Development Corporation,
aka Launch Tennessee, wants to shed some commercialization emphasis

Gov. Bill Haslam delivers his State of the State Address this evening.

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Gov. Haslam says ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd returning to private sector
Gov. Haslam says ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd returning to private sector

Announcement could fuel fresh speculation regarding potential Boyd bid for GOP gubernatorial nomination.

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Venture Notes - Dec. 5, 2016
Venture Notes - Dec. 5, 2016

Update on Angel Tax Credit, Jobs recruitment and more.

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Venture Notes - 28 November 2016
Venture Notes - 28 November 2016

A fresh dozen items from around the state of interest to the venture sector.

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Venture Calendar - 2016 - Updated
Venture Calendar - 2016 - Updated

[updated] 2016 rocks with appealing events statewide.

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TN Comptroller: TNInvestco program 'doesn't appear successful'
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.

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Faros Healthcare names board chair, as Centerstone plan advances
Faros Healthcare names board chair, as Centerstone plan advances

[updated] Former Pathfinder exec is CEO in the business that got running start in Centerstone.

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Launch Tennessee Update shows multifaceted mission, wide-ranging action
Launch Tennessee Update shows multifaceted mission, wide-ranging action

Another regional accelerator goes-it alone, capital formation numbers, and more.

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Venture Notes - 19 October 2016
Venture Notes - 19 October 2016

Boyd & Brock of LaunchTN respond on sustainability, Healthcare, Rural Metrics and more.

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Martin, O'Rourke lead formation of new ROND Capital buyout firm
Martin, O'Rourke lead formation of new ROND Capital buyout firm

New entity focuses on "underserved" small and medium-sized businesses.

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Mayor Barry seeks 'Nashville Vision' for economic inclusion, empowerment
Mayor Barry seeks 'Nashville Vision' for economic inclusion, empowerment

A new platoon of civic-minded influentials picks-up the challenge.

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Venture Capital, HealthTech sessions are Oct. 4 at Entrepreneur Center
Venture Capital, HealthTech sessions are Oct. 4 at Entrepreneur Center

Speakers discuss investor interest in blockchain, and Nashville's preparation for HealthIT leadership.

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Venture Notes - Sept. 29, 2016
Venture Notes - Sept. 29, 2016

VU spawns Predictgov, Clayton Associates, REDCap Cloud update, NextGxDx raise, Project Healthcare, The TENN and more.

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Venture Notes - 23 September 2016
Venture Notes - 23 September 2016

More than a dozen nuggets from around the state.

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Launch Tennessee's Courtney Corlew joins SFO's Bulleit Group PR firm here
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.

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Dynamo Fund, Accelerator raise tops $18MM, cohort announced
Dynamo Fund, Accelerator raise tops $18MM, cohort announced

Entrepreneurs who exited America Access Transport for logistics, transportation startup program.

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TriStar Health Partners eyes $100MM fund for healthIT, medtech and more
TriStar Health Partners eyes $100MM fund for healthIT, medtech and more

TriStar and Innovation Institute leaders 'get along well as human beings'

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Venture Notes - 12 September 2016
Venture Notes - 12 September 2016

[Updated] 11 items from around the state of interest to techies, investors, entrepreneurs, et al.

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Venture Notes - 8 September 2016
Venture Notes - 8 September 2016

EVAmore, AgLaunch, Stony Creek Colors, BunkerLabs accelerator for Veterans have news.

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Reporter's Notebook:<br>Ralph Schulz on tackling Brookings initiative, Charlie Martin eyes HealthIT
Reporter's Notebook:
Ralph Schulz on tackling Brookings initiative, Charlie Martin eyes HealthIT

Response to Brookings Institution researchers will require deep knowledge.

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VNC Market Monitor Services
VNC Market Monitor Services

Research and services for VNC Members and prospective Members focused on Nashville and the Mid-South.

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Brookings Fellow: Nashville has 'very serious' HealthIT opportunity
Brookings Fellow: Nashville has 'very serious' HealthIT opportunity

[Updated] Brookings' findings are now available for review here.

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LaunchTN names Capital Formation, Entrepreneurship leaders
LaunchTN names Capital Formation, Entrepreneurship leaders

Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (TTDC), aka Launch Tennessee, fills posts.

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Kauffman funds research on Nashville corporate spin-offs, ecosystem
Kauffman funds research on Nashville corporate spin-offs, ecosystem

Researchers need Nashvillians' help in assay of spin-off activity in Nashville area.

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Venture Notes - 10 August 2016
Venture Notes - 10 August 2016

New NTC CEO and Health IT strategy coming, VC motives, Noro-Moseley exec, Women Angels coalesce and more.

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CEO: Healthcare Blocks raising capital, navigates Tech-Angel shortage
CEO: Healthcare Blocks raising capital, navigates Tech-Angel shortage

[updated] Long-time Nashville resident Kelso rather not relocate, but needs Tech-savvy investors.

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Steve Case: Nashville entrepreneurial scene can be 'better still'
Steve Case: Nashville entrepreneurial scene can be 'better still'

Racing toward the future, Nashville and TN innovators and businesses must be prepared.

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Venture Notes 14 July 2016
Venture Notes 14 July 2016

[updated] A baker's dozen oughta-reads on startups and capital from around the state.

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Idea: Curt Hahn presses case for Nashville Film & TV Investment Fund
Idea: Curt Hahn presses case for Nashville Film & TV Investment Fund

That old chestnut, Film-TV industry production incentives, gets a fresh take.

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Booker: CapitalTN aiming to improve Tennessee PE/VC investor ecosystem
Booker: CapitalTN aiming to improve Tennessee PE/VC investor ecosystem

Group working from Nashville EC plans to draw more investors in from the sidelines.

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Oasis Venture's PitchDay is June 30 in Nashville
Oasis Venture's PitchDay is June 30 in Nashville

Pitches with social enterprise at their hearts will be made Thursday at free event.

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Bunker Labs Nashville startups on firing line in June 28 event
Bunker Labs Nashville startups on firing line in June 28 event

[updated] Local Bunker Labs crew is gaining momentum, enjoying network effect.

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Venture Notes, 17 June 2016
Venture Notes, 17 June 2016

[updated] Nashville entrepreneurship 2.0? Capraises, possible startup trouble, Krajicek venture tips and more.

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Post-36|86: VC Mitchell seeks dealflow, Nashville affiliate candidates
Post-36|86: VC Mitchell seeks dealflow, Nashville affiliate candidates

Question mark hangs over Nashville's shot at being a Consumer startup breeder.

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Down to the Wire for $50K: 5 startup Finalists await 36|86 verdict
Down to the Wire for $50K: 5 startup Finalists await 36|86 verdict

TORCH of Chattanooga won the prize.

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20 Days: Launch Tennessee bets heavily on impact of 36|86 conference
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.

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AgLaunch accelerator launches, powered by Memphis Bioworks, TNDA allies
AgLaunch accelerator launches, powered by Memphis Bioworks, TNDA allies

VTC Innovation seeds begin sprouting, as first startups recruited.

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President of S-RAM Dynamics sees near-term opportunity in Tennessee
President of S-RAM Dynamics sees near-term opportunity in Tennessee

Tech-dev exec, active Angel with Bioenergy interests surveys the region.

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OverDog sale rumor afloat, some announcement said imminent
OverDog sale rumor afloat, some announcement said imminent

[Sale confirmed] New money, strategic inflection, or much hubbub about nothing? Time will tell.

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14 Startups to spend Summer launching high-bandwidth biz in Chattanooga
14 Startups to spend Summer launching high-bandwidth biz in Chattanooga

VTC Chattanooga's ramping-up for a feverish startup season.

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Franklin's Innovation Park may include technology incubator
Franklin's Innovation Park may include technology incubator

Developers studying HudsonAlpha and other innovation centers.

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Venture Notes - 12 April 2016
Venture Notes - 12 April 2016

This roundup features Amplion, HCCA, CouncilCapital, John Murdock, Joe Kustelski, Proton and more.

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Venture money: 'Access to capital' to be sole focus of Tech2020 successor
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.

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New Chattanooga accelerator, $12MM Fund target Logistics, Drones, Software
New Chattanooga accelerator, $12MM Fund target Logistics, Drones, Software

VTC Two years after a successful exit from logistics business, a new venture launches.

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Stony Creek Colors eyes $8.6MM capital raises now thru 2018
Stony Creek Colors eyes $8.6MM capital raises now thru 2018

Founder presses ahead with no native Tennessee capital, other than her own.

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Venture Notes - March 17, 2016
Venture Notes - March 17, 2016

Updates on VU venture staff, raises by SmartFurniture and RelevanceCapital and more.

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Randy Boyd increases Radio Systems control, TSG Consumer again at table
Randy Boyd increases Radio Systems control, TSG Consumer again at table

VTC Chairman of Knox-based company is also Haslam Administration's ECD chief.

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LaunchTN selects partners for Statewide University Pitch Competition
LaunchTN selects partners for Statewide University Pitch Competition

[Updated] 17 competitions on 10 Tennessee campuses are admitted.

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Startups: TN's autoXLR8R up for adoption by UT Institute for Public Service
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.

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Venture Notes - March 7, 2016
Venture Notes - March 7, 2016

[updated] TN's pro-entrepreneurship legislation, a $4MM JourneyPure raise, and more.

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Venture Notes - March 1, 2016
Venture Notes - March 1, 2016

VU event, Fintech startup, Randy Boyd on ECD priorities, INCITE and accelerator cos.

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Forming priorities, Mayor Barry engages Nashville entrepreneurs, creatives
Forming priorities, Mayor Barry engages Nashville entrepreneurs, creatives

[updated] Nashville's first woman as Mayor eyes opportunities, five months into her term.

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LaunchTN details INCITE investment tallies, investors, portfolio companies
LaunchTN details INCITE investment tallies, investors, portfolio companies

As INCITE comes to halt, we take at look at the ground that's been covered.

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Life ScienceTN seeks General Assembly support for readying commercialization program, opts to defer $40MM ask
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.

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Vanderbilt University Innovation Center's first chief to be Robert Grajewski
Vanderbilt University Innovation Center's first chief to be Robert Grajewski

[updated] North Carolina-based entrepreneur and scholar begins work April 1.

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LaunchTN grapples with robust agenda of opportunities, challenges
LaunchTN grapples with robust agenda of opportunities, challenges

With 3686 ahead, new University and Researcher programs, weaker capital ecosystem and more

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Jumpstart Foundry creates Healthcare fund, knocks accelerator model
Jumpstart Foundry creates Healthcare fund, knocks accelerator model

Vic Gatto and Marcus Whitney are creating an important fund, and exit accelerator universe.

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Venture Notes - January 19, 2016
Venture Notes - January 19, 2016

Updates on investors, startups and ideas with ties to our region.

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Haslam Admin asks GenAssembly for Angel Tax Credit to mobilize early-stage investors and energize Tennessee 'Angel ecosystem'
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.

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Nashville entrepreneur Mike Shmerling offers Seed Capital reality-check
Nashville entrepreneur Mike Shmerling offers Seed Capital reality-check

State-backed programs like TNInvestco 'have a place', but capital complaints seem exaggerated.

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ECD's Boyd prepping ideas for stimulating TN entrepreneurship, investment
ECD's Boyd prepping ideas for stimulating TN entrepreneurship, investment

Within Haslam Cabinet, ECD Commissioner shapes policy-program options for Chief.

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Williamson's Largen, EC's McWhorter confirm 'Pre-Flight' collaboration
Williamson's Largen, EC's McWhorter confirm 'Pre-Flight' collaboration

[updated] Williamson County aims to breed its Tech sector, leverages NEC resources

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VentureNotes 17 December 2015
VentureNotes 17 December 2015

TNInvestco, Bill Frist, Accolade, eClinic, Clayton Associates, Pharos Capital, Infusense, Celgentek and more.

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VP-Ag Innovation named for Memphis Bioworks Foundation
VP-Ag Innovation named for Memphis Bioworks Foundation

VTC State's AgLaunch initiative should get a boost, along with allies.

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Venture Calendar 2015 - Updated
Venture Calendar 2015 - Updated

Updated No matter where you are in Tennessee, you'll want to consider many of these.

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Headsup: Governor's budget hearing spotlights Captive Insurance startups
Headsup: Governor's budget hearing spotlights Captive Insurance startups

[Updated] Refurbished laws strengthen companies, spur professionals, build State repute.

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Aegis Health Security, Global Action eye impact-investment partnership
Aegis Health Security, Global Action eye impact-investment partnership

[Updated] Partnership would support a network of investors and entrepreneurs.

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Claritas Capital-backed PGT entrant Genomind pursues $13MM capraise
Claritas Capital-backed PGT entrant Genomind pursues $13MM capraise

[Updated] Nashville VC continues building its healthcare portfolio.

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CEO: MyPro platform breaks stealth, eyes capraise + future IPO
CEO: MyPro platform breaks stealth, eyes capraise + future IPO

Relocated Michigander rips-off startup's stealth cloak to seek growth fuel.

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Team at Bredesen-backed Silicon Ranch<br>believes they've caught the Solar wave
Team at Bredesen-backed Silicon Ranch
believes they've caught the Solar wave

[updated] Strategic buys, if any, would follow organic growth and await sector consolidation.

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SMTEC accelerator's Marcum retires, LaunchTN Rural plans nears debut
SMTEC accelerator's Marcum retires, LaunchTN Rural plans nears debut

The state's accelerator-linked ecosystem continues to evolve, it seems.

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Tennessee rural economy is focus of new econ-development Fund
Tennessee rural economy is focus of new econ-development Fund

Initiatives complement Rural EDev Task Force and operate under Fund umbrella.

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LaunchTN announces 2015-2016 Class of The TENN
LaunchTN announces 2015-2016 Class of The TENN

Third Cohort of Master Accelerator Program Kicks Off Oct. 21

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VentureNotes: McWhorter, Ingram, Bredesen touch on venture investment
VentureNotes: McWhorter, Ingram, Bredesen touch on venture investment

Three leaders' separate comments illuminate a common thread of concern.

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Governor, ECD Commissioner announce rural development task force
Governor, ECD Commissioner announce rural development task force

[Updated] Too many Rural communities are not sharing in Tennessee's economic momentum, they say.

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TN State Treasurer demurs on petition of SEC on PE fees transparency
TN State Treasurer demurs on petition of SEC on PE fees transparency

Questions about institutional GPs' reporting get fresh attention in some quarters.

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After Ipreo, Maxwell will shift to raising a Nashville-based FinTech fund
After Ipreo, Maxwell will shift to raising a Nashville-based FinTech fund

Serial entrepreneur says he's preparing to 'chase his passion' for venture.

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Update: LaunchTN continues to refine strategy and priorities
Update: LaunchTN continues to refine strategy and priorities

Charlie Brock shares his topmost objectives, and we review a bit of the agenda.

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LaunchTN Staffing update
LaunchTN Staffing update

[updated] Expanding portfolios, going into CEO Charlie Brock's third year onboard.

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LeanKit's $16MM raise shows resolve to grow local techco 'that matters'
LeanKit's $16MM raise shows resolve to grow local techco 'that matters'

[updated] Having raised $10.5MM in Angel capital, CEO says the company had room negotiate with VC

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Charlotte's Frontier Capital eyes Nashville market for investments
Charlotte's Frontier Capital eyes Nashville market for investments

With the closing of its Fund IV, Frontier activity here may rise.

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36|86: Village 36 startup presenters
36|86: Village 36 startup presenters

LaunchTN has described each of the startup's presenting during 36|86, reprinted here.

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Venture fusion: LaunchTN's 36|86 attracts People, Ideas, Capital
Venture fusion: LaunchTN's 36|86 attracts People, Ideas, Capital

Actionable business opportunities, plus a discount code right here.

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Amplion Clinical Comms builds value before considering capital or exit
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.

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JusticeXL startup accelerator program debuts in Tullahoma<br>at Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Centers
JusticeXL startup accelerator program debuts in Tullahoma
at Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Centers

VTC Tech-driven Dan Marcum pushes new program forward.

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NuSirt BioPharma has $6MM commitment from Hatteras, other investors
NuSirt BioPharma has $6MM commitment from Hatteras, other investors

[updated] Financing spurs Type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver programs

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Internet of Things: BKON Connect tacks toward Seed and Series A raises
Internet of Things: BKON Connect tacks toward Seed and Series A raises

[update] The vast potential of the global IoT market has many players in a virtual land rush.

