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Venture Calendar - 2019 - Updated
Venture Calendar - 2019 - Updated

[Updated] Entrepreneurial, startup and capital events and activities around Tennessee.

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Relevance Capital pursues Fund IV raise + regional tech-VC leadership
Relevance Capital pursues Fund IV raise + regional tech-VC leadership

Exits may be ahead for Brentwood-Tullahoma firm seeking stakes in early-stage coastal targets, but at Nashville valuations.

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Brookings: TN located in 'Heartland' region<br>with weakspot for entrepreneurship
Brookings: TN located in 'Heartland' region
with weakspot for entrepreneurship

A sobering report from Brookings Institution researchers inevitably shows there's work yet to be done.

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Margaret Dolan named to succeed Charlie Brock as CEO of Launch Tennessee
Margaret Dolan named to succeed Charlie Brock as CEO of Launch Tennessee

Longtime entrepreneurial consultant and Ingram Industries executive gets the nod.

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TN innovators seek i6 Challenge grants for innovation, entrepreneurship
TN innovators seek i6 Challenge grants for innovation, entrepreneurship

Regardless of grant outcomes, these strategic proposals warrant scrutiny across Tennessee.

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Venture Notes - September 26, 2018
Venture Notes - September 26, 2018

Latest updates on capital raises, partners, advisors and more.

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Memphis' Epicenter meets FedEx challenge, nets $40M for entrepreneurship
Memphis' Epicenter meets FedEx challenge, nets $40M for entrepreneurship

Bolus of funding seems likely to produce tidal surge of momentum in region's innovation economy.

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Hytch LLC arrives intersection of cars, carbon and Series A capital
Hytch LLC arrives intersection of cars, carbon and Series A capital

Social-impact technology startup aims to leverage first-to-market advantage in national rollout.

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JumpFund spurs women-led investment,<br>entrepreneurship, economic development
JumpFund spurs women-led investment,
entrepreneurship, economic development

Having raised north of $7MM and bet on nearly two-dozen ventures, firm founders have traction.

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Entrepreneurs, Investors place bets on LaunchTN 3686 & Health:Further
Entrepreneurs, Investors place bets on LaunchTN 3686 & Health:Further

Pass, Punt, Run, Dribble -- Ticket-buyers should have gameplan to get most out of events Aug. 27-30 in Nashville.

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LaunchTN to ask 5-year, $44MM State support for maturing action plan
LaunchTN to ask 5-year, $44MM State support for maturing action plan

Brock steams ahead, with a successor CEO likely to be tapped before year-end.

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LaunchTN CEO search draws 900 resumes, dozens of qualified candidates
LaunchTN CEO search draws 900 resumes, dozens of qualified candidates

Rolfe and Brock doubtless plan a smooth transition to maintain momentum, but there are vagaries to ponder.

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

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

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LaunchTN taps 13 potential startups from campus entrepreneurship pipeline
LaunchTN taps 13 potential startups from campus entrepreneurship pipeline

Finalists are to pitch Aug. 28 during 36|86 event in Nashville.

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

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

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

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

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Fuller drives FreightWaves startup, revs-up Blockchain in Transport Alliance
Fuller drives FreightWaves startup, revs-up Blockchain in Transport Alliance

[Updated 12 June 2018] Startup completed $13M Series A.

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Increased budget for LaunchTN uncertain as influentials ponder the matter
Increased budget for LaunchTN uncertain as influentials ponder the matter

LaunchTN funding would rise in latest interpretation from state agencies.

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

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

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

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

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TTDC: Launch Tennessee fills gaps in board of directors
TTDC: Launch Tennessee fills gaps in board of directors

Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (dba Launch Tennessee) refreshes board.

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

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

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Venture Calendar - 2017 - Updated
Venture Calendar - 2017 - Updated

State and regional events of interest.

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Advisor entrant: Cherry Bekaert's MP in Nashville also tech-innovation lead
Advisor entrant: Cherry Bekaert's MP in Nashville also tech-innovation lead

Innovation growth draws innovation-centric pro's -- VNC poll provides hint of incubent advisor standings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FINTECH: Leaf virtual banking startup eyes global markets, capital raises
FINTECH: Leaf virtual banking startup eyes global markets, capital raises

[updated] A seasoned crossborder entrepreneur says he's homesteading in Nashville, for now.

