|1.||'Not raining, it's pouring: E&Y + Amazon news means 5,600 jobs in Nashville|
Two solid hits reinforce Nashville economic status.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Tuesday, November 13, 2018 10:30 am
|2.||Healthcare accelerator pact among Company Lab, Erlanger, Unum|
leverages Chattanooga's broad innovation impulse
Months and years of ecosystem development might help make Chattanooga an 'overnight' entrepreneurial success.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 1, 2018 1:44 pm
|3.||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
|4.||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
|5.||Venture Notes - September 26, 2018|
Latest updates on capital raises, partners, advisors and more.
By Milt Capps updated 26 Oct 2018 / Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018 8:45 am
|6.||Drug-discovery linchpin PMI BioPharma Solutions hoists flag in Tennessee|
The word is just getting out about new entrant in Tennessee biopharm ecosystem.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018 5:00 pm
|7.||VentureNotes September 4, 2018|
New tech CEO, Ingram M&A, capital raises, data sciences, and more.
By Milt Capps - unpdated 13 Dec 2018 / Published Tuesday, September 4, 2018 12:15 pm
|8.||Ideas: Is TechAlpharetta entrepreneur center a model for Mid-TN cities?|
Franklin, Clarksville, Murfreesboro may need localized recipes for entrepreneurship.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, August 28, 2018 1:14 pm
|9.||CEO Kayla Graff maps SweetBio capital raises, market entries|
With Innova and MBVP onboard and an eye on the field, startup heads toward veterinarian, wound, dental sectors.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:00 pm
|10.||We asked TN Gubernatorial aspirants about State industry incentives, risk-capital formation, tech commercialization and more|
Many of these issues gained salience during the Haslam and Bredesen years.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 13, 2018 10:29 am
|11.||TN startup formation, market entries may rise with SE XOR platform launch|
UT, VU, KY officials see hundreds of successfully exited entrepreneurs possibly leading startup teams.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, August 10, 2018 4:31 pm
|12.||Venture Aug. 2, 2018|
[updated] 36 alerts in today's summary as mid-summer Venture energy brings multiple new funds, capraises, and more.
By Milt Capps updated 17 Sept. 2018 / Published Thursday, August 2, 2018 4:45 pm
|13.||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
|14.||Cleantech startup Active Energy Systems maps path toward market|
Clean Energy commercialization gets boost via ORNL's Innovation Crossroads
By Larisa Brass and Milt Capps / Published Friday, July 6, 2018 10:30 am
|15.||ORNL's Innovation Crossroads energy startup accelerator preps for Cohort 3|
[updated] The applications window will soon open for the DOE-backed technology commercialization program.
By Larisa Brass and Milt Capps / Published Friday, July 6, 2018 2:30 pm
|16.||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
|17.||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
|18.||NIH Awards Second $1 Million Grant to Nashville Data Science Company IQuity Labs Inc.|
More nondilutive capital for data-oriented lifesciences company.
adapted from submitted release / Published Monday, May 7, 2018 3:47 pm
|19.||LifeScienceTN chairman is now UM's Townsend, former ECD Staff Chief|
Chair's experience brings continuity, clear sense of value of legislative ties and momentum.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, May 4, 2018 4:15 pm
|20.||CEO Sinead Miller charts PATH EX course to capital, partner & market|
Startup's expanding universe of advisors, allies and potential funders may be approaching critical mass.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:45 am
|21.||VU inventors' Adaptive Technology startup faces IntelliCane funding hurdles|
Startup commercializing VU IP to reduce injury, death and mitigate $50BN annual medical spend.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 19, 2018 10:45 am
|22.||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
|23.||Rosenblatt departs Frost Brown for SVP/GC role at Tech-centric BTC Inc.|
After helping anchor the upstart Nashville blockchain-crypto community, this lawyer moves over.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018 4:00 pm
|24.||Advisor entrant: Cherry Bekaert's MP in Nashville also tech-innovation lead|
Innovation growth draws innovation-centric pro's -- VNC poll provides hint of incubent advisor standings.
By Milt Capps updated 14 Sept. 2018 / Published Tuesday, January 2, 2018 3:36 pm
|25.||Ascension's incubation chief invites solutions for 'jobs that need to be done'|
Focusing on success criteria, outcomes takes priority.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017 12:00 pm
|26.||'Person First Alliance' emerges in response to Brookings' HealthIT challenge|
Designation of leader for coalition's next phase of work may bring acceleration.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, October 16, 2017 5:15 pm
|27.||Tim Choate: ThinkDeeply startup amplifies MidTN capacity for AI innovation|
Newco says it'll pursue capital raise opportunistically among savvy investors.
Milt Capps updated 27 March 2018 / Published Tuesday, September 19, 2017 2:15 pm
|28.||Venture Notes - 27 July 2017|
'Erosion' in TN investment? Major IT and software cos' raises, TN fund recruiting, startup updates and more.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, July 27, 2017 11:30 am
|29.||Venture Notes - 11 July 2017|
Publisher rating VCs!? plus new capital raises, deals, NVille EC scholarships and more.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 5:15 pm
|30.||VU School of Medicine ramps-up The Radx incubator|
with 17 entrants in Innovation Challenge
Incubator management plans to keep potential businesses on-pace for development, commercialization.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, June 19, 2017 4:00 pm
|31.||Venture Notes - 1 May 2017|
Fourteen telegraphic items on startups, investments, exits and more in Tennessee and region.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 1, 2017 9:45 am
|32.||Former VC Les Wilkinson now Hashed Health chief development officer|
After eight years with Martin Ventures, Wilkinson joins portfolio company.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 25, 2017 3:30 pm
|33.||BioTN: Entrepreneurs Lynch, Elmquist rally midstate|
to lifescience and healthIT incubator, STEM prep
Former BioMimetic Therapeutics executives at center of new initiatives.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 24, 2017 9:15 am
|34.||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
|35.||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
|36.||Wearables startup WiseWear's Series A underway, plans Nashville office|
Founder spent nearly a decade here earning degrees at Vanderbilt University.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, April 13, 2017 1:45 pm
|37.||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
|38.||Nashville answer to Brookings HealthIT challenge to emerge within 120 days|
An action plan for leadership may soon come off the drawing-board.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, March 17, 2017 2:15 pm
|39.||Briefing: Hashed Health to convene blockchain consortium in Nashville|
Converging activities could raise Nashville profile on global blockchain map.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 13, 2017 4:30 pm
|40.||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
|41.||Nashville investors with hospital savvy eyed by Patientory PHM startup|
[updated] Grad of Boomtown, StartupHealth accelerators presses forward.
Milt Capps updated April 25, 2017 / Published Monday, March 6, 2017 1:15 pm
|42.||Venture Notes - 24 February 2017|
A healthcare disrupter's latest move, Accelerators updates and much more.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, February 24, 2017 1:00 pm
|43.||More LaunchTN commercialization comments and notes|
from submitted statements / Published Monday, February 13, 2017 8:30 am
|44.||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
|45.||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
|46.||Venture Notes - 17 January 2017|
$40MM raise at Claritas, accelerator and startup news, and more from around the state.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12:15 pm
|47.||Venture Notes - 28 November 2016|
A fresh dozen items from around the state of interest to the venture sector.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, November 28, 2016 8:30 am
|48.||Martin Ventures-backed Hashed Health unveiled|
for healthcare blockchain dev + commercialization
[Updated] Blockchain initiatives now said to be expanding in Nashville.
Milt Capps Updated 7 Feb 2017 1000 / Published Tuesday, October 4, 2016 8:32 am
|49.||Grajewski: VU brands the Wond'ry innovation center, ramps-up programs|
The new center's portfolio, mission, identity and reach are getting steadily sharper.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, September 27, 2016 5:30 pm
|50.||TriStar Health Partners eyes $100MM fund for healthIT, medtech and more|
TriStar and Innovation Institute leaders 'get along well as human beings'
Milt Capps / Published Monday, September 12, 2016 3:07 pm
|51.||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
Ralph Schulz on tackling Brookings initiative, Charlie Martin eyes HealthIT
Response to Brookings Institution researchers will require deep knowledge.
