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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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Brody-Waite: EC won't sub 'vaporware' or coffee for sustainability + value
Brody-Waite: EC won't sub 'vaporware' or coffee for sustainability + value

Nashville Entrepreneur Center's third chief seems opportunity to 'leapfrog' some other cities.

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New entrepreneur-in-res at EC, launches 'Milk the Moment' startup
New entrepreneur-in-res at EC, launches 'Milk the Moment' startup

Startup is priority for Memphis native, as she pursues strategic partners, mulls capital and advisors.

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Accelerate Health? With EC & Jumpstart Foundry out of the game,<br>some mull the need for a Healthcare accelerator in Nashville
Accelerate Health? With EC & Jumpstart Foundry out of the game,
some mull the need for a Healthcare accelerator in Nashville

[Updated] The best thinking at EC & JSF led to killing their cohort accelerators. Should we care?

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2016 Next Awards by Nashville Chamber, Entrepreneur Center
2016 Next Awards by Nashville Chamber, Entrepreneur Center

Here they are for 2016.

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Martin Ventures-backed Hashed Health unveiled<br>for healthcare blockchain dev + commercialization
Martin Ventures-backed Hashed Health unveiled
for healthcare blockchain dev + commercialization

[Updated] Blockchain initiatives now said to be expanding in Nashville.

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Nashville's Project Music at the EC searches for Entrepreneur in Residence
Nashville's Project Music at the EC searches for Entrepreneur in Residence

Minimum 10 years' sector experience is prerequisite.

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Private-Equity backed Incipio rolls-up Nashville Griffin Technology
Private-Equity backed Incipio rolls-up Nashville Griffin Technology
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mSIGNIA nears end of Series A raise, sees Nashville as its techdev center
mSIGNIA nears end of Series A raise, sees Nashville as its techdev center

User-authentication startup pledges to grow Nashville headquarters.

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Dart Music pivots to deeper water as Dart Data, pursues $2MM Series A
Dart Music pivots to deeper water as Dart Data, pursues $2MM Series A

[updated] Native Nashville entrepreneur presses forward after classic rethink.

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HealthQRS current investors can fund ramp-up,<br>but strategic money + marketshare attractive
HealthQRS current investors can fund ramp-up,
but strategic money + marketshare attractive

HealthIT entrepreneur Eric Winter signs-on for another startup rodeo.

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Vendor Registry soon to wrap Seed raise and assess way forward
Vendor Registry soon to wrap Seed raise and assess way forward

VTC Long-term capital strategy and exit options await gaining further traction.

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Proximity Aware chooses Nashville, sets Seed raise for its Menud platform
Proximity Aware chooses Nashville, sets Seed raise for its Menud platform

Departing tech-centric Bay Area, co-founder cites Nashville's numerous advantages.

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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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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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36|86 startups: BrewFund ready to blow the head off craft beer market
36|86 startups: BrewFund ready to blow the head off craft beer market

Johnson City duo is way down the road with their techdev, ahead of investor pitch.

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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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Venture Notes - February 8, 2016
Venture Notes - February 8, 2016

[updated] Raises by SertintyONE, Lincor, MedPass and others updated here.

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EO Nashville board of directors for 2016-17 announced
EO Nashville board of directors for 2016-17 announced

Prominent business group announces next cohort of leaders.

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Tech-talented VU School of Engineering alumni quickly spread afar
Tech-talented VU School of Engineering alumni quickly spread afar

The local shortage of computer science, other engineering talent oft-cited, while recruiters swarm.

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

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

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Update: Oasis Venture youth social-enterprise program nears launch
Update: Oasis Venture youth social-enterprise program nears launch

Nearly 50 Metro students applied for the new program, which is in pilot.

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

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

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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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Nashville EC's BunkerLabs, Veteran Entrepreneur Society gather Jan. 21
Nashville EC's BunkerLabs, Veteran Entrepreneur Society gather Jan. 21

[updated] Current and former military personnel are invited to form-up Thursday at the EC.

