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Jan Schlueter
Jan Schlueter

Venture Notes - December 7, 2022

Venture bullets: DARVIS, Dropper, SeeSnap, Rockmont, Simple Solutions, AngelEye, HotPoppy, Campus Protein, AgLaunch, SmartRIA and more.

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Dive In's Christina Sass
Dive In's Christina Sass

Venture Notes - December 1, 2022

15 bulletins on newcomer VCs, fintech, healthtech, edtech, Web3, logistitech, materials, med devices and more.

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BuildWitt's Aaron Witt
BuildWitt's Aaron Witt

Venture Notes - November 17, 2022

15 bulleted updates on deals, funds, leaders and innovation in Tennessee.

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CEO Claire Crunk MSN
CEO Claire Crunk MSN

Venture Notes - Nov. 15, 2022

A baker's-dozen of venture updates, including ClearTrack, TraceFemcare, Writerly, Invergarry, Swingzen and more.

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TN ECD today may announce innovative investment in Clarksville area

TN ECD today may announce innovative investment in Clarksville area

[Updated with Kewpie news] Ahead of an impending press conference, we offer a thought experiment on investment scenarios.

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TNECD-LaunchTN $117MM SSBCI request still under US Treasury's review

TNECD-LaunchTN $117MM SSBCI request still under US Treasury's review

Funding infusion at stake, as TNECD answers Treasury queries, LaunchTN replenishes board, adds staff as ops grow.

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Report: PanoramicVC's 'State of Startups in the Southeast'

Report: PanoramicVC's 'State of Startups in the Southeast'

HealthIT, SaaS, Fintech are lead categories for venture growth in Volunteer state.

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Co-founder Cam Doody
Co-founder Cam Doody

Chattanooga's Brickyard VC's startup 'insulator' eyes $20MM Fund I

There are 16 firms aboard now, each starting with a $250K investment and a supportive non-distracting work-life environment.

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Bulletin: Pivotal grants to LaunchTN, AgLaunch, UMemphis, plus SBIR grant matches

Bulletin: Pivotal grants to LaunchTN, AgLaunch, UMemphis, plus SBIR grant matches

After weeks of work and months of waiting for the outcome, news breaks on several fronts.

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State-backed LaunchTN Awards $7MM in matching funds to 37 TN firms

State-backed LaunchTN Awards $7MM in matching funds to 37 TN firms

Launch Tennessee announced latest SBIR fundings.

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CEO Eric Satz
CEO Eric Satz

ECD-LaunchTN's 3686 could spike capital, entrepreneurial velocity

Fintech entrepreneur Eric Satz (AltoIRA) is one of 60+ VCs, entrepreneurs, advisors playing 3686 Festival roles.

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LaTanya Wright Channel JD
LaTanya Wright Channel JD

Nashville Mayor Cooper names SBA veteran LaTanya Channel director of Economic Growth and Small Business Development

Administration's appointment of business and economic advisor comes ahead of Metro Nashville's mayoral election in 2023.

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Ted Townsend
Ted Townsend

Ted Townsend: Despite Fed grant miss, Memphis and 'Digital Delta' allies remain undeterred in pursuing Digital Delta initiative

Updated 3 September 2022: 8 Tennessee economic-development coalitions pursued federal grants of $25MM+ more each. Only Memphis remained in the hunt.

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Fintech founder-CEO Marcus Cobb raises capital for Mozaic platform

Fintech founder-CEO Marcus Cobb raises capital for Mozaic platform

Incumbent investor Joe Galante among those paving further runway for split-payments platform.

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Adam Boehler
Adam Boehler

Adam Boehler-led Rubicon hits $471MM in Opp Fund I for HC investments

The PE has pulled trigger on early transactions, and its trajectory suggests more deals and 'thought leadership' ahead.

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Monique Villa
Monique Villa

Monique Villa holds pivotal role in ECD-LaunchTN $1BN SSBCI vision

U.S. Treasury verdict still out, but more staff being recruited for developing TN ecosystem's capital stack.

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Kevin Galloway
Kevin Galloway

i24 SupplyCo paves innovation path alongside Soldiers at Ft. Campbell

Engineer-cum-entrepreneur Kevin Galloway feels his productizing skills, soldiers' front-line savvy make a good mix.

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Innovator AgLaunch seeks EDA grant for agrifood value-chain disruption

Innovator AgLaunch seeks EDA grant for agrifood value-chain disruption

UPDATES Memphis-based hub sees diversity, agtech, national ecosystem development and innovation acceleration as vital.

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Launch Tennessee seeks US EDA funding to expand Industry Networks

Launch Tennessee seeks US EDA funding to expand Industry Networks

Consumer Products, Advanced Manufacturing, Fintech, would join advanced energy, agritech, mobility, life-sciences concentrations.

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Pagma Raghavan PhD
Pagma Raghavan PhD

Tennessee's innovators rally toward NSF Regional Innovation Engines

Five TN cities home to 10 Engine candidates seeking to strengthen region's entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystem.

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