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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VTC Smaller downtown get economic development grants that favor entrepreneurship.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[updated] 2016 rocks with appealing events statewide.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 - 8 September 2016
Venture Notes - 8 September 2016

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

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

Response to Brookings Institution researchers will require deep knowledge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Venture Notes 14 July 2016
Venture Notes 14 July 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TORCH of Chattanooga won the prize.

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

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

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

VTC Innovation seeds begin sprouting, as first startups recruited.

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

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

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

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

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

Developers studying HudsonAlpha and other innovation centers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Venture Calendar 2015 - Updated
Venture Calendar 2015 - Updated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Third Cohort of Master Accelerator Program Kicks Off Oct. 21

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

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

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

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

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LaunchTN Staffing update
LaunchTN Staffing update

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memphis Bioworks CEO Steve Bares makes the announcement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dispute settled between LaunchTN and PandoMedia, parties announce.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Resources: Tennessee international trade
Resources: Tennessee international trade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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No leg-up? TCRS pension-assets 'Set-aside' for TN firms uncertain
No leg-up? TCRS pension-assets 'Set-aside' for TN firms uncertain
Chief Investment Officer Michael Brakebill reiterates his open-door policy
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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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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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Launch Tennessee beefs-up board of directors,<br>sheds TTDC branding while CEO search continues
Launch Tennessee beefs-up board of directors,
sheds TTDC branding while CEO search continues
A true startup leader, investment pros and others are aboard for the continuing relaunch
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VentureNotes, September 10, 2012
VentureNotes, September 10, 2012
Galen, VentureIncite, LaunchTN, Dobie Media, FamilyVenture Management and more
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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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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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Music Council co-chair Randy Goodman adds Lipscomb Univ. Business EIR role
Music Council co-chair Randy Goodman adds Lipscomb Univ. Business EIR role

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

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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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BIGnashville: Nashville Chamber aims to double its membership by June 30
BIGnashville: Nashville Chamber aims to double its membership by June 30
Awakened to an opportunity of surprising magnitude, the Chamber sets out to tell its story, anew.
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Tennessee Technology Development Corporation at another inflection point
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation at another inflection point
Tech-driven economic development will eventually learn what priority it gets in the Haslam Administration
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Nashville Business Incubation Center strategic review advances
Nashville Business Incubation Center strategic review advances
The NBIC is seriously considering creating a new facility and/or relocating from its 10th Ave spot
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Briefly: ECD Innovation Director post vacated, Will Alexander picks-up duties
Briefly: ECD Innovation Director post vacated, Will Alexander picks-up duties
Ryan Gooch moves on to EnerNOC, and the Senator's son and others pick-up added duties
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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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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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Proponents of 'OneC1ty' techbiz campus may need a bigger Bandwagon
Proponents of 'OneC1ty' techbiz campus may need a bigger Bandwagon
Life sciences, healthcare services and technology and more could cluster in a redeveloping area of Metro Nashville
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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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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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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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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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Regional Roundup, Oct. 26, 2011
Regional Roundup, Oct. 26, 2011
With relatively little fanfare, one TNInvestco fund is rebranding and entrepreneurial activity heats-up statewide.
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TNT: Hagerty's state economic-development portfolio gets heavier
TNT: Hagerty's state economic-development portfolio gets heavier
Gov. Haslam's ECD commissioner has a growing list of to-do's, including an international trade portfolio
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Economist: Innovation campaign driven by pragmatism is crucial
Economist: Innovation campaign driven by pragmatism is crucial
A Harvard-based economist tells local execs clusters and pragmatism are key elements for a Nashville innovation strategy
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IP imperative: MyWerx, Cumberland Center<br>and Universities ally for iExchange
IP imperative: MyWerx, Cumberland Center
and Universities ally for iExchange
Alliance push to help protect and commercialize intellectual property could become a global movement
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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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'Pantheon Park' idea concentrates Music City techies, entrepreneurs, Creatives
'Pantheon Park' idea concentrates Music City techies, entrepreneurs, Creatives
Dortch Oldham Jr. is one of the mainstays of a stealthy coalition that seeks to create a focalpoint for creative entrepreneurism
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TTDC's Stover is departing for Diagnovus venture backed by TNInvestco's
TTDC's Stover is departing for Diagnovus venture backed by TNInvestco's