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Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, experts sought for LSTN statewide network
Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, experts sought for LSTN statewide network

Bio veteran Jim Monsor leads pilot effort to deepen TN's startup resources

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Citizengine eyes capital raise, sees 2016 election cycle as inflection point
Citizengine eyes capital raise, sees 2016 election cycle as inflection point

New CEO and founding chairman are apparently planning an aggressive push.

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XMi Holdings' XMi High Growth & Opportunity Fund sets $20MM fund raise
XMi Holdings' XMi High Growth & Opportunity Fund sets $20MM fund raise

XMi unit is sector agnostic, but expects to see plenty of healthcare.

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Local investors said acquiring Nashville exec-search business<br>as Salt Lake firm drops Nashville from Tech-city list
Local investors said acquiring Nashville exec-search business
as Salt Lake firm drops Nashville from Tech-city list

[Updated] Veteran Nashville search entrepreneur said to be among new owners.

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Pet health: Vet on Demand telemed startup to raise capital
Pet health: Vet on Demand telemed startup to raise capital

Co-founder says Seed money seems more likely to come for the Coast.

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Noted: Bootstrap Nashville 2015 plans under review
Noted: Bootstrap Nashville 2015 plans under review

Bootstrapping event may be about to get a reboot.

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McWhorter sets Entrepreneur Center diligence,<br>mulls accelerators, capital links, other ideas
McWhorter sets Entrepreneur Center diligence,
mulls accelerators, capital links, other ideas

All program offerings are to be subjected to diligence befitting the next EC phase.

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CEO: Edgenet doubles-down on NVille as Tech 'beehive', but has concerns
CEO: Edgenet doubles-down on NVille as Tech 'beehive', but has concerns

Exec sees new digs, job growth, sales - plus cultural + media challenges.

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Sometimes its a grind, but LaunchTN CEO<br>optimistic about Tech Commercialization
Sometimes its a grind, but LaunchTN CEO
optimistic about Tech Commercialization

Entrepreneurship, events and attracting capital may have revved-up. Tech transfer? Not so much.

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Life Science TN 'ups its game' on Capitol Hill in pursuit of funding
Life Science TN 'ups its game' on Capitol Hill in pursuit of funding

[Updated] When it's representatives hit the General Assembly, they'll bring a clear agenda.

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For the record:<br>Nashville and other TN cities gain roles in workforce, innovation initiatives
For the record:
Nashville and other TN cities gain roles in workforce, innovation initiatives

National and State workforce- and innovation-oriented initiatives link TN cities.

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Marcum confirms Tennessee's AutoXLR8R moving to Tech2020 at Oak Ridge
Marcum confirms Tennessee's AutoXLR8R moving to Tech2020 at Oak Ridge

VTC Accelerator's regional mission to be continued after 3 years at Tullahoma.

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Ebb & Flow: Former Emdeon SVP relishes growth-oriented CarePayment role
Ebb & Flow: Former Emdeon SVP relishes growth-oriented CarePayment role

[updated] Though relo'd from Nashville to Portland, CEO keeps eye on Nashville.

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U.S. health Tech startup challenge has Jumpstart tie-in, 3/27 deadline
U.S. health Tech startup challenge has Jumpstart tie-in, 3/27 deadline

Round Two pilot of a tech startup competition could be just beginning of League of Cities effort.

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Gun.io CEO keeps finger off fund-raising trigger, outlines broad ambitions
Gun.io CEO keeps finger off fund-raising trigger, outlines broad ambitions

Founder on a mission sees world of opportunity, with a dash of charlatanism, here and there.

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Leslie Lynn Smith: Detroit transformer hired to lead EPICenter in Memphis
Leslie Lynn Smith: Detroit transformer hired to lead EPICenter in Memphis

Memphis Bioworks CEO Steve Bares makes the announcement

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TCRS copes within private-equity LP competition, no rush for more advisors
TCRS copes within private-equity LP competition, no rush for more advisors

Steady-as-she-goes seems to be the watchboard at cautious, high-performing pension plan.

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Edtech: Ingram Content Group Ventures invests in Austin's Querium Corp
Edtech: Ingram Content Group Ventures invests in Austin's Querium Corp

Education content and assessment are hot segments that Ingram seems to eye.

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LaunchTN: Randy Boyd accepts baton from Hagerty, who returns to PE firm
LaunchTN: Randy Boyd accepts baton from Hagerty, who returns to PE firm

Commissioner now also presides over board of Tennessee Technology Development Corp.

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LaunchTN: McWhorter board resignation adds to agency's to-do's
LaunchTN: McWhorter board resignation adds to agency's to-do's

[updated] Litigation, uncertainty over INCITE funding, turnover and more.

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Silicon Heartbeat: Comments from NTC Award speakers set the tone
Silicon Heartbeat: Comments from NTC Award speakers set the tone

Execs from Digital Reasoning, Rustici and State Economic Development are highlighted.

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LaunchTN comment on Pando court filing
LaunchTN comment on Pando court filing

Dispute settled between LaunchTN and PandoMedia, parties announce.

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Owners of TNInvestco-backed Hubble Telemedical exit in sale to Welch Ally
Owners of TNInvestco-backed Hubble Telemedical exit in sale to Welch Ally

VTC First exit for the fund affiliated with Memphis-based MB Venture Partners.

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Avila-led Emerge Financial Wellness mulls Series B raise in 2015
Avila-led Emerge Financial Wellness mulls Series B raise in 2015

CEO sees Southeast as a key region in FinTech development and related payments plays.

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Posited: FinTech accelerator idea meets entrepreneurial interest in Nashville
Posited: FinTech accelerator idea meets entrepreneurial interest in Nashville

Serial entrepreneur Joe Maxwell among those enthusiastic about new FinTech focus.

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VTC: Chattanooga's SIGNiX preps for Series C capital raise
VTC: Chattanooga's SIGNiX preps for Series C capital raise

The e-signature company has its team and some advisors already in place for a capital move.

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FinTech: iQuantifi trajectory may take it to Series A raise this year
FinTech: iQuantifi trajectory may take it to Series A raise this year

[Updated 5 March] This entrant to the red-hot sector is banking on rapid B2B growth.

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PE-backed Aegis Sciences acquires startup Diagnovus' assets
PE-backed Aegis Sciences acquires startup Diagnovus' assets

Two Tennessee-born science-centered companies are united

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Strategy for gauging 'transformative' TNInvestco value yet to be determined
Strategy for gauging 'transformative' TNInvestco value yet to be determined

[updated] Only rudimentary financial and compliance reporting was explicitly called for by law

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Mid-TN plan boosts universities, entrepreneurs, accelerators + businesses
Mid-TN plan boosts universities, entrepreneurs, accelerators + businesses

VTC Universities in Cookeville, Murfreesboro, Nashville plan to partner to serve industry, entrepreneurs

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LaunchTN 36/86 startup event succeeds Southland, Pando pact ends; <br> Exec says Pando presses ahead with Nashville event plans
LaunchTN 36/86 startup event succeeds Southland, Pando pact ends;
Exec says Pando presses ahead with Nashville event plans

[Updated] Pando litigation. Refocused 36|86 event will convene in June, as will Pandoland

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Haslam Admin eyes AgLaunch support for TN rural entrepreneurs, growers
Haslam Admin eyes AgLaunch support for TN rural entrepreneurs, growers

VTC: Commissioner Julius Johnson and a team including Memphis BioWorks will press forward.

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NVille's InCrowd Capital adds Angels + investments, seeks SE partners
NVille's InCrowd Capital adds Angels + investments, seeks SE partners

[Updated 15 June 2015] With nearly 40 investors aboard, Shmerling's Angel network gains traction.

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WaffleMe.com: Startup eyes capital raise, keeps customers' <br> social-media from being scattered, smothered
WaffleMe.com: Startup eyes capital raise, keeps customers'
social-media from being scattered, smothered

$300K Seed raise could target Angels in Cincinnati, as well as Tennessee

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Council Capital launches Fund III with $125MM target, exits Ingenious Med
Council Capital launches Fund III with $125MM target, exits Ingenious Med

[Updated] Private equity firm with $200MM capital managed, seeks to increase its opportunities

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Council & Enhanced Tennessee Fund hasn't exhausted TNInvestco capital
Council & Enhanced Tennessee Fund hasn't exhausted TNInvestco capital

There's a least one TNInvestco that isn't yet exhausted, and is still looking for investible deals

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Bares to lead LifeScience Tennessee toward advocacy, capital objectives
Bares to lead LifeScience Tennessee toward advocacy, capital objectives

VTC: Effort continues to build LifeSciences to critical mass and influence in TN

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Populr's progress attracts potential bidders,<br> creates fork in road for Nick Holland
Populr's progress attracts potential bidders,
creates fork in road for Nick Holland

UPDATED Entrepreneur aims to win; 'location thing' often a problem when Coastal VCs chat.

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TNInvestco 2.0 prospects uncertain, entrepreneurs<br> and investors begin charting path forward
TNInvestco 2.0 prospects uncertain, entrepreneurs
and investors begin charting path forward

Since opinions are hard to monetize, leaders statewide seek new sources of momentum

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Angel Capital Group to acquire RAIN Source Management, raise capital
Angel Capital Group to acquire RAIN Source Management, raise capital

AGC could be active in a dozen or more states by mid-2015, CEO says

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Venture Notes: EO-Nashville, Back Porch Group,<br> Sagents, PBM365, Frontier Capital, Tandum
Venture Notes: EO-Nashville, Back Porch Group,
Sagents, PBM365, Frontier Capital, Tandum

Updates on Endorsee, Sagents, Tandum, EO Nashville, PBM365, Back Porch Group, Exile.

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Reporter's notebook: TNInvestco 2.0
Reporter's notebook: TNInvestco 2.0

Sharing our perspective on the challenges associated with covering the next potential TNInvestco debate.

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M&A ahead: Fetherling's Perception Health<br> teams with PYA Analytics, XSolis/Advent
M&A ahead: Fetherling's Perception Health
teams with PYA Analytics, XSolis/Advent

Serial entrepreneur doesn't understand why the Tech sector consolidation is so hesitant.

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VentureNotes: Jumpstart Foundry, TNovation initiative
VentureNotes: Jumpstart Foundry, TNovation initiative

[Yes is answer] Might JSF become a single-vertical startup accelerator? TN HiMSS unveils new program identity.

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Bredesen-backed Silicon Ranch accepts<br> Greystone Infrastructure investment
Bredesen-backed Silicon Ranch accepts
Greystone Infrastructure investment

Canadian company takes minority stake, co-founder former Gov. Phil Bredesen remains significant shareholder

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Innova Memphis: Innova Fund III announced $20MM first close
Innova Memphis: Innova Fund III announced $20MM first close

VTC Firm will continue bio/investment pace, likely to eye yet another fund in coming years

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Startups, Buyouts: TNCRS nears $2BN PE mark<br>with Charlesbank, Khosla commitments
Startups, Buyouts: TNCRS nears $2BN PE mark
with Charlesbank, Khosla commitments

TCRS PE program seems to be maintaining its investment pace.

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Dan Hammond's American Hometown Media cooks-up $5MM Series B raise
Dan Hammond's American Hometown Media cooks-up $5MM Series B raise

[updated] Serial media entrepreneur Dan Hammond knows way 'round venture kitchen.

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CEO says Medalogix's Series A journey<br>brings Nashville investment issues into focus
CEO says Medalogix's Series A journey
brings Nashville investment issues into focus

[updated] Dan Hogan earned his stripes in healthcare delivery, aims to win stars in predictive analytics

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LogoGarden says $2MM B-raise underway,<br>Brentwood firm vamps as strategic target
LogoGarden says $2MM B-raise underway,
Brentwood firm vamps as strategic target

Founder sees slew of logical future bidders from ranks of strategic corporates

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LaunchTN WIP: Exploring state Angel network, policy options and rankings
LaunchTN WIP: Exploring state Angel network, policy options and rankings

Tennessee Technology Development Corporation, TTDC, lays-out its priorities.

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People: LaunchTN's Denenberg preps NourishWise startup
People: LaunchTN's Denenberg preps NourishWise startup

Agency's entrepreneurship director seems to have caught the bug.

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Revolution Ventures' Case seeks to light fire under Nashville entrepreneurs
Revolution Ventures' Case seeks to light fire under Nashville entrepreneurs

John Ingram asks the founder of AOL about ways to 'disrupt' politics-as-usual.

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Some TN entrepreneurs, investors focus anew on policy agenda
Some TN entrepreneurs, investors focus anew on policy agenda

It remains to be seen what Tennessee investors, entrepreneurs act upon, if anything

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Resources: Tennessee international trade
Resources: Tennessee international trade

[Updated] Useful tools for those exploring cross-border business-development opportunities.

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'New Economy' analysis shows Tennessee lagging 39 other states
'New Economy' analysis shows Tennessee lagging 39 other states

Index delivers composite image of state's economic development, innovation status

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East Nashville business group advances brand and place-making agendas
East Nashville business group advances brand and place-making agendas

[Updated] There's fresh life in one of Nashville's most storied communities.

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Tennessee CRS private-equity Venrock play<br>weighted toward Technology, Healthcare
Tennessee CRS private-equity Venrock play
weighted toward Technology, Healthcare

The state retirement fund's venture capital allocations seem to be gaining momentum

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Angels on Safari: Gatto, Burcham target startups via Selous Venture Society
Angels on Safari: Gatto, Burcham target startups via Selous Venture Society

Collaboration leverages VC Solidus, Jumpstart, CapitalTN and other allies

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Former LaunchTN Chairman William Evans<br>hands St. Jude CEO reins to James Downing, M.D.
Former LaunchTN Chairman William Evans
hands St. Jude CEO reins to James Downing, M.D.

A change at the helm of one of Tennessee's most recognized institutions.

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High on Nashville, tech startups 24/7 Sports,<br>Comicbook.com mull growth strategies
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.

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CEO: Angel Capital Group ready to strengthen Nashville ties, U.S. footprint
CEO: Angel Capital Group ready to strengthen Nashville ties, U.S. footprint

Eric Dobson plans to recapitalize, scale-up the Angel network born in Music City

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 LifeScience: TNInvestco-funded Diagnovus' growth<br>may lie in hands of East/West coastal investors
LifeScience: TNInvestco-funded Diagnovus' growth
may lie in hands of East/West coastal investors

President James Stover says company has good talks with potential strategic partners

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LifeScience: TNInvestco-funded Diagnovus' growth may lie in hands of East/West coastal investors
LifeScience: TNInvestco-funded Diagnovus' growth may lie in hands of East/West coastal investors

VTC President James Stover says company has good talks with potential strategic partners

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Tennessee State official applauds Pantheon Park innovation aims,<br>but rejects proposal to sell Old TN State Prison as site
Tennessee State official applauds Pantheon Park innovation aims,
but rejects proposal to sell Old TN State Prison as site

Fate of business, education and innovation campus project remains uncertain.

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Southland's 50 StartupVillage residents announced
Southland's 50 StartupVillage residents announced

Here's more information on startups that'll have berths in StartupVillage June 12-13

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LeanKit: Tech-savvy NVille VCs harder to find than Software talent
LeanKit: Tech-savvy NVille VCs harder to find than Software talent

The real test may be a $10MM capital round not so far away.

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LaunchTN Southland signals aggressive<br>Tennessee entrepreneurial campaign
LaunchTN Southland signals aggressive
Tennessee entrepreneurial campaign

The Fourth is a long way off, but the fireworks begin in 3 weeks

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No leg-up? TCRS pension-assets 'Set-aside' for TN firms uncertain
No leg-up? TCRS pension-assets 'Set-aside' for TN firms uncertain
Chief Investment Officer Michael Brakebill reiterates his open-door policy
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TCRS private-equity commitments reach $900MM as Villere departs
TCRS private-equity commitments reach $900MM as Villere departs

[updated] Crews PE role formalized after months as interim at TCRS.

