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Hard choices: TN venture scene pops with dozens of events just ahead
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Stepping back from the fray, we find there are a myriad of scheduled events just ahead. We've chosen to spotlight 40+ below. Errors are ours. Updates, corrections are welcomed. -Editor.


  • QUARTERLY application cycle always open at Jumpstart Foundry, Nashville, for candidates for its healthcare pre-seed startup portfolio. Related JSF coverage by VNC here.
  • TWO CYCLES each year for startup applications for CO.LAB Sustainable Mobility Accelerator powered by gener8tor, in Chattanooga. Read more here. CoLab here.

Jan. 30-31 INVITE ONLY: TEAM TN Summit on Technology Enabled Advanced Mobility, cohosted by Peak Performance's Smart Factory Institute and The Company Lab (Chattanooga), at PIE Innovation Center (Wacker Commons, Cleveland, Tenn.). Attendance est. 150. Event principals: Marcella Kaplan, Denise Rice Hall.

Jan. 31 - PUBLIC: Electric Mobility Innovations Conference, cohosted by Smart Factory Institute, at PIE Innovation Center, Cleveland, Tenn.

Jan. 31 - EPICENTER (Memphis) Mentor Network holds inaugural mentorship meeