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LaunchTN, UpSkill 901 seek grants for innovation marketplace, talent

LaunchTN, UpSkill 901 seek grants for innovation marketplace, talent

Despite massive headwinds, NGOs and other nonprofits seek to help drive transformation of state and its regional economies.

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Investor Derrick Morgan
Investor Derrick Morgan

LaunchTN Capital Call tomorrow, survey-response incentive ends soon

Potentially pivotal capital-formation event tomorrow, TN investment assessment 'first close' at week's end.

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Jewel Burks Solomon
Jewel Burks Solomon

Venture Notes - July 23, 2020

Fintech updates, exec and advisor appointments, special events in Nashville and Memphis.

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CEO Beth Krauklis
CEO Beth Krauklis

LifeFileZ startup seeks $3M Seed-B, maps Series A, eyes key partners

CEO Beth Krauklis and Nashville cofounders seek rapid adoption, take blockchain partner, anticipates VC interest.

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CEO Daniel McGugin
CEO Daniel McGugin

Fintech entrepreneur McGugin expands CoreCommerce role in payments

Payments veteran eyes market opportunities, strategic capital and M&A options after acquiring company entering growth mode.

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CEO Scott Boruff
CEO Scott Boruff

Scott Boruff-led startup Healthcare Integrated Technologies eyes capraise

A veteran of tough slogs, CEO sees lift in enterprise demand for critical care monitoring of seniors in communities.

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Ideas for The White House
Ideas for The White House

Tennessee artificial-intelligence center among Presidential advisors' ideas

White House scitech advisors suggest AI, biotech, comms, quantum infoscience, advanced manufacturing initiatives.

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CEO Leigh McCormack
CEO Leigh McCormack

Transparency Health startup BaseCamp seeks partners + Ascend adopters

Backed by Transparency Health and Noon Management, this TN startup aims to help folks get safely back to work or school.

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Venture Notes - July 7, 2020

Venture Notes - July 7, 2020

Music innovation push, startup scouts, fintech, Y-Combinator entrant, Angel Tax Credit takers, partnerships, exec moves, resources + more...

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Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor

Software founder exits Doorport to PointCentral, recounts startup journey

Tennessee native, VU EE grad takes vision from startup to exit in under 4 years, still embracing both risk and calling.

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Union Square's Fred Wilson
Union Square's Fred Wilson

Venture Notes - June 25, 2020

New funds, startup capital raises, exec moves, innovation pushes, fintech, and a mayor who supports innovation.

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CEO Worthe Holt MD MMM
CEO Worthe Holt MD MMM

CEO: Martin Ventures-backed Wellvana Health eyes Series A raise

New CEO charts rapid path toward 40 markets, says indie physician model both disruptive, scalable

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Margaret Dolan
Margaret Dolan

Margaret Dolan plans to depart LaunchTN, with Van Tucker interim CEO

Board voted today on her successor. Dolan made no disclosure of her plans.

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Venture Notes - June 12, 2020

Venture Notes - June 12, 2020

New Angel fund, resource for family offices, OZ fund, Innova bets, Techstars eyes Knox, batch of raises, exec moves + more.

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Comm. Hodgen Mainda
Comm. Hodgen Mainda

Reconvened TN General Assembly defers pro-innovation, blockchain items

Consequential innovation and entrepreneurship issues are overshadowed, but may get visibility in future.

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Venture Calendar - 2020 - Updated

Venture Calendar - 2020 - Updated

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

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Policy: Innovation & Startups Equity Investment Program draws TN interest

Policy: Innovation & Startups Equity Investment Program draws TN interest

Proposed federal funding could rekindle TN entrepreneurship and innovation, much as during the earlier Haslam Administration.

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Founder-CEO Clay Nicholas
Founder-CEO Clay Nicholas

CEO: Nashville supply chain startup Vibronyx mulls growth-funding options

With Seed self-funded and operations breakeven or better, veteran of HCIT, IBM, U.S. Army, West Point and more eyes higher ground.

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Launch Tennessee leaders, staff confront budget headwinds

Launch Tennessee leaders, staff confront budget headwinds

Lofty goals, budget cuts and a mission made more challenging amid pandemic and economic pandemonium.

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BluWave's Katie Marchetti
BluWave's Katie Marchetti

Venture Notes -- June 1, 2020

[updated] Capital raises, LaunchTN + Jumpstart updates, M&A, Lifesci deals, Schulz on Chamber, 4 Bridges expansion + more.

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