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Mind2Marketplace seeks its own nonprofit charter,<br>will offer Tech-sector content and meetings
Mind2Marketplace seeks its own nonprofit charter,
will offer Tech-sector content and meetings
Murfreesboro group seeks to regain traction by serving others
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Consultant PYA doubles-down with U.S. healthcare data startup
Consultant PYA doubles-down with U.S. healthcare data startup

Brentwood sister company is among allies for Oak Ridge-linked startup

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Mentor Capitalist:  Gary Peat reboots after Council Capital
Mentor Capitalist: Gary Peat reboots after Council Capital

VC opens new chapter amid a climate of lingering dread and anticipation

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LaunchTN appoints commercialization director from Nashville startup ranks
LaunchTN appoints commercialization director from Nashville startup ranks

TTDC now seems to be fully staffed to further pro-venture programs

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Chattanooga's Charlie Brock rumored likely to become LaunchTN CEO
Chattanooga's Charlie Brock rumored likely to become LaunchTN CEO
The deal may not yet be done, but CEO search may be nearing its end
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Series A: Holland hopes Populr shows Nashville techies can be 'global players'
Series A: Holland hopes Populr shows Nashville techies can be 'global players'
Founder Holland provides update for Bullpen & Solidus-backed venture
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Tennessee Comptroller reports flaws in TNInvestco
Tennessee Comptroller reports flaws in TNInvestco
The State's Comptroller today issued a report citing elevated risk of fraud and inadequate administration.
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Launch Tennessee beefs-up board of directors,<br>sheds TTDC branding while CEO search continues
Launch Tennessee beefs-up board of directors,
sheds TTDC branding while CEO search continues
A true startup leader, investment pros and others are aboard for the continuing relaunch
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VentureNotes: Tennessee Venture Council moving to starting-blocks?
VentureNotes: Tennessee Venture Council moving to starting-blocks?
Key investment and legislative issues could get a new advocate, after simmering years
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Startup POPVOX could double as case study for LaunchTN tech-venture push
Startup POPVOX could double as case study for LaunchTN tech-venture push
Tech-driven civics venture could mean high-growth jobs for Tennessee, or not
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INCITE's latest co-investments announced
INCITE's latest co-investments announced
A former Jacobson associate, TNInvestco's and others in social media, healthcare and transport secxtors
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Anthem Healthcare Intelligence capital raise underway with NEST-TN aboard
Anthem Healthcare Intelligence capital raise underway with NEST-TN aboard
[Updated] Agilum, fka Anthem Health Intelligence, updated its $5.5MM capital raise.
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VentureNotes, September 10, 2012
VentureNotes, September 10, 2012
Galen, VentureIncite, LaunchTN, Dobie Media, FamilyVenture Management and more
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Care Technology Systems says Healthcare venture veteran Hertik joins board
Care Technology Systems says Healthcare venture veteran Hertik joins board
There are other shoes to drop at Care Technology, but today's is a good start
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VentureNotes: Council Capital, Solidus at Work
VentureNotes: Council Capital, Solidus at Work

Council doubles-down on mail-order institutional pharmacy startup

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TNInvestco funds still had $84 Million dry powder at year-end 2011, ECD says
TNInvestco funds still had $84 Million dry powder at year-end 2011, ECD says
ECD's more robust reporting site provides easier access to TNInvestco filings
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Gradspring startup gains Carmichael, ConduIT backing<br>for college-grad employment search platform
Gradspring startup gains Carmichael, ConduIT backing
for college-grad employment search platform

In a down economy, this startup aims to serve underemployed recent grads and their parents

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Noted: NuScriptRx's Taylor succeeds Mercadante as CEO
Noted: NuScriptRx's Taylor succeeds Mercadante as CEO
Mercadante departs, and former Healthways exec steps in
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INCITE program announces more grant winners
INCITE program announces more grant winners
Gov. Bill Haslam's INCITE funding program announces more beneficiaries
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Nashville's Education Networks of America now owned by Atlanta PE firm
Nashville's Education Networks of America now owned by Atlanta PE firm

Long-rumored 'for sale', ENA and CEO of 10 years open new chapter

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VentureNotes
VentureNotes

Fred Goad, Eric Satz, Beth Seigenthaler: entrepreneurs older and newer are hard at-work

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NCN-NHCC reports Startup surge and growing venture-capital gap for Nashville
NCN-NHCC reports Startup surge and growing venture-capital gap for Nashville
Sparkling report illustrates startup boom, healthcare appetite
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Council Capital: Rick Apple spreads TNInvestco seeds for Nashville moneytree
Council Capital: Rick Apple spreads TNInvestco seeds for Nashville moneytree
One of 10 TNInvestco's is now being led by a VU/Princeton product
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LaunchTN seeks traction on many fronts as it seeks to close deal for a CEO
LaunchTN seeks traction on many fronts as it seeks to close deal for a CEO
Re-launch puzzle coming into focus; filling the CEO chair is priority
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TCRS private-equity commitments approach $700MM, agency says
TCRS private-equity commitments approach $700MM, agency says
A pension-fund program underway three years takes another step forward
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VentureNotes: June 25, 2011
VentureNotes: June 25, 2011
Family-backed VC gets traction, Nashville's OZ, kaffee-powered social venture
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TTDC-as-LaunchTN gets vital runway extension from Haslam Administration
TTDC-as-LaunchTN gets vital runway extension from Haslam Administration
With fingers crossed and funds in-hand, the tech-centric nonprofit forges ahead
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Briefly: TriStar Technology Ventures invests in Cerebrotech
Briefly: TriStar Technology Ventures invests in Cerebrotech
Another bet in medical devices is m ade by Jacobson-led venture firm
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NBIC: Nashville incubator seeks next executive director, while strategy unfolds
NBIC: Nashville incubator seeks next executive director, while strategy unfolds
With seeds planted and a new strategy coming, NBIC chief steps down
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Diabetes Care Group adds Cook's MGC/Limestone via $5MM round
Diabetes Care Group adds Cook's MGC/Limestone via $5MM round
The rising tide of diabetes attracts investment to companies with convincing models
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TN companies at pivot-points might attract funding via River Associates
TN companies at pivot-points might attract funding via River Associates
This private-equity firm attracted out-of-state institutionals to its $222MM fund VI
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Gov. Haslam's INCITE program stirs to life via 'Venture Incite' A-round
Gov. Haslam's INCITE program stirs to life via 'Venture Incite' A-round

There are some new faces among the 'usual suspects' applying at INCITE Fund

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'Educating the money' may be answer to diversifying Nashville techventures
'Educating the money' may be answer to diversifying Nashville techventures

[EMIDS update Dec. 5, 2013] Maybe it's time to focus on something more than our reported shortage of coders

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A-Round: Frazer's Cicayda tech startup emerging into Nashville sunlight
A-Round: Frazer's Cicayda tech startup emerging into Nashville sunlight

[Updated] Law-tethered entrepreneur thinks e-discovery vein is far from mined-out

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Dobie Media adds Rick Blair; A-round to give EvieSays more to talk about
Dobie Media adds Rick Blair; A-round to give EvieSays more to talk about
He may not yet be a 'media wild-catter', but he's got real startup chops
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Davidson: IPO's or not, TN's 'capital-starved' venture sector has fresh energy
Davidson: IPO's or not, TN's 'capital-starved' venture sector has fresh energy
A little realism about the burdens and advantages of IPO go a long way at decision time
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Managers see TNInvestco benefits, Sen. Kyle restates case for outreach
Managers see TNInvestco benefits, Sen. Kyle restates case for outreach
TNInvestco's network effect is just one source of encouragement, but there remain issues to ponder
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Noted: Pathfinder Therapeutics has named Jim Cloar president, CEO
Noted: Pathfinder Therapeutics has named Jim Cloar president, CEO
The latest CEO appointment at the helm of Pathfinder has a med-devices background.
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Chattanooga's 'Gig City' aims for explosion of techventures and investment
Chattanooga's 'Gig City' aims for explosion of techventures and investment
Initiative aims to draw Angels, techies and job-openings from across state and region
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The Raise: Split|Secnd helps save lives, tests local investors' tech-readiness
The Raise: Split|Secnd helps save lives, tests local investors' tech-readiness

[updated] Two Vanderbilt grads prepare to raise more capital for their crash-notification system

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Music Council co-chair Randy Goodman adds Lipscomb Univ. Business EIR role
Music Council co-chair Randy Goodman adds Lipscomb Univ. Business EIR role

[updated] Goodman addition adds heft to ambitious Lipcomb plans for its business, entrepreneurial offerings

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<center>IDEAS: Helping Tennessee's growth companies<br>develop leadership capacity and secure capital</center>
IDEAS: Helping Tennessee's growth companies
develop leadership capacity and secure capital
A leading private-equity executive puts the Ideas spotlight on an overlooked group
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Feb. 22nd: Mind2Marketplace spotlights Tennessee<br>regional accelerators for entrepreneurs
Feb. 22nd: Mind2Marketplace spotlights Tennessee
regional accelerators for entrepreneurs
Briefings on the state's new regional business accelerators' mission and how to work with them.
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Jason Kyle's Pro Player Connect has TNCV backing<br>-- plus a $3MM C-round in its playbook
Jason Kyle's Pro Player Connect has TNCV backing
-- plus a $3MM C-round in its playbook

[Updated] Young company already has a lot of history behind it, in celebrity gaming niche.

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BIGnashville: Nashville Chamber aims to double its membership by June 30
BIGnashville: Nashville Chamber aims to double its membership by June 30
Awakened to an opportunity of surprising magnitude, the Chamber sets out to tell its story, anew.
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Tennessee Technology Development Corporation at another inflection point
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation at another inflection point
Tech-driven economic development will eventually learn what priority it gets in the Haslam Administration
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App-deadline April 2nd: Jumpstart Foundry will forge up to 10 new ventures
App-deadline April 2nd: Jumpstart Foundry will forge up to 10 new ventures
JSF's second cohort class will experience some new wrinkles in the tech-biz accelerator program
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Nashville Business Incubation Center strategic review advances
Nashville Business Incubation Center strategic review advances
The NBIC is seriously considering creating a new facility and/or relocating from its 10th Ave spot
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Briefly: ECD Innovation Director post vacated, Will Alexander picks-up duties
Briefly: ECD Innovation Director post vacated, Will Alexander picks-up duties
Ryan Gooch moves on to EnerNOC, and the Senator's son and others pick-up added duties
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Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund LP pursues $200MM raise
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.

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Cortac, Hubble Telemed and venture follow-ons get TNInvestco nods
Cortac, Hubble Telemed and venture follow-ons get TNInvestco nods
Seven portfolio companies get new or follow-on commitments, plus other updates.
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King: FCA Venture Partners now follows more 'ideas' for possible investment
King: FCA Venture Partners now follows more 'ideas' for possible investment
Scrutiny of entrepreneurs has increased mightily and this Clayton Associates affiliate presses onward raising capital
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TNInvestco-backed startup 'Krush' raises $4.5MM for predictive-network entry
TNInvestco-backed startup 'Krush' raises $4.5MM for predictive-network entry
The Gina Ashe-Eric Satz team presses ahead in a potentially disruptive offering for the retail sector.
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NeighborMD's $2.5MM raise attracts Nashville Capital Network
NeighborMD's $2.5MM raise attracts Nashville Capital Network
Healthcare gets another boost from local investors, successfully closes round.
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Noted: Tailwind, McWhorters buy into Cumberland Consulting
Noted: Tailwind, McWhorters buy into Cumberland Consulting
Now a Delaware company, CCG looks to diversify offerings and targets platform growth, including M&A
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TNInvestco funds stay busy with further tech-sector investments
TNInvestco funds stay busy with further tech-sector investments
A steady stream of commitments, often made to familiar names, continues, with results not yet due
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TrueStartup: 'SourceYourCity' will beta in Frisco waters, then raise capital
TrueStartup: 'SourceYourCity' will beta in Frisco waters, then raise capital
Still pre-revenue and facing competitors, Neely Burks continues to execute
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Fivestone Partners' investors put 'skin in the game' for lean-finance enterprise
Fivestone Partners' investors put 'skin in the game' for lean-finance enterprise

Jozef Nuyens and partners plant a venture flag in Tennessee, and demonstrate broader reach

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HIV among targets: Jericho Sciences bio-startup chooses Nashville as home
HIV among targets: Jericho Sciences bio-startup chooses Nashville as home
Entrepreneur says she's found more than a good lease in Nashville
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Startup Tennessee to cultivate more Angel investors, among other goals
Startup Tennessee to cultivate more Angel investors, among other goals
Michael Burcham-led StartupTN may cut a broad swath through the state'e entrepreneurial ecosystem
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Memphis VC-allied MB Innovations eyes medical-devices development
Memphis VC-allied MB Innovations eyes medical-devices development
VC and industry veteran Mike Sherman will leave work, starting with Spine Wave
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Moontoast launches $6MM equity-capital raise
Moontoast launches $6MM equity-capital raise

[Updated] Martin Companies leads round, Boston-based CEO says startup is getting traction

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Haslam INCITE entrepreneurial capital-access<br>program moves stepwise toward launch
Haslam INCITE entrepreneurial capital-access
program moves stepwise toward launch
ECD and TTDC chiefs and their colleagues seem to be 'aligned' toward getting INCITE launched
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LogoGarden buys Whoosh! from Franktown creators; FCA takes $2MM stake
LogoGarden buys Whoosh! from Franktown creators; FCA takes $2MM stake
A time-tested business model and transplanted tech talent bode well for this startup
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Healthbox Technologies' startup scenario signals rapid hiring, eventual M&A
Healthbox Technologies' startup scenario signals rapid hiring, eventual M&A
UPDATE Andrews move on to revenue-cycle venture, leaving Healthbox behind.
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ISO Capital: American Hometown Media, OnFocus Healthcare sally forth
ISO Capital: American Hometown Media, OnFocus Healthcare sally forth
Hammond and Mason are leading these growth companies' capital raises
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Proponents of 'OneC1ty' techbiz campus may need a bigger Bandwagon
Proponents of 'OneC1ty' techbiz campus may need a bigger Bandwagon
Life sciences, healthcare services and technology and more could cluster in a redeveloping area of Metro Nashville
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TriStar Technology Ventures files for $40MM capital raise for Tech Fund II
TriStar Technology Ventures files for $40MM capital raise for Tech Fund II

Just days after parent HIG added to its management team, Tri-Star reports it has begun one of Tennessee's larger recent fund raises

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Health online: Big City Docs plans to target Nashville consumers in 2012
Health online: Big City Docs plans to target Nashville consumers in 2012
An Owen grad and former Cybera exec puts his venture skills to work for an Alabama startup that's eying Nashville
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Mundie, Harwell VC startup anchored by Elizabeth Turner Campbell Estate
Mundie, Harwell VC startup anchored by Elizabeth Turner Campbell Estate
Veterans of private equity and operations offer new access to venture assets to families with capital to manage for potential greater returns
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Angel Brennan says EC, StartupTN help<br>  prepare entrepreneurs to seek capital
Angel Brennan says EC, StartupTN help
prepare entrepreneurs to seek capital

There are more Angels among us that most of us realize; one of his holdings is preparing for a C Round