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

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

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

Applications for investment consideration are being taken now.

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

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

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

Updates on LaunchTN, entrepreneurs once and future, Vanderbilt, ORNL, and more.

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Venture Notes - 18 May 2017
Venture Notes - 18 May 2017

10: VCs' visions, VU exec on healthtech morass, capital raises, startups, sage words from KaiserPerm CEO.

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

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

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BizFoundry CEO: Entrepreneur centers must<br>'meet entrepreneurs where they are'
BizFoundry CEO: Entrepreneur centers must
'meet entrepreneurs where they are'

Entrepreneur Jeff Brown works long hours, but loves expanding the Mid-TN ecosystem.

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

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

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Venture Notes - 1 May 2017
Venture Notes - 1 May 2017

Fourteen telegraphic items on startups, investments, exits and more in Tennessee and region.

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Relay Life Science commercial development startup raising capital
Relay Life Science commercial development startup raising capital

Entrepreneur who also leads mentor network says his new firm is operational.

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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 - 11 April 2017
Venture Notes - 11 April 2017

About two-dozen items ranging from capital raises, bankruptcy to tech transfer.

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Center for Entrepreneurship staffs-up within<br>VU Owen Graduate School of Management
Center for Entrepreneurship staffs-up within
VU Owen Graduate School of Management

Less than a month into the mission, new Center director targets numerous objectives.

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

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

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Nashville investors with hospital savvy eyed by Patientory PHM startup
Nashville investors with hospital savvy eyed by Patientory PHM startup

[updated] Grad of Boomtown, StartupHealth accelerators presses forward.

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

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

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The TENN startup MomSource charts growth, capital, eventual exit
The TENN startup MomSource charts growth, capital, eventual exit

VTC This entrepreneur must not be working part-time.

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

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

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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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2017 Project Music selects 4 startups from 120+ accelerator applicants
2017 Project Music selects 4 startups from 120+ accelerator applicants

The 3rd cohort has apparently been finely sifted in an effort to ensure success is baked-in.

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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 - 17 January 2017
Venture Notes - 17 January 2017

$40MM raise at Claritas, accelerator and startup news, and more from around the state.

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

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

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

[updated] 2016 rocks with appealing events statewide.

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Life Science TN convenes GOP panel here to mull Election 2016's impact
Life Science TN convenes GOP panel here to mull Election 2016's impact

Journalists to be excluded, Dem's not invited to panel.

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The TENN master accelerator cohort for 2016-17
The TENN master accelerator cohort for 2016-17

TTDC releases another interesting group of startups from instate and out-of-state.

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

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

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

After six years at ECD agency, Tennessee native returns to private sector.

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

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

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

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

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Venture Notes - 21 July 2016
Venture Notes - 21 July 2016

Resolute Capital's Fund IV, HCA CEO to speak, new LaunchTN SBIR-STTR writing grants and more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TORCH of Chattanooga won the prize.

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Startup retention: Will edtech entrant Coursicle be a Tennessee keeper?
Startup retention: Will edtech entrant Coursicle be a Tennessee keeper?

VTC We've proven we can attract cool companies. How do get them to stay?

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

LTN aims to draw 900, including perhaps 100 investors to its 4th annual conclave in Nashville.

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SCHERMERLAND: 36:86 Speakers, celebration draw entrepreneurs, investors
SCHERMERLAND: 36:86 Speakers, celebration draw entrepreneurs, investors

LaunchTN has upped the ante, producing a cohesive package of certain fun and likely wisdom.

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

VTC Innovation seeds begin sprouting, as first startups recruited.

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Notable: Project Music + Music Biz team for tonight's Startup Showcase II
Notable: Project Music + Music Biz team for tonight's Startup Showcase II

IF the first year was great, Year 2 of Project Music is surely greater.

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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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2016 Memphis Accelerator Portfolios announced
2016 Memphis Accelerator Portfolios announced

VTC Teams arriving for array of Memphis accelerators.

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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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LaunchTN 36|86 Announces
LaunchTN 36|86 Announces "Village 36" for event June 6-7 in Nashville
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Grajewski: VU Innovation Center likely to seal some partnerships by August
Grajewski: VU Innovation Center likely to seal some partnerships by August

Executive director also seeks mentors, domain experts and collaborations.

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General Assembly endorses Haslam 'Angel Tax Credit', passes commercialization and rural-development measures
General Assembly endorses Haslam 'Angel Tax Credit', passes commercialization and rural-development measures

Cautious handling by proponents seems likely to advance state programs, stepwise.

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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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National Advisory Council on Innovation-Entrepreneurship seeks members
National Advisory Council on Innovation-Entrepreneurship seeks members

Michael Burcham's term as NACIE co-chair ends in October.

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

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

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

VTC Grady Vanderhoofven is likely to lead the repurposed nonprofit and some allies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Baker Donelson programs advance Atlanta Cybersec accelerator + HealthIT
Baker Donelson programs advance Atlanta Cybersec accelerator + HealthIT

[Updated] Deadline for SE Regional Capital Connections event is April 29.

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

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

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

A fourth cohort of startups is likely to be invited to Knoxville, but timeline TBD.

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

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

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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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Video-content monetizer GameWisp raised $843K, has runway to Series A
Video-content monetizer GameWisp raised $843K, has runway to Series A

[updated] Two Vanderbilt alumni target celeb-streamers who seek shares in 200MM fan universe.

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FourBridges Capital Advisors expands SE reach, doesn't rule-out VC fund
FourBridges Capital Advisors expands SE reach, doesn't rule-out VC fund

VTC Boutique investment banking firm in Chattanooga eyes Florida, Carolinas.

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After 22 years, Tech2020 at OakRidge to cease pro-entrepreneurial efforts
After 22 years, Tech2020 at OakRidge to cease pro-entrepreneurial efforts

VTC The nonprofit will seek to shift program assets and staff to other organizations.

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

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

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Accelerators: Boring, Rip-roaring or somewhere in between?
Accelerators: Boring, Rip-roaring or somewhere in between?

Tennessee execs comment on Jumpstart Foundry founders' criticism of accelerator model.

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

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

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

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

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LaunchTN designates attorney Bruce Doeg vice chairman
LaunchTN designates attorney Bruce Doeg vice chairman

Long vacant seat goes to board veteran.

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

Third Cohort of Master Accelerator Program Kicks Off Oct. 21

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Centerstone Research Institute eyes capital for healthcare analytics spin-out
Centerstone Research Institute eyes capital for healthcare analytics spin-out

Centerstone of America seeks commercial prowess to get technologies to market.

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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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Updated: LaunchTN board of directors
Updated: LaunchTN board of directors

A Nashville investment banker is among new members of TTDC/LTN.

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Tennessee VCs and institutional partners ask opinions on ecosystem
Tennessee VCs and institutional partners ask opinions on ecosystem

Two VCs and allied institutions seek your opinions on state's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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

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

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

Actionable business opportunities, plus a discount code right here.

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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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Indigo Woman: CEO says Stony Creek Colors' capraise awaits pilot results
Indigo Woman: CEO says Stony Creek Colors' capraise awaits pilot results

'Unique' startup takes on major chemical companies with natural dyes for fashion.

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

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

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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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Nashville's longer-term role as StartupBus destination not guaranteed
Nashville's longer-term role as StartupBus destination not guaranteed

If Music City turns on charm, it could get a longer run as landing-spot for unique program.

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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 comment on Pando court filing
LaunchTN comment on Pando court filing

Dispute settled between LaunchTN and PandoMedia, parties announce.

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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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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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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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LaunchTN's Gindt departs to lead LinkdCare healthcare startup
LaunchTN's Gindt departs to lead LinkdCare healthcare startup

[updated] Stefansic and Hogin among those departing, with interest in private-sector jobs.

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

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

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Southland Update: Pitch winner Sr.Pago in Bay Area this week
Southland Update: Pitch winner Sr.Pago in Bay Area this week

Nashville was just this startup's first U.S. stop, now they're after real money

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

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

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Southland names Startup Village residents for 2014 conference
Southland names Startup Village residents for 2014 conference

The startup village residents are announced.

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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

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

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Nashville's investor-backed YouScience startup charts paths to marketplace
Nashville's investor-backed YouScience startup charts paths to marketplace

[updated] Smart money and a long-standing interest in matching natural ability and career paths produce an edventure.

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

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

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

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

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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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New LaunchTN CEO Brock cites innovation 'momentum', surveys challenges
New LaunchTN CEO Brock cites innovation 'momentum', surveys challenges

First permanent CEO in three years begins a stem-stern review as he wades-in

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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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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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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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VentureNotes, September 10, 2012
VentureNotes, September 10, 2012
Galen, VentureIncite, LaunchTN, Dobie Media, FamilyVenture Management and more
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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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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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NBIC: Nashville incubator seeks next executive director, while strategy unfolds
NBIC: Nashville incubator seeks next executive director, while strategy unfolds
With seeds planted and a new strategy coming, NBIC chief steps down
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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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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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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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Startup Tennessee to cultivate more Angel investors, among other goals
Startup Tennessee to cultivate more Angel investors, among other goals
Michael Burcham-led StartupTN may cut a broad swath through the state'e entrepreneurial ecosystem
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Haslam INCITE entrepreneurial capital-access<br>program moves stepwise toward launch
Haslam INCITE entrepreneurial capital-access
program moves stepwise toward launch
ECD and TTDC chiefs and their colleagues seem to be 'aligned' toward getting INCITE launched
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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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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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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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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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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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TTDC's Stover is departing for Diagnovus venture backed by TNInvestco's
TTDC's Stover is departing for Diagnovus venture backed by TNInvestco's

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

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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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Next Nashville Technology Council CEO is Liza Lowery Massey
Next Nashville Technology Council CEO is Liza Lowery Massey

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

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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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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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Startup Tennessee launch to draw Gov. Haslam,<br>Startup America CEO to Entrepreneur Center
Startup Tennessee launch to draw Gov. Haslam,
Startup America CEO to Entrepreneur Center
[UPDATED] Tennessee's entrepreneurial ecosystem gets a new unifying layer of resources
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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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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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NewsBits, March 21, 2011
NewsBits, March 21, 2011
Legislators make an energy-tech 'grab', plus venture events and training and more statewide.
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Latest TTDC grants meant to vault Tennessee<br>startups beyond 'Valley of Death'
Latest TTDC grants meant to vault Tennessee
startups beyond 'Valley of Death'
Eight ventures are $50K TTDC maturation grant awardees
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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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In Burcham's mind, Entrepreneur Center is in Trolley Barn creating 'Wow!' companies to serve state and nation
In Burcham's mind, Entrepreneur Center is in Trolley Barn creating 'Wow!' companies to serve state and nation
Educator, consultant and serial entrepreneur is determined to demonstrate EC value quickly, to win further support
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Tennessee Biotechnology Association wrestles with leadership and priorities
Tennessee Biotechnology Association wrestles with leadership and priorities
TBA is apparently regrouping, and still dealing with basic organizational and strategy issues as it confront a crisis of opportunity, because of the growing importance of the life sciences
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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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Cumberland IPO now active: 10-year journey with Vanderbilt reaches milestone
Cumberland IPO now active: 10-year journey with Vanderbilt reaches milestone
[UPDATED Aug. 11, 6:53 a.m.] Cumberland Pharmaceuticals' IPO filing became effective yesterday and trades today as CPIX, 27 months after the shelf registration and 20 subsequent amendments
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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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State venture-capital incentive gains traction in Gen. Assembly
State venture-capital incentive gains traction in Gen. Assembly

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

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

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

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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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General Assembly spotlights venture investing
General Assembly spotlights venture investing
The state's new private-equity director debuts and a VC panel gets the lowdown on controversial venture-funding proposal
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NEWSBITS March 30, 2009
NEWSBITS March 30, 2009
Notes from Northshore Capital Management, TTDC, VCs, wealth-management moves and more...
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Tech Economy:  TTDC targets Angels and Entrepreneurs
Tech Economy: TTDC targets Angels and Entrepreneurs
Local Angel net and Mercury Labs shoulder high-profile assignments for the state's tech-driven economic development leader
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Tennesseans push Industry-Scitech partnering in D.C.
Tennesseans push Industry-Scitech partnering in D.C.
VU, Bart Gordon, ORNL among partners: Meeting in D.C. seeks better ways to link business, science and national labs
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Game-changing ideas for Tennessee venture capital
Game-changing ideas for Tennessee venture capital
Could new Angel tax credits, grant programs and quasi-debt facilities provide the critical mass of capital Tennessee needs?
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Stakes are rising for TTDC, as VC group presses for change
Stakes are rising for TTDC, as VC group presses for change

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

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