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Startup's GeoAir recipe calls for Drones, pest DNA and AgBiz savvy
Startup's GeoAir recipe calls for Drones, pest DNA and AgBiz savvy

Young entrepreneur finds curious farmers allow testing his tech in their fields.

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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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VU School of Medicine ramps-up The Rad<em><sup>x</sup></em> incubator<br>with 17 entrants in Innovation Challenge
VU School of Medicine ramps-up The Radx incubator
with 17 entrants in Innovation Challenge

Incubator management plans to keep potential businesses on-pace for development, commercialization.

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Venture Notes - 12 June 2017
Venture Notes - 12 June 2017

Updates on LaunchTN, entrepreneurs once and future, Vanderbilt, ORNL, 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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BioTN: Entrepreneurs Lynch, Elmquist rally midstate<br>to lifescience and healthIT incubator, STEM prep
BioTN: Entrepreneurs Lynch, Elmquist rally midstate
to lifescience and healthIT incubator, STEM prep

Former BioMimetic Therapeutics executives at center of new initiatives.

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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 - 24 February 2017
Venture Notes - 24 February 2017

A healthcare disrupter's latest move, Accelerators updates and much more.

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Gov. Haslam senses Tennessee 'making headway' in tech commercialization
Gov. Haslam senses Tennessee 'making headway' in tech commercialization

LaunchTN CEO agrees it'd be great to have more data and analyses about all this.

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More LaunchTN commercialization comments and notes
More LaunchTN commercialization comments and notes
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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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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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Innovation Crossroads: ORNL Energy-startup accelerator aborning
Innovation Crossroads: ORNL Energy-startup accelerator aborning

VTC New accelerator likely to go operational in October.

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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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VC moves Directed Sensing startup from Knoxville to Austin
VC moves Directed Sensing startup from Knoxville to Austin

VTC ORNL-UT-linked Peter Fuhr is now advisor to the startup he founded.

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Ripple Music emerging from stealth, into Series A raise for VideoBomb app
Ripple Music emerging from stealth, into Series A raise for VideoBomb app

[Updated] Chad Marcum begins to reveal details of his team, model, strategy and roll-out plans.

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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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Winners announced from Statewide University Pitch Competition
Winners announced from Statewide University Pitch Competition

[Updated] Effort intended to engage student-led startup teams statewide.

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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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PYA Analytics keeps Healthcare emphasis, mulls eventual MD Radio capital raise or sale and welcomes opportunities in other verticals
PYA Analytics keeps Healthcare emphasis, mulls eventual MD Radio capital raise or sale and welcomes opportunities in other verticals

VTC PYA's long-standing 'dream' of attracting ORNL talent is paying off in varied forms.

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Solidus-backed Healthcare Learning Innovations plants flag in Nashville
Solidus-backed Healthcare Learning Innovations plants flag in Nashville

American Sentinel veteran takes the helm in Music City.

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VUSE's Fauchet: $5MM gift spurs innovation in Medicine, Energy, Security
VUSE's Fauchet: $5MM gift spurs innovation in Medicine, Energy, Security

Engineering Dean sees opportunities to address large-scale global needs.

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Denenberg departs LaunchTN, state mentor networks for new industries set
Denenberg departs LaunchTN, state mentor networks for new industries set

Search for entrepreneurship lead begins soon, lead for Ag network is set.

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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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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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Update: Launch Tennessee presses forward on Commercialization
Update: Launch Tennessee presses forward on Commercialization

Some new public-private stratagems for commercialization may emerge this spring and summer.

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$20MM in techdev lets startup VortexT Analytics deliver Big-Data insights
$20MM in techdev lets startup VortexT Analytics deliver Big-Data insights

VTC P2S-Covenant JV tackles Big Data analytics for array of verticals.

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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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IQuity Labs' VU license + Eurofins partnership could lead to global market
IQuity Labs' VU license + Eurofins partnership could lead to global market

[Updated] Team says rapid Angel-investor enlistment is one reason this is a 'W' for region's LifeSciences

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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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Startup BachWeekend priorities include Hotel hookup and Seed-capital raise
Startup BachWeekend priorities include Hotel hookup and Seed-capital raise

Founder Goldsmith cites steady growth in first-to-market effort.

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Monsor: Statewide Mentor Net has traction with early-stage companies
Monsor: Statewide Mentor Net has traction with early-stage companies

LifeSci Network seeks mentors and mentee companies, eyes event on Capital.

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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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Automotive supplier Dana Corp. has tech scout and liaison in Nashville
Automotive supplier Dana Corp. has tech scout and liaison in Nashville

For those hoping companies will leverage TN assets, Eve Steigerwalt is among key contacts.

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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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VentureNotes: Mike Carroll licenses PYA tech; Joy Fisher eyes UT assets
VentureNotes: Mike Carroll licenses PYA tech; Joy Fisher eyes UT assets

VTC Commercializing the UT brand, localizing entertainment with streaming audio

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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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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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LaunchTN calibrates its Tech Transfer, Commercialization roles
LaunchTN calibrates its Tech Transfer, Commercialization roles

Step by step, ECD agent LaunchTN charts a fresh path forward on knotty issue.