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Parental Health attracts Innova Fund II as investors close Series A cap raise
Parental Health attracts Innova Fund II as investors close Series A cap raise
Hudsmith's HP-allied startup executes on its telemedicine strategy for seniors aging-in-place
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TN ECD asks public comment on $30MM Co-Investment plans
TN ECD asks public comment on $30MM Co-Investment plans
State ECD issued draft guidelines for Gov. Haslam's INCITE Co-Investment Fund managed by TTDC
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Lifestyle startups are focus for Lipscomb Center for Entrepreneurship;<br>Joe Ivey prepares to recruit leaders, mentors and internships
Lifestyle startups are focus for Lipscomb Center for Entrepreneurship;
Joe Ivey prepares to recruit leaders, mentors and internships
University aims to allow all interested students access to business and social entrepreneurship curricula 
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ReTickr: Day 104 could bring the stress some entrepreneurs pray for
ReTickr: Day 104 could bring the stress some entrepreneurs pray for
The gut-wrenching ups and downs of a tech startup haven't quelled this startup's drive
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'Bama-based Angel Investor Management Group may seek Tennessee dealflow
'Bama-based Angel Investor Management Group may seek Tennessee dealflow
The rising Tide in Alabama may lift some small Tennessee ventures along with it.
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BIONewsTN, Nov. 7, 2011
BIONewsTN, Nov. 7, 2011
Gleanings from Tennessee media touching upon life-sciences issues and opportunities
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Regional Roundup, Nov. 7, 2011
Regional Roundup, Nov. 7, 2011
Streamweaver 'stealth' no more...Unconference events... ECD budget comments... much more in this regional roundup
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Life Science Tennessee sets priorities, rallies industry,<br>leverages support of Gov. Bill Haslam for commercialization
Life Science Tennessee sets priorities, rallies industry,
leverages support of Gov. Bill Haslam for commercialization
Joe Cook Jr. seems to be executing with precision a gameplan to establish momentum for a still-small sector
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Commercialization: UTSC's Dale reviews Vaxent's progress on Strep-A vaccine
Commercialization: UTSC's Dale reviews Vaxent's progress on Strep-A vaccine
In Memphis, this Innova-backed venture's fate is still years away, but rewards may be huge
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NewsBits, Oct. 31, 2011
NewsBits, Oct. 31, 2011
Startup Tennessee gets operations staff, a tech exec volunteers in Uganda, $ for GOBA and more
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ORNL's Ballard joins PYA, hands-off portfolio to scientist Roberto
ORNL's Ballard joins PYA, hands-off portfolio to scientist Roberto
Veteran emissary to institutions' stakeholders and allies is re-potting himself after a 41-year-career
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NewsBits, Oct. 26, 2011
NewsBits, Oct. 26, 2011
Milestone events, capital raises, a whiskey resurrected, and local venture news recapped.
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Regional Roundup, Oct. 26, 2011
Regional Roundup, Oct. 26, 2011
With relatively little fanfare, one TNInvestco fund is rebranding and entrepreneurial activity heats-up statewide.
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TNT: Hagerty's state economic-development portfolio gets heavier
TNT: Hagerty's state economic-development portfolio gets heavier
Gov. Haslam's ECD commissioner has a growing list of to-do's, including an international trade portfolio
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Economist: Innovation campaign driven by pragmatism is crucial
Economist: Innovation campaign driven by pragmatism is crucial
A Harvard-based economist tells local execs clusters and pragmatism are key elements for a Nashville innovation strategy
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IP imperative: MyWerx, Cumberland Center<br>and Universities ally for iExchange
IP imperative: MyWerx, Cumberland Center
and Universities ally for iExchange
Alliance push to help protect and commercialize intellectual property could become a global movement
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VentureNotes: Change|Healthcare, XMi High Growth,<br>Shareable Ink, StreamWeaver
VentureNotes: Change|Healthcare, XMi High Growth,
Shareable Ink, StreamWeaver

[UPDATED] A newly created healthcare fund gives the nod to a Nashville startup, plus updates from XMi, Shareable Ink and more

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ShareableInk CEO 'not yet convinced' he can build techco in Nashville
ShareableInk CEO 'not yet convinced' he can build techco in Nashville
Steve Hau is hopeful that he can not only change healthcare for the better, but join other locals in creating an engineer's haven
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Nashville Entrepreneur Center gains Galen Partners as lead Healthcare sponsor
Nashville Entrepreneur Center gains Galen Partners as lead Healthcare sponsor
Galen-Burcham alliance goes back years; other firms had a shot at top-billing in NEC healthcare work
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Angel Capital Group chapter fate uncertain in Memphis
Angel Capital Group chapter fate uncertain in Memphis

ACG plans to open five new city chapters soon; for now, its Memphis outpost is semi-shuttered

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JumpStart grad 'RentStuff.com' taps network for Seed capital
JumpStart grad 'RentStuff.com' taps network for Seed capital
RentStuff might've been another California startup, if an OwenGSM student hadn't won a prize
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VentureNotes, Oct. 3, 2011
VentureNotes, Oct. 3, 2011
Investors are busily putting capital into ventures young and older, in Chattanooga, Oak Ridge and elsewhere
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'Pantheon Park' idea concentrates Music City techies, entrepreneurs, Creatives
'Pantheon Park' idea concentrates Music City techies, entrepreneurs, Creatives
Dortch Oldham Jr. is one of the mainstays of a stealthy coalition that seeks to create a focalpoint for creative entrepreneurism
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TTDC's Stover is departing for Diagnovus venture backed by TNInvestco's
TTDC's Stover is departing for Diagnovus venture backed by TNInvestco's

Scholar and entrepreneur will co-found molecular diagnostics startup in Nashville

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A-round ahead? LeanKit's Hefley visualizes future for local software venture
A-round ahead? LeanKit's Hefley visualizes future for local software venture
It's more mature than many EC-linked ventures and its techie team is getting traction, eyeing new sectors
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TNInvestcos-funded 'S2 Interactive' debuts at Musculoskeletal venture forum
TNInvestcos-funded 'S2 Interactive' debuts at Musculoskeletal venture forum
Larry Foster's been nursing this idea for improving surgi-team proficiency for years; the iPad made it possible
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Economy: Music City Music Council moves from rehearsal to live performance
Economy: Music City Music Council moves from rehearsal to live performance
MC2 is moving forward aggressively with planning and action to recruit jobs, spawn startups, build visitors and educate generations
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NewsBits, Sept. 20, 2011
NewsBits, Sept. 20, 2011

Executive transitions, capital raises, alliances and innovations.

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BreatheAmerica B-round hits $22MM with Essex Woodlands in lead
BreatheAmerica B-round hits $22MM with Essex Woodlands in lead
A veteran healthcare entrepreneur takes another stride toward scaling-up his venture.
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Noted: Claritas Capital reports $10 MM raised so far in 2 funds
Noted: Claritas Capital reports $10 MM raised so far in 2 funds

Claritas has been broadening its footprint in a number of ways, not content to be just another regional VC. But, no details.

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Newsbits, August 29, 2011
Newsbits, August 29, 2011
McWhorter shepherds EC, JumpStarters wait verdict, a rash of local SEC filings, Collins rides an IPO and more
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Regional Roundup, Aug. 29, 2011
Regional Roundup, Aug. 29, 2011
Venture Incite's Y12 ties, capital raises, a TNInvestco, accelerators blossom and news statewide
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Healthcare-focused Council Ventures adds HealthSpring CEO Fritch<br>for CEO council that guides health and related portfolio companies
Healthcare-focused Council Ventures adds HealthSpring CEO Fritch
for CEO council that guides health and related portfolio companies

Bottorff-, Gambill-led firm is amassing quite a healthcare brain trust

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Growing TN: Hagerty chairs ECD-funded TTDC development group
Growing TN: Hagerty chairs ECD-funded TTDC development group

Leadership shift was accomplished August 19, with Hagerty now chairman of TTDC

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Gov. Haslam announces $29.7MM Fed funding for INCITE push
Gov. Haslam announces $29.7MM Fed funding for INCITE push
As widely anticipated, the Feds came through with $29.7MM in funding for Gov. Bill Haslam's innovation-breeding program
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Entrada ramps-up marketing, products with B-round capital infusion
Entrada ramps-up marketing, products with B-round capital infusion

[Sale updated] Early-stage company has room for further capital recruitment, as it aims to leverage rising interest in electronic health records-related technology

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TNInvestco portfolios: Hapten, ConsensusPoint, iScreen, Cagenix updates
TNInvestco portfolios: Hapten, ConsensusPoint, iScreen, Cagenix updates
Reports from the front lines of entrepreneurship keep trickling in
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Next Nashville Technology Council CEO is Liza Lowery Massey
Next Nashville Technology Council CEO is Liza Lowery Massey

[CEO departure] Sixth CEO brings national perspective, oversees an NTC on shifting economic, educational and professional terrain.

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Bottorff: TNInvestco shows 'creativity' in TN capital-formation;<br>entrepreneurial sector is an American source of strength
Bottorff: TNInvestco shows 'creativity' in TN capital-formation;
entrepreneurial sector is an American source of strength

Nashville leader says the sometimes controversial program is 'worthwhile experiment' in jobs creation.

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NewsBits, August 1, 2011
NewsBits, August 1, 2011
Watching a TNInvestco watcher, Scripps Interactive, Harbert, Solidus, Fresenius, key hires and more.
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VenturePeople, August 1, 2011
VenturePeople, August 1, 2011
Five more updates from a VCs, an entrepreneur, a couple of developers and a bizdev pro.
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Kahootzz eyes capital raise to fuel 'opportunity engine'
Kahootzz eyes capital raise to fuel 'opportunity engine'

[Updated capraise] Nashville will be testbed for service matching users with opps to 'work, play, do good'

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TNInvestco-backed VenX vein-treatment device gets FDA nod
TNInvestco-backed VenX vein-treatment device gets FDA nod
Venture persists within the regulatory system to advance its product
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VenturePeople, July 18, 2011
VenturePeople, July 18, 2011
The Row's Galante eyes startups and Crom's at it again, as well as Ganier, Van Hoesen and others.
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Liverpool's Ditto Music has Nashville foothold, mulls taking outside capital
Liverpool's Ditto Music has Nashville foothold, mulls taking outside capital
Now there's a cap-raise ahead - the accelerating shift to digital media drive this multinational startup
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Mayor names Galante to lead Nashville Music Council
Mayor names Galante to lead Nashville Music Council

[updated] Galante succeeds Goodman. City continues building awareness of Creative/Music sector

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MB Ventures makes its first TNInvestco bet: Veracity Medical Solutions
MB Ventures makes its first TNInvestco bet: Veracity Medical Solutions
MB partner says new fund has traction, with more announcements coming soon
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Eyes on TNInvestco: New funds commit an estimated $30MM+ for TN startups
Eyes on TNInvestco: New funds commit an estimated $30MM+ for TN startups
There's now a small army of TNInvestco portfolio companies loose in the State of Tennessee.
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At 16, Technology 2020 takes innovation challenges in stride
At 16, Technology 2020 takes innovation challenges in stride
Tech2020 embraces state initiatives, keeps its own counsel in pressing ahead with regional initiatives
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Inova Payroll gets $1MM bump from CRF, Nashville Angels
Inova Payroll gets $1MM bump from CRF, Nashville Angels
Farsheed Ferdowsi updates us on the raise he saw coming in VNC's earlier story
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Disruptive Capital: Dr. Harry Jacobson's push for investment<br>could help make Nashville 'the Silicon Valley of Healthcare'
Disruptive Capital: Dr. Harry Jacobson's push for investment
could help make Nashville 'the Silicon Valley of Healthcare'
To be the seat of innovation in healthcare delivery, Nashville must attract new capital and novel ideas
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NewsBits, July 5, 2011
NewsBits, July 5, 2011

Remember when things used to slow down for Summer? Tennessee's venture scene seems busier than ever

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HealthTeacher reaches venture's 'inflection point';<br>backer Chrysalis joined by SSM as Petra exits
HealthTeacher reaches venture's 'inflection point';
backer Chrysalis joined by SSM as Petra exits
Strategy and financing now inplace, HealthTeacher may have graduated to growth-company status
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Startup Tennessee launch to draw Gov. Haslam,<br>Startup America CEO to Entrepreneur Center
Startup Tennessee launch to draw Gov. Haslam,
Startup America CEO to Entrepreneur Center
[UPDATED] Tennessee's entrepreneurial ecosystem gets a new unifying layer of resources
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Apple Inc.'s Herbold joins HealthTeacher drive<br>to make U.S. youth health 'cool & aspirational'
Apple Inc.'s Herbold joins HealthTeacher drive
to make U.S. youth health 'cool & aspirational'
HealthTeacher suddenly looks pretty 'cool and aspirational' as it drives to improve youth health
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Solidus' Venture Incite options ORNL technology<br>to bring its start-up 'assembly line' to life
Solidus' Venture Incite options ORNL technology
to bring its start-up 'assembly line' to life

Nashville VC's Oak Ridge affiliate has focused one of its startups on commercializing 'the Moses effect'

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Angels gas-up Iridium's SmartFuel,<br>but the venture's trip has just begun
Angels gas-up Iridium's SmartFuel,
but the venture's trip has just begun
Will Sibble's new venture have the gas to go the distance, launching additional content and social services?
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NewsBits, June 6, 2011
NewsBits, June 6, 2011
East TN developments... Entrepreneur Center rebrands Future 50, Nashville 'on the edge' and news roundup.
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Ventures: BlankSlate fund debuts, 5 venture updates
Ventures: BlankSlate fund debuts, 5 venture updates
Five ventures are updated, some raising millions, others bootstrapping, none waiting for others to make it real.
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Fetherling eyes HealthDataSource role, resigns NTC;<br>Tech Council sets CEO search and strategic review
Fetherling eyes HealthDataSource role, resigns NTC;
Tech Council sets CEO search and strategic review
No one's surprised to see Fetherling back in venture garb; he earlier invested in Jason Moore's startup
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NewsBits, May 23, 2011
NewsBits, May 23, 2011
New VC council forming, less TNInvestco info, Marcums' Tullhoma venture Launch Pad and news here and elsewhere
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CapControls' $3.8m cap raise and AnalytX pact<br>drive Maxwell start-up's pursuit of growth
CapControls' $3.8m cap raise and AnalytX pact
drive Maxwell start-up's pursuit of growth
He took a break after his successful exit from Investment Scorecard, now he's pushing his startup toward deeper waters
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Bandbox, RedRovor founders sell to Social Chutes
Bandbox, RedRovor founders sell to Social Chutes
Digital-music entrepreneurs exit a crowded field; new owners plan a 'bigger umbrella'
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NewsBits, May 11, 2011
NewsBits, May 11, 2011
A Brailer exec joins regional VC, Nutraceuticals' Grindstaff, Investor Days ahead for incubators, Amazon thing gets awkward and more
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Dan Hammond whets VCs' appetites<br>for 'Just A Pinch' media spin-out
Dan Hammond whets VCs' appetites
for 'Just A Pinch' media spin-out

The man, the plan, the brand...an energetic entrepreneur with a flair for promotion may typify players who 'leave it all on the field'

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NEXT TN: Research-industry-capital links are key<br>to state's intellectual-property commercialization
NEXT TN: Research-industry-capital links are key
to state's intellectual-property commercialization
An overhaul of Tennessee connections, communications and capital is prerequisite to strong gains in commercialization
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Gov. Haslam: TN to co-invest via INCITE<br>innovation and jobs-formation campaign
Gov. Haslam: TN to co-invest via INCITE
innovation and jobs-formation campaign
Governor addresses fast-growth sector; details of venture funding, entrepreneur award and tech-transfer still unfolding
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NewsBits, May 3, 2011
NewsBits, May 3, 2011
Speaker Harwell's tech agenda.. Schulz on ECD strategy.. new TN tech jobs.. Chattanooga Ventures.. Dream CS, DigiChart and more..
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Pathway Lending, UT Research Foundation have intersecting commercialization interests
Pathway Lending, UT Research Foundation have intersecting commercialization interests
This economic-development lender is deepening its footprint statewide
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TN ECD's Hagerty taps Corker aide<br>Fassbender for leadership role
TN ECD's Hagerty taps Corker aide
Fassbender for leadership role
With Gov. Bill Haslam's jobs- and innovation-producing strategy launching next week, the appointment of a seasoned operative is welcomed
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Vanderbilt University picks Cleveland Clinic exec<br>to drive transfer and commercialization of IP
Vanderbilt University picks Cleveland Clinic exec
to drive transfer and commercialization of IP
' Overhaul and investment ' could lead to accelerated enterprise development from VU research and development
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NewsBits, April 25, 2011
NewsBits, April 25, 2011
JumpStart's 'brightest'... EmergeMemphis' 45 startups.. Haslam-Hagerty gameplan... David Wilds in cap raise.. Blackstone venture aid...
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Lamp Post Group advances incubation in Chattanooga
Lamp Post Group advances incubation in Chattanooga
With EPB, Renaissance Fund and other alliles, River City takes another step toward its 'Smart City' closeup
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NewsBits, April 18, 2011
NewsBits, April 18, 2011
Petra, VU commercialization, HealthStream, Sustainability Summit, Owen GSM honors, Unum CIO, entrepreneurs young and older and more
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Launch Like it Counts: LifeKraze eyeing $5MM B-round
Launch Like it Counts: LifeKraze eyeing $5MM B-round

[name change] Chattanooga entrepreneurs are looking to score in the social media, lifestyle space

