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LifeScienceTN report bolsters case for more 'intentional' industry strategy
Chairman Ted Townsend
LifeScienceTN report bolsters case for more 'intentional' industry strategy

A rigorous study of TN lifesciences is afoot and advocates are clearly positioning to push push for public and private support.

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BOS Framework eyes cap-raises to accelerate tech across biz spectrum
Founder-CEO Sashank Purighalla
BOS Framework eyes cap-raises to accelerate tech across biz spectrum

Tech veteran preps for ramping-up sales, scouts for talent in Nashville and beyond.

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John Liu stealthy about startup Intelluron,<br> but vocal about 2020 Sci-Engineering event
John Liu stealthy about startup Intelluron,
but vocal about 2020 Sci-Engineering event

Digital Reasoning exec felt called to pursue ML venture, extols Nashville and its STEM-oriented youth.

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Alpha Investing: VU alumni lead capital network focused on real estate
Alpha Investing: VU alumni lead capital network focused on real estate

Nashville entrant aims to connect accredited investors with institutional-caliber deals, at attractive minimums.

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Venture Notes - October 24, 2019
Gibran Ameer PharmD
Venture Notes - October 24, 2019

A new healthtech spinout, capraises, M&A, people moves, advisors, key events and a couple dozen more nuggets.

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Venture Notes -- October 18, 2019
Venture Notes -- October 18, 2019

Launch Tennessee, Electro-Active, Dynamo, CET, EPIcenter, and more updated in today's roundup.

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Fintech CEO: Mainsale-backed Ncontracts has pipeline of M&A 'discussions'
CEO Michael Berman JD
Fintech CEO: Mainsale-backed Ncontracts has pipeline of M&A 'discussions'

Nashville has proven a 'phenomenal', 'fabulous' place for VC-backed fintech-regtech co's launch.

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CEO: SimplyAgree could trigger Series A after 'right partner' emerges
CEO Will Norton JD
CEO: SimplyAgree could trigger Series A after 'right partner' emerges

Conversations continue as startup mulls investment terms, milestones, and preps for hiring and dev.

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Venture Calendar - 2019 - Updated
Venture Calendar - 2019 - Updated

[Updated] Entrepreneurial, startup and capital events and activities around Tennessee.

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Pharos Capital Partners Fund IV-A filing eyes $250M healthcare investing
Pharos Capital Partners Fund IV-A filing eyes $250M healthcare investing

Healthcare specialists file on Fund IV affiliate.

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Empower Health sets $12M raise for push into self-pay NAD infusion space
Founder-CEO Al Ganier
Empower Health sets $12M raise for push into self-pay NAD infusion space

CEO Al Ganier says startup exhaustively considered market priority, and might later address opioid users' risk of pregnancy.

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Oasis Venture entrepreneurship program for 'often marginalized'<br>Nashville teens folds after budget review
Oasis Venture entrepreneurship program for 'often marginalized'
Nashville teens folds after budget review

Realities of youth services and the breeding of entrepreneurs bring abrupt changes in local programs.

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Startup Stroll preps $1.5MM Seed raise to catch destination-marketing wave
Startup Stroll preps $1.5MM Seed raise to catch destination-marketing wave

Eberhardt & Bell press forward with tech solution developed in Nashville for global market.

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Skoller files for $2MM raise, steps-up pace to expand platform offering
CEO Carson Ward
Skoller files for $2MM raise, steps-up pace to expand platform offering

CEO says social-media spend for student assignments, tests, grades users prompts accelerating employer recruitment support.

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LaunchTN sets Startup Policy Workshops to boost regional entrepreneurship
Tennessee Capitol
LaunchTN sets Startup Policy Workshops to boost regional entrepreneurship

Meetups blend LaunchTN mission, Kauffman funding, Engine advocate, constituents getting to know legislators.

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Launch Tennessee launches Virtual Entrepreneurship Program
Virtual Entrepreneurship Program
Launch Tennessee launches Virtual Entrepreneurship Program

Startup and growth-oriented entrepreneurship program taking 2020 applications now, through Dec. 15, 2019.

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Entrepreneur Jane Allen to be CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center
CEO-designate Jane Allen Esq.
Entrepreneur Jane Allen to be CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center

New CEO will rely on a lawyerly eye and entrepreneurial chops as she begins fresh assessment of the EC.