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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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Former Gov. Haslam communications director forms Poe Consulting
Former Gov. Haslam communications director forms Poe Consulting

Alexia Poe, established as a fixture in Tennessee policy circles at a young age, moves on.

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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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Vanderbilt University seeks ExecDirector for new VU Innovation Center
Vanderbilt University seeks ExecDirector for new VU Innovation Center

[update] There'll be plenty of interest on-campus and off- for this job.

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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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Mobile: EnhanceWorks eyes capraises for Expo totaling $2.0MM-3.5MM
Mobile: EnhanceWorks eyes capraises for Expo totaling $2.0MM-3.5MM

Charlie Corts executes on convertibles, ahead of larger round.

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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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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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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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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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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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Internet of Things: BLEON's Filaroski eyes $1MM raise for Beacon entry
Internet of Things: BLEON's Filaroski eyes $1MM raise for Beacon entry

Serial entrepreneur maps-out a fast track for his Internet of Things entry

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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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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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VU prof's Maize Analytics targets health-info breaches, mulls capital raise
VU prof's Maize Analytics targets health-info breaches, mulls capital raise

[updated] Protecting personal health information resident in electronic medical records is startup's timely focus.

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Morris, Cruze create ClearPath Ventures to propel startups in KVL region
Morris, Cruze create ClearPath Ventures to propel startups in KVL region

Partners plan to invest mainly human capital in promising startups

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Nashville pioneer Pathfinder Technologies moving to sell to Analogic
Nashville pioneer Pathfinder Technologies moving to sell to Analogic

After a decade widening Nashville's lifesciences entrepreneurship, a strategic move.

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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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Crews Center for Entrepreneurship focus on startup talent development
Crews Center for Entrepreneurship focus on startup talent development

VTC CCE director brings lessons learned from his own startups, adjusted for the academic setting.

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Technology Entrepreneurship Task Force<br>  advances at VU School of Engineering
Technology Entrepreneurship Task Force
advances at VU School of Engineering

Doug Schmidt is but one of the sparkplugs firing the school's innovation and commercialization push.

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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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Gatto: Jumpstart commercialization ties with VU limited, but promising
Gatto: Jumpstart commercialization ties with VU limited, but promising

Jumpstart Foundry creator offers perspective on expanding Vanderbilt University relationship.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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LifeScienceTN: Drug discovery gets spotlight in venture-oriented event
LifeScienceTN: Drug discovery gets spotlight in venture-oriented event
Drug-discovery, partnerships and commercialization among conference highlights
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This week's LifeScienceTN program lineup is likely to spark venture ideas
This week's LifeScienceTN program lineup is likely to spark venture ideas
Here's a rundown on this week's venture pitches during LST's annual meeting
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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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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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Commercialization: Eagle's VU team launching Vitalnx Corporation
Commercialization: Eagle's VU team launching Vitalnx Corporation

Med Center and Biomed Engineering faculty and students collaborate in commercialization effort

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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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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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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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Cybersecurity startup Optio Labs creates Nashville dev foothold with VUSE grad
Cybersecurity startup Optio Labs creates Nashville dev foothold with VUSE grad

The Cyber-industrial complex creates a foothold in Music City, as cyber risks proliferate

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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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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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<center>IDEAS: Time to step-up local university-industry<br>collaboration in Information Technologies</center>
IDEAS: Time to step-up local university-industry
collaboration in Information Technologies
IDEAS begins with straight talk from the VU campus about Nashville's IT challenges and opportunities
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NextGxDx A-round aids launch of genetic-testing marketplace for physicians
NextGxDx A-round aids launch of genetic-testing marketplace for physicians
Helping doc's pick the right genetic tests is the mission of this Web-based marketplace
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TechVenture Challenge spurs entrepreneurism<br>among Vanderbilt University students
TechVenture Challenge spurs entrepreneurism
among Vanderbilt University students

Students have decided they can't wait on the rest of the world to create the great jobs they want

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Tennessee-based Green Ballast registered IPO, now waits for daylight
Tennessee-based Green Ballast registered IPO, now waits for daylight
It's not Facebook, but this would-be OTC stock affords a clear look at startup options
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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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Tech2020 venture leadership shifts to entrepreneur John Morris
Tech2020 venture leadership shifts to entrepreneur John Morris

[Updated: Morris departing, 30 Aug 14] Tennessee's 19-year-old growth advocate transits to new leadership

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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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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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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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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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Energy Targets: TCRS PE program makes $50MM commitment to Denham
Energy Targets: TCRS PE program makes $50MM commitment to Denham
Rising interest in metals, natural gas and other energy assets is the driver in Denham's current multi-billion dollar fundraise
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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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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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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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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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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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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, Sept. 20, 2011
NewsBits, Sept. 20, 2011

Executive transitions, capital raises, alliances and innovations.

