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1.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

2.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

3.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

4.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

5.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

6.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

7.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

8.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

9.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

10.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

11.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

12.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

13.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

14.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

15.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

16.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

17.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

18.EC's new Project Healthcare model now full-bore with 17 startups
The EC's remodeled healthcare startup-support program aims to leap ahead with 1st formal Class.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, July 13, 2018 8:45 am

19.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

20.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

21.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

22.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

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

24.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

25.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

26.Exec: LaunchTN embraces discretionary role in IMPACT Fund investing
Applications for investment consideration are being taken now.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:45 pm

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

28.BizFoundry CEO: Entrepreneur centers must
'meet entrepreneurs where they are'

Entrepreneur Jeff Brown works long hours, but loves expanding the Mid-TN ecosystem.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 8, 2017 11:30 am

29.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

30.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

31.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

32.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

33.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

34.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

35.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

36.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

37.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

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

39.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

40.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

41.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

42.The TENN master accelerator cohort for 2016-17
TTDC releases another interesting group of startups from instate and out-of-state.
adapted from submission / Published Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:43 am

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

44.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

45.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

46.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

47.Dart Music pivots to deeper water as Dart Data, pursues $2MM Series A
[updated] Native Nashville entrepreneur presses forward after classic rethink.
Milt Capps Updated March 12, 2017 1428 / Published Tuesday, July 26, 2016 3:45 pm

48.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

49.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

50.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

51.20 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

52.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

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

54.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

55.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

56.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

57.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

58.Startups: TN's autoXLR8R up for adoption by UT Institute for Public Service
A fourth cohort of startups is likely to be invited to Knoxville, but timeline TBD.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, March 9, 2016 4:30 pm

59.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

60.LaunchTN grapples with robust agenda of opportunities, challenges
With 3686 ahead, new University and Researcher programs, weaker capital ecosystem and more
Milt Capps edit 8:25am 26 Jan. 2016 / Published Monday, January 25, 2016 6:00 pm

61.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

62.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

63.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

64.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

65.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

66.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

67.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

68.LaunchTN 36/86 startup event succeeds Southland, Pando pact ends;
Exec says Pando presses ahead with Nashville event plans

[Updated] Pando litigation. Refocused 36|86 event will convene in June, as will Pandoland
Milt Capps Updated Jan. 23, 2015 3:04pm / Published Monday, December 1, 2014 11:15 am

69.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

70.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

71.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

72.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

73.'New Economy' analysis shows Tennessee lagging 39 other states
Index delivers composite image of state's economic development, innovation status
Milt Capps Updated 12:51pm Oct. 27, 2016 / Published Monday, July 7, 2014 11:28 am

74.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

75.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

76.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

77.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

78.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

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

80.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

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

82.VentureNotes, September 10, 2012
Galen, VentureIncite, LaunchTN, Dobie Media, FamilyVenture Management and more
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, September 10, 2012 7:53 am

83.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

84.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

85.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

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

87.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

88.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

89.HIV among targets: Jericho Sciences bio-startup chooses Nashville as home
Entrepreneur says she's found more than a good lease in Nashville
By Milt Capps updated Jan. 4, 2012 / Published Monday, January 2, 2012 11:37 am

90.Startup Tennessee to cultivate more Angel investors, among other goals
Michael Burcham-led StartupTN may cut a broad swath through the state'e entrepreneurial ecosystem
By Milt Capps Updated 6:43 a.m. Dec. 29, 2011 / Published Wednesday, December 28, 2011 11:50 am

91.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

92.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

93.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

94.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

95.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

96.Economist: Innovation campaign driven by pragmatism is crucial
A Harvard-based economist tells local execs clusters and pragmatism are key elements for a Nashville innovation strategy
By Milt Capps updated Oct. 23, 2011 2:35 p.m. / Published Thursday, October 20, 2011 12:25 pm

97.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

98.Nashville Entrepreneur Center gains Galen Partners as lead Healthcare sponsor
Galen-Burcham alliance goes back years; other firms had a shot at top-billing in NEC healthcare work
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, October 7, 2011 8:06 am

99.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

100.Regional Roundup, Aug. 29, 2011
Venture Incite's Y12 ties, capital raises, a TNInvestco, accelerators blossom and news statewide
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 29, 2011 8:01 am

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