Milt Capps / Published Saturday, September 3, 2016 3:15 pm
|53.||Venture Notes 15 August 2016|
Frontier Capital, Petra Capital, TextRequest, CEAdvisory raise, Pharos Cap, VU Med Innovators, MDSave.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 15, 2016 4:53 pm
VU Music, Mind & Society Program may feed Nashville innovation
Within this scientific work are pain-points that could spawn inventions, innovations and startups.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 15, 2016 10:30 am
|55.||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
|56.||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
|57.||Venture Notes 14 July 2016|
[updated] A baker's dozen oughta-reads on startups and capital from around the state.
Milt Capps updated 18 July 2016 1403 / Published Thursday, July 14, 2016 5:30 pm
|58.||President of S-RAM Dynamics sees near-term opportunity in Tennessee|
Tech-dev exec, active Angel with Bioenergy interests surveys the region.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016 2:15 pm
|59.||Vanderbilt University welcomes 2nd looks at its older patented technologies|
Aging patented technologies might have fresh potential.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 3, 2016 4:45 pm
|60.||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
|61.||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
|62.||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
|63.||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
|64.||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
|65.||Venture Notes - March 17, 2016|
Updates on VU venture staff, raises by SmartFurniture and RelevanceCapital and more.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, March 17, 2016 4:15 pm
|66.||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
|67.||Venture Notes - March 14, 2016|
Pendleton Square, NextDocVisit, VU commercialization.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 14, 2016 5:00 pm
|68.||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
|69.||Venture Notes - March 7, 2016|
[updated] TN's pro-entrepreneurship legislation, a $4MM JourneyPure raise, and more.
Milt Capps Updated 11 Jan 2017 / Published Monday, March 7, 2016 4:45 pm
|70.||IQuity Labs' VU license + Eurofins partnership could lead to global market|
[Updated] Team says rapid Angel-investor enlistment is one reason this is a 'W' for region's LifeSciences
Milt Capps updated 7 May 2018 / Published Tuesday, March 1, 2016 7:45 am
|71.||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.
By Milt Capps updated with ECD comments 4pm 17 February 2016 / Published Tuesday, February 16, 2016 4:30 pm
|72.||Vanderbilt University Innovation Center's first chief to be Robert Grajewski|
[updated] North Carolina-based entrepreneur and scholar begins work April 1.
Milt Capps Updated 17 March 2016 / Published Monday, February 1, 2016 12:00 pm
|73.||Accelerators: Boring, Rip-roaring or somewhere in between?|
Tennessee execs comment on Jumpstart Foundry founders' criticism of accelerator model.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 22, 2016 2:45 pm
|74.||Jumpstart Foundry creates Healthcare fund, knocks accelerator model|
Vic Gatto and Marcus Whitney are creating an important fund, and exit accelerator universe.
Milt Capps last edited 0815 23 Jan. 2016 / Published Friday, January 22, 2016 3:00 pm
|75.||People: Charleson Bell, Ph.D., innovator at Vanderbilt University|
Still fully engaged Postdoc Fellow has entrepreneurial vision.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 18, 2016 3:39 pm
|76.||Williamson's Largen, EC's McWhorter confirm 'Pre-Flight' collaboration|
[updated] Williamson County aims to breed its Tech sector, leverages NEC resources
Milt Capps updated 28 January 2016 / Published Monday, January 4, 2016 1:45 pm
|77.||Automotive supplier Dana Corp. has tech scout and liaison in Nashville|
For those hoping companies will leverage TN assets, Eve Steigerwalt is among key contacts.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, December 21, 2015 8:30 am
|78.||Selous Venture Society, allies mull investment in VU IP-driven nPhase|
[Updated] nPhase CEO identified. Software with global users and a serious track record is a friendly target.
Milt Capps updated 6 March 2016 / Published Tuesday, December 15, 2015 3:00 pm
|79.||VU Innovation Center chief selection nears, VUSE Maker outreach expands|
Handful of IC candidates remain in-the-running, VUSE plants flag in Maker territory
Milt Capps / Published Monday, December 14, 2015 3:00 pm
|80.||Venture Calendar 2015 - Updated|
Updated No matter where you are in Tennessee, you'll want to consider many of these.