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Digital ventures: NEC & Music City allies strike a match
Digital ventures: NEC & Music City allies strike a match

In Nashville's highly charged entrepreneurial atmosphere, this partnership aims to create both heat and light

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Angel Tax Credit: Prayers for passage not on all lips
Angel Tax Credit: Prayers for passage not on all lips
Angels' hopes take wing, but it remains to be seen whether the General Assembly answers the call
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TCRS PE commitments hit $349 Million<br>with decision on Bessemer Venture Partners
TCRS PE commitments hit $349 Million
with decision on Bessemer Venture Partners
[Updated] Fueled by assets of the pension fund for State employees, the TCRS private-equity program advances
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Bullpen Ventures preps for pitches, aims for the fence
Bullpen Ventures preps for pitches, aims for the fence
McWhorter's team will field up to a dozen startups per year, once the season begins
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Founder of local $95MM Hope Investments fund<br>aims to support Just Hope global relief work
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

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NewsBits, April 4, 2011
NewsBits, April 4, 2011
Jacobs' latest, TripRaiser traction, Delegator does it all, Pfeffer's sage advice, touching base with Applied Health and more here.
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TNInvestco pace mounts; Consensus Point next up?
TNInvestco pace mounts; Consensus Point next up?
NEST-TN busy adding portfolio companies as the TN capital-formation program enters second cycle
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N³: NashvilleCubed April-May Venture events
N³: NashvilleCubed April-May Venture events
At north of 500 square miles, Metro/Nashville, aka Music City, is creative hub and economic flywheel
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Nashville Angel joins Austin e-social venture as CFO
Nashville Angel joins Austin e-social venture as CFO
Nashvillian lured by later-stage social-commerce company in the Austin tech hub
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NewsBits, March 28, 2011
NewsBits, March 28, 2011
Get that extra cup o' coffee, you'll need it for news from McWhorter, Council Ventures, Vaden Landers and more.
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TNInvestco data flows, funds mull providing more updates
TNInvestco data flows, funds mull providing more updates
Stakeholders may soon find that just keeping up with the funds' data is a challenge all its own
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NewsBits, March 21, 2011
NewsBits, March 21, 2011
Legislators make an energy-tech 'grab', plus venture events and training and more statewide.
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Latest TTDC grants meant to vault Tennessee<br>startups beyond 'Valley of Death'
Latest TTDC grants meant to vault Tennessee
startups beyond 'Valley of Death'
Eight ventures are $50K TTDC maturation grant awardees
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Angel-backed Chattanooga Renaissance Fund launches
Angel-backed Chattanooga Renaissance Fund launches
Brock of FourBridges joins XMi-linked Lupton executive in finishing-out Chattanooga early-stage infrastructure
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Noted: Digital Reasoning Systems announces patent
Noted: Digital Reasoning Systems announces patent
In this PDF file, 11-year-old Franklin-based Digital Reasoning Systems announced a patent award for natural language processing
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TNInvestco: State ECD updates on process
TNInvestco: State ECD updates on process
The TNInvestco data has been published, with no interpretation of value yet rendered
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NewBits, March 14, 2011
NewBits, March 14, 2011
The fate of Nashville Medical Trade Center.. a new venture from Cromwell & Schmisseur.. a beta invitation.. and much more here.
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TNInvestco: Welcome to the 'Messy World' of Capitalism
TNInvestco: Welcome to the 'Messy World' of Capitalism
Airing of issues simmering beneath TNInvestco's surface has prompted a reprise of comments pro and con the program
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Tough Love: Local VCs and Silicon Valley<br>consultant work separately to keep it real
Tough Love: Local VCs and Silicon Valley
consultant work separately to keep it real
Those who want to broaden entrepreneurship and those who control capital want entrepreneurs to view their businesses realistically
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JumpStart Foundry wants tech-enabled startups by Friday
JumpStart Foundry wants tech-enabled startups by Friday
March 18th is the fish-or-cut-bait date for teams of would-be entrepreneurs who want 90 days worth of rations to tide them over during a push toward launch
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FCA Venture Partners, TN Angel Fund<br>bless Silvercare 3MM B-round
FCA Venture Partners, TN Angel Fund
bless Silvercare 3MM B-round
Buntin, Chambless and King comment on completion of incontinence startup's capital raise
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TriStar, Limestone TNINvestco funds<br>form Device Innovation Group
TriStar, Limestone TNINvestco funds
form Device Innovation Group

Medical devices may get a boost from the collaboration of two life-science weighted funds and an innovation driver

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VCs hope to avoid 'smoking holes', look for passion<br>and aim for 'great companies' over jobs-creation
VCs hope to avoid 'smoking holes', look for passion
and aim for 'great companies' over jobs-creation
Local investors have honed their instincts for identifying success traits among entrepreneurs seeking capital
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NewsBits, March 7, 2011
NewsBits, March 7, 2011
VU porfolio co goes elsewhere, TNInvestco company, startup ecosystem spreads, PdCamp, ORNL, MyOutdoorTV and more
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Solidus-SeedHatchery mentees named
Solidus-SeedHatchery mentees named
Reflecting further momentum spawned by the TNInvestco program and JumpStart Foundry, Solidus and Seed Hatchery announced six new micro-fund mentees in Memphis
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NewsBits, February 28, 2011
NewsBits, February 28, 2011
Our latest roundup of VU searches, capital raises, marketing pushes, digital music, tech commercialization and more
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NewsBits, February 22, 2011
NewsBits, February 22, 2011
New ECD appointee, TNInvestco clone idea, updates on Silicon Ranch, JumpStart, Bizen, entrepreneurship and much more
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Healthcare leaders aboard, Parental Health builds traction
Healthcare leaders aboard, Parental Health builds traction
2011 could see profitability for this Nashville telemedicine startup, which gathers luminaries 
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Google exec who launched Earth, Moon & Mars<br> returns to Vanderbilt School of Engineering
Google exec who launched Earth, Moon & Mars
returns to Vanderbilt School of Engineering
Chikai Ohazama, a Vanderbilt Engineering alum, drops-in later this week to share his Google adventure with students
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UTRF: Genera Energy launches Innovation venture fund
UTRF: Genera Energy launches Innovation venture fund
The first of several potential new funds will soon test the waters for venture investment
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NewsBits, Feb. 14, 2011
NewsBits, Feb. 14, 2011

New chair at lifesciences association..Parental Health update.. Bredesen aide moves.. Silicon Ranch and Venture Incite add staff.. PE investors disappear after liquidation.. bio-entrepreneurs..more

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NewsBits, February 7, 2011
NewsBits, February 7, 2011
TTDC chief to Gov. Haslam, IP, Claritas, incubators, Angels, Louisville innovation, HiMSS-TN descends on Orlando and more
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[ ! ] TN's JumpStart Foundry aligns with TechStars Net
[ ! ] TN's JumpStart Foundry aligns with TechStars Net

The news coincides with launch of the Obama Administration's StartUP America program in the U.S. and helps fulfill Solidus' TNInvestco strategy.

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VC Coleman Swenson Booth realized $44MM in 2010; portfolio exits likely to continue in 2011
VC Coleman Swenson Booth realized $44MM in 2010; portfolio exits likely to continue in 2011
One of Tennessee's pioneering VC's will remain focused on 'realizations' in 2011, while mulling raising another fund
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NewsBits, January 10, 2011
NewsBits, January 10, 2011
Lots of stuff bubbling-up from Genera, Skoodat, Satz (at left), plus the Cable and Broadcast folks, and more.
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VNC's Top 25 Reads for 2010
VNC's Top 25 Reads for 2010
For Calendar Year 2010, here are VentureNashville's twenty-five most-opened offerings.
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Nashville, Memphis may have edge over Silicon Valley
Nashville, Memphis may have edge over Silicon Valley
A TechCrunch editor says Tennessee entrepreneurs don't need Silicon Valley's 'approval' to launch important companies
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Cumberland Center: New University-Business alliance plans to foster 'innovation hubs' in Mid-TN and State
Cumberland Center: New University-Business alliance plans to foster 'innovation hubs' in Mid-TN and State
Scott Massey to connect leaders, knowledge, culture and commerce to advance the region and its people.
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In Burcham's mind, Entrepreneur Center is in Trolley Barn creating 'Wow!' companies to serve state and nation
In Burcham's mind, Entrepreneur Center is in Trolley Barn creating 'Wow!' companies to serve state and nation
Educator, consultant and serial entrepreneur is determined to demonstrate EC value quickly, to win further support
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Briefly: MyWerx content-copyright e-venture update
Briefly: MyWerx content-copyright e-venture update
Tim Smith says the startup has raised nearly $2MM, has new partners and more news in-the-offing.
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NewsBits, December 20, 2010
NewsBits, December 20, 2010
Nashville Capital Network has plans, that Amazon deal, a new incubator in Bradley and more.
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SecureWaters: TN VC's could take ORNL technology global
SecureWaters: TN VC's could take ORNL technology global
Entrepreneurs are commercializing sensor technology that leverages the ecosystem.
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HealthDataSource unveils advisors for health data startup
HealthDataSource unveils advisors for health data startup
Latest health data entry aims to help providers determine demand for services and facilities.
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ANOVA: Biomet co-founder, Spires in ortho implant startup
ANOVA: Biomet co-founder, Spires in ortho implant startup
This Brentwood orthopedic-implants venture has decades of industry experience, and wants Nashville investors to have skin in the game
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NewsBits, Dec. 13: Böer, Ivy, TNInvestco and more
NewsBits, Dec. 13: Böer, Ivy, TNInvestco and more
Herewith, items of interest from around the state.
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NewsBits, December 7, 2010
NewsBits, December 7, 2010
News and notes from around Tennessee on science, technology, innovation and related policy.
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Doerr and KPCB:  Tennessee ties may be growing
Doerr and KPCB: Tennessee ties may be growing
Visionary who's been called 'center of gravity of the Internet' is also creating a stir in Tennessee
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Venture Nashville Calendar Update
Venture Nashville Calendar Update
Nashville and Tennessee are quickly becoming year-round innovation venues, as this sampling of events makes clear
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NEWSBITS, March 30, 2010
NEWSBITS, March 30, 2010
EMMA.. HMS Tech hire.. Lodge helps for-profits ..Noro and Chrysalis announce staffing ..PerfectServe ..IMI Health and more..
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VoicesHeard Media ends A-round, eyes TNInvestco funds
VoicesHeard Media ends A-round, eyes TNInvestco funds

Knoxville-based ad-streaming venture has fresh perspective regarding TN investment in technology startups

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Farr sides with Angels, sees tougher investor standards as 'paternalistic' and hurting ventures
Farr sides with Angels, sees tougher investor standards as 'paternalistic' and hurting ventures
Revenue Commissioner notes that his focus is tightly focused on expanding and tweaking TNInvestco
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Venture Notes, March 26, 2010
Venture Notes, March 26, 2010
A Nashville MoonPie? Plus, a Claritas exec on i-couponing and Innova walks away from an interesting technology
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Customers queued, SIGNiX asks $5MM from VCs
Customers queued, SIGNiX asks $5MM from VCs

For more than a decade, this e-signature innovator has found champions amid adversity

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Angels' complaint to Corker may precede stepped-up TN efforts
Angels' complaint to Corker may precede stepped-up TN efforts
In rare overt action, Angel advocates try out their legislative wings, in what may be a training flight for other efforts
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Franklin-linked Nodality nets $15.5MM from VC funds
Franklin-linked Nodality nets $15.5MM from VC funds
Pfizer, Kleiner Perkins, et al, have given another vote of confidence to this Bay Area-based venture aiming at MLS, Cancer and other diseases
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Great Expectations: Informatics Corporation of America
Great Expectations: Informatics Corporation of America

[updated] ICA's strategic alliances may have put this VU spin-out in good position in the race for EHR market share

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NEWSBITS, March 18, 2010
NEWSBITS, March 18, 2010
Education Networks..StudioNow..Biotechies...Scripps Interactive..Aegis Health... VU's science reports, and more..
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Angel Capital Group, RightSide fund confirm collaboration
Angel Capital Group, RightSide fund confirm collaboration
ACG uses its ability to network to extend its reach into another high-profile fund, in hope of gaining investment traction
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Claritas Capital invests in Entrada Healthcare, eyes EHRs
Claritas Capital invests in Entrada Healthcare, eyes EHRs
Rebranded company attempts to leverage its transcription track-record to provide gateway to increasingly common e-health records
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Solidus, Co-Founders launch JumpStart Foundry for seed-stage investing
Solidus, Co-Founders launch JumpStart Foundry for seed-stage investing
Organizer of micro-fund says group will review dozens of deals yearly and make an investment each month
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TCRS Private equity investment jumps with $50MM placement
TCRS Private equity investment jumps with $50MM placement
With its third announcement and fifth assignment, the State's retirement plan advances toward its $800MM-plus investment goal
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KaiNexus targets performance with Vanderbilt technology
KaiNexus targets performance with Vanderbilt technology
Health care organizations' performance improvement is focus of seed-stage startup by VUMC faculty member
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Briefly:  Errant 'VC secrecy' reference in legislation provokes mild hubbub
Briefly: Errant 'VC secrecy' reference in legislation provokes mild hubbub
In the highly charged environment around TNInvestco confidentiality, it's no surprise a caption bill caught the eye
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Consensus Point sets B-round, reveals Euro partnership
Consensus Point sets B-round, reveals Euro partnership
Tech-marketing veteran Linda Rebrovick looks to create a crowd around SaaS predictive marketing provider
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Entrepreneurs, VCs, TTDC mobilize for venture funding
Entrepreneurs, VCs, TTDC mobilize for venture funding
Spring 2010 may go down in the annals of modern Tennessee history as a period of innovation breakthroughs
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Chancellor's TNInvestco records decision against Coleman
Chancellor's TNInvestco records decision against Coleman
[Updated] Chancery Court Chancellor Russell Perkins upheld some arguments from Bredesen Commissioners. Coleman intends to appeal
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Quick Take: New Seed fund may be on RightSide
Quick Take: New Seed fund may be on RightSide
Nashville and Tennessee VCs sound-off on new seed-stage investment model, with concerns and some things they like
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Cook: Nashville must create culture of 'True Innovation'
Cook: Nashville must create culture of 'True Innovation'
Spawning a more robust entrepreneurial culture calls for more give-and-take, not more 'control' in the eyes of this veteran of ventures and IPOs
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BioMimetic CEO urges 'build on Bredesen's start', plus greater Vanderbilt role in life-sciences ventures
BioMimetic CEO urges 'build on Bredesen's start', plus greater Vanderbilt role in life-sciences ventures

Lynch cites workforce challenges and the need for more collaboration throughout the region as essential to lift Nashville from lower tier of life-science centers

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Advocates: 'Protection' could derail TNInvestco locomotive
Advocates: 'Protection' could derail TNInvestco locomotive
While some advocate expanding the TNInvestco warchest to $200MM, others want to introduce new requirements others argue would deter investment, competition
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ISO Capital: Hudsmith prepares Parental Health cap raise
ISO Capital: Hudsmith prepares Parental Health cap raise
From reminding patients of meds and signaling for homehealth help, to recording oral histories and health data, this startup aims to become your parents' next big screen
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NEWSBITS, Feb. 18, 2010
NEWSBITS, Feb. 18, 2010
TTDC forum, TNInvestco website, VU tech transfer, PureSafety, Tricycle, Memphis leadership, and more...
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TNInvestco chiefs ask Chancellor to toss Coleman lawsuit
TNInvestco chiefs ask Chancellor to toss Coleman lawsuit
The wrangling over State documents related to the administration of the State's new capital formation program continues today in Chancery Court
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People:  Paul Ney joins Waddey & Patterson
People: Paul Ney joins Waddey & Patterson
Mayor Karl Dean ECD's former economic-development chief joins Nashville intellectual-property law firm
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Crabb hopes 'perfect storm' will drive surge in M&A deals
Crabb hopes 'perfect storm' will drive surge in M&A deals

A stalemate on reform of healthcare policy and reimbursements may provide stability that will embolden fence-sitters

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Quick Take: TN VCs comment on Private-Company Exchanges
Quick Take: TN VCs comment on Private-Company Exchanges
If the IPO door is still barely cracked, maybe some portfolio managers will find these alternatives attractive
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TNInvestco: Court date looms, Lobbyists mass, Websites flower
TNInvestco: Court date looms, Lobbyists mass, Websites flower
Ligitation to Chancellor in five days..More funds cowboy-up with lobbyists..New TNInvestco funds' Web presences unveiled
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NEWSBITS, Feb. 8, 2010
NEWSBITS, Feb. 8, 2010

Gen. Assembly gets Film bill..CredenceHealth..Busy Debut exec..M&A panel..Burch firm partners..Hedge fund operator..HMS, Bondware appointments..

