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1.For the record: Launch Tennessee aims to revise statutory charter
Talked about for a year or more, the effort gets fresh momentum
Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 6, 2017 1:00 pm

2.2018 Launch Tennessee 36|86 conference statistics
Here is the data on who participated in the 2018 edition of the flagship 36|86 event.
Source: Launch Tennessee / Published Sunday, July 21, 2019 1:51 pm

3.Margaret Dolan named to succeed Charlie Brock as CEO of Launch Tennessee
Longtime entrepreneurial consultant and Ingram Industries executive gets the nod.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, October 9, 2018 9:21 am

4.Down to the Wire for $50K: 5 startup Finalists await 36|86 verdict
TORCH of Chattanooga won the prize.
Milt Capps Updated 4:56 pm / Published Tuesday, June 7, 2016 1:47 pm

5.Increased budget for LaunchTN uncertain as influentials ponder the matter
LaunchTN funding would rise in latest interpretation from state agencies.
Milt Capps Update 1520 6 Feb 2018 / Published Monday, February 5, 2018 4:49 pm

6.Denenberg departs LaunchTN, state mentor networks for new industries set
Search for entrepreneurship lead begins soon, lead for Ag network is set.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, April 21, 2016 5:00 pm

7.TTDC: Launch Tennessee fills gaps in board of directors
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (dba Launch Tennessee) refreshes board.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, January 25, 2018 3:00 pm

8.Launch Tennessee names Partnerships Coordinator
Tennessee Tech alumna and entrepreneurship intern gets the job.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:36 pm

9.LaunchTN Impact Fund investor committee announced
Six veterans of early-stage entrepreneurial investment have screened 18 companies.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, January 25, 2018 2:49 pm

10.20 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.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 17, 2016 4:45 pm

11.LaunchTN offers a few comments on ITIF 'New Economy' index
[Charts added] Following VNC's report on the ITIF report today, LaunchTN responded.
Milt Capps Updated 9:00 p.m. 7 July 2014 / Published Monday, July 7, 2014 2:49 pm

12.CEO Charlie Brock announces departure from Launch Tennessee
[updated] High-energy team builder prepares for his next entrepreneurial or service act.
Milt Capps updated 4:13 pm CT / Published Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:40 pm

13.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.
Venture Nashville Connections / Published Sunday, May 14, 2017 2:06 pm

14.LaunchTN comment on Pando court filing
Dispute settled between LaunchTN and PandoMedia, parties announce.
Milt Capps Updated 8:06 pm 25 February / Published Friday, January 23, 2015 2:45 pm

15.36|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.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 17, 2016 5:15 pm

16.Update: Launch Tennessee presses forward on Commercialization
Some new public-private stratagems for commercialization may emerge this spring and summer.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 14, 2016 11:26 am

17.Launch Tennessee gameplan may eventually include $50MM Fund of Funds
There are similar models in Georgia and other states, some involving a mix of public and private funds.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 26, 2018 5:21 pm

18.Launch Tennessee Update shows multifaceted mission, wide-ranging action
Another regional accelerator goes-it alone, capital formation numbers, and more.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:15 pm

19.LaunchTN 36|86 Announces "Village 36" for event June 6-7 in Nashville
adapted from submitted release / Published Thursday, April 28, 2016 6:00 pm

20.LaunchTN announces 2015-2016 Class of The TENN
Third Cohort of Master Accelerator Program Kicks Off Oct. 21
Submitted Updated 21 January 2016 / Published Tuesday, October 6, 2015 3:15 am

21.Nashville EC's 'Twende' event focuses on Black, Brown founders' funding
Unprecedented EC gathering meant to improve minority entrepreneurs' access to contacts, capital and growth.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, March 19, 2019 2:11 pm

22.Launch Tennessee's Courtney Corlew joins SFO's Bulleit Group PR firm here
After six years at ECD agency, Tennessee native returns to private sector.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, September 22, 2016 5:45 pm