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

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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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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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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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Mayor names Galante to lead Nashville Music Council
Mayor names Galante to lead Nashville Music Council

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

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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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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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NewsBits, May 11, 2011
NewsBits, May 11, 2011
A Brailer exec joins regional VC, Nutraceuticals' Grindstaff, Investor Days ahead for incubators, Amazon thing gets awkward and more
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Gov. Haslam: TN to co-invest via INCITE<br>innovation and jobs-formation campaign
Gov. Haslam: TN to co-invest via INCITE
innovation and jobs-formation campaign
Governor addresses fast-growth sector; details of venture funding, entrepreneur award and tech-transfer still unfolding
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NewsBits, May 3, 2011
NewsBits, May 3, 2011
Speaker Harwell's tech agenda.. Schulz on ECD strategy.. new TN tech jobs.. Chattanooga Ventures.. Dream CS, DigiChart and more..
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Pathway Lending, UT Research Foundation have intersecting commercialization interests
Pathway Lending, UT Research Foundation have intersecting commercialization interests
This economic-development lender is deepening its footprint statewide
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TN ECD's Hagerty taps Corker aide<br>Fassbender for leadership role
TN ECD's Hagerty taps Corker aide
Fassbender for leadership role
With Gov. Bill Haslam's jobs- and innovation-producing strategy launching next week, the appointment of a seasoned operative is welcomed
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NewsBits, April 25, 2011
NewsBits, April 25, 2011
JumpStart's 'brightest'... EmergeMemphis' 45 startups.. Haslam-Hagerty gameplan... David Wilds in cap raise.. Blackstone venture aid...
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Lamp Post Group advances incubation in Chattanooga
Lamp Post Group advances incubation in Chattanooga
With EPB, Renaissance Fund and other alliles, River City takes another step toward its 'Smart City' closeup
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Digital ventures: NEC & Music City allies strike a match
Digital ventures: NEC & Music City allies strike a match

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

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Angel Tax Credit: Prayers for passage not on all lips
Angel Tax Credit: Prayers for passage not on all lips
Angels' hopes take wing, but it remains to be seen whether the General Assembly answers the call
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Founder of local $95MM Hope Investments fund<br>aims to support Just Hope global relief work
Founder of local $95MM Hope Investments fund
aims to support Just Hope global relief work

[updated] A former Franklin corporate executive hopes to turn her investment-management savvy into a boon for the impoverished

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NewsBits, April 4, 2011
NewsBits, April 4, 2011
Jacobs' latest, TripRaiser traction, Delegator does it all, Pfeffer's sage advice, touching base with Applied Health and more here.
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TNInvestco pace mounts; Consensus Point next up?
TNInvestco pace mounts; Consensus Point next up?
NEST-TN busy adding portfolio companies as the TN capital-formation program enters second cycle
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N³: NashvilleCubed April-May Venture events
N³: NashvilleCubed April-May Venture events
At north of 500 square miles, Metro/Nashville, aka Music City, is creative hub and economic flywheel
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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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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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TNInvestco: State ECD updates on process
TNInvestco: State ECD updates on process
The TNInvestco data has been published, with no interpretation of value yet rendered
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NewBits, March 14, 2011
NewBits, March 14, 2011
The fate of Nashville Medical Trade Center.. a new venture from Cromwell & Schmisseur.. a beta invitation.. and much more here.
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TNInvestco: Welcome to the 'Messy World' of Capitalism
TNInvestco: Welcome to the 'Messy World' of Capitalism
Airing of issues simmering beneath TNInvestco's surface has prompted a reprise of comments pro and con the program
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TriStar, Limestone TNINvestco funds<br>form Device Innovation Group
TriStar, Limestone TNINvestco funds
form Device Innovation Group