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People: Charleson Bell, Ph.D., innovator at Vanderbilt University
People: Charleson Bell, Ph.D., innovator at Vanderbilt University

Still fully engaged Postdoc Fellow has entrepreneurial vision.

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

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

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Joe Maxwell & partners launch Cultivation Capital Fintech Growth Fund
Joe Maxwell & partners launch Cultivation Capital Fintech Growth Fund

Serial entrepreneur shifts to lead VC fund stressing operator experience and regional focus.

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Kauffman Foundation, Nashville Entrepreneur Center confirm Nashville pact
Kauffman Foundation, Nashville Entrepreneur Center confirm Nashville pact

With EC as primary Kauffman liaison, EC and others will spur local entrepreneurial innovation.

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People: Phil Gibbs' Disruption Lab hits the road to Chattanooga
People: Phil Gibbs' Disruption Lab hits the road to Chattanooga

[updated] Veteran entrepreneur and exec educator proves his story has wheels.

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Bunker Labs for Veterans emerging at Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Bunker Labs for Veterans emerging at Nashville Entrepreneur Center

New services for Veterans who aim to become entrepreneurial troopers may lie ahead.

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Dan Hogan's Medalogix files to pursue $1.5MM capraise
Dan Hogan's Medalogix files to pursue $1.5MM capraise

Healthcare analytics player follows $5MM raise with a smaller, possible bridge move.

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Belmont bootstrapping advocate Jeff Cornwall unveils family business
Belmont bootstrapping advocate Jeff Cornwall unveils family business

Advocate of organic growth and taut planning follows his North Star.

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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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Grants: Kauffman Foundation scouting Nashville/VU entrepreneur scene?
Grants: Kauffman Foundation scouting Nashville/VU entrepreneur scene?

[Updated] Who knows, such relatively stealthy encounters may be underway, daily.

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ProjectMusic: EVAmore in business/platform dev push + pursuing capraise
ProjectMusic: EVAmore in business/platform dev push + pursuing capraise

[updated 10:21a] Belmont students keeping moving toward launch, with deep advisory bench.

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Center for Entrepreneurship preps 2015-16 programs at Belmont University
Center for Entrepreneurship preps 2015-16 programs at Belmont University

Two years after Jeff Cornwall stepped-away from CE, it has a lengthy agenda.

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Off-script: Project Music's Heather McBee joins Pandoland moderators
Off-script: Project Music's Heather McBee joins Pandoland moderators

[updated McBee promoted] Perhaps it is Fate that lends a hand in figuratively connecting Pandoland and 36:86

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

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

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TN General Assembly devises For-Profit Benefit Corp. option
TN General Assembly devises For-Profit Benefit Corp. option

Next, Gov. Haslam's signature could encourage those considering public good.

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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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FinTech: New Constructs CEO says accelerator leverage,<br>regulatory initiatives contribute to 'huge tailwind'
FinTech: New Constructs CEO says accelerator leverage,
regulatory initiatives contribute to 'huge tailwind'

David Trainer says distortions in financial reporting are often overlooked, to investors' detriment.

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FinTech: Seed-stage BancList pops-up in Nashville, eyes capital raise
FinTech: Seed-stage BancList pops-up in Nashville, eyes capital raise

Sector veteran Pete Scully leads the reconstituted company, which aims for rapid growth.

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Nashville-tied Ipreo buys ClearMomentum to expand alt-assets vertical
Nashville-tied Ipreo buys ClearMomentum to expand alt-assets vertical

Ipreo Holdings continues acquisitions following its buy of Nashville-based ShareholderInsite

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

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

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Mobile in Memphis: SynapsePay's backers give Fintech startup rare footing
Mobile in Memphis: SynapsePay's backers give Fintech startup rare footing

VTC In the red-hot mobile payments space, this startup has Master Mentors.