23.LaunchTN eyes creation of model anti-sexual harassment policy
Exec says harassment 'unacceptable' and LaunchTN will advocate broad adoption of planned policy model
Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 17, 2017 5:45 pm

24.As General Assembly grinds along, some notes on TNInvestco and more
Resources that might provide refreshment for those looking to advance Tennessee innovation.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 17, 2017 4:15 pm

25.More LaunchTN commercialization comments and notes
from submitted statements / Published Monday, February 13, 2017 8:30 am

26.Startup Stroll preps $1.5MM Seed raise to catch destination-marketing wave
Eberhardt & Bell press forward with tech solution developed in Nashville for global market.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 9, 2019 2:00 pm

27.Bunker Labs Nashville startups on firing line in June 28 event
[updated] Local Bunker Labs crew is gaining momentum, enjoying network effect.
Milt Capps Updated June 24, 2016 2:20pm / Published Tuesday, June 21, 2016 5:15 pm

28.LaunchTN selects partners for Statewide University Pitch Competition
[Updated] 17 competitions on 10 Tennessee campuses are admitted.
Submitted, updated 18 March 16 / Published Friday, March 11, 2016 3:31 pm

29.Gov. Haslam says ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd returning to private sector
Announcement could fuel fresh speculation regarding potential Boyd bid for GOP gubernatorial nomination.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 9, 2017 3:52 pm

30.TN innovators seek i6 Challenge grants for innovation, entrepreneurship
Regardless of grant outcomes, these strategic proposals warrant scrutiny across Tennessee.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, September 27, 2018 4:44 pm

31.36|86: Getting tech to market with max partnerships, with or without grants
[updated] Straight-talking commercialization and capital advisors from Austin, Nashville and Lexington converge, Aug. 29.
By Milt Capps updated Aug. 6, 2019 / Published Monday, August 5, 2019 2:45 pm

32.LaunchTN names Capital Formation, Entrepreneurship leaders
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (TTDC), aka Launch Tennessee, fills posts.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, August 11, 2016 2:45 pm

33.Gov. Haslam senses Tennessee 'making headway' in tech commercialization
LaunchTN CEO agrees it'd be great to have more data and analyses about all this.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, February 13, 2017 8:45 am

34.Enexor BioEnergy taps Wond'ry's Grajewski as SVP ahead of Series A
CEO Lee Jestings confirms appointment and continued focus on capital-raising, advisor-selection planning.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, September 24, 2019 12:15 pm

35.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.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 4:00 pm

36.Emerging blockchain-industry is focus of TokenizeTN skull session at ECD
Waller attorney leads prospective not-for-profit advocacy group through private 'summit' at ECD.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, October 23, 2018 5:30 pm

37.Overdog sale was assets deal; buyer Odd Networks mulls capraise
New York-based principals shed a bit more light on the deal and its origins.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 16, 2016 10:30 am

38.LaunchTN sets Startup Policy Workshops to boost regional entrepreneurship
Meetups blend LaunchTN mission, Kauffman funding, Engine advocate, constituents getting to know legislators.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, October 7, 2019 1:05 pm

39.Statewide 'Tennessee Angel Fund' launched as TNInvestco deadline nears
Sid Chambless has gained a third leadership hat, as Nashville Capital Network and its allies launch a third investment vehicle
By Milt Capps Last updated 4:28 p.m. / Published Tuesday, September 22, 2009 3:32 pm

40.Grajewski: VU Innovation Center likely to seal some partnerships by August
Executive director also seeks mentors, domain experts and collaborations.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 25, 2016 1:01 pm

41.CEO: LaunchTN hires tackle Capital requirements, Commercialization
Commercialization and availability of capital now more fully staffed for a strategic push forward.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, February 6, 2019 4:47 pm

42.2017 Project Music selects 4 startups from 120+ accelerator applicants
The 3rd cohort has apparently been finely sifted in an effort to ensure success is baked-in.
Milt Capps updated 12:09pm / Published Monday, February 6, 2017 9:30 am