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Venture Notes -- September 30, 2019
Jim Lackey
Venture Notes -- September 30, 2019

Lackey's latest, Music tech, OZ players, VU Ventures Group, LaunchTN, DRS CMO, Jumpstart Foundry and more.

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TennesSeed Partners to ally with nonprofit to fuel TN seed-stage businesses
TennesSeed Partners to ally with nonprofit to fuel TN seed-stage businesses

VCs team with TennesSeed Funders to create momentum to feed flywheel effect in TN economy.

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Series A ahead, Tammy Hawes has always seen Virsys12 as scalable venture
CEO Tammy Hawes
Series A ahead, Tammy Hawes has always seen Virsys12 as scalable venture

With Salesforce Ventures as a shareholder, longtime healthtechie sees running room in cloud-apps sector.

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Enexor BioEnergy taps Wond'ry's Grajewski as SVP ahead of Series A
Robert Grajewski
Enexor BioEnergy taps Wond'ry's Grajewski as SVP ahead of Series A

CEO Lee Jestings confirms appointment and continued focus on capital-raising, advisor-selection planning.

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Capraises filed by Council Capital, Music City Baseball,<br>Revolution Partners, Dynamo, SweetBio
Capraises filed by Council Capital, Music City Baseball,
Revolution Partners, Dynamo, SweetBio

Signs of the season? SEC filings pop up in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga.

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StudioNow spinning-out Octerra marcom startup, conference debut ahead
David Corts
StudioNow spinning-out Octerra marcom startup, conference debut ahead

12 years into the mission, six years after leaving AOL, team has been prepping its next move for months.

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Embold Health files on $22MM+ capital raise
Founder-CEO Daniel Stein MD
Embold Health files on $22MM+ capital raise

VNC seeks comment from team, meanwhile research suggests interesting ecosystem forming around company.

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JourneyPure preps $20MM raise ahead of larger private equity round
Kevin Lee
JourneyPure preps $20MM raise ahead of larger private equity round

The five-year-old company has already secured $70MM capital and is at 400 employees.

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Sopris' Quovant has access to capital, is opportunistic on buys or merger
Chairman, CEO Bill Horne
Sopris' Quovant has access to capital, is opportunistic on buys or merger

Four years after VC/PE control investment, legal-spend management company has a number of options.

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Nashville EC tells 2019 NEXT Awards finalists + Hall of Fame inductees
Honoree Dolly Parton
Nashville EC tells 2019 NEXT Awards finalists + Hall of Fame inductees

[Updated] Here is the fullest rundown you'll find on Awards entrants, judges and related matters ahead of this November event.

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Nashville fintech: Waud-backed SphereCommerce eyes M&A opportunities
Andrew Rueff
Nashville fintech: Waud-backed SphereCommerce eyes M&A opportunities

Sphere eyes multiple payments/security markets -- and its interest in Healthcare has grown.

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Entrepreneur Gold
Scott Ewing
Entrepreneur Gold

Scott Ewing offers founders or enterprise owners his 'telltales' for both investors and entrepreneurs.

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Venture Notes -- August 21, 2019
Film-maker Jenn Chandler
Venture Notes -- August 21, 2019

32 actionable and/or useful news, people and background bulletins focused on Tennessee entrepreneurship and capital.

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Nashville Mayoral Candidates reply to questions posed by <i>Venture Nashville</i>
Nashville Mayoral Candidates reply to questions posed by Venture Nashville

Early voting begins Aug. 23, ahead of the Sept. 12, 2019 Runoff General Election.

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Click here for ALL VentureNashville stories, listed newest-first
Click here for ALL VentureNashville stories, listed newest-first

To list more than 1,500 stories, in reverse-chron order, click this item. For key-word searches use search functions above.

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HRtech: XOi Technologies' founder aims for 'optionality' at inflection points
CEO Aaron Salow
HRtech: XOi Technologies' founder aims for 'optionality' at inflection points

Startup has raised more than $17MM and has entered Canada, UK markets.

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JPMorgan Chase CEO to muster this week with Bunker Labs in Nashville
James \'Jamie\' Dimon
JPMorgan Chase CEO to muster this week with Bunker Labs in Nashville

Military veteran entrepreneurs, speakers and invited public join financial services leader, Aug. 8.

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36|86: Getting tech to market with max partnerships, with or without grants
True Wealth\'s Kerry Rupp
36|86: Getting tech to market with max partnerships, with or without grants

[updated] Straight-talking commercialization and capital advisors from Austin, Nashville and Lexington converge, Aug. 29.

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Venture Notes -- Aug. 1, 2019
Derren Burrell
Venture Notes -- Aug. 1, 2019

OppZone platform in works, Legility M&A, SEC filings, Veteran Ventures, H2O and Lirio raises and more.

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EC admits 8 startups in new Project Healthcare pilot program
Charon Collier
EC admits 8 startups in new Project Healthcare pilot program

Opportunity arose for 'pre-Portfolio" sidecar pilot, bringing total to 26 startups enlisted this cycle.

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SSM Partners quietly files for Growth Equity III raise;<br>Exec sees Nashville edge in youthful exhuberance
SSM Partners quietly files for Growth Equity III raise;
Exec sees Nashville edge in youthful exhuberance

Fund exec sees little to envy in Silicon Valley models, says bringing youthful talent into Nashville has been a boon.

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Entrepreneur Mark Harris is a CEO for startup in 36|86 Student Edition
Entrepreneur Mark Harris is a CEO for startup in 36|86 Student Edition

The latest generation of ventures spawned from TN campuses suggests competition must've been intense.

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Louisville's XLerateHealth accelerator announces latest startup cohort
Louisville's XLerateHealth accelerator announces latest startup cohort

[updated] Accelerator is backed by KY economic development, holds startups from KY, NY, IL, TX, Calif.

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Commentary: Nashville Entrepreneur Center<br> search committee chair on EC CEO search
EC Search Chair Beth Chase
Commentary: Nashville Entrepreneur Center
search committee chair on EC CEO search

VNC asked EC Chair Emeritus and Search Committee chair to share an update on the search process.

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EC's Project Healthcare cohort grows to 18 companies gathering tonight
EC's Project Healthcare cohort grows to 18 companies gathering tonight

Nashville EC says Portfolio companies are more advanced, separate pilot will help newer startups.

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3 Winners! among TN challengers for 2019 EDA Regional Innovation grants
3 Winners! among TN challengers for 2019 EDA Regional Innovation grants

$3MM+ will go to new capital formation, entrepreneurship, mentoring and related initiatives. 3 winners in the state. 6 teams submitted compelling ideas.

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Jumpstart Capital recaps Casetabs in search of surgery-coordination lead
Jumpstart Capital recaps Casetabs in search of surgery-coordination lead

Vreeland completes 9th transaction. Growth Fund I has dry powder, and Fund II is a target for 2020.

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LaunchTN and allies pick startups for 36|86 Pitch & Demo events Aug. 28-29
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.

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Crypto-blockchain attorney, ops exec Rosenblatt joins Thesis* studio
Josh Rosenblatt JD
Crypto-blockchain attorney, ops exec Rosenblatt joins Thesis* studio

Nashville attorneys still homesteading here, joins virtual-first techco with apparent major VC backing.

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Launch Tennessee names Partnerships Coordinator
Ashlin Wildun
Launch Tennessee names Partnerships Coordinator

Tennessee Tech alumna and entrepreneurship intern gets the job.

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TN-based Genera Energy raises $118MM to advance Earthable line
CEO Kelly Tiller
TN-based Genera Energy raises $118MM to advance Earthable line

Funding fuels manufacturing and market priorities, but team is alert for other 'sustainable' opportunities.

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Venture Notes -- July 16, 2019
Venture Notes -- July 16, 2019

Updated: Moneytree report from PwC and CBInsights is out, plus we have field notes on TN and Opportunity Zones.

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EirSystems maps capital raises for P.A.G.R. e-prescribing platform launch
President Tyler Seaberg
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.

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VU's Wente: The woman who could succeed Zeppos as Chancellor
VU Provost Susan Wente PhD
VU's Wente: The woman who could succeed Zeppos as Chancellor

It will be an exacting decision process, supported by Spencer Stuart and grassroots input.

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Venture Notes -- July 9, 2019
BTC\'s David Bailey
Venture Notes -- July 9, 2019

Updated: 21 items on TN capital raises, advisors, entrepreneurs and strategies.

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Startup IP dispute: Global e-dentity founder squares-off against Apple Inc.
CEO Robert Adams
Startup IP dispute: Global e-dentity founder squares-off against Apple Inc.

