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1.Petra Capital files for $150 Million Growth Fund IV
Twenty-one-year-old firm could hit $600MM raised since inception.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, May 30, 2018 5:20 pm

2.Briefly: Petra Capital invests in med transcription company
Today's announcement is further evidence of the attraction of healthcare-savvy investors to health IT, wherever it resides
By Venture Nashville Staff Updated 5:30 p.m. / Published Friday, October 23, 2009 3:18 pm

3.Petra Capital makes $5MM tech investment
Nashville's Petra Capital backs entrepreneur in Boston area, mining the HR/Payroll platform space
By Milt Capps Updated 3:58 P.M. / Published Monday, April 6, 2009 12:22 pm

4.Petra Capital's Blackburn: Maybe 'everyone's on-strike'
Waiting for the economy's turn, this VC keeps it real by focusing on performance, processes and pairing-up golfers
By Milt Capps Updated Jan. 28, 2009, 5:15 a.m. / Published Tuesday, January 27, 2009 10:00 pm

5.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

6.Noted: WellNow Urgent Care reports $7.7MM capital raise
WellNow says it's actually gotten $35MM in commitments - out-of-hospital is a PE magnet.
By Milt Capps Updated 5:52 p.m. 15 February 2012 / Published Friday, February 10, 2012 2:59 pm

7.VenturePeople: Heritage Group gains Wallace from SVLS
Nashville VC finds his way home and once more into the healthcare arena
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:20 am

8.Resource: TNInvestco briefing registrants
Some are shoppers, some are bidders, some are there to keep an eye on others...and some are committed to vying for TNInvestco certification
Last Updated 2:21 p.m., Aug. 14, 2009 / Published Friday, August 14, 2009 9:31 am

9.Nashville VCs have strong views on 'what it takes'
There are no 'weathervanes' among these folks. Defining 'institutional', a caution about egos, and a reminder that sounds a lot like 'Dance with the one that brung ya'
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 29, 2008 6:36 am

10.Venture Notes -- April 20, 2009
Goad reported suing former TVA director, Petra and Innova invest, $20MM the number for startup, tech transfer event, views on IPO climate...
By Milt Capps Last Updated 2:29 p.m. / Published Monday, April 20, 2009 1:47 pm

11.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

12.McQuigg tweaks management at ConnectivHealth
Facing waves of technologies and possible future M&A deals, this venture-backed organization gets a tuneup
Milt Capps UPDATED Oct. 6, 2008 0749 / Published Sunday, October 5, 2008 3:32 pm

13.Summer 2011: Most Popular Articles
'Venture' in our region has been cookin', with Nashville leading the way in many respects. The Top 25 reads of Summer 2011 are here
Published Saturday, September 3, 2011 8:42 am

14.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

15.HealthTeacher reaches venture's 'inflection point';
backer Chrysalis joined by SSM as Petra exits

Strategy and financing now inplace, HealthTeacher may have graduated to growth-company status
By Milt Capps Updated 5:47 p.m. / Published Tuesday, June 28, 2011 8:31 am

16.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

17.NEWSBITS May 26, 2009
Jacobson's new digs, Universal Robotics' placement, WSJ taps local analysts, Solidus' stake, antitrust cautions and more...
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:22 am

18.NewsBits, April 18, 2011
Petra, VU commercialization, HealthStream, Sustainability Summit, Owen GSM honors, Unum CIO, entrepreneurs young and older and more
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 18, 2011 9:38 am

19.Nashville Capital Network prepares twin deals
Sid Chambless says he's hanging on for the ride, as NCN queues-up two more financing deals, leveraging its new Fund with investors from 50-Angel network
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, April 16, 2008 7:39 am

20.Venture Notes - 27 July 2016
Speakers ahead and a Nashville startup joins Louisville healthcare accelerator.
Staff updated 5:56pm / Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016 5:23 pm