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

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NewsBits, March 7, 2011
NewsBits, March 7, 2011
VU porfolio co goes elsewhere, TNInvestco company, startup ecosystem spreads, PdCamp, ORNL, MyOutdoorTV and more
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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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Google exec who launched Earth, Moon & Mars<br> returns to Vanderbilt School of Engineering
Google exec who launched Earth, Moon & Mars
returns to Vanderbilt School of Engineering
Chikai Ohazama, a Vanderbilt Engineering alum, drops-in later this week to share his Google adventure with students
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UTRF: Genera Energy launches Innovation venture fund
UTRF: Genera Energy launches Innovation venture fund
The first of several potential new funds will soon test the waters for venture investment
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NewsBits, February 7, 2011
NewsBits, February 7, 2011
TTDC chief to Gov. Haslam, IP, Claritas, incubators, Angels, Louisville innovation, HiMSS-TN descends on Orlando and more
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[ ! ] TN's JumpStart Foundry aligns with TechStars Net
[ ! ] TN's JumpStart Foundry aligns with TechStars Net

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

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Nashville, Memphis may have edge over Silicon Valley
Nashville, Memphis may have edge over Silicon Valley
A TechCrunch editor says Tennessee entrepreneurs don't need Silicon Valley's 'approval' to launch important companies
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Cumberland Center: New University-Business alliance plans to foster 'innovation hubs' in Mid-TN and State
Cumberland Center: New University-Business alliance plans to foster 'innovation hubs' in Mid-TN and State
Scott Massey to connect leaders, knowledge, culture and commerce to advance the region and its people.
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In Burcham's mind, Entrepreneur Center is in Trolley Barn creating 'Wow!' companies to serve state and nation
In Burcham's mind, Entrepreneur Center is in Trolley Barn creating 'Wow!' companies to serve state and nation
Educator, consultant and serial entrepreneur is determined to demonstrate EC value quickly, to win further support
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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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NEWSBITS, March 18, 2010
NEWSBITS, March 18, 2010
Education Networks..StudioNow..Biotechies...Scripps Interactive..Aegis Health... VU's science reports, and more..
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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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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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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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People:  Paul Ney joins Waddey & Patterson
People: Paul Ney joins Waddey & Patterson
Mayor Karl Dean ECD's former economic-development chief joins Nashville intellectual-property law firm
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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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TTDC grants $100K to Nashville Entrepreneur Center, names two board leaders
TTDC grants $100K to Nashville Entrepreneur Center, names two board leaders
Tech economic development group also funds entrepreneurs network and appoints vice chairperson as it heads into legislative fray
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Confluence Solar is landing in TN with 250 jobs and raising Venture capital for new operations
Confluence Solar is landing in TN with 250 jobs and raising Venture capital for new operations
Gov. Phil Bredesen's string of successes in the Solar sector continues to lengthen
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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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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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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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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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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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State's TechDevCorp adapting to threats and opportunities
State's TechDevCorp adapting to threats and opportunities

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

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Whitney:  NV techies should 'think', not just 'follow'
Whitney: NV techies should 'think', not just 'follow'

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

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TN TechDev's life running through financial hourglass
TN TechDev's life running through financial hourglass
Tennessee Technology Development Corp. faces the proverbial 'Valley of Death' in its own funding, and looks to the Bredesen Administration for a liferope
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TTDC says it plans no funding for TN Bio Assn.
TTDC says it plans no funding for TN Bio Assn.
Technology-enterprise advocate believes life-sciences sector cannot advance without stronger leadership
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Recruiters target Nashville's life-sciences sector
Recruiters target Nashville's life-sciences sector
Though their faith in the future may vary, retained executive-search professionals are investing energy in Bio and related fields.
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Chamber CEO: 'Fever pitch' battle vs recession requires tough calls
Chamber CEO: 'Fever pitch' battle vs recession requires tough calls
Chamber staff press on, despite Recession setbacks, and take a fresh look at priorities
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'We are Music City' Entrepreneur Campaign launches
'We are Music City' Entrepreneur Campaign launches

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

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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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InvestTennessee: State launching biz-development site
InvestTennessee: State launching biz-development site
The State and its public-private partners are launching a website to advance economic-development objectives
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Nashville Medical Trade Center team blitzes NV influentials
Nashville Medical Trade Center team blitzes NV influentials
[Updated] At the end of an intensive week of meetings here, the CEO of the proposed trade center says a competing NYC group offered has made overtures
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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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U.S. economy in 'depression', says prominent former TN official
U.S. economy in 'depression', says prominent former TN official
Economist, author, former TN ECD commissioner offers a prescription for warding-off disaster
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Nashville Entrepreneur Center gets project manager
Nashville Entrepreneur Center gets project manager
Tech veteran of digital entertainment and online media is coordinating online resource center
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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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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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Venture Capital tax credit approved by General Assembly
Venture Capital tax credit approved by General Assembly
[Updated 5:52 p.m.] The TNSBICCA passed in both House and Senate today, and will next go to Gov. Bredesen. The Senate vote was 30-0. It passed in the full House this morning, 94-0, and in Senate Finance this afternoon 9-0-1PNV. The insurance industry provides the leverage for this economic development and venture-funding move.
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Judges like 'Nashville: Where Innovation Sings' for city branding
Judges like 'Nashville: Where Innovation Sings' for city branding

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

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Aegis Sciences muscles-up for growth in Nashville
Aegis Sciences muscles-up for growth in Nashville

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Homeward bound: NV tech company moves to The Boro
Homeward bound: NV tech company moves to The Boro
Led by tim Choate, 10-year-old tech company opts to be near hometown talent, eliminate commuting
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Tech Economy:  TTDC targets Angels and Entrepreneurs
Tech Economy: TTDC targets Angels and Entrepreneurs
Local Angel net and Mercury Labs shoulder high-profile assignments for the state's tech-driven economic development leader
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NEWSBITS Feb. 13, 2009
NEWSBITS Feb. 13, 2009
Updates on ICA, iPayment, Tractor Supply, Solar Institute interest, Stimulus, Tech competition, and Med-devices firms...
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Kisber:  VC says 'Tennessee on map' for Green investment
Kisber: VC says 'Tennessee on map' for Green investment
State official offers tantalizing hints of impending cap-investment announcements, and mentions direct talks with a VC
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Trade Mission:  Local execs take Nashville story to Big Apple
Trade Mission: Local execs take Nashville story to Big Apple
HCA, Waller Lansden execs among the platoon hoping to flush-out prospects with info about Nashville's relo popularity
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AT&T innovation chief will keynote Nashville event
AT&T innovation chief will keynote Nashville event
Middle Tennessee's regional tech-commercialization advocacy group will convene in April
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CoreTech's 'Green' industries campus advancing here
CoreTech's 'Green' industries campus advancing here
Middle Tennessee's next sci-tech business park may be located in Wilson County
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10 Years:  Nashville Technology Council claims broader role
10 Years: Nashville Technology Council claims broader role
NTC's 10th Anniversary took a symbolic step forward this morning, led by a new CEO intent on a bigger regional role for the association
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Some owners wary as Revenue's Farr argues for equity and 'true VCs'
Some owners wary as Revenue's Farr argues for equity and 'true VCs'
Amid an awful economy and with the dust from their last scrape still in the air, the State and some business interests may be squaring-off, once again
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Boon, not gloom?  MB Ventures chief looks forward to '09
Boon, not gloom? MB Ventures chief looks forward to '09
With a nod to Nashville VCs, this Memphis fund manager sees plenty of targets of opportunity
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Pres-Elect names VC to head Small Business Administration
Pres-Elect names VC to head Small Business Administration
This Maine private equity and LBO executive knows up-close and personal what it takes to survive and innovate
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Wamp delivers: TN Valley event set in Midstate for 2009
Wamp delivers: TN Valley event set in Midstate for 2009
Rep. Gordon's 6th District was recently inducted into tech-jobs initiative, and now will host a key annual conference
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Maynard asks further look at Metro economy
Maynard asks further look at Metro economy
Having had a public forum, Councilmember At Large says he'll ask for January work session on economic development
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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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Lehman: CFMT needs unrestricted funds for rapid impact
Lehman: CFMT needs unrestricted funds for rapid impact
This is one foundation that's been a venture from the start, 'bringing good people and good causes together'
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Economy: Nashville Business Outlook Summit set for Winter '09
Economy: Nashville Business Outlook Summit set for Winter '09
Rippee leads monitoring group; Chamber helps local businesses survive and thrive, despite the plummeting economy
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Scientist asks Nashville help, VU institutes move to Music Row
Scientist asks Nashville help, VU institutes move to Music Row

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

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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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VU portfolio company is plying A-round capital raise
VU portfolio company is plying A-round capital raise
CEO has fallen in love with Nashville, and relishes the idea of Music City Angels luring him here from Birmingham
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'Nashville Overground' could help stir startups
'Nashville Overground' could help stir startups
Nashville's creative roots are strong and the juices are flowing. Now, the 'sustainability' theme is due a hearing.
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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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PayMaxx Founder Ferdowsi is 'failing' at retirement
PayMaxx Founder Ferdowsi is 'failing' at retirement

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

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Neither Gov. Bredesen nor Volkswagen blinked
Neither Gov. Bredesen nor Volkswagen blinked
Governor's trade mission to broaden ties to German manufacturer and suppliers finds VW resolute in its Tennessee plans
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World Trade Center Nashville gets fresh impetus from CenTradeX founder
World Trade Center Nashville gets fresh impetus from CenTradeX founder
The leader of this Franklin firm has made executive changes that could improve the odds of success for this unprecedented mid-TN venture
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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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Partnership 2010/Chamber call for 'Virtual Entrepreneur Center'
Partnership 2010/Chamber call for 'Virtual Entrepreneur Center'

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

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

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

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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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May Town Center corporate campuses might ring bell with entrepreneurs
May Town Center corporate campuses might ring bell with entrepreneurs
Further action is set for this afternoon. When the dust settles on the Bells Bend fight, we may have learned more about companies' needs to congregate, as well as innovate and celebrate
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Nashville VCs have strong views on 'what it takes'
Nashville VCs have strong views on 'what it takes'

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

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VW: The Noog Uber Alles
VW: The Noog Uber Alles
There's much to celebrate in Chattanooga's Volkswagen win, even though the benefits for Nashville remain uncertain
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Nashville 49th among 60 cities in creating Tech jobs
Nashville 49th among 60 cities in creating Tech jobs
UPDATED June 27 - Recent reports suggest Nashville's foothold in the world's Tech economy is real, but tenuous
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'Creative Nashville' may lure high-growth ventures
'Creative Nashville' may lure high-growth ventures

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

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Tech strategist joins Tennessee economic advocate
Tech strategist joins Tennessee economic advocate
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation continues to assemble its team to drive tech-centered economic development.
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Alexander and Gordon keep pressure on Bush White House
Alexander and Gordon keep pressure on Bush White House

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

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World Trade Center in Nashville moves closer to reality
World Trade Center in Nashville moves closer to reality
A Franklin, Tenn.-based entrepreneur today won approval of the World Trade Centers Association in New York City to create a World Trade Center to serve the Greater Nashville area.
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Analysis: Cromwell still pushing for traction at TTDC
Analysis: Cromwell still pushing for traction at TTDC
Venture advocate's latest activity recalls earlier attempts to ignite technology in Tennessee
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