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

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

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

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

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Histories unfolding: Maker-entrepreneur Barry Walker + Marathon Village
Histories unfolding: Maker-entrepreneur Barry Walker + Marathon Village

A zealous, hard-working entrepreneur is the champion of Marathon Motors' history

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

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

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Rustici Software sees WatershedLRS capraise and Jenafits spinout options
Rustici Software sees WatershedLRS capraise and Jenafits spinout options

'Massive' growth opportunities projected in its core business, plus product and concierge-unit gains.

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

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

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Nashville's Axios LLC builds platform for Tech, Logistics companies
Nashville's Axios LLC builds platform for Tech, Logistics companies

Capital raise considered, and a fifth venture may tackle custom IT talent development

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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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Nashville Angels bless Kindful, as it eyes<br>tech acquisition and Blackbaud market share
Nashville Angels bless Kindful, as it eyes
tech acquisition and Blackbaud market share

Series A Updated - Jeremy Bolls' startup goes after one of the biggest players' share, but not 'just to make a buck'

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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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'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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Nashville loyalty-rewards startup textLIVING says $1MM raise wrapping-up
Nashville loyalty-rewards startup textLIVING says $1MM raise wrapping-up

Brannon, Jarratt team to scale-up their proven business model.

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

Collaboration leverages VC Solidus, Jumpstart, CapitalTN and other allies

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

[updated] CBS Sports Digital buys 24/7 Sports, led by Shannon Terry.

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

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

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Angel Capital Group criteria and deal flow
Angel Capital Group criteria and deal flow

ACG shares its criteria and recent portfolio additions

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Aquation hopes Angels bless bottled water for competitive beverage sector
Aquation hopes Angels bless bottled water for competitive beverage sector

Competition is fierce, but that has yet to douse these entrepreneurs' plans.

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

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

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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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Bizplans: Churchill asks no equity from Young Entrepreneur Contest entrants
Bizplans: Churchill asks no equity from Young Entrepreneur Contest entrants
Winners - Mortgage company's anniversary may fund a birthday for a startup
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Venture Exit: Jim Cumbee united Metova-A4, drawing on M&A experience
Venture Exit: Jim Cumbee united Metova-A4, drawing on M&A experience
Founder Ross stepping-aside; a trusted advisor helped make strategic merger happen
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Wink! Vanderbilt Owen grad's Georgie Beauty venture is NY-LA-focused
Wink! Vanderbilt Owen grad's Georgie Beauty venture is NY-LA-focused
Megan Allen is assaulting the Left Coast, boosted by ties to Music City
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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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Gradspring startup gains Carmichael, ConduIT backing<br>for college-grad employment search platform
Gradspring startup gains Carmichael, ConduIT backing
for college-grad employment search platform

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

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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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VentureNotes: June 25, 2011
VentureNotes: June 25, 2011
Family-backed VC gets traction, Nashville's OZ, kaffee-powered social venture
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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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VentureTools: Moonlighting while Starting-Up
VentureTools: Moonlighting while Starting-Up
Darkside: Someone's dayjob on your team could imperil your venture.
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Voices Heard Media CEO wishes he'd known 'Customer' priority sooner
Voices Heard Media CEO wishes he'd known 'Customer' priority sooner
Knoxville-based Will Overstreet is five years into his game-plan and still learning vital lessons
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Wealth Access SaaS startup targets high net-worth clients and their advisors
Wealth Access SaaS startup targets high net-worth clients and their advisors

[updated] High Net Worth (HNW) individuals and their data-buried advisors are targeted

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App-deadline April 2nd: Jumpstart Foundry will forge up to 10 new ventures
App-deadline April 2nd: Jumpstart Foundry will forge up to 10 new ventures
JSF's second cohort class will experience some new wrinkles in the tech-biz accelerator program
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Noted: StartupTN launches state's first startup database
Noted: StartupTN launches state's first startup database

Case Foundation CEO Jean Case joined StartupTN CEO Michael Burcham and others for anniversary observances