43.Entrepreneur Mark Harris is a CEO for startup in 36|86 Student Edition
The latest generation of ventures spawned from TN campuses suggests competition must've been intense.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 30, 2019 12:41 pm

44.Notable: Project Music + Music Biz team for tonight's Startup Showcase II
IF the first year was great, Year 2 of Project Music is surely greater.
Published Monday, May 16, 2016 9:00 am

45.SCHERMERLAND: 36:86 Speakers, celebration draw entrepreneurs, investors
LaunchTN has upped the ante, producing a cohesive package of certain fun and likely wisdom.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 17, 2016 5:00 pm

46.National Advisory Council on Innovation-Entrepreneurship seeks members
Michael Burcham's term as NACIE co-chair ends in October.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 19, 2016 2:45 pm

47.Launch Tennessee launches Virtual Entrepreneurship Program
Startup and growth-oriented entrepreneurship program taking 2020 applications now, through Dec. 15, 2019.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, October 4, 2019 2:07 pm

48.State, Federal partnership spawns 24 grants for Tennessee tech companies
LaunchTN matches have now supported 24 fledgling firms, mainly in energy, materials and health/biomedical.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 15, 2019 4:45 pm

49.Center for Entrepreneurship staffs-up within
VU Owen Graduate School of Management

Less than a month into the mission, new Center director targets numerous objectives.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 4, 2017 4:55 pm

50.Startup POPVOX could double as case study for LaunchTN tech-venture push
Tech-driven civics venture could mean high-growth jobs for Tennessee, or not
By Milt Capps updated 4:34 p.m. / Published Thursday, November 1, 2012 12:02 pm

51.Relay Life Science commercial development startup raising capital
Entrepreneur who also leads mentor network says his new firm is operational.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, April 20, 2017 3:00 pm

52.General Assembly endorses Haslam 'Angel Tax Credit', passes commercialization and rural-development measures
Cautious handling by proponents seems likely to advance state programs, stepwise.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, April 21, 2016 4:15 pm

53.This week's LifeScienceTN program lineup is likely to spark venture ideas
Here's a rundown on this week's venture pitches during LST's annual meeting
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, November 13, 2012 9:10 am

54.NVille's Virtuoso Surgical talks with coastal bankers
ahead of $3MM Seed raise

Technology commercialization venture preps Seed and letter-round raises.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, May 30, 2018 4:30 pm

55.NBIC: Nashville incubator seeks next executive director, while strategy unfolds
With seeds planted and a new strategy coming, NBIC chief steps down
By Milt Capps updated 1:35 p.m. / Published Wednesday, June 6, 2012 11:43 am

56.Memphis' Epicenter meets FedEx challenge, nets $40M for entrepreneurship
Bolus of funding seems likely to produce tidal surge of momentum in region's innovation economy.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018 2:00 pm

57.LaunchTN details INCITE investment tallies, investors, portfolio companies
As INCITE comes to halt, we take at look at the ground that's been covered.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016 3:00 pm

58.Winners announced from Statewide University Pitch Competition
[Updated] Effort intended to engage student-led startup teams statewide.
Staff / Published Tuesday, June 7, 2016 12:30 pm

59.Brookings: TN located in 'Heartland' region
with weakspot for entrepreneurship

A sobering report from Brookings Institution researchers inevitably shows there's work yet to be done.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:30 am

60.Strategic hire: LaunchTN communications chief now in place
[Updated] Director joins from PwC as tech development and entrepreneurship nonprofit pursues FY20 funding, strategic objectives.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Wednesday, March 6, 2019 10:45 am

61.Stony Creek Colors eyes $8.6MM capital raises now thru 2018
Founder presses ahead with no native Tennessee capital, other than her own.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 28, 2016 5:30 pm

62.Gov. Haslam names entrepreneur Bob Rolfe to head TN ECD
Former MRA exec, turnaround guy and member of the J.C. Bradford diaspora named.
adapted from submitted release / Published Thursday, February 16, 2017 1:15 pm