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Pathfinder's Stefansic comments on Nashville leverage, challenges
Pathfinder's Stefansic comments on Nashville leverage, challenges
Quiet figure behind the scenes of a Vanderbilt-spawned startup steps forward with observations and appreciation
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VNC Member News: RelevantAssets® names management team, sets capital raise, targets Corporate Real Estate performance
VNC Member News: RelevantAssets® names management team, sets capital raise, targets Corporate Real Estate performance
VNC Member press release announced CRE Technologies' RelevantAssets offering and its plans to raise private capital
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Tennessee State University to lead business-academe consortium
Tennessee State University to lead business-academe consortium
TSU, Vanderbilt, and local business and government may seek to replicate Memphis' initiative in the Capital City
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Bills in hopper: General Assembly, VCs eye TNInvestco expansion
Bills in hopper: General Assembly, VCs eye TNInvestco expansion
Though factions exist, they all seem to agree they want more TNInvestco funding
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VC Coleman demands access to TNInvestco records
VC Coleman demands access to TNInvestco records
[Updated] Bill to expand TNInvestco on its way... Meanwhile, dissatisfied investor goes public with grievance against Bredesen commissioners
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UT-Battelle, NellOne Therapeutics license patents for tissue therapy
UT-Battelle, NellOne Therapeutics license patents for tissue therapy
Biomed venture that spun-out of Oak Ridge National Laboratory now has intellectual property to address heart damage
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UPDATE: Claritas-backed StudioNow a startup again, leaves AOL fold
UPDATE: Claritas-backed StudioNow a startup again, leaves AOL fold

[updated] StudioNow fundraising again, years after being bought by AOL

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Nashville mobilizes for U.S. Health technology leadership
Nashville mobilizes for U.S. Health technology leadership

New healthcare technology push rumored, start-up said relocating to Nashville, as activity heats up

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Health IT Roundup: Executives comment on Nashville's leadership options
Health IT Roundup: Executives comment on Nashville's leadership options

Energy and ideas abound among a sample of Nashville healthcare, investment and technology executives rounded-up in just the past few days

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TTDC grants $100K to Nashville Entrepreneur Center, names two board leaders
TTDC grants $100K to Nashville Entrepreneur Center, names two board leaders
Tech economic development group also funds entrepreneurs network and appoints vice chairperson as it heads into legislative fray
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Confluence Solar is landing in TN with 250 jobs and raising Venture capital for new operations
Confluence Solar is landing in TN with 250 jobs and raising Venture capital for new operations
Gov. Phil Bredesen's string of successes in the Solar sector continues to lengthen
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NEWSBITS, Jan. 19, 2010
NEWSBITS, Jan. 19, 2010
OnFocus Healthcare's new cap raise underway, Joe Cook appointment, Inkflip update, Venture Pitch events and more...
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FourBridges exec: More insurers would invest if TNInvestco reopens
FourBridges exec: More insurers would invest if TNInvestco reopens
Some believe the General Assembly should next move to increase the TNInvestco pot to $200 million
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FourBridges exec: More insurers would invest if TNInvestco reopens
FourBridges exec: More insurers would invest if TNInvestco reopens
Some believe the General Assembly should next move to increase the TNInvestco pot to $200 million
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Clayton McWhorter to chair Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Clayton McWhorter to chair Nashville Entrepreneur Center

Four business leaders formed the core of group that picked the NEC's inaugural board

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Digital Reasoning Systems names new president
Digital Reasoning Systems names new president

Information services exec joins mostly shrouded local firm still seeking to leverage its IP and its government-contracting origins

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2010 Economy:  Kisber, Cromwell both face reckoning
2010 Economy: Kisber, Cromwell both face reckoning
For perhaps the next six months, the pace of development of Tennessee's emerging New Economy will be largely in the hands of elected officials
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Nashville Techies continually monitored by investors
Nashville Techies continually monitored by investors

Developers may think they're only toiling in obscurity, but they may well be under the observant eye of local VCs and Angels

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ISO Capital: Dobie Media sets next capital raise for EvieSays
ISO Capital: Dobie Media sets next capital raise for EvieSays
In a crowded field, Nashville startup is relying on strategy of providing 'free' content to customers among old media
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Nashville TNInvestcos targeted by Computable Genomix
Nashville TNInvestcos targeted by Computable Genomix
The boom in genetic research and some apparently market-ready technology suggest an interesting vehicle for early-stage investment
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Medaxion goes mobile to capture medical charges
Medaxion goes mobile to capture medical charges

[updated] HealthStream co-founder's latest technology play aims to awaken sleeping value in medical niche

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Senator Ketron would broaden TNInvestco and Institute's mission
Senator Ketron would broaden TNInvestco and Institute's mission
Legislator sees synergies not yet tapped in Middle Tennessee, and wants to see discussion of Tullahoma-centered proposal
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'Voodoo venture valuations', other truths told at Forum
'Voodoo venture valuations', other truths told at Forum
Hopes fired, worst fears confirmed in latest iteration of the art form known as venture panels
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Universal Robotics sets VC round, plants flag in N'ville
Universal Robotics sets VC round, plants flag in N'ville
UR has a tight grip on its Vanderbilt technology license, as it prepares to go to market, globally
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TNInvestco engine warms-up, as funds pass crucial test
TNInvestco engine warms-up, as funds pass crucial test
UPDATED State's capital-formation and high-performance investment program surmounts another milestone, as officials eye another trip to legislature
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Medical Trade Center would expand Convention Center
Medical Trade Center would expand Convention Center
New 12-story tower will crown Nashville Convention Center. That's Crow Holdings' Bill Winsor at left.
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Brainwave Studios seeks $3MM jolt for Franktown Rocks
Brainwave Studios seeks $3MM jolt for Franktown Rocks

Online startup previously won $1.2MM from friends and family to marry kids, music and education

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Wamp: 'Terrorism here to stay' and region's economy could benefit
Wamp: 'Terrorism here to stay' and region's economy could benefit
Congressman argues Mid-TN and corridor could play a bigger role in Defense, Homeland Security and related arenas
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TNInvestco ranks may grow if idea gets legs
TNInvestco ranks may grow if idea gets legs

UPDATED The capital pool might grow to $200MM; State officials are said to have held private meetings with group of TNInvestco players

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Nashville entrepreneur 'Finagles' way to Internet Summit
Nashville entrepreneur 'Finagles' way to Internet Summit
'Disruptive' is still a magic word, and this innovator aims to give advertising a sharp tweak
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Entrepreneurs' advice for 'Best of Times, Worst of Times'
Entrepreneurs' advice for 'Best of Times, Worst of Times'
It seems like more than mere whistlin' in the dark, as these entrepreneurs discussed opportunities and sources of confidence
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Skoodat raising $3MM for assault on ed-tech sector leader
Skoodat raising $3MM for assault on ed-tech sector leader

Nashville Angels and TNInvestco winner among targets of much-touted Nooga startup

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Briefly:  TNInvestco officials will discuss 'shortcomings' of losing bids
Briefly: TNInvestco officials will discuss 'shortcomings' of losing bids
State officials who ran the recent TNInvestco competition say they have an open door
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Against clock, Bredesen pushes Green jobs, innovation
Against clock, Bredesen pushes Green jobs, innovation
At the midpoint in Gov. Bredesen's second term, he's not letting-up on the accelerator for New Economy jobs
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TNInvestco Tri-Star principals now 'on leave' from VU
TNInvestco Tri-Star principals now 'on leave' from VU
Departure from Vanderbilt was always in the cards, but university has now launched a review for possible conflicts of interest
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Game-changer: Jacobson's Tri-Star group aims for impact
Game-changer: Jacobson's Tri-Star group aims for impact
A trio of Vanderbilt executives aims to do well, by doing good - and perhaps upset the tech-commercialization model
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TNInvestco:  Goldrush underway to fund TN ventures
TNInvestco: Goldrush underway to fund TN ventures
$120MM program should inject more than $80MM into seed- and early-stage companies in Tennessee over next few years
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XMi High Growth Development Fund, LLC
XMi High Growth Development Fund, LLC
At left, Mike Shmerling
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Tri-Star Technology Fund, LLC
Tri-Star Technology Fund, LLC

At left, Dr. Harry Jacobson

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Tennessee Community Ventures Fund, LLC
Tennessee Community Ventures Fund, LLC
At left, Eric Satz
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Tennessee Angel Fund
Tennessee Angel Fund
At left, Sid Chambless
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Solidus-TNInvestco LLC
Solidus-TNInvestco LLC
At left, Townes Duncan
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NEST-TN, LLC
NEST-TN, LLC
At left, Fran Marcum
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Memphis Biomed Ventures Tennessee I LLC
Memphis Biomed Ventures Tennessee I LLC
At left, Gary Stevenson
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Limestone Fund LLC
Limestone Fund LLC
At left, Joe Cook Jr.
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Innova Fund II, LP
Innova Fund II, LP

At left, Ken Woody

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Council & Enhanced Tennessee Fund, LLC
Council & Enhanced Tennessee Fund, LLC

At left, Denny Bottorff

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Innovators and allies seek $20MM to improve Tennessee research, economy and culture
Innovators and allies seek $20MM to improve Tennessee research, economy and culture
Vanderbilt institute gets a key role with ORNL and UT, in scenario for improving university collaboration and state's entrepreneurism
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Claritas-backed Pace Investment makes acquisition in Payments sector
Claritas-backed Pace Investment makes acquisition in Payments sector
A veteran of Massey Burch and iPayment is in the mix as Claritas and Pace push payments rollup venture
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The 'Deciders':  Five men shaping fate of TNInvestco
The 'Deciders': Five men shaping fate of TNInvestco
Within days, Tennesseans should know who state officials have decided should have access to the inaugural $120MM TNInvestco program
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Digital Nashville launches innovation mentorship service
Digital Nashville launches innovation mentorship service
DN's new service is aimed at corporate innovators and freelancers, as well as entrepreneurs, and leaves the capital-raising to others
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State's TechDevCorp adapting to threats and opportunities
State's TechDevCorp adapting to threats and opportunities

Warning TNInvestco's not enough, TTDC hopes to keep its mission alive, maybe by spinning-off new ventures

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Briefly: Petra Capital invests in med transcription company
Briefly: Petra Capital invests in med transcription company
Today's announcement is further evidence of the attraction of healthcare-savvy investors to health IT, wherever it resides
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Whitney:  NV techies should 'think', not just 'follow'
Whitney: NV techies should 'think', not just 'follow'

Entrepreneur says local tech community has 'a lot to prove', before access to venture capital improves

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TN TechDev's life running through financial hourglass
TN TechDev's life running through financial hourglass
Tennessee Technology Development Corp. faces the proverbial 'Valley of Death' in its own funding, and looks to the Bredesen Administration for a liferope
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TTDC says it plans no funding for TN Bio Assn.
TTDC says it plans no funding for TN Bio Assn.
Technology-enterprise advocate believes life-sciences sector cannot advance without stronger leadership
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CEO:  Healthcare Management Systems passing $75MM mark
CEO: Healthcare Management Systems passing $75MM mark
PE-backed HMS acquires technology from undisclosed company, aims to leverage Stimulus funding for further momentum
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Recruiters target Nashville's life-sciences sector
Recruiters target Nashville's life-sciences sector
Though their faith in the future may vary, retained executive-search professionals are investing energy in Bio and related fields.
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Legal-services entrepreneur Freedman tackles more startups
Legal-services entrepreneur Freedman tackles more startups

A serial entrepreneur continues to embrace Nashville, even tho its investors are 'too damn nice'

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Leaders:  Bio-entrepreneur sees leverage in TNInvestco
Leaders: Bio-entrepreneur sees leverage in TNInvestco

The yet-to-be-operational TNInvestco capital-formation program seems to have kindled fresh interest in key sectors

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Venture Notebook:  Noro-Moseley will keep eye on Digital Media
Venture Notebook: Noro-Moseley will keep eye on Digital Media
Atlanta-based VC with strong Nashville presence took steps to lighten digital-media ballast, at least temporarily
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Venture Notebook:  Change:Healthcare update
Venture Notebook: Change:Healthcare update
Innovative healthcare technology company has completed an Angel round, and looking ahead to valuation and B-raise
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Venture Notebook:  Decosimo Corporate Finance origins
Venture Notebook: Decosimo Corporate Finance origins
The Decosimo brand in accounting, advisory services and corporate finance has been evolving steadily
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TNInvestco finalists named by ECD-Revenue
TNInvestco finalists named by ECD-Revenue
Ten companies of 25 are advancing toward interviews and a shot at more than $80MM in tax-credit allocations that can be capitalized
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Chamber CEO: 'Fever pitch' battle vs recession requires tough calls
Chamber CEO: 'Fever pitch' battle vs recession requires tough calls
Chamber staff press on, despite Recession setbacks, and take a fresh look at priorities
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TTDC supports innovation with $500K for six teams
TTDC supports innovation with $500K for six teams
TTDC gets its second wind, releases funding for technology and commercialization grants, looks toward future
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With NEC running, Echomusic execs launch Rockhouse
With NEC running, Echomusic execs launch Rockhouse
[Updated] With the Nashville Entrepreneur Center unveiled this morning, this entrepreneur is turning his sights to a venture in entertainment
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Fund-manager interviews set by City of Franklin
Fund-manager interviews set by City of Franklin
A VU MBA alum happens to be on the team out of New York State interviewing would-be fund managers
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$40MM in 'lumps':  PassAlong demise spurs entrepreneur onward
$40MM in 'lumps': PassAlong demise spurs entrepreneur onward
Dave Jaworski has his hands in at least three new ventures, and is out on the money trail again, undeterred
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'We are Music City' Entrepreneur Campaign launches
'We are Music City' Entrepreneur Campaign launches

[Updated] The Nashville Area Chamber and its allies are unleashing an Entrepreneur Center, brand and marketing campaign

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Statewide 'Tennessee Angel Fund' launched as TNInvestco deadline nears
Statewide 'Tennessee Angel Fund' launched as TNInvestco deadline nears
Sid Chambless has gained a third leadership hat, as Nashville Capital Network and its allies launch a third investment vehicle
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Tennessee Biotechnology Association wrestles with leadership and priorities
Tennessee Biotechnology Association wrestles with leadership and priorities
TBA is apparently regrouping, and still dealing with basic organizational and strategy issues as it confront a crisis of opportunity, because of the growing importance of the life sciences
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Vanderbilt venture developer notes 'disconnect' with Venture Capital
Vanderbilt venture developer notes 'disconnect' with Venture Capital
Christopher Rand's presentation underscores gaps in the capital continuum, but suggests a target-rich environment for seed-stage investors
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Venture Strategy: HealthTeacher mobilizing community allies to advance contract sales
Venture Strategy: HealthTeacher mobilizing community allies to advance contract sales
With schools' funding hammered, Nashville health-education venture sets out to galvanize local alliances nationwide, to support funding for its curricular and instructional materials.
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TNInvestco:  'Creativity incredible' among interested firms
TNInvestco: 'Creativity incredible' among interested firms

[Updated] With the VC filing deadline just 13 days away, one administrator of the state's new capital-formation program is impressed with the calibre of prospective fund managers