Founder says he continues planning for capital raise and Nashville presence.

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CEO search: Nashville Entrepreneur Center to seek Brody-Waite successor
CEO search: Nashville Entrepreneur Center to seek Brody-Waite successor

Brody-Waite plans to leave the decade-old entrepreneurship center.

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Venture Notes -- June 25, 2019
Entrepreneur Lia Winter
Venture Notes -- June 25, 2019

The startup/venture cauldron bubbles across Tennessee. 40 abstracts here.

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Venture Notes -- June 18, 2019
Kevin Ross, ALIENFAST
Venture Notes -- June 18, 2019

SaaS entrepreneur Kevin Ross and Esports advocate Jared Miller surface in new ventures.

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Knoxville's EDP Biotech eyes $5MM Series A, atop $17.5MM raised
CEO Eric Mayer
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

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Startup bio-dyemaker Stony Creek Colors closes Series A, eyes B-round
CEO Sarah Bellos
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.

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Amplion Clinical Communications CEO affirms capital raise among options
CEO Lee Clark
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.

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Agrin Health eBiography raises capital to transform healthcare consumerism
Founder-CEO Karen Thomas
Agrin Health eBiography raises capital to transform healthcare consumerism

Founder says consumers will transform healthcare; she eyes series of raises, senior hires, partnerships.

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VU OGSM reveals Ventures Group; Owens succeeds Grajewski at Wond'ry
David Jones PhD
VU OGSM reveals Ventures Group; Owens succeeds Grajewski at Wond'ry

Mixture of Entrepreneurship and innovation are further stirred and shaken at VU.

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Concinnity Company's capital raise underway, with likely Series A ahead
CEO Nancy Falls
Concinnity Company's capital raise underway, with likely Series A ahead

CEO, author, advisor moves from bootstrapping to scale-up for board governance platform.

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Venture Notes -- May 31, 2019
Chef Mailea Weger
Venture Notes -- May 31, 2019

Heritage pops new fund, plus raises for healthcare, crypto, CBD, Growth Fund model notes and more.

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Chattanooga's healthcare accelerator entrants enter homestretch
Cory Allison, Kelcor
Chattanooga's healthcare accelerator entrants enter homestretch

Eight teams are enrolled in the Erlanger-Unum-CoLab HealthTech Accelerator.

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Lee Molette eyes new fund for minority- and women-owned businesses
Lee Molette II
Lee Molette eyes new fund for minority- and women-owned businesses

Nashville entrepreneur's business and social-impact lenses are focused on venture gap.

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Jumpstart Foundry's 2019 healthcare startup cohort listed
Jumpstart Foundry's 2019 healthcare startup cohort listed

Cohort D2C goods, wearables, transportation, diagnostic devices and remote patient monitoring.

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EvidenceCare secures capstone Jumpstart Capital role in $7.3MM Series A
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.

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Venture Notes - May 14, 2019
Bill Frist MD
Venture Notes - May 14, 2019

News from Frist Cressey, fintechs, Washtopia, Episode Sols, Sphere, Veterans VC, FedEx, Ballast, VendEngine, and many more.

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Briley Administration rolls-out small-biz, economic development moves
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.

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Leadership open as Nashville Fashion Alliance runs out of runway, dissolves
Frmr Chair Bob Antoshak
Leadership open as Nashville Fashion Alliance runs out of runway, dissolves

Alternative routes for developing the Fashion ecosystem could be taken while the industry matures further.

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Remedichain LLC in blockchain drug transfer pilot closely watched by FDA
Phil Baker PharmD
Remedichain LLC in blockchain drug transfer pilot closely watched by FDA

Serial social-impact entrepreneur creates several potentially investable Pharmacy-related startups.

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Venture Notes - April 24, 2019
Robert A. \'Bobby\' Frist Jr.
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.

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Bellhops veterans' startup 'The House' enters Nashville
Bellhops veterans' startup 'The House' enters Nashville

Eat on the House eschews ratings in favor of consumer intercepts at point of decision.

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Venture Notes -- April 8, 2019
Venture Notes -- April 8, 2019

Weaver mulls spinout, Angels active, fintech adds, SiRanch bucks, tech commercialization, Briovation bread on the waters and more...

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Entrepreneur plans entertainment districts in Nashville, the Shoals, NOLA
John Elkington
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.

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