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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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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

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

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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WillCo entrepreneurship center eyes advisory board, Placemaker funding
WillCo entrepreneurship center eyes advisory board, Placemaker funding

[Updated] WillCo EC to serve established businesses seeking scale in TN's fast-growing Williamson County.

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Jamari Brown succeeds Wiltshire as Nashville Mayor Briley's ECD lead
Jamari Brown
Jamari Brown succeeds Wiltshire as Nashville Mayor Briley's ECD lead

Matt Wiltshire's successor has led key deals for state economic and community development.

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CEO: Wealth Access aggressive growth options could include strategic-sale
CEO David Benskin
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.

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NTC Awards judges disclosed by Greater Nashville Technology Council
GNTC CEO Brian Moyer
NTC Awards judges disclosed by Greater Nashville Technology Council

Nearly 70 judges listed here contributed centuries of relevant experience in choosing 14 Winners.

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Nashville EC: 17 local startups report INFLIGHT takeoff efforts
Nashville EC: 17 local startups report INFLIGHT takeoff efforts

Sure, there's some HIT, but also a wide range of products, apps and services in a variety of sectors.

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Nashville EC's 'Twende' event focuses on Black, Brown founders' funding
Twende - April 11-12, 2019
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.

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Change Healthcare $100MM IPO prep comes out of stealth onto SEC shelf
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.

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Project Music: Musicians Council preps capraise for lead experts platform
Micah Johnson
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.

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Fintech: Maxwell leads FINTOP II fund raise
Fintech: Maxwell leads FINTOP II fund raise

FINTOP has drypowder from Fund I, expands team, likes what it sees in non-coastal dealflow.

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Jeff Cohu now leads Center for Entrepreneurship at Lipscomb University
CFE Director Jeff Cohu
Jeff Cohu now leads Center for Entrepreneurship at Lipscomb University

Entrepreneurship, innovation, social impact, blockchain, networking are threads running in parallel.

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Venture Notes - March 13, 2019
Venture Notes - March 13, 2019

[Updated 3/15] 41 items, including SEC $ filings, tech talent, startups, entrepreneurial events, capital formation, exec roles, and more.

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SimplifyASC platform Series A advances as 'people-first' brand emerges
CEO David Howerton
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.

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Strategic hire: LaunchTN communications chief now in place
Wendy Malloy
Strategic hire: LaunchTN communications chief now in place

[Updated] Director joins from PwC as tech development and entrepreneurship nonprofit pursues FY20 funding, strategic objectives.

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EC-CMA-backed Project Music announces large Portfolio class
EC-CMA-backed Project Music announces large Portfolio class

Sixteen new startups join Project Music alumni ranks, with first public-facing event in May.

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Nashville startups, market movers due for fresh look at NEXT Awards
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.

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Edtech: RANDA Solutions says growth precedes outside-money decision
CEO Marty Reed
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.

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mobileMed devices: Franklin-based Cardiac Profiles pursues Series A2 raise
Combatting the leading killer
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.

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IMAC Regeneration IPO prices with modest target and broader aims
CEO Jeff Ervin
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.

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PE-backed Gotcha Mobility's capraise underway, Nashville entry imminent
CEO Sean Flood
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.

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Today's HHS tech regulatory move didn't catch<br>Center for Medical Interoperability by surprise
CEO Ed Cantwell
Today's HHS tech regulatory move didn't catch
Center for Medical Interoperability by surprise

CMI is locked-onto policy and industry developments, as it presses its mission forward.

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Frist-Cressey Ventures in near-$5MM round for Nashville's Monogram Health
CEO Mike Uchrin
Frist-Cressey Ventures in near-$5MM round for Nashville's Monogram Health

VC expands its portfolio with its entrepreneur in residence at the helm.

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CEO: LaunchTN hires tackle Capital requirements, Commercialization
CEO Margaret Dolan
CEO: LaunchTN hires tackle Capital requirements, Commercialization

Commercialization and availability of capital now more fully staffed for a strategic push forward.

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