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1.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
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, March 11, 2009 3:19 pm

2.TTDC, Mind2Marketplace relationship expands
With ties to key members of the Congressional delegation, M2M has a leg-up in seeking funding of various sorts
By Milt Capps Last Updated 1:08 p.m. / Published Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:12 pm

3.TTDC says it plans no funding for TN Bio Assn.
Technology-enterprise advocate believes life-sciences sector cannot advance without stronger leadership
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 21, 2009 12:37 pm

4.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

5.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
By Milt Capps Updated 6:27 AM Oct. 27, 2009 / Published Monday, October 26, 2009 1:50 pm

6.Tennessee Technology Development Corporation at another inflection point
Tech-driven economic development will eventually learn what priority it gets in the Haslam Administration
By Milt Capps updated 9:46 p.m. / Published Monday, February 6, 2012 9:36 am

7.Growing TN: Hagerty chairs ECD-funded TTDC development group
Leadership shift was accomplished August 19, with Hagerty now chairman of TTDC
By Milt Capps Updated August 19, 2011 3:38 p.m. / Published Thursday, August 18, 2011 2:24 pm

8.Tech strategist joins Tennessee economic advocate
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation continues to assemble its team to drive tech-centered economic development.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, June 6, 2008 2:19 pm

9.TTDC's Stover is departing for Diagnovus venture backed by TNInvestco's
Scholar and entrepreneur will co-found molecular diagnostics startup in Nashville
By Milt Capps Updated 10:23 p.m. / Published Friday, September 30, 2011 3:00 pm

10.Latest TTDC grants meant to vault Tennessee
startups beyond 'Valley of Death'

Eight ventures are $50K TTDC maturation grant awardees
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 21, 2011 8:27 am

11.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?
Milt Capps / Published Friday, November 28, 2008 2:47 pm

12.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
Milt Capps / Published Monday, September 29, 2008 8:04 am

13.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
By Milt Capps Updated 3:44 a.m. Jan. 22, 2010 / Published Thursday, January 21, 2010 4:34 pm

14.TNInvestco finalists named by ECD-Revenue
Ten companies of 25 are advancing toward interviews and a shot at more than $80MM in tax-credit allocations that can be capitalized
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 7, 2009 9:53 am

15.Analysis: Cromwell still pushing for traction at TTDC
Venture advocate's latest activity recalls earlier attempts to ignite technology in Tennessee
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 8, 2008 9:02 am

16.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
By Milt Capps Updated 28 December 2011 at 4:14 p.m. / Published Thursday, December 22, 2011 11:51 am

17.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
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 21, 2009 12:37 pm

18.NEWSBITS March 30, 2009
Notes from Northshore Capital Management, TTDC, VCs, wealth-management moves and more...
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 30, 2009 9:44 am

19.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
Milt Capps / Published Friday, November 7, 2008 10:56 am

20.2010 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
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, January 6, 2010 2:47 pm

21.TTDC funds bioscience entrepreneurship initiative
With former VC hired to lead program, grant for entrepreneurship helps flesh-out tech-development ecosystem
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, February 10, 2009 9:39 am

22.Vanderbilt's $50M discovery fund, TTDC's signal event
TTDC convenes investors and scientists in Nashville -- and Chancellor Zeppos announces new money for VU's academic discovery fund
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, September 4, 2008 7:56 am

23.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
By Milt Capps Last Updated July 17 10:40 a.m. / Published Thursday, July 16, 2009 3:13 pm

24.NEST-TN, LLC
At left, Fran Marcum
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:30 am

25.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
At VentureTennessee / Published Monday, November 28, 2011 5:41 pm

26.Updated: LaunchTN board of directors
A Nashville investment banker is among new members of TTDC/LTN.
Staff edited 5:46pm / Published Monday, July 20, 2015 2:00 pm

27.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
By Milt Capps Last update 11:05 p.m. / Published Wednesday, March 3, 2010 3:06 pm

28.TTDC supports innovation with $500K for six teams
TTDC gets its second wind, releases funding for technology and commercialization grants, looks toward future
By Milt Capps Last Updated 5:46 a.m., Sept. 29 / Published Monday, September 28, 2009 1:54 pm

29.NewsBits, December 7, 2010
News and notes from around Tennessee on science, technology, innovation and related policy.
By Milt Capps Updated 1:11 p.m. / Published Tuesday, December 7, 2010 9:00 am