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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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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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VenturePeople, June 20, 2011
VenturePeople, June 20, 2011
Ian Rogers from TopSpin, Lehmans on the move, VUSE prof knows something of ventures, new UT ag exec, Avondale analyst and more
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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, 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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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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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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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 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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Vanderbilt University shifts tech-transfer portfolio
Vanderbilt University shifts tech-transfer portfolio
Further signals of increasing emphasis on pursuit of opportunities in translational research and tech transfer, commercialization
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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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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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Will Pinkston takes lessons learned into Sync Strategies
Will Pinkston takes lessons learned into Sync Strategies
Former Bredesen aide and Haslam supporter starts independent communications practice
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VUMC scientists seek partners for neuro-drug discovery
VUMC scientists seek partners for neuro-drug discovery
Two pharmas are already aboard and other allies for accelerating drug development may be in-the-offing
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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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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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Law + Leverage: Baker Donelson adds Sloan<br>for technology & emerging companies
Law + Leverage: Baker Donelson adds Sloan
for technology & emerging companies

Law firm broadens its already sizeable footprint, plants flag in dealing with early-stage ventures

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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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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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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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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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iCare EMR sells, so TN e-learning firm re-targets
iCare EMR sells, so TN e-learning firm re-targets
After a Dutch-owned firm snaps-up Knoxville startup's technology, the venture team is reloading
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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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Briefly: ORNL, Tennesseans respond to China's supercomputing rise
Briefly: ORNL, Tennesseans respond to China's supercomputing rise
Jaguar's fall from No. 1 in the twice-yearly supercomputing 500 may give researchers impetus for funding
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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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Venture Notes, April 5, 2010
Venture Notes, April 5, 2010
TNInvestco.. Gibson Guitar.. Medical Trade Center.. $5MM private placement.. ICGLink.. Green VC.. VW and more
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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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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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VU School of Engineering alumni spawn businesses
VU School of Engineering alumni spawn businesses
It may be only the tip of the Engineering iceberg at Vanderbilt, but here's a sample of the fruits of education and research
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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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Applied Health Analytics aims for 'preemptive healthcare'
Applied Health Analytics aims for 'preemptive healthcare'

With B-round in offing, CEO says demand 'remarkable' for data-driven alignment of employer trends and providers' services

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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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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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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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NEWSBITS, Feb. 11, 2010
NEWSBITS, Feb. 11, 2010
Carried-interest threat to VCs' takehome..VU on entrepreneurship..Microloans in the Boro..Solar investment and more...
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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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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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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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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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VU's Conn advocates new models for drug discovery
VU's Conn advocates new models for drug discovery

Vanderbilt pharma program inches cautiously toward tech transfer, while key faculty member keeps firm hand on the tiller

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VU scientists' startup Revalida seeks capital, C-level team
VU scientists' startup Revalida seeks capital, C-level team
Nanotechnology innovation promises better drug delivery for treatment of numerous diseases
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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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Life-sciences startup aims to leverage Vanderbilt technology
Life-sciences startup aims to leverage Vanderbilt technology
UPDATED 12:40 p.m. -- Suddenly, there are two groups targeting VU technology to improvement treatment of degenerative eye diseases
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'Mobile' startups targeted by incubator in Chattanooga
'Mobile' startups targeted by incubator in Chattanooga
Pace of startup's investments will be determined by success of FFA round now underway
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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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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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TN Biotech may get boost from relaunched Alliance
TN Biotech may get boost from relaunched Alliance
If advanced degrees and the tenacity of two athletes can make a difference, this could be the year
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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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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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'Smart' tech ventures spawned by VU student-entrepreneurs
'Smart' tech ventures spawned by VU student-entrepreneurs
The Vanderbilt School of Engineering and VU's Owen GMS' Entrepreneurship Center are spawning a new generation of Nashville-based entrepreneurs
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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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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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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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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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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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NEWSBITS Feb. 20, 2009
NEWSBITS Feb. 20, 2009
VC Meritus, Paramore leads, NV group objects on compliance, UT's Simek pressed into service, balk on VW funding and more...
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NEWSBITS Feb. 18, 2009
NEWSBITS Feb. 18, 2009
NCN's latest investment... Luminetx startup possibly touched by SEC-accused Stanford Financial...Consensus Point and NHI get new officers... ORNL exec goes corporate... Stimulus roundup...
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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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Gov. Bredesen:  Talks underway for Solar Institute
Gov. Bredesen: Talks underway for Solar Institute
[UPDATED] The Governor's proposal for a Solar Institute, despite pressing fiscal and economic priorities, is an attempt to seize momentum
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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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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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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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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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Vanderbilt steps-up effort to help faculty create ventures, market products
Vanderbilt steps-up effort to help faculty create ventures, market products
Hundreds of discoveries and patents on-hand, Vanderbilt expands its efforts to commercialize intellectual property
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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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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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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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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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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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Bouncing Ideas: VU prof takes 'non-trivial' science to Microsoft
Bouncing Ideas: VU prof takes 'non-trivial' science to Microsoft
Preparing for a visit to Mount Microsoft, this VU Engineering scientist shares his thoughts about his low-profile work in an area some others think could provide further energy for the Big Bang in video-on-demand. Given a glimpse of the findings, one local entrepreneur doesn't find it 'trivial', at all.
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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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