63.VC, Techie, Startup speakers pack March 12-17 week
with Nashville entrepreneurship at several venues

More than 40 speakers, panelists, startup pitchers at several venues.
Staff / Published Saturday, March 4, 2017 2:00 pm

64.LaunchTN Staffing update
[updated] Expanding portfolios, going into CEO Charlie Brock's third year onboard.
Milt Capps Updated July 21, 2015 4pm / Published Monday, July 20, 2015 1:00 pm

65.Tennessee rural economy is focus of new econ-development Fund
Initiatives complement Rural EDev Task Force and operate under Fund umbrella.
Submitted / Published Thursday, October 15, 2015 11:15 am

66.LaunchTN taps 13 potential startups from campus entrepreneurship pipeline
Finalists are to pitch Aug. 28 during 36|86 event in Nashville.
By Milt Capps updated 5 July 2018 / Published Monday, July 2, 2018 6:00 pm

67.Life Science TN convenes GOP panel here to mull Election 2016's impact
Journalists to be excluded, Dem's not invited to panel.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, November 2, 2016 5:00 pm

68.Startup's GeoAir recipe calls for Drones, pest DNA and AgBiz savvy
Young entrepreneur finds curious farmers allow testing his tech in their fields.
By Larisa Brass / Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:00 pm

69.LaunchTN and allies pick startups for 36|86 Pitch & Demo events Aug. 28-29
Event could top last year's 1,200 registrants, including 100 or more presenters, hundreds of serial entrepreneurs and investors.
By Milt Capps / Published Sunday, July 21, 2019 3:30 pm

70.Faros Healthcare names board chair, as Centerstone plan advances
[updated] Former Pathfinder exec is CEO in the business that got running start in Centerstone.
Milt Capps updated 9:55am 25 Oct 2016 / Published Monday, October 24, 2016 4:08 pm

71.NV Entrepreneur Center tells startups in 2019 ProjectHealthcare cohort
The EC says four of the 14 teams announced today originate in Tennessee.
updated 25 July 2019 / Published Wednesday, July 10, 2019 1:50 pm

72.LaunchTN to ask 5-year, $44MM State support for maturing action plan
Brock steams ahead, with a successor CEO likely to be tapped before year-end.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 23, 2018 4:45 pm

73.Entrepreneur Jane Allen to be CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center
New CEO will rely on a lawyerly eye and entrepreneurial chops as she begins fresh assessment of the EC.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 2, 2019 2:03 pm

74.LaunchTN CEO search draws 900 resumes, dozens of qualified candidates
Rolfe and Brock doubtless plan a smooth transition to maintain momentum, but there are vagaries to ponder.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 4:45 pm

75.Venture Notes - 17 April 2018
Simplr's $8MM Series A, Resolute and Americoin raises, Blockchain congregating and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018 5:15 pm

76.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.
By Milt Capps SoS Transcript added 31 Jan 0726 / Published Monday, January 30, 2017 9:30 am

77.Foundation Instruments, Stony Creek Colors receive SBIR grants
Nondilutive capital gives entrepreneurs advantages in research, bizdev and raising capital.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, September 8, 2016 12:45 pm

78.Startup bio-dyemaker Stony Creek Colors closes Series A, eyes B-round
Founder has raised north of $8MM, recruited growing ranks of farmers since inception.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:00 pm

79.Venture Notes - 24 July 2017
LaunchTN's 36|86 bet, Van Beke promo, Steve Hau's gambit, P/E & TCRS, CoLab CEO and more.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 24, 2017 4:30 pm

80.Burcham 'virtually certain' he will resume his entrepreneurial path,
now drives Nashville Entrepreneur Center toward inflection point

Programming, international outreach, finances are among the metrics CEO watches.
Milt Capps Updated 17 December 2014 1:46pm / Published Monday, July 28, 2014 10:45 am

81.Roadtrip! Memphis Demo Day startups beckon entrepreneurs, investors
Consider going: Array of startups queued-up for the Aug. 16 culmination of 'Summer of Acceleration'
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 4:15 pm