21.Venture Strategy: HealthTeacher mobilizing community allies to advance contract sales
With schools' funding hammered, Nashville health-education venture sets out to galvanize local alliances nationwide, to support funding for its curricular and instructional materials.
By Milt Capps Last Updated 9:38 a.m. / Published Monday, September 14, 2009 8:03 am

22.NewsBits, Oct. 26, 2011
Milestone events, capital raises, a whiskey resurrected, and local venture news recapped.
By Milt Capps updated 29 Oct. 9:35 a.m. / Published Wednesday, October 26, 2011 10:54 am

23.Growth-equity firm SSM Partners eyes Nashville investment opportunities
With dry powder and 60 transactions under its belt, SSM relishes HealthIT, ecommerce, marcom companies.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018 10:30 am

24.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

25.Dan Hammond whets VCs' appetites
for 'Just A Pinch' media spin-out

The man, the plan, the brand...an energetic entrepreneur with a flair for promotion may typify players who 'leave it all on the field'
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, May 11, 2011 9:22 am

26.ConnectivHealth divests unit, focuses on key business
Evolving Brentwood company focuses fresh capital on latest acquisition, divests once flagship business
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, February 20, 2009 10:15 am

27.Urgent Team may turn to large PE house if $100MM M&A target looms
[updated] Chairman/CEO says company can be in Top 10 ranks nationally by EOY16.
Milt Capps updated / Published Thursday, April 14, 2016 4:30 pm

28.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

29.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

30.NewsBits, May 3, 2011
Speaker Harwell's tech agenda.. Schulz on ECD strategy.. new TN tech jobs.. Chattanooga Ventures.. Dream CS, DigiChart and more..
By Milt Capps Updated 9:14 a.m. / Published Tuesday, May 3, 2011 8:06 am

31.BIGR Media to raise capital for hyperlocal media and marketing group
Co-founders work to de-risk deal, now must decide how aggressive to be.
Milt Capps updated / Published Thursday, October 13, 2016 5:45 pm

32.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

33.Nashville startups, market movers due for fresh look at NEXT Awards
Startups, market-movers and cities, themselves, often seek 'network effects', reputation and visibility -- which makes an inclusive Award program vital.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, March 5, 2019 3:30 pm

34.NVille's GoNoodle gets strategic investment from Children's Health of Texas
[updated] CEO McQuigg has had quite a journey. Now, he sees a global opportunity.
Milt Capps updated 31 Jan 2019 0827 / Published Tuesday, December 8, 2015 4:45 pm

35.Partnership 2010/Chamber call for 'Virtual Entrepreneur Center'
With an eye toward the long haul, and against a backdrop of economic crisis, Co-Chairs Frist and Shmerling (L-R) release Entrepreneur Project recommendations
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 8, 2008 3:34 pm

36.Venture Notes - October 19, 2018
Another batch of entrepreneurial and investment movers, shakers and TBDs.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, October 19, 2018 1:30 pm

37.Venture Calendar - 2019 - Updated
[Updated] Entrepreneurial, startup and capital events and activities around Tennessee.
By Milt Capps / Published Sunday, July 21, 2019 6:00 am

38.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

39.Crypto-blockchain attorney, ops exec Rosenblatt joins Thesis* studio
Nashville attorneys still homesteading here, joins virtual-first techco with apparent major VC backing.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, July 19, 2019 3:45 pm

40.TN-based Genera Energy raises $118MM to advance Earthable line
Funding fuels manufacturing and market priorities, but team is alert for other 'sustainable' opportunities.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, July 17, 2019 2:45 pm

41.EirSystems maps capital raises for P.A.G.R. e-prescribing platform launch
Hyperledger Fabric tech used to fight errors, fraud, adverse effects, illicit drug access.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 16, 2019 3:45 pm

42.Venture Notes -- July 16, 2019
Updated: Moneytree report from PwC and CBInsights is out, plus we have field notes on TN and Opportunity Zones.
By Milt Capps update July 17, 2019 / Published Tuesday, July 16, 2019 4:07 pm

43.Venture Notes -- July 9, 2019
Updated: 21 items on TN capital raises, advisors, entrepreneurs and strategies.
By Milt Capps updated July 10, 2019 / Published Tuesday, July 9, 2019 1:30 pm

44.Startup IP dispute: Global e-dentity founder squares-off against Apple Inc.
Founder says he continues planning for capital raise and Nashville presence.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, July 3, 2019 5:00 pm

45.Venture Notes -- June 25, 2019
The startup/venture cauldron bubbles across Tennessee. 40 abstracts here.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019 5:00 pm

46.Six Tennessee entrants pursue 2019 EDA Regional Innovation grants
Compelling ideas seek USEDA funding for new funds, accelerators, mentor nets, potentially unique agbiz models.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019 5:00 pm

47.Knoxville's EDP Biotech eyes $5MM Series A, atop $17.5MM raised
Fighting colorectal cancer, CEO eyes growing Knoxville biotech scene and Euro and U.S. markets
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:15 pm

48.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

49.Amplion Clinical Communications CEO affirms capital raise among options
A Select Medical exec is also Amplion chair; CEO says tech advantage makes a raise reasonable.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:02 pm

50.Agrin Health eBiography raises capital to transform healthcare consumerism
Founder says consumers will transform healthcare; she eyes series of raises, senior hires, partnerships.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:00 pm

51.VU OGSM reveals Ventures Group; Owens succeeds Grajewski at Wond'ry
Mixture of Entrepreneurship and innovation are further stirred and shaken at VU.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, June 7, 2019 11:45 am

52.Concinnity Company's capital raise underway, with likely Series A ahead
CEO, author, advisor moves from bootstrapping to scale-up for board governance platform.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, June 6, 2019 2:00 pm

53.Venture Notes -- May 31, 2019
Heritage pops new fund, plus raises for healthcare, crypto, CBD, Growth Fund model notes and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, May 31, 2019 2:30 pm

54.Chattanooga's healthcare accelerator entrants enter homestretch
Eight teams are enrolled in the Erlanger-Unum-CoLab HealthTech Accelerator.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 2:30 pm

55.Lee Molette eyes new fund for minority- and women-owned businesses
Nashville entrepreneur's business and social-impact lenses are focused on venture gap.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:00 pm

56.EvidenceCare secures capstone Jumpstart Capital role in $7.3MM Series A
Medical Decisions team believes it has unique offering, propelled by quality-of-care and economics tailwinds.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 20, 2019 4:55 pm

57.Venture Notes - May 14, 2019
News from Frist Cressey, fintechs, Washtopia, Episode Sols, Sphere, Veterans VC, FedEx, Ballast, VendEngine, and many more.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 14, 2019 3:07 pm

58.Briley Administration rolls-out small-biz, economic development moves
Music City Music Council, which augments Metro ECD, gets new staffer and SMB tools are spotlighted.
Staff adapted from releases / Published Monday, May 6, 2019 4:32 pm

59.Remedichain LLC in blockchain drug transfer pilot closely watched by FDA
Serial social-impact entrepreneur creates several potentially investable Pharmacy-related startups.
By Milt Capps updated 24 May 2019 / Published Tuesday, April 30, 2019 4:23 pm

60.Venture Notes - April 24, 2019
HealthStream ties-up with early-growth cos, Alphabet-backed Clover hits Music City, a startup's $6MM raise, money for June Medical, HempTenn, BeastBrands, SmartRIA, and much more.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019 4:45 pm

61.Bellhops veterans' startup 'The House' enters Nashville
Eat on the House eschews ratings in favor of consumer intercepts at point of decision.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 8, 2019 4:45 pm

62.Venture Notes -- April 8, 2019
Weaver mulls spinout, Angels active, fintech adds, SiRanch bucks, tech commercialization, Briovation bread on the waters and more...
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 8, 2019 4:43 pm

63.Entrepreneur plans entertainment districts in Nashville, the Shoals, NOLA
Files for $1.1MM preliminary capraise, ahead of much larger funding for projects in Tennessee and elsewhere.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 1, 2019 1:03 pm

64.WillCo entrepreneurship center eyes advisory board, Placemaker funding
[Updated] WillCo EC to serve established businesses seeking scale in TN's fast-growing Williamson County.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Thursday, March 28, 2019 1:00 pm

65.CEO: Wealth Access aggressive growth options could include strategic-sale
Founder says company is ready to make scaleup push, amid active fintech M&A landscape.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, March 27, 2019 3:37 pm

66.NTC Awards judges disclosed by Greater Nashville Technology Council
Nearly 70 judges listed here contributed centuries of relevant experience in choosing 14 Winners.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, March 21, 2019 1:30 pm

67.Change Healthcare $100MM IPO prep comes out of stealth onto SEC shelf
[updated] Its delta symbol for change may prove a harbinger of this tech-centric company.
By Milt Capps updated 14 June 2019 / Published Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10:15 am

68.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

69.Project Music: Musicians Council preps capraise for lead experts platform
Earlier successful exit and relo to homestead in Tennessee helped pave the way for latest gambit.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 18, 2019 4:30 pm

70.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

71.Fintech: Maxwell leads FINTOP II fund raise
FINTOP has drypowder from Fund I, expands team, likes what it sees in non-coastal dealflow.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, March 15, 2019 3:16 pm

72.Venture Notes - March 13, 2019
[Updated 3/15] 41 items, including SEC $ filings, tech talent, startups, entrepreneurial events, capital formation, exec roles, and more.
By Milt Capps updated March 27, 2019 / Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019 5:00 pm

73.SimplifyASC platform Series A advances as 'people-first' brand emerges
Core enterprise platform expected to have drawn north of $7MM total by summer's end.
By Milt Capps updated 31 May 2019 / Published Monday, March 11, 2019 2:08 pm

74.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

75.Edtech: RANDA Solutions says growth precedes outside-money decision
CEO has deflected suitor interest, but after RANDA expands to more states, investment may get a re-think.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, February 25, 2019 3:30 pm

76.mobileMed devices: Franklin-based Cardiac Profiles pursues Series A2 raise
CEO maps course for Series A-2, Series B raises and views Goggle and Apple moves as reinforcing vision.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, February 21, 2019 5:15 pm

77.IMAC Regeneration IPO prices with modest target and broader aims
[updated] Completing process, this startup's listing could help with elite athlete partners, banks, investors.
By Milt Capps updated April 2, 2019 / Published Wednesday, February 13, 2019 11:25 am

78.PE-backed Gotcha Mobility's capraise underway, Nashville entry imminent
[updated] Fast-moving Mobility-as-a-Service entrant backed by MSouth aims to add 50 markets in 2019.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, February 12, 2019 2:15 pm

79.Frist-Cressey Ventures in near-$5MM round for Nashville's Monogram Health
VC expands its portfolio with its entrepreneur in residence at the helm.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, February 7, 2019 4:59 pm

80.Studio Bank's Shmerling offers reality check for Nashville entrepreneurs
Particularly if you're trying to grow a business that's not in Healthcare or Music, you may need to hear this -- again.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, February 6, 2019 3:36 pm

81.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

82.TN General Assembly, Lobbyists + Clients engage on ed, tech,
medicine, taxes, myriad other issues

As bill-filing deadlines loom, bills that shape TN economy, startups, entrepreneurial momentum are in prospect.
By Milt Capps updated 13 Feb 2019 / Published Monday, February 4, 2019 4:00 pm