30.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

31.TTDC-as-LaunchTN gets vital runway extension from Haslam Administration
With fingers crossed and funds in-hand, the tech-centric nonprofit forges ahead
By Milt Capps edits June 9, 2012 8:50 a.m. / Published Thursday, June 7, 2012 2:55 pm

32.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
By Milt Capps updated Nov. 21, 2012 6:26 a.m. / Published Thursday, November 1, 2012 12:09 pm

33.20 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

34.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
By Milt Capps Last updated 9:38 a.m. Nov. 5, 2009 / Published Wednesday, November 4, 2009 1:33 pm

35.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.
Staff / Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014 2:15 pm

36.LaunchTN appoints commercialization director from Nashville startup ranks
TTDC now seems to be fully staffed to further pro-venture programs
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, March 5, 2013 9:54 am

37.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
By Milt Capps corrected 3:24 p.m. / Published Monday, August 6, 2012 11:25 am

38.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
By Milt Capps Updated May 6, 2011 12:12 p.m. / Published Thursday, May 5, 2011 4:12 pm

39.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
By Milt Capps Last updated 8:55 a.m. April 6, 2009 / Published Monday, April 6, 2009 12:22 am

40.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
By Milt Capps updated May 26, 2012 / Published Monday, May 14, 2012 10:08 am

41.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

42.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
By VNC Staff / Published Tuesday, August 16, 2011 2:37 pm

43.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

44.Venture Nashville Calendar Update
Nashville and Tennessee are quickly becoming year-round innovation venues, as this sampling of events makes clear
By Milt Capps Last updated Mon., April 5, 2010 12:11 p.m. / Published Saturday, April 3, 2010 5:39 pm

45.NEWSBITS, Feb. 18, 2010
TTDC forum, TNInvestco website, VU tech transfer, PureSafety, Tricycle, Memphis leadership, and more...
By Milt Capps Last updated 8:52 a.m. / Published Thursday, February 18, 2010 7:15 am

46.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
By Milt Capps Last updated 3:51 p.m. / Published Thursday, July 30, 2009 1:01 pm

47.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
By Milt Capps Last Updated 4:09 p.m. May 1, 2009 / Published Friday, May 1, 2009 8:37 am

48.Innova Fund II, LP
At left, Ken Woody
By Milt Capps Last Updated 6:06 p.m. Nov. 5, 2009 / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:29 am

49.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
Milt Capps / Published Friday, November 28, 2008 2:50 pm

50.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

51.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

52.Venture Nashville Calendar of Coming Events
Whether you're an entrepreneur, VC, techie or community leader for growth, you'll want to examine these offerings, closely
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 31, 2009 9:07 pm

53.LaunchTN designates attorney Bruce Doeg vice chairman
Long vacant seat goes to board veteran.
Milt Capps updated 21 April 2016 / Published Tuesday, October 27, 2015 5:20 pm

54.'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.
Milt Capps UPDATED 11:17 AM / Published Friday, November 14, 2008 10:03 am

55.SMTEC accelerator's Marcum retires, LaunchTN Rural plans nears debut
The state's accelerator-linked ecosystem continues to evolve, it seems.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, October 20, 2015 11:45 am

56.New LaunchTN CEO Brock cites innovation 'momentum', surveys challenges
First permanent CEO in three years begins a stem-stern review as he wades-in
By Milt Capps updated 11:17 a.m. / Published Tuesday, January 8, 2013 11:11 am

57.IP imperative: MyWerx, Cumberland Center
and Universities ally for iExchange

Alliance push to help protect and commercialize intellectual property could become a global movement
By Milt Capps updated Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 10:35 a.m. / Published Wednesday, October 19, 2011 10:32 am

58.People: LaunchTN's Denenberg preps NourishWise startup
Agency's entrepreneurship director seems to have caught the bug.
Milt Capps updated 24 July 2014 10:50 a.m. / Published Monday, July 21, 2014 1:45 pm

59.Sidebar: Opinions on CAPCO vary among VCs
Tennessee executives see both problems and opportunities in proposal for stimulation of early-stage investment
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, May 1, 2009 8:35 am

60.TNInvestco: Goldrush underway to fund TN ventures
$120MM program should inject more than $80MM into seed- and early-stage companies in Tennessee over next few years
By Milt Capps Last updated 10:29 a.m. Nov. 5, 2009 / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:30 am

