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101.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

102.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 2 August 2019 / Published Monday, March 11, 2019 2:08 pm

103.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

104.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

105.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

106.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

107.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

108.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

109.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

110.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

111.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

112.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

113.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

114.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

115.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

116.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

117.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

118.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

119.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

120.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

121.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

122.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

123.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

124.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

125.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

126.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

127.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

128.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

129.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

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

131.'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

132.Blockchain, AI: Capital raises ahead for Hashed Health-partnered ProCredEx
Startup charts path for Seed, Series A and customer acquisition in healthcare and perhaps beyond.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, November 12, 2018 3:00 pm

133.Venture Notes - November 12, 2018
New $20MM Angel fund, Shore Capital hoists flag higher in Nashville, and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, November 12, 2018 3:40 pm

134.Health Velocity Capital's $185MM Fund I invests solely in HC tech + services
Founders with Nashville stripes and strategic partners vow to leverage ties for innovation, growth.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 8, 2018 9:48 am

135.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

136.Relevance Capital pursues Fund IV raise + regional tech-VC leadership
Exits may be ahead for Brentwood-Tullahoma firm seeking stakes in early-stage coastal targets, but at Nashville valuations.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, October 25, 2018 3:18 pm

137.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

138.Founder: Startup ALECIA maps capital raise, keeps IPO option in its sites
Content may be king, but this Nashville digital network aims to take the crown.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, October 5, 2018 1:00 pm

139.Entrepreneur Gordon preps Cloud Range Cyber + Nashville Cyber Range
[updated] VU drew her to Nashville, where she cut her entrepreneurial teeth in e-commerce.
By Milt Capps updated 5 Dec 2018 0758 / Published Thursday, October 4, 2018 9:20 am

140.People: CEO Gregg Lehman leads Pharos-backed The Difference Card
Entrepreneur updates EB Employee Solutions, shares observations regarding impediments to corporate growth.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, October 2, 2018 8:45 am

141.HealthStream Q3 earnings ahead, with analysts poised on the sidelines
[update] A unique Tennessee business makes its way step-by-step through SaaS growth-company terrain.
By Milt Capps Updated 17 Ja 2019 / Published Tuesday, October 2, 2018 2:22 pm

142.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

143.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

144.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

145.Ingram Industries CEO, directors reflect on principles, practices and growth
For private company boards, no substitute for 'people you can trust' who care about your success.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018 5:15 pm

146.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

147.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

148.VentureNotes September 4, 2018
New tech CEO, Ingram M&A, capital raises, data sciences, and more.
By Milt Capps - updated 22 Jan 2019 / Published Tuesday, September 4, 2018 12:15 pm

149.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

150.New VU Entrepreneurship Conference powered by Owen's C4E + donors
Nov. 9, 2018 event could set fresh precedent for VU-Owen outreach to Greater Nashville community.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 27, 2018 2:30 pm

151.Venture Notes - 21 August 2018
Capraises, Angels, VCs, biotech, automotive, publishing, healthcare, fintech, Agbiz, TN-Women rock, and more...
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, August 21, 2018 12:00 pm

152.CEO Kayla Graff maps SweetBio capital raises, market entries
[Updated] 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

153.FINTOP Capital DealCloud exit transaction marks Joe Maxwell's first as a VC
Entrepreneurial operator turned VC says his new role is a really good fit.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:54 pm

154.Venture Voices: Julie Samuels of TECH:NYC shares views with Nashville
VU Law alum, Case ally and tech-policy veteran shares views on startup regulation, capital, talent, diversity and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, August 14, 2018 3:30 pm

155.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

156.Venture Notes - 13 August 2018
Capital raises and a strategic partnership multiply in Nashville and Chattanooga.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 13, 2018 6:15 am

157.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

158.Startup AVVAY taking the Oy! out of briefly using venues, talent, services
[updated] With capraise underway, Techstars grad says knowledge of painpoints, plus discipline and data are crucial.
By Milt Capps updated 13 Sept 2018 / Published Thursday, August 9, 2018 2:30 pm

159.U.S. Marine Veteran forms ECD Capital Partners,
Opportunity Zone Fund in Nashville

Federally legislated OZFund prepares for take-off roll in Tennessee.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, August 7, 2018 4:45 pm

160.Nashville robots: Tailwind likely for startup Hirebotics after NBC-News story
Company's own highly skilled workforce could triple in size in next 12 months.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, August 7, 2018 10:15 am

161.Vreeland confirms Jumpstart Capital's
SimplifyASC and HIGI SH LLC investments

[Updated] While still growing its $30MM-$50MM growth fund, JSCap adds notches to its moneybelt.
By Milt Capps updated 22 Aug 2018 1650 / Published Friday, August 3, 2018 3:00 pm

162.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

163.JumpFund spurs women-led investment,
entrepreneurship, economic development

Having raised north of $7MM and bet on nearly two-dozen ventures, firm founders have traction.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, August 2, 2018 3:30 pm

164.Entrepreneurs, Investors place bets on LaunchTN 3686 & Health:Further
Pass, Punt, Run, Dribble -- Ticket-buyers should have gameplan to get most out of events Aug. 27-30 in Nashville.
By Milt Capps last edite 6am 31 July 2018 / Published Monday, July 30, 2018 1:20 pm

165.HC adaptive learning entrant OnSomble targets Nashville, mulls capraise
Healthtech startup signals emergence from customer validation -- and it's ready to tackle Nashville market.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018 5:15 pm

166.Guest commentary: Growing SaaS requires shift to Account Based Selling
With Investors and Entrepreneurs focusing strongly on Growth and Performance, VNC invites a SaaS benchmarking expert to comment.
By Lauren Kelley, CEO and Founder OPEXengine / Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018 9:14 am

167.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

168.CO.LAB's 17 startups prep for Demo Day July 26 in Chattanooga
New ventures in Consumer Goods and in the Gigtank category are to be highlighted.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 10:17 am

169.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

170.Mountain Group affiliate targets raising $125MM in venture capital funds
[updated] New fund may continue trend of Life Sciences and Technology investments.
By Milt Capps updated 2:37pm / Published Friday, July 13, 2018 8:12 am

171.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

172.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

173.B2B Beachy startup aims to 'take over the beach' as it eyes capital raises
[updated] Nashville co-founder Matt Houston puts early focus on bizdev, leadership, culture and efficient use of capital.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Thursday, June 28, 2018 10:47 am

174.Blockchain startup The Opinion Economy maps token, ICO, equity offerings
CEO maps next five years to ensure an extensible platform and array of options for owners.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:29 am

175.Healthtech: Iasis, BulldogIT veteran Ken Perry
raising capital for Servicesdot startup

After three decades in health-sector Finance/Technology, founder makes another run at processes and outcomes.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, June 19, 2018 5:00 pm

176.ProjectMusic's Ciari Guitars unpacks Ascenderâ„¢ amid series of capital raises
A Seed, a Kickstarter, a Series A are already in sight for San Diego startup with fresh take on NVille.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:30 pm

177.Venture Notes - June 13, 2018
Capital raises by SportsSense, 7 Springs, Branch Technology, Ambition, Freightwaves and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018 5:00 pm

178.Stuart McWhorter leads formation of D17 Ventures media/tech-oriented VC
[Updated] $6MM raise apparently found quick acceptance - McWhorter foresees $100MM impact.
By Milt Capps updated 3:42pm 4 June 2018 / Published Monday, June 4, 2018 12:15 pm

179.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

180.Update: SEC gives nod to Greg Daily's i3 Verticals IPO, NASDAQ listing
[Updated] Veteran of Nashville payments scene inevitably has played his cards close to the vest.
By Milt Capps Updated 8 June 2019 0800 / Published Friday, May 25, 2018 5:01 pm

181.Nashville Entrepreneur Week Pitch winner's Seed raise well underway
[updated] Ten startups competed, one stood out. Here are highlights and the list of judges.
By Milt Capps Updated June 5, 2018 / Published Thursday, May 24, 2018 4:52 pm

182.Urmy: Artist Growth's new CEO drives capital raises for roadmap, scaleup
[updated] A bevy of partnerships and a Series C capital raise north of $5MM may be in-the-offing.
By Milt Capps updated 28 June 2018 / Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:00 pm

183.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

184.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

185.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

186.7th Round: Latest Sohr Grants help fund tenant-matching,
carp-harvesting startups led by VU Owen alumni

Via VU's Owen GSM, Sohr awards total more than $500K in typically $25K shots for interesting array of ideas.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018 2:30 pm

187.Venture Notes - May 2, 2018
LaunchTN pushes, TN fintech pivot person, Kisber in K-TENN, capraises for SIGNiX, Metova, others.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018 4:45 pm

188.WeCounsel relocates headquarters to Franklin from Chattanooga
CEO says company's offering is 'widely applicable' in healthcare.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 30, 2018 11:40 am

189.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

190.PlayMakerCRM's backer Mainsail Partners ranks
Nashville best for bootstrapping healthcare

Growth-equity firm says Music City, Austin, Atlanta and others each has a superniche.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 16, 2018 2:15 pm

191.Project Music: & ME LLC startup weighs Nashville HQ advantages
A visit to CMA Fest may have helped spawn this Charleston fan-engagement idea.
By Milt Capps / Published Saturday, April 14, 2018 3:30 pm

192.Project Music: RootNote capital raises may lift Music venture hub
While Austin and London loom large on horizon, founders anchor network in Music City.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 10, 2018 1:49 pm

193.With Hank Ingram aboard, Brown Water Spirits raises capital for startup
Another Ingram wades into entrepreneurial pool, preserving a bit of legacy.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, April 5, 2018 4:07 pm

194.VUMC spin-up Nashville Biosciences taps advisors, builds team, eyes growth
[Updated] The campus newco is keeping open the option of raising outside capital.
By Milt Capps Updated 4 Jan. 2019 / Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018 1:45 pm

195.Drumbeat: Another signal on HealthStream's blockchain interest
Canaccord analysts weigh-in with their view of relevance of blockchain for listed HSTM and others.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018 1:30 pm

196.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

197.Venture Notes - 23 March 2018
Money, moves and management in 30 telegraphic updates from MidTn and State ecosystems.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, March 23, 2018 3:15 pm

198.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

199.Jax is Back: He masters Retail and preps for $2MM capraise for SaaS play
Serial tech entrepreneur goes deep on Retail, emerges with Vertical SaaS concept.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 19, 2018 2:15 pm

200.New Constructs rates Brookdale Senior Living, other local stocks
Brentwood firm's tools include AI, machine learning, forensic accounting methods.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 19, 2018 12:30 pm

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