Milt Capps updated Dec. 2, 2015 / Published Wednesday, December 2, 2015 6:00 am
|81.||LaunchTN calibrates its Tech Transfer, Commercialization roles|
Step by step, ECD agent LaunchTN charts a fresh path forward on knotty issue.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, October 22, 2015 11:00 am
|82.||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
|83.||Axial Healthcare sees Series B, tech buys, deeper-risk role within 24 months|
[updated Series B] CEO sees 'land-rush' underway in healthcare data for pain-care management.
Milt Capps updated 24 Oct. 2016 / Published Tuesday, August 25, 2015 4:30 pm
|84.||Centerstone Research Institute eyes capital for healthcare analytics spin-out|
Centerstone of America seeks commercial prowess to get technologies to market.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 28, 2015 3:15 pm
|85.||Vanderbilt University commercialization team tallies spin-outs, startups|
The past two FY's have seen VU IP embedded in startups in several sectors.
Milt Capps Edit July 30, 2015 / Published Monday, July 27, 2015 3:15 pm
|86.||Vanderbilt University seeks ExecDirector for new VU Innovation Center|
[update] There'll be plenty of interest on-campus and off- for this job.
Milt Capps Updated 1 Nov. 2015 / Published Thursday, July 23, 2015 11:30 am
|87.||Update: LaunchTN continues to refine strategy and priorities|
Charlie Brock shares his topmost objectives, and we review a bit of the agenda.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 20, 2015 3:00 pm
|88.||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
|89.||Grants: Kauffman Foundation scouting Nashville/VU entrepreneur scene?|
[Updated] Who knows, such relatively stealthy encounters may be underway, daily.
Milt Capps updated Nov. 16, 2015 4:20pm / Published Tuesday, July 14, 2015 2:45 pm
|90.||Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, experts sought for LSTN statewide network|
Bio veteran Jim Monsor leads pilot effort to deepen TN's startup resources
Milt Capps edit 12:49 p.m. / Published Monday, May 4, 2015 12:00 pm
|91.||Indigo Woman: CEO says Stony Creek Colors' capraise awaits pilot results|
'Unique' startup takes on major chemical companies with natural dyes for fashion.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 7, 2015 1:00 pm
|92.||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.
Milt Capps edits 6:42pm / Published Monday, March 16, 2015 3:45 pm
|93.||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.
Milt Capps legislation updated 0800 10 March 2015 / Published Monday, March 9, 2015 3:42 pm
|94.||CEO: Optio Labs may pursue 'significant' Series B raise within 12 months |
[updates] Optio is building talent base in Nashville
Milt Capps Updated April 27, 2016 / Published Thursday, March 5, 2015 2:25 pm
|95.||Healthbox grad Atlas Health Technologies eyes Seed capital round|
[updated] Accelerator grad moving toward an inflection point, and Healthbox tweaks its model.
Milt Capps updated 30 March 2016 0727 / Published Monday, February 2, 2015 8:30 am
|96.||LaunchTN: McWhorter board resignation adds to agency's to-do's|
[updated] Litigation, uncertainty over INCITE funding, turnover and more.
Milt Capps Updated 10:02 a.m. 28 January 2015 / Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015 1:15 pm
|97.||LaunchTN: Randy Boyd accepts baton from Hagerty, who returns to PE firm|
Commissioner now also presides over board of Tennessee Technology Development Corp.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015 1:30 pm
|98.||TNInvestco 2.0 prospects uncertain, entrepreneurs|
and investors begin charting path forward
Since opinions are hard to monetize, leaders statewide seek new sources of momentum
Milt Capps addendum 8:18 a.m. Oct. 17, 2014 / Published Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:03 pm
|99.||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.
Milt Capps Last updated 19 Oct 2017 / Published Monday, October 13, 2014 3:37 pm
|100.||LaunchTN's Gindt departs to lead LinkdCare healthcare startup|
[updated] Stefansic and Hogin among those departing, with interest in private-sector jobs.
Milt Capps updated Nov. 2, 2015, 1939hrs / Published Friday, October 10, 2014 2:45 pm