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VenturePeople, January 23, 2012
VenturePeople, January 23, 2012
Paddock, Box, Griggs, Tolbert: entrepreneurs bootstrapping their way, and worthy of note.
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Education Networks of America vets launch $6MM raise for Vid-Teller venture
Education Networks of America vets launch $6MM raise for Vid-Teller venture
Al Ganier, Paul Van Hoesen are co-founders of startup that seeks to help banks and other verticals reach customers, including the unbanked
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Atiba adds Cabedge Design team led by Chris Blanz
Atiba adds Cabedge Design team led by Chris Blanz
Award-winning Blanz brings added depth to Atiba's user-experience portfolio
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'Artist Growth' tech for Music industry is first of 'action alignment' series
'Artist Growth' tech for Music industry is first of 'action alignment' series

Technology that 'puts the music business in a box' is the opening entry from this startup

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Noted: Joe Galante is Entrepreneur in Residence at Entrepreneur Center
Noted: Joe Galante is Entrepreneur in Residence at Entrepreneur Center
The many who spent nearly 40 years in the same label family has a new gig, atop his Angel investing.
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LogoGarden buys Whoosh! from Franktown creators; FCA takes $2MM stake
LogoGarden buys Whoosh! from Franktown creators; FCA takes $2MM stake
A time-tested business model and transplanted tech talent bode well for this startup
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'Populr' decision: Bullpen Ventures corrals CentreSource's Nick Holland
'Populr' decision: Bullpen Ventures corrals CentreSource's Nick Holland
The first young bull into the chute is driving a venture that could benefit a startup, an accelerator and the EC
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Healthbox Technologies' startup scenario signals rapid hiring, eventual M&A
Healthbox Technologies' startup scenario signals rapid hiring, eventual M&A
UPDATE Andrews move on to revenue-cycle venture, leaving Healthbox behind.
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Emma's Smith preps for 2012 push; Weaver focuses on RoundingWell startup
Emma's Smith preps for 2012 push; Weaver focuses on RoundingWell startup

Veterans of one of Nashville's earliest digital startups set higher goals, and one sets-off for a new challenge

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Lifestyle startups are focus for Lipscomb Center for Entrepreneurship;<br>Joe Ivey prepares to recruit leaders, mentors and internships
Lifestyle startups are focus for Lipscomb Center for Entrepreneurship;
Joe Ivey prepares to recruit leaders, mentors and internships
University aims to allow all interested students access to business and social entrepreneurship curricula 
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ReTickr: Day 104 could bring the stress some entrepreneurs pray for
ReTickr: Day 104 could bring the stress some entrepreneurs pray for
The gut-wrenching ups and downs of a tech startup haven't quelled this startup's drive
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Ideas: Vandy student's sly EYES|ONLY service re-mixes upscale experience
Ideas: Vandy student's sly EYES|ONLY service re-mixes upscale experience
Vanderbilt undergrad aims to conjur 'magical' customer experience from blend of behavioral science and design
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Life Science Tennessee sets priorities, rallies industry,<br>leverages support of Gov. Bill Haslam for commercialization
Life Science Tennessee sets priorities, rallies industry,
leverages support of Gov. Bill Haslam for commercialization
Joe Cook Jr. seems to be executing with precision a gameplan to establish momentum for a still-small sector
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NewsBits, Oct. 31, 2011
NewsBits, Oct. 31, 2011
Startup Tennessee gets operations staff, a tech exec volunteers in Uganda, $ for GOBA and more
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Entrepreneurs: If you're still 'thinking about doing a startup', get a job instead
Entrepreneurs: If you're still 'thinking about doing a startup', get a job instead
The tough love and lessons learned just keep comin' during the annual Vandy Health Care Conference
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Briefly: NEXT Nashville Legacy Entrepreneurs named
Briefly: NEXT Nashville Legacy Entrepreneurs named
Five local worthies (including Hal Cato at left) will be honored by Chamber and Entrepreneur Center for achievements
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Angel Capital Group chapter fate uncertain in Memphis
Angel Capital Group chapter fate uncertain in Memphis