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Angel Capital Group leaders tackle 'rev-up' challenge
Angel Capital Group leaders tackle 'rev-up' challenge
ACG's fate is still unfolding, as its founder takes on co-owners with experience in Nashville culture, business finance and the ways of the world
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InvestTennessee: State launching biz-development site
InvestTennessee: State launching biz-development site
The State and its public-private partners are launching a website to advance economic-development objectives
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VC-backed MetroLight loses U.S. leader to competitor
VC-backed MetroLight loses U.S. leader to competitor
[Updated] Top lighting executive says he declined West Coast offer til company relented and allowed him to stay in Nashville
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Nashville Medical Trade Center team blitzes NV influentials
Nashville Medical Trade Center team blitzes NV influentials
[Updated] At the end of an intensive week of meetings here, the CEO of the proposed trade center says a competing NYC group offered has made overtures
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Private equity: State pension fund commits $150MM
Private equity: State pension fund commits $150MM
Heavy-hitters among the threesome of fund managers chosen to handle the state's inaugural PE investments
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Resource:  TNInvestco briefing registrants
Resource: TNInvestco briefing registrants

Some are shoppers, some are bidders, some are there to keep an eye on others...and some are committed to vying for TNInvestco certification

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Cumberland IPO now active: 10-year journey with Vanderbilt reaches milestone
Cumberland IPO now active: 10-year journey with Vanderbilt reaches milestone
[UPDATED Aug. 11, 6:53 a.m.] Cumberland Pharmaceuticals' IPO filing became effective yesterday and trades today as CPIX, 27 months after the shelf registration and 20 subsequent amendments
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Tazzle founder slips into town to capitalize on technology
Tazzle founder slips into town to capitalize on technology
An accomplished young entrepreneur tackles his next venture in Music City, starting with moving photos from your cellphone, perhaps ending in healthcare
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Mergers & Acquisitions:  Mountain Group Capital targets solid companies owned by 'Boomers
Mergers & Acquisitions: Mountain Group Capital targets solid companies owned by 'Boomers
Mountain Group Capital is a family-owned business with five portfolio companies, and is looking for more 'quality deals'
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C-level team-building:  e+CancerCare names CAO
C-level team-building: e+CancerCare names CAO
A company with a timely mission gains a veteran of Nashville healthcare ventures, as the nation's focus on cancer intensifies
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Healthcare entrepreneurs, investors convene tomorrow
Healthcare entrepreneurs, investors convene tomorrow
One of the nation's top Angel-investing advocates will make the case for more collaboration among investors of every type, to provide early-stage capital to ventures
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ECD's Kisber reasserts State authority for venture-capital push
ECD's Kisber reasserts State authority for venture-capital push

With the leverage of the game-changing TNInvestco program becoming more apparent, Bredesen Cabinet officials move to establish control, for the long-haul

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VCs form industry consortium, as TNInvestco nears kickoff
VCs form industry consortium, as TNInvestco nears kickoff
Those who would be fund managers in the state's new program are taking a close look at the groundrules and the competition
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Recapitalization at Documentary Channel, after founder-filmmaker cedes CEO role
Recapitalization at Documentary Channel, after founder-filmmaker cedes CEO role
Neff makes the hand-off to Ackerman, as firm positions for next phase of development
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U.S. economy in 'depression', says prominent former TN official
U.S. economy in 'depression', says prominent former TN official
Economist, author, former TN ECD commissioner offers a prescription for warding-off disaster
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Nashville Entrepreneur Center gets project manager
Nashville Entrepreneur Center gets project manager
Tech veteran of digital entertainment and online media is coordinating online resource center
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Capital Confirmation reports bank mandates, growth surge
Capital Confirmation reports bank mandates, growth surge
Major banks and accounting firms are mandating use of Brentwood company's technology
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Briefly:  Ernst & Young VC watcher has eye on Nashville
Briefly: Ernst & Young VC watcher has eye on Nashville
Keep an eye on what your 'constrained' customer must buy, suggests E&Y exec for the hemisphere.
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TTDC predicts venture-cap program will be 'over-subscribed'
TTDC predicts venture-cap program will be 'over-subscribed'

There may be fences to mend, but now it's time for the state's VCs to Cowboy Up and make a move

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Healthtech:  Zepherella's Tennessee roll-out set for Fall
Healthtech: Zepherella's Tennessee roll-out set for Fall

[updated] As 'transparency' and payment-cycle issues converge, PatientPay targets the front-end of the revenue cycle

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BCA execs creating $25MM fund here
BCA execs creating $25MM fund here
In a buyer's market and with incentives for fund creation proliferating, well known Nashvillians make their move
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PassAlong dies, Jaworski lives, Bandbox bets on boom
PassAlong dies, Jaworski lives, Bandbox bets on boom
As Nashville's startup ecosystem matures, wisdom from failures nourishes new digital ventures
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Tech commerce: Leadership shakeup reported at UT Research Foundation
Tech commerce: Leadership shakeup reported at UT Research Foundation
[Updated] As the stakes get higher for tech transfer and R&D, UT makes far-reaching changes in governance of its research, licensing and venture arm
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$800MM: TCRS releases state private equity guidelines
$800MM: TCRS releases state private equity guidelines
Much anticipated guidance for VCs and private-equity investors is likely to galvanize Tennessee fund managers
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New 'Green energy' venture revealed in wake of Vencap legislation
New 'Green energy' venture revealed in wake of Vencap legislation
The governor's signature will soon be affixed to the State's new venture law, but already there are hundreds of new jobs on the horizon
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Update:  Moontoast's cap round closes, CEO named
Update: Moontoast's cap round closes, CEO named
[Updated and corrected 3:20 p.m.] Techventure veteran becomes CEO, while star performers back knowledge-net startup
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Venture Capital tax credit approved by General Assembly
Venture Capital tax credit approved by General Assembly
[Updated 5:52 p.m.] The TNSBICCA passed in both House and Senate today, and will next go to Gov. Bredesen. The Senate vote was 30-0. It passed in the full House this morning, 94-0, and in Senate Finance this afternoon 9-0-1PNV. The insurance industry provides the leverage for this economic development and venture-funding move.
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Update: VGT's Yarbrough investing along twin paths
Update: VGT's Yarbrough investing along twin paths
There's a job open at Video Gaming Technologies, where entrepreneur is investing $100MM
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Judges like 'Nashville: Where Innovation Sings' for city branding
Judges like 'Nashville: Where Innovation Sings' for city branding

The annual Accelerator endurance and innovation test produces much food for thought.

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Airplay Direct chooses Nashville, attracts investors
Airplay Direct chooses Nashville, attracts investors
A native Music veteran and a tech-savvy investor have prevailed on early-stage digitainment company to call Music City home
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Briefly: Council Ventures leads New Day Pharmacy raise
Briefly: Council Ventures leads New Day Pharmacy raise

Council Ventures tells raise for once-fragile Nashville company, with an undisclosed strategic partner

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NEWSBITS May 26, 2009
NEWSBITS May 26, 2009
Jacobson's new digs, Universal Robotics' placement, WSJ taps local analysts, Solidus' stake, antitrust cautions and more...
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Aegis Sciences muscles-up for growth in Nashville
Aegis Sciences muscles-up for growth in Nashville

Corporate ambitions may suggest a role for outside capital in this high-profile local growth company

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CredenceHealth leverages Angel money and Feds' pressure
CredenceHealth leverages Angel money and Feds' pressure

With $17.2 billion soon under the scalpel, startup feels it has a better mousetrap for improving quality and financial returns

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NEWSBITS May 1, 2009
NEWSBITS May 1, 2009
Digital Reasoning, tech transfer, Metro development, Innotec, nTelagent, Memphis venture forum, ICA, M&A, bankruptcies and more...
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State venture-capital incentive gains traction in Gen. Assembly
State venture-capital incentive gains traction in Gen. Assembly

Legislators want to demonstrate support for smaller ventures, advocates say the CAPCO model has been improved since early adopters found serious flaws

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Sidebar:  Opinions on CAPCO vary among VCs
Sidebar: Opinions on CAPCO vary among VCs

Tennessee executives see both problems and opportunities in proposal for stimulation of early-stage investment

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Nashville execs say they'll launch 'smoke-free cigarette'
Nashville execs say they'll launch 'smoke-free cigarette'
In another push for success, two Euro execs say $20MM will put their innovation over the top
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TTDC, Mind2Marketplace relationship expands
TTDC, Mind2Marketplace relationship expands
With ties to key members of the Congressional delegation, M2M has a leg-up in seeking funding of various sorts
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NEWSBITS April 20, 2009
NEWSBITS April 20, 2009
Goad reported suing former TVA director, Petra and Innova invest, $20MM the number for startup, tech transfer event, views on IPO climate...
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General Assembly spotlights venture investing
General Assembly spotlights venture investing
The state's new private-equity director debuts and a VC panel gets the lowdown on controversial venture-funding proposal
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Petra Capital makes $5MM tech investment
Petra Capital makes $5MM tech investment
Nashville's Petra Capital backs entrepreneur in Boston area, mining the HR/Payroll platform space
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NEWSBITS March 30, 2009
NEWSBITS March 30, 2009
Notes from Northshore Capital Management, TTDC, VCs, wealth-management moves and more...
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Venture capitalists standing-down from FONCE battle
Venture capitalists standing-down from FONCE battle
A dust-up avoided, the state's venture-capital firms announce they're no longer concerned about certain changes in taxbreak provisions affecting family-owned entities.
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Entrepreneurship:  Nashville's dueling Venture events create quandary
Entrepreneurship: Nashville's dueling Venture events create quandary

Bootstrapping or pitching Investors? Simultaneous March 31 events may force entrepreneurs to set their learning priorities

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Briefly:  Luminetx adds 3rd CEO
Briefly: Luminetx adds 3rd CEO
A promising technology, but lacklustre progress breed caution around this Memphis med-devices startup
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Star-backed Nashville startup toasts global knowledge
Star-backed Nashville startup toasts global knowledge
Fresh from its debut at South by Southwest, Moontoast aims to unite world's learners and problem-solvers
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Homeward bound: NV tech company moves to The Boro
Homeward bound: NV tech company moves to The Boro
Led by tim Choate, 10-year-old tech company opts to be near hometown talent, eliminate commuting
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Tech Economy:  TTDC targets Angels and Entrepreneurs
Tech Economy: TTDC targets Angels and Entrepreneurs
Local Angel net and Mercury Labs shoulder high-profile assignments for the state's tech-driven economic development leader
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'Growth advisor' Campbell stays close to the money
'Growth advisor' Campbell stays close to the money
Native daughter turns drive and contacts into a series of healthcare-oriented ventures
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ConnectivHealth divests unit, focuses on key business
ConnectivHealth divests unit, focuses on key business
Evolving Brentwood company focuses fresh capital on latest acquisition, divests once flagship business
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NEWSBITS Feb. 13, 2009
NEWSBITS Feb. 13, 2009
Updates on ICA, iPayment, Tractor Supply, Solar Institute interest, Stimulus, Tech competition, and Med-devices firms...
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TTDC funds bioscience entrepreneurship initiative
TTDC funds bioscience entrepreneurship initiative

With former VC hired to lead program, grant for entrepreneurship helps flesh-out tech-development ecosystem

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STHS Ventures 'accelerates' companies reshaping healthcare
STHS Ventures 'accelerates' companies reshaping healthcare

From his Nashville vantage-point, Jason Dinger works to find opportunities that produce a plus for the community's healthcare

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Life Sciences: VC-backed Nodality opens Franklin lab
Life Sciences: VC-backed Nodality opens Franklin lab
By enlisting a squad of scientists based here, this California firm has created a pathway of its own into Nashville's fledgling biotechnology community
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Kisber:  VC says 'Tennessee on map' for Green investment
Kisber: VC says 'Tennessee on map' for Green investment
State official offers tantalizing hints of impending cap-investment announcements, and mentions direct talks with a VC
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Trade Mission:  Local execs take Nashville story to Big Apple
Trade Mission: Local execs take Nashville story to Big Apple
HCA, Waller Lansden execs among the platoon hoping to flush-out prospects with info about Nashville's relo popularity
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AT&T innovation chief will keynote Nashville event
AT&T innovation chief will keynote Nashville event
Middle Tennessee's regional tech-commercialization advocacy group will convene in April
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CoreTech's 'Green' industries campus advancing here
CoreTech's 'Green' industries campus advancing here
Middle Tennessee's next sci-tech business park may be located in Wilson County
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Nashville tech ventures to pitch at Southeast Venture Conference
Nashville tech ventures to pitch at Southeast Venture Conference
Two very different enterprises - Uloop and Pathfinder Therapeutics - are on the money trail, once again
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Petra Capital's Blackburn:  Maybe 'everyone's on-strike'
Petra Capital's Blackburn: Maybe 'everyone's on-strike'
Waiting for the economy's turn, this VC keeps it real by focusing on performance, processes and pairing-up golfers
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10 Years:  Nashville Technology Council claims broader role
10 Years: Nashville Technology Council claims broader role
NTC's 10th Anniversary took a symbolic step forward this morning, led by a new CEO intent on a bigger regional role for the association
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Tennessee Pension Fund names private-equity investment director
Tennessee Pension Fund names private-equity investment director
In a much-anticipated announcement, TCRS announces the identity of the man who will be the fund's first private-equity investment director
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Another VC to join Obama Administration
Another VC to join Obama Administration
FCC loses Tennessean Deborah Tate, but gains an Obama chum with a track-record of public service and entrepreneurship
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Passport Health not retreating from M&A strategy
Passport Health not retreating from M&A strategy
Management may 'measure twice, cut once' in looking at deals, but local revenue-cycle player still aims for 'choice' standing in the sector
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Opening gambit:  DisastersNet partners with HealthStream
Opening gambit: DisastersNet partners with HealthStream

The stakes for hospitals are high and rising, amid disasters and other incidents, and two tech-driven Nashville companies respond

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Some owners wary as Revenue's Farr argues for equity and 'true VCs'
Some owners wary as Revenue's Farr argues for equity and 'true VCs'
Amid an awful economy and with the dust from their last scrape still in the air, the State and some business interests may be squaring-off, once again
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Mercury Tech and allies incubate entrepreneurial city
Mercury Tech and allies incubate entrepreneurial city
In Memphis, Eric Mathews is helping generate more material for Nashville tech advocates' best-practices file
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Frontier Capital pushes West toward Nashville
Frontier Capital pushes West toward Nashville

North Carolina deal-flow prospector says his firm is focusing more attention on Music City

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Boon, not gloom?  MB Ventures chief looks forward to '09
Boon, not gloom? MB Ventures chief looks forward to '09
With a nod to Nashville VCs, this Memphis fund manager sees plenty of targets of opportunity
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PassAlong Networks names VC to Presidency
PassAlong Networks names VC to Presidency
Deep into its latest capital raise, one of Nashville's most active digital-entertainment companies puts a new hand on the tiller
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Council Ventures adds VC general partner
Council Ventures adds VC general partner

Eight-year-old VC adds its fourth general partner, heading into a buyer's market

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Pres-Elect names VC to head Small Business Administration
Pres-Elect names VC to head Small Business Administration
This Maine private equity and LBO executive knows up-close and personal what it takes to survive and innovate
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Wamp delivers: TN Valley event set in Midstate for 2009
Wamp delivers: TN Valley event set in Midstate for 2009
Rep. Gordon's 6th District was recently inducted into tech-jobs initiative, and now will host a key annual conference
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Maynard asks further look at Metro economy
Maynard asks further look at Metro economy
Having had a public forum, Councilmember At Large says he'll ask for January work session on economic development
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VC-backed former Ingram exec launches online business
VC-backed former Ingram exec launches online business
Entrepreneur's new company means fresh links between Nashville and the Creatives
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Gov. Bredesen spies more Energy jobs after Hemlock
Gov. Bredesen spies more Energy jobs after Hemlock
If it were football, we'd say the Governor wants to see what his economic-development team can do with 2 minutes left, in the Red Zone
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IRON Solutions' VC in Nashville, sparks HQ talk
IRON Solutions' VC in Nashville, sparks HQ talk
StarVest is looking for local deal flow for its new $250MM fund, while IRON's CEO is campaigning to grow in Nashville
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Lehman: CFMT needs unrestricted funds for rapid impact
Lehman: CFMT needs unrestricted funds for rapid impact
This is one foundation that's been a venture from the start, 'bringing good people and good causes together'
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Jaworski's PassAlong still aims to 'do something big'
Jaworski's PassAlong still aims to 'do something big'
CEO says $30MM in fresh capitalization is coming from VCs, a bank and strategic investors
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Venture File:  Solidus Company
Venture File: Solidus Company
Townes Duncan and Vic Gatto now say grace over quite a clutch of portfolio companies
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Economy: Nashville Business Outlook Summit set for Winter '09
Economy: Nashville Business Outlook Summit set for Winter '09
Rippee leads monitoring group; Chamber helps local businesses survive and thrive, despite the plummeting economy
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Online Plumgood expiring, but Satz still running
Online Plumgood expiring, but Satz still running

