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Innovator AgLaunch seeks EDA grant for agrifood value-chain disruption

Innovator AgLaunch seeks EDA grant for agrifood value-chain disruption

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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TN ECD, LaunchTN, allies await $117M SSBCI impact-funding call

TN ECD, LaunchTN, allies await $117M SSBCI impact-funding call

$1BN+ impact could rise in TN in decade of mobilizing investment capital and lending power.

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CEO Khristian Gutierrez
CEO Khristian Gutierrez

CivicEye's $12.4MM A-round fuels US growth and team-building

Backed by Cercano Management, Relevance Ventures, Angels, TNInvestco, INCITE, et al, its team shifts principal office.

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John Murdock MBA
John Murdock MBA

NashvilleEC President-COO search afoot as Murdock moves to Shore Capital

Departing after a decade with the EC, exec seems to have chops and passion for democratizing entrepreneurship.

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CEO Kim Crawford Goodman
CEO Kim Crawford Goodman

Digital Reasoning buyer Smarsh 'right-sizing' as DRS layoff rumors rise

M&A deal long done, but tech acquirer rationalizing broadly, leaving plans for local tech unit cloaked.

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CEO Tasia Malakasis
CEO Tasia Malakasis

CEO Tasia Malakasis ramps-up The Company Lab in Chattanooga

After seven workdays at the helm of the regional entrepreneur center, CEO looks at capital, staffing, budgets and more.

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Kickoff: VentureSouth Chattanooga investor forum possible model for Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville

Kickoff: VentureSouth Chattanooga investor forum possible model for Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville

VentureSouth Fund V raise underway targets $10MM to augment Angels' individual bets and sidecar participation.

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PathGroup's Ben Davis
PathGroup's Ben Davis

Venture Notes - May 13, 2022

Updating PathGroup Recap | Lirio | Ursa Health | Thynk Health | Unity Wellness | EasyVet | Artemis | Iron Path | TSG.Mammoth

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ConveyMED by ConveyPro
ConveyMED by ConveyPro

CME-CE startup ConveyMED begins $2MM Seed for mobile audio platform

Continuing-ed content purveyor also sees Series A + diverse markets ahead in U.S. and beyond.

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Founder Will Clem PhD
Founder Will Clem PhD

HRtech: Memphis Meats veteran Will Clem's Bite Ninja raises hit $15MM+

Memphis Y Combinator grad scales-up restaurant tech, after helping launch what's now Bay Area cell-cultured meat Unicorn.

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Greg Sossaman, Fintechie
Greg Sossaman, Fintechie

Venture Notes - May 7, 2022

Venture updates on new Funds, raises in Fintech, Music-Ent, Wealth, LifeSci, HCare, Media, HRtech, blockchain and other arenas.

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Max Mona
Max Mona

SaaS: ESG Impact exits beta, seeks capital, opts for VU Wond'ry Founder

[Updated] Co-founders seek $2MM, as VU OwenGSM, VU The Wond'ry and others seem to recognize startup's promise.

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Vic Gatto
Vic Gatto

Nashville's Jumpstart Capital files for $120MM Fund II ahead of JSF bets

[Updated] Jumpstart Capital, Jumpstart Health Investors, Jumpstart Nova, Jumpstart Foundry play complementary roles.

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ESO's James Lackie
ESO's James Lackie

Memphis's ESO Fund files for $150MM Fund V to back venture option moves

Memphians Lackie, Roberts, Sousoulas and San Mateo-backed Chou are among leaders.

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Charlie Brock
Charlie Brock

Brock: Company Lab CEO search advances in gateway City of Chattanooga

Hub praised for its startup drive and innovation emerges from pandemic throes with both strategy and wide-ranging leadership search.

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Nashville Capital Network says Fund IV commitments pass $70MM

Nashville Capital Network says Fund IV commitments pass $70MM

Approaching its 20th anniversary, NCN says it has has recruited its largest fund, yet.

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Founder-CEO Gary Somerhalder
Founder-CEO Gary Somerhalder

COPILOT TRAVEL remaps capital, pursues pent-up leisure-trip surge

Local CEO adds advisors, launches project involving American Airlines, eyes international scale

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Landon Gibbs
Landon Gibbs

Altitude Ventures eyes $100M Fund III for digital health, HC services

Backed/advised by key players, firm hits quick first close, attracts Kleiner Perkins veteran Deshpande

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