83.CEO: Nashville Fashion Alliance may pivot into strategic relationship
With a merger or other transition afoot, NFA chief and Mayor Briley restate value of supporting Creatives, Fashion entrepreneurs.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 29, 2019 2:07 pm

84.Venture Notes - January 23, 2019
Latest roundup of Tennessee startups, capital raises, economic development and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, January 23, 2019 3:45 pm

85.Briovation drops Festival V, will instead draw on Health:Further
as it pursues innovation advisory roles + investor entrée

Co-founders Gatto & Whitney keep tacking in healthcare's crosswinds, complete 6th capraise of $21MM, its largest to date.
By Milt Capps 0822 hrs. / Published Tuesday, January 22, 2019 8:00 am

86.Epicenter CEO: Mobilizing Black-owned firms can bring Memphis surge
With Black-owned ventures front and center, CEO shares playbook for forging just, inclusive, growing regional economy.
By Leslie Lynn Smith, President & CEO, Epicenter - Guest Columnist / Published Tuesday, January 15, 2019 9:00 am

87.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

88.Venture Notes- 3 Jan. 2019 - Gov.-Elect Lee retains ECD chief,
plus updates on tech startup capital raises

Lee Cabinet choices affect ECD, LaunchTN, others..plus updates on capital raises.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, January 3, 2019 2:15 pm

89.SaaS M&A: In wake of Initial State sale to Tektronix, founder
makes case for non-healthcare SaaS venture push

Nashville needs more SaaS startups and talent pool is adequate now for those who engage with ecosystem.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, December 21, 2018 4:15 pm

90.Edtech startup Possip Inc. offers 2-way feedback glue for parents, schools
Education champion + entrepreneur is raising Seed capital, mapping growth
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, December 19, 2018 11:47 am

91.Venture Notes - December 19, 2018
People on the move, capraises for Soccer, healthIT and others -- and maybe a tech employer in play.
By Milt Capps updated Jan. 7, 2019 / Published Wednesday, December 19, 2018 4:48 pm

92.Milken Institute Data 2018
The latest in a series of biannual rankings of the States on science and technology competitiveness.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, December 18, 2018 7:30 am

93.Milken Institute says Tennessee advances, yet struggles with tech commercialization and venture funding
Biannual Science & Technology Index shows some TN gains, but weakspots among growth factors
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, December 18, 2018 11:42 am

94.Nashville's Black tech entrepreneurs sometimes weigh locating elsewhere
[Updated] Birmingham among alternatives, as some Women, Blacks and other minorities report struggling for traction.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, December 11, 2018 9:43 am

95.Venture Notes - December 6, 2018
Mayor Briley maker-manufacturer initiatives, capital raises aplenty and more.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Thursday, December 6, 2018 1:52 pm

96.Fintech: Acquisitive startup Celero Commerce
picks Nashville for headquarters

[updated] CEO sees IPO likely outcome for new platform company, ETA elites to gather in Nashville.
By Milt Capps updated 18 June 2019 / Published Tuesday, December 4, 2018 3:02 pm

97.Passings: Celebration of Sal Novin's life set for 12/1 at NTCH Tech Hill
Updated - Those who knew this Nashville new-era software entrepreneur will gather this weekend.
By Milt Capps updated 20 June 2019 / Published Thursday, November 29, 2018 9:15 am

98.Venture Notes - November 29, 2018
HealthIT startup winds-down, VC tags talent for Nashville, Angels raising, and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 29, 2018 4:00 pm

99.Entrepreneur preps DOT-Ready trucking tech, mulls partner + capital ideas
Bootstrapper likes idea of strategic partner or investor with sector savvy -- maybe KeepTruckin?
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, November 28, 2018 4:00 pm

100.Mid-TN biometric ID startup 'Global e-dentity' eyes $38MM Series A
Franklin entrepreneur says eventual IPO is only exit option he's focused on, given global demand for ID assurance.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, November 27, 2018 3:30 pm

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