82.ITIF: Tennessee has risen sharply in New Economy Index
[updated] A pronounced rise in overall ranking comes with weaker showing on some of 25 dimensions.
By Milt Capps updated 7 Nov 2017 1717 / Published Monday, November 6, 2017 10:15 am

83.Beacon Center poll says State incentive wasteful, while Entertainment, Blockchain, other industries mobilize for Capitol Hill action
'Free-market' combatant of industry incentives may face new players pursuing legislated benefits.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 3:00 pm

84.Ripple Music emerging from stealth, into Series A raise for VideoBomb app
[Updated] Chad Marcum begins to reveal details of his team, model, strategy and roll-out plans.
Milt Capps updated 8 June 2017 / Published Wednesday, June 29, 2016 4:00 pm

85.Venture Notes - 12 September 2016
[Updated] 11 items from around the state of interest to techies, investors, entrepreneurs, et al.
Milt Capps updated November 2017 / Published Monday, September 12, 2016 3:00 pm

86.Franklin's Innovation Park may include technology incubator
Developers studying HudsonAlpha and other innovation centers.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, April 14, 2016 1:30 pm

87.Headsup: LaunchTN may have to beard budget lion
to fund Tennessee entrepreneurial leadership

CEO Charlie Brock unveils robust plan for LTN advancement, but may be facing budget headwinds.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, January 25, 2018 5:00 pm

88.Booker: CapitalTN aiming to improve Tennessee PE/VC investor ecosystem
Group working from Nashville EC plans to draw more investors in from the sidelines.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, July 6, 2016 10:00 am

89.Belmont University Student Business Plan Competition set March 15
[Updated] Ten student teams and their bizplans present at the Massey Center.
Milt Capps Updated / Published Thursday, March 2, 2017 3:00 pm

90.LaunchTN WIP: Exploring state Angel network, policy options and rankings
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation, TTDC, lays-out its priorities.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 21, 2014 1:30 pm

91.Jeff Cohu now leads Center for Entrepreneurship at Lipscomb University
Entrepreneurship, innovation, social impact, blockchain, networking are threads running in parallel.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, March 15, 2019 9:00 am

92.Surgiorithm among 5 Startups pitching LaunchTn-LSTN Venture Match
[Updated] Startups with roots in Tennessee and Dallas take the stage Nov. 4 at Innovation Park
Milt Capps updated 17 March 2017 / Published Wednesday, November 2, 2016 5:15 pm

93.Venture Calendar - 2017 - Updated
State and regional events of interest.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 6:45 am

94.Venture Calendar - 2018 - Updated
[Updated] Entrepreneurial, startup and capital events and activities around Tennessee.
Published Monday, November 19, 2018 7:30 am

95.TennesSeed Partners to ally with nonprofit to fuel TN seed-stage businesses
VCs team with TennesSeed Funders to create momentum to feed flywheel effect in TN economy.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, September 27, 2019 4:30 pm

96.Venture Notes - 21 July 2016
Resolute Capital's Fund IV, HCA CEO to speak, new LaunchTN SBIR-STTR writing grants and more.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, July 21, 2016 5:00 pm

97.Hytch LLC arrives intersection of cars, carbon and Series A capital
Social-impact technology startup aims to leverage first-to-market advantage in national rollout.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, September 12, 2018 3:00 pm

98.Venture Notes - May 11, 2016
[updated] Health:Further, Ingram, Case, McWhorter, DART Music and DATAFlyte raises, SeedHatchlings and more.
Milt Capps Dart Music item updated 26 July, 2016 / Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016 5:13 pm

99.Venture Notes - Dec. 5, 2016
Update on Angel Tax Credit, Jobs recruitment and more.
Milt Capps updated Dec. 6, 2016 5:24pm / Published Monday, December 5, 2016 8:30 am

100.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
Milt Capps Updated Jan. 23, 2015 3:04pm / Published Monday, December 1, 2014 11:15 am

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