61.N³: NashvilleCubed April-May Venture events
At north of 500 square miles, Metro/Nashville, aka Music City, is creative hub and economic flywheel
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 4, 2011 8:09 am

62.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
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 10, 2011 7:54 am

63.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

64.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

65.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
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, October 31, 2011 6:40 am

66.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

67.Clayton McWhorter to chair Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Four business leaders formed the core of group that picked the NEC's inaugural board
By Milt Capps Last updated 3:15 p.m. / Published Wednesday, January 13, 2010 12:21 pm

68.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

69.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

70.NewsBits, April 25, 2011
JumpStart's 'brightest'... EmergeMemphis' 45 startups.. Haslam-Hagerty gameplan... David Wilds in cap raise.. Blackstone venture aid...
By Milt Capps Updated 3:14 p.m. / Published Monday, April 25, 2011 8:56 am

71.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

72.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

73.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
By Milt Capps Last updated 1:43 p.m. / Published Thursday, September 17, 2009 12:08 pm

74.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

75.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

76.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

77.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
By Milt Capps updated 12:19 p.m. / Published Monday, November 7, 2011 7:49 am

78.Advocates: 'Protection' could derail TNInvestco locomotive
While some advocate expanding the TNInvestco warchest to $200MM, others want to introduce new requirements others argue would deter investment, competition
By Milt Capps Last updated 1:58 p.m. / Published Monday, February 22, 2010 9:39 am

79.Venture Notes - 19 October 2016
Boyd & Brock of LaunchTN respond on sustainability, Healthcare, Rural Metrics and more.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016 11:42 am

80.Vanderbilt steps-up effort to help faculty create ventures, market products
Hundreds of discoveries and patents on-hand, Vanderbilt expands its efforts to commercialize intellectual property
Milt Capps / Published Sunday, November 23, 2008 8:39 pm

81.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
By Milt Capps Last updated 12:16 PM, July 28 / Published Monday, July 27, 2009 7:25 am

82.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.
By Milt Capps Last updated 5:52 p.. June 18, 2009 / Published Thursday, June 18, 2009 10:12 am

83.VNC's Top 25 Reads for 2010
For Calendar Year 2010, here are VentureNashville's twenty-five most-opened offerings.
Published Monday, January 10, 2011 2:30 pm

84.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

85.Venture Notes - 12 April 2016
This roundup features Amplion, HCCA, CouncilCapital, John Murdock, Joe Kustelski, Proton and more.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 12, 2016 4:15 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.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
By Milt Capps updated 2:32 p.m. 13 December / Published Wednesday, December 12, 2012 8:44 am

88.Solidus' Venture Incite options ORNL technology
to bring its start-up 'assembly line' to life

Nashville VC's Oak Ridge affiliate has focused one of its startups on commercializing 'the Moses effect'
By Milt Capps Updated 2:47 p.m. / Published Sunday, June 19, 2011 2:32 pm

89.Care Technology Systems says Healthcare venture veteran Hertik joins board
There are other shoes to drop at Care Technology, but today's is a good start
By Milt Capps edits 11:54 a.m. / Published Tuesday, September 4, 2012 11:29 am

90.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
By Milt Capps updated 1:14 p.m. June 28, 2011 / Published Monday, June 27, 2011 10:15 am

91.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

92.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

93.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

94.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

95.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

96.Tennesseans push Industry-Scitech partnering in D.C.
VU, Bart Gordon, ORNL among partners: Meeting in D.C. seeks better ways to link business, science and national labs
Milt Capps / Published Sunday, December 7, 2008 7:30 pm

97.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

98.Digital Nashville launches innovation mentorship service
DN's new service is aimed at corporate innovators and freelancers, as well as entrepreneurs, and leaves the capital-raising to others
By Milt Capps Last Updated 6:33 AM Oct. 27, 2009 / Published Monday, October 26, 2009 11:01 am

99.Cumberland IPO now active: 10-year journey with Vanderbilt reaches milestone
[UPDATED Aug. 11, 6:53 a.m.] Cumberland Pharmaceuticals' IPO filing became effective yesterday and trades today as CPIX, 27 months after the shelf registration and 20 subsequent amendments
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, August 7, 2009 9:51 am

100.No leg-up? TCRS pension-assets 'Set-aside' for TN firms uncertain
Chief Investment Officer Michael Brakebill reiterates his open-door policy
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 13, 2013 6:44 am

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