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

More than a dozen nuggets from around the state.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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<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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Great Expectations: Informatics Corporation of America
Great Expectations: Informatics Corporation of America

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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:  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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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