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

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A-round ahead? LeanKit's Hefley visualizes future for local software venture
A-round ahead? LeanKit's Hefley visualizes future for local software venture
It's more mature than many EC-linked ventures and its techie team is getting traction, eyeing new sectors
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NewsBits, August 1, 2011
NewsBits, August 1, 2011
Watching a TNInvestco watcher, Scripps Interactive, Harbert, Solidus, Fresenius, key hires and more.
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VenturePeople, August 1, 2011
VenturePeople, August 1, 2011
Five more updates from a VCs, an entrepreneur, a couple of developers and a bizdev pro.
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Eyes on TNInvestco: New funds commit an estimated $30MM+ for TN startups
Eyes on TNInvestco: New funds commit an estimated $30MM+ for TN startups
There's now a small army of TNInvestco portfolio companies loose in the State of Tennessee.
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Cumberland Signal startup takes off in aviation sector with investors onboard
Cumberland Signal startup takes off in aviation sector with investors onboard
Richard Hardin, 29, seems likely to gain altitude quickly, by solving an aviation problem
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Angels gas-up Iridium's SmartFuel,<br>but the venture's trip has just begun
Angels gas-up Iridium's SmartFuel,
but the venture's trip has just begun
Will Sibble's new venture have the gas to go the distance, launching additional content and social services?
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TCRS PE commitments hit $424 Million with nods<br>to Khosla Ventures IV, Berkshire Partners fund
TCRS PE commitments hit $424 Million with nods
to Khosla Ventures IV, Berkshire Partners fund
Entrepreneurs and business owners up for some 'brutal honesty' might check out these new Tennessee-backed institutional investors.
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Bandbox, RedRovor founders sell to Social Chutes
Bandbox, RedRovor founders sell to Social Chutes
Digital-music entrepreneurs exit a crowded field; new owners plan a 'bigger umbrella'
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NEXT TN: Research-industry-capital links are key<br>to state's intellectual-property commercialization
NEXT TN: Research-industry-capital links are key
to state's intellectual-property commercialization
An overhaul of Tennessee connections, communications and capital is prerequisite to strong gains in commercialization
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Vanderbilt University picks Cleveland Clinic exec<br>to drive transfer and commercialization of IP
Vanderbilt University picks Cleveland Clinic exec
to drive transfer and commercialization of IP
' Overhaul and investment ' could lead to accelerated enterprise development from VU research and development
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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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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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Angel-backed Chattanooga Renaissance Fund launches
Angel-backed Chattanooga Renaissance Fund launches
Brock of FourBridges joins XMi-linked Lupton executive in finishing-out Chattanooga early-stage infrastructure
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JumpStart Foundry wants tech-enabled startups by Friday
JumpStart Foundry wants tech-enabled startups by Friday
March 18th is the fish-or-cut-bait date for teams of would-be entrepreneurs who want 90 days worth of rations to tide them over during a push toward launch
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Law + Leverage: Baker Donelson adds Sloan<br>for technology & emerging companies
Law + Leverage: Baker Donelson adds Sloan
for technology & emerging companies