Barring an ardent suitor, Nashville's first free-standing online grocery gambit has played out, but the CEO's staying put

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Rick Oliver's American Sentinel launches D-Round capital raise
Rick Oliver's American Sentinel launches D-Round capital raise

A supposed transformation of education, plus sustained support from key moneymen seem to have given ALS staying-power

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PassAlong Networks reportedly raising $30MM
PassAlong Networks reportedly raising $30MM
West Coast transplant reportedly raising another $30MM to fuel its innovation in digital entertainment and commerce
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Scientist asks Nashville help, VU institutes move to Music Row
Scientist asks Nashville help, VU institutes move to Music Row

Prominent technology groups need more than better real estate to compete in 'brutally' competitive funding environment

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Stakes are rising for TTDC, as VC group presses for change
Stakes are rising for TTDC, as VC group presses for change

Tennessee Technology Development Corporation has a great gameplan, but the clock is ticking for policymakers, VCs, scientists and entrepreneurs

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Game-changing ideas for Tennessee venture capital
Game-changing ideas for Tennessee venture capital
Could new Angel tax credits, grant programs and quasi-debt facilities provide the critical mass of capital Tennessee needs?
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VU portfolio company is plying A-round capital raise
VU portfolio company is plying A-round capital raise
CEO has fallen in love with Nashville, and relishes the idea of Music City Angels luring him here from Birmingham
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MB Ventures' 3rd fund emerging in time to reap 'Vintage 2009' values
MB Ventures' 3rd fund emerging in time to reap 'Vintage 2009' values
The Pitt Hyde-founded life-sciences investor will soon be on the prowl again, in a target-rich marketplace of down-valued companies
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Music Row veteran pushing Highnote venture raise
Music Row veteran pushing Highnote venture raise
Some may call it 'just another' Internet play, but Google gurus on the team could make this venture stand up and say Howdy!
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TechCFO partner sees VC, law, tech allies in Nashville
TechCFO partner sees VC, law, tech allies in Nashville
Atlanta interim C-level staffing and consulting firm is entering Nashville and Knoxville, leveraging its Chattanooga presence
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'Nashville Overground' could help stir startups
'Nashville Overground' could help stir startups
Nashville's creative roots are strong and the juices are flowing. Now, the 'sustainability' theme is due a hearing.
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Healthier NTC will refocus on venture ties and serving Nashville region
Healthier NTC will refocus on venture ties and serving Nashville region
With regional ambitions and a foundation restored, Fetherling assumes NTC command from Costantine
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Council Ventures' portfolio company said closing after a lead investor balks
Council Ventures' portfolio company said closing after a lead investor balks

Nashville-based investor's fourth asset may prove to be a casualty of the economic crisis

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ESPN-backed company buys Nashville ventures
ESPN-backed company buys Nashville ventures
Local transactions players snapped-up by a California firm with private-equity heavyweights. By Milt Capps
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Nashville VC:  'Pushover' entrepreneurs need not apply
Nashville VC: 'Pushover' entrepreneurs need not apply

While waiting for chaos to subside, entrepreneurs should be careful not to overplay their hands, but they should come to bargain hard

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Tennessee Technology Development Corp. sharpens venture focus
Tennessee Technology Development Corp. sharpens venture focus
TTDC presses ahead on numerous fronts, with a deadline looming just over the horizon, amid a rough economy, and political changes
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POV:  Ventures at risk mean C-level IT role must change
POV: Ventures at risk mean C-level IT role must change

Sailing into fierce economic headwinds, this Nashville-based consultant says it's time for denizens of the C-level to give up their secrets

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$27B State pension fund has 18 advisors after competition
$27B State pension fund has 18 advisors after competition
Given the vagaries of global markets, TCRS pension funds and other assets that are managed in service to employers of government workers and educators enjoy close tending by heavy-hitters
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PayMaxx Founder Ferdowsi is 'failing' at retirement
PayMaxx Founder Ferdowsi is 'failing' at retirement

While swearing-off another tech startup, this mid-life entrepreneur keeps finding new ventures and hobbies to love

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Pathfinder Therapeutics gets $5.2MM A-round infusion
Pathfinder Therapeutics gets $5.2MM A-round infusion
After a long sojourn in the VC desert, a VU spinout finds it A-round lead in North Carolina
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VC panelists:  Entrepreneurs in good standing, please rise
VC panelists: Entrepreneurs in good standing, please rise
They're still paid to invest wisely, but watch-out for VCs wearing neckties. Yesterday's NCN panel provided depth for current outlook
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ProfitPoint invites M&A candidates, moves corporate flag to Pennsylvania
ProfitPoint invites M&A candidates, moves corporate flag to Pennsylvania
Even as the company's center of gravity shifts further, this VC-funded business aims for more M&A deals
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McWhorter-backed coalition, Solidus-backed company are health-reform allies
McWhorter-backed coalition, Solidus-backed company are health-reform allies
Veteran healthcare leader and venture-capitalist joins youthful advocates for a fresh, and aggressive look at health care reform
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World Trade Center Nashville gets fresh impetus from CenTradeX founder
World Trade Center Nashville gets fresh impetus from CenTradeX founder
The leader of this Franklin firm has made executive changes that could improve the odds of success for this unprecedented mid-TN venture
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Neither Gov. Bredesen nor Volkswagen blinked
Neither Gov. Bredesen nor Volkswagen blinked
Governor's trade mission to broaden ties to German manufacturer and suppliers finds VW resolute in its Tennessee plans
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VU portfolio company TyraTech's relocation 'suspended', but not dead
VU portfolio company TyraTech's relocation 'suspended', but not dead
Life-sciences company says it's still focused on move, but sales lag and economic conditions creating headwind
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Cybera trims sails to remain on-course
Cybera trims sails to remain on-course

[Sale update] VC-supported venture promises new products, more allies and net hiring

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NV entrepreneur preps 'game-changing' tech for Sports-Entertainment
NV entrepreneur preps 'game-changing' tech for Sports-Entertainment
A transplant to Nashville, this former attorney is extending his entrepreneurship with digital delivery of 'live' entertainment
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Health Systems-Emageon deal draws on Bass Berry attorneys
Health Systems-Emageon deal draws on Bass Berry attorneys
Under shareholder pressure, healthcare picture-management firm Emageon finds safe harbor with a health IT firm based in Tampa
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Pharos Capital's flush, but not immune to 'bunker mentality'
Pharos Capital's flush, but not immune to 'bunker mentality'
Even with $600MM, Pharos confronts investors' expectations and portfolio-companies' ripple-down challenges
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Solidus capital morphs Galbraith's M21 into OnFocus Healthcare
Solidus capital morphs Galbraith's M21 into OnFocus Healthcare

This private-equity funded Brentwood firm aims to make healthcare organizations transparent for management teams under pressure for quality and performance

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Startup Weekend Nashville: Passions, Programmers and Products
Startup Weekend Nashville: Passions, Programmers and Products

Techies, marketers, inventors and lawyers are expected among the throng gathering tomorrow on the Vanderbilt campus

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Partnership 2010/Chamber call for 'Virtual Entrepreneur Center'
Partnership 2010/Chamber call for 'Virtual Entrepreneur Center'

With an eye toward the long haul, and against a backdrop of economic crisis, Co-Chairs Frist and Shmerling (L-R) release Entrepreneur Project recommendations

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Update: State Pension fund searches for private-equity director
Update: State Pension fund searches for private-equity director
UPDATED Oct. 9 0925 - For the moment, the Pension fund is proroceeding with recruitment that could improve returns on TCRS portfolio
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$5MM E-Dough:  Edo Interactive re-loads with local VCs
$5MM E-Dough: Edo Interactive re-loads with local VCs
Fresh capital and guerrilla marketing help Nashville firm catch the Gen Y wave, as bigger players wade into the space
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McQuigg tweaks management at ConnectivHealth
McQuigg tweaks management at ConnectivHealth
Facing waves of technologies and possible future M&A deals, this venture-backed organization gets a tuneup
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New $100MM venture fund creator retains 2nd Generation
New $100MM venture fund creator retains 2nd Generation
Entrepreneur who hit jackpot in technology for gambling is establishing a rigorous process for targeting his investments
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Leadership succession at Tennessee Technology Development Corporation
Leadership succession at Tennessee Technology Development Corporation

TTDC lands prominent healthcare CEO, scientist and policy influential to help navigate the shores of business, academe and government

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'Idea 67':  Shmerling offers entrepreneurial concept for Nashville
'Idea 67': Shmerling offers entrepreneurial concept for Nashville
If Nashville wants to keep good businesses here, it should leverage untapped ideas that abound in local companies
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VU's Owen: Lynskey takes startup helm, OEC successor named
VU's Owen: Lynskey takes startup helm, OEC successor named
Entrepreneurship program aims for smooth transition, as the man who connected Owen to the 'startup world' returns to the tech ventures he loves
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Pathfinder Therapeutics CEO is out
Pathfinder Therapeutics CEO is out
Venture continues to scout capital, relying on federal grants to stay alive and hoping for a break
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Tennessee VCs worry they'll be crowded-out of state pension investments
Tennessee VCs worry they'll be crowded-out of state pension investments
Overseers look for 'best proposals', VCs press case for homegrown jobs and investment, while FONCE uncertainty continues
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Credibility Crunch: Health M&A and innovation shaped by Feds
Credibility Crunch: Health M&A and innovation shaped by Feds

At deal-making summit, investment bankers and others say focus on regulatory pressure for cost-reductions, rather than on next President

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Bionic Woman:  Exec perseveres, while biotech struggles for momentum
Bionic Woman: Exec perseveres, while biotech struggles for momentum

While critics sound off and Biotech targets General Assembly, an economy-shaping executive keeps pushing education and innovations

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The Raise: Nashville startup lands in TechCrunch 'DemoPit'
The Raise: Nashville startup lands in TechCrunch 'DemoPit'

Beating-out more than 800 competitors, a confident Statzen hopes a few minutes elevator-pitching West Coast investors will shorten the fund-raising cycle for this emerging company.

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Vanderbilt's $50M discovery fund, TTDC's signal event
Vanderbilt's $50M discovery fund, TTDC's signal event
TTDC convenes investors and scientists in Nashville -- and Chancellor Zeppos announces new money for VU's academic discovery fund
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May Town Center corporate campuses might ring bell with entrepreneurs
May Town Center corporate campuses might ring bell with entrepreneurs
Further action is set for this afternoon. When the dust settles on the Bells Bend fight, we may have learned more about companies' needs to congregate, as well as innovate and celebrate
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Gordon-Wamp give fresh push to Mid-TN Tech consortium
Gordon-Wamp give fresh push to Mid-TN Tech consortium
Although slow to crystallize, the Mind2Marketplace technology initiative has won support from a growing number of participants, as it attempts to become a formal organization
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VC scouts venture talent for The Buffkin Group
VC scouts venture talent for The Buffkin Group
He'll keep his hand in deal flow, but now he's jazzed about finding talent to reinforce venture-backed companies or breathe life into technology players
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Strategy Notes:  LBMC and Entrepreneurs' worst fears
Strategy Notes: LBMC and Entrepreneurs' worst fears
LBMC embraces the rise of private-equity-owned companies by hiring someone with both operating and consulting experience.
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Strength in numbers: Claritas Capital wants more VCs in Nashville's early-stage deals
Strength in numbers: Claritas Capital wants more VCs in Nashville's early-stage deals

Claritas appreciates recognition for its early-stage investing, but the Nashville VC wants more Tennessee funds to join the party

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State to invest $900 Million in private-equity alternatives
State to invest $900 Million in private-equity alternatives

State pension fund is hiring equities director, developing investment policy and will seek advice on targeting a portion of TCRS' $32 billion

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Strategy notes: Family advisers shape investments
Strategy notes: Family advisers shape investments
Entrepreneurs are slow to think of family-office managers, like entertainment-industry accountant Mike Vaden, as gatekeepers in raising capital.
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Liquidity event: Passport Health deal shows power of health-revenue cycle
Liquidity event: Passport Health deal shows power of health-revenue cycle
Angels, VCs from near and far: Nashville gets a look inside another hot health technology sector, which some think will be driven by M&A activity for years to come.
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Nashville VCs have strong views on 'what it takes'
Nashville VCs have strong views on 'what it takes'

There are no 'weathervanes' among these folks. Defining 'institutional', a caution about egos, and a reminder that sounds a lot like 'Dance with the one that brung ya'

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VW: The Noog Uber Alles
VW: The Noog Uber Alles
There's much to celebrate in Chattanooga's Volkswagen win, even though the benefits for Nashville remain uncertain
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Nashville 49th among 60 cities in creating Tech jobs
Nashville 49th among 60 cities in creating Tech jobs
UPDATED June 27 - Recent reports suggest Nashville's foothold in the world's Tech economy is real, but tenuous
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Video as a Service: Smartvue seeks Angels, gives Hapner new wings
Video as a Service: Smartvue seeks Angels, gives Hapner new wings
Marty Renkis isn't backing-off his $100 million goal, as he works to finesse his B Round raise and adds a veteran IT exec to push sales
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'Creative Nashville' may lure high-growth ventures
'Creative Nashville' may lure high-growth ventures

Tonight, NBC provides another test of Nashville's brand-image -- while the Entrepreneur Project confronts 'lagging innovative capacity', inadequate capital and slow tech commercialization.

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Tech strategist joins Tennessee economic advocate
Tech strategist joins Tennessee economic advocate
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation continues to assemble its team to drive tech-centered economic development.
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'Secret Sauce':  Debut Broadcasting hopes investors smell what it's cookin'
'Secret Sauce': Debut Broadcasting hopes investors smell what it's cookin'
Are 'Radio Days' back? The capital crunch has hit this Nashville-based media roll-up, which aims to take a page from the consolidation playbook of Clear Channel and other giants
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Nashville VCs may soon hear Google ally knocking
Nashville VCs may soon hear Google ally knocking
With up to $15 million on his mind, Smart Furniture's CEO hopes Nashville investors won't sit out his next raise. He's simultaneously flirting with the search engine giant, and staking a claim to leadership in mass customization.
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VCs: Nashville 'doesn't exist' in minds of many healthcare, tech investors
VCs: Nashville 'doesn't exist' in minds of many healthcare, tech investors

Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist (left) predicted 'we're going to spend more on healthcare', but four VCs told local execs that few investors know much about Nashville's healthcare track record -- unwelcome news for Kin Clinton's Woolsthorpe Technologies.

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UPDATE:  Pathfinder Therapeutics is back on the money trail
UPDATE: Pathfinder Therapeutics is back on the money trail
Making scientific discoveries that can survive the punishing path toward the market is hard enough. Now that the FDA has approved marketing that could save liver-cancer patients' lives, Pathfinder Therapeutics hopes local investors and the State of Tennessee can lend a hand. But, they're not holding their breath.
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Alexander and Gordon keep pressure on Bush White House
Alexander and Gordon keep pressure on Bush White House

Strange Days: A sitting President signs a bill funding science, technology and education and simultaneously vows to gut funding. The federal budget has been held up, ever since.

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BioMimetic shakes-off FDA bruise,<Br> carves-out Biotechnology niche
BioMimetic shakes-off FDA bruise,
carves-out Biotechnology niche

Now, after selling its first FDA-approved product to a close ally, BioMimetic is flush with cash and experience -- and committed to developing biotechnologies in Middle Tennessee.

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World Trade Center in Nashville moves closer to reality
World Trade Center in Nashville moves closer to reality
A Franklin, Tenn.-based entrepreneur today won approval of the World Trade Centers Association in New York City to create a World Trade Center to serve the Greater Nashville area.
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VU Tech Transfer takes company's liquidation in stride
VU Tech Transfer takes company's liquidation in stride

There are still 21 active portfolio companies over which Chris McKinney says grace.

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Analysis: Cromwell still pushing for traction at TTDC
Analysis: Cromwell still pushing for traction at TTDC
Venture advocate's latest activity recalls earlier attempts to ignite technology in Tennessee
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