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

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Solidus-SeedHatchery mentees named
Solidus-SeedHatchery mentees named
Reflecting further momentum spawned by the TNInvestco program and JumpStart Foundry, Solidus and Seed Hatchery announced six new micro-fund mentees in Memphis
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Bailey-Curran deal signals more entrepreneurial activity
Bailey-Curran deal signals more entrepreneurial activity
NationLink founder sells to long-time collaborator, and both CEOs have venture plans, already
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M&A: Nashville Software, IT firms mull buying, selling
M&A: Nashville Software, IT firms mull buying, selling
Nick Holland of CentreSource says approaches by bidders caused him to look at his firm with fresh eyes
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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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Local newspaper relaunches as The Nashville Ledger
Local newspaper relaunches as The Nashville Ledger
A former Nashville Banner journalist is leading a Memphis company's entry into the Mid-TN market
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NewsBits, January 10, 2011
NewsBits, January 10, 2011
Lots of stuff bubbling-up from Genera, Skoodat, Satz (at left), plus the Cable and Broadcast folks, and more.
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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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SecureWaters: TN VC's could take ORNL technology global
SecureWaters: TN VC's could take ORNL technology global
Entrepreneurs are commercializing sensor technology that leverages the ecosystem.
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Quick Take: TN VCs comment on Private-Company Exchanges
Quick Take: TN VCs comment on Private-Company Exchanges
If the IPO door is still barely cracked, maybe some portfolio managers will find these alternatives attractive
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People: Martha Stamps has new venue, focused mission
People: Martha Stamps has new venue, focused mission
One of Nashville's most renowned restaurant and catering entrepreneurs has landed on West End, but not where you might think
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'Voodoo venture valuations', other truths told at Forum
'Voodoo venture valuations', other truths told at Forum
Hopes fired, worst fears confirmed in latest iteration of the art form known as venture panels
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Betancourt launches QuikQ transactions venture
Betancourt launches QuikQ transactions venture
Transactions software startup is fully funded, builds on knowledge of transportation and logistics
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Brainwave Studios seeks $3MM jolt for Franktown Rocks
Brainwave Studios seeks $3MM jolt for Franktown Rocks

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

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Entrepreneurs' advice for 'Best of Times, Worst of Times'
Entrepreneurs' advice for 'Best of Times, Worst of Times'
It seems like more than mere whistlin' in the dark, as these entrepreneurs discussed opportunities and sources of confidence
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Nashville Tech Council wants more to 'Feel the Beat'
Nashville Tech Council wants more to 'Feel the Beat'
Last night's awards bash at the Schermerhorn drew nearly 400, but NTC CEO says it's a launch to build upon
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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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Legal-services entrepreneur Freedman tackles more startups
Legal-services entrepreneur Freedman tackles more startups

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

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Shmerling's XMi will offer free offices to startups
Shmerling's XMi will offer free offices to startups
XMi venture unit's plans are revealed on the eve of the launches of a local Entrepreneur Center and TNInvestco venture funds
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'Smart' tech ventures spawned by VU student-entrepreneurs
'Smart' tech ventures spawned by VU student-entrepreneurs
The Vanderbilt School of Engineering and VU's Owen GMS' Entrepreneurship Center are spawning a new generation of Nashville-based entrepreneurs
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Dream Systems founder targets healthcare technology
Dream Systems founder targets healthcare technology
A desire to master a niche in healthcare technology, patience and an engineer's eye for detail may produce a leader on 3rd Avenue
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Tech Startup:  O'Connell launches SearchViz
Tech Startup: O'Connell launches SearchViz
Tech guru, civic activist and talkshow host, this Nashvillian sets out on a new quest
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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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Healthtech:  Zepherella's Tennessee roll-out set for Fall
Healthtech: Zepherella's Tennessee roll-out set for Fall
As 'transparency' and payment-cycle issues converge, this North Carolina startup targets the front-end of the revenue cycle
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Judges like 'Nashville: Where Innovation Sings' for city branding
Judges like 'Nashville: Where Innovation Sings' for city branding

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

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Airplay Direct chooses Nashville, attracts investors
Airplay Direct chooses Nashville, attracts investors
A native Music veteran and a tech-savvy investor have prevailed on early-stage digitainment company to call Music City home
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Beat Check:  Sitemason. No news, just want you to know they're not hiring
Beat Check: Sitemason. No news, just want you to know they're not hiring
Two of Nashville's Internet veterans seem to be sailing through the economic downturn, in a venture that's really going somewhere, slowly.
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Emma 'always hungry' for talent, sails past $8MM
Emma 'always hungry' for talent, sails past $8MM
No cold feet at Emma, as company embraces higher-touch services and continues growing its workforce in Davidson County
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VC panelists:  Entrepreneurs in good standing, please rise
VC panelists: Entrepreneurs in good standing, please rise
They're still paid to invest wisely, but watch-out for VCs wearing neckties. Yesterday's NCN panel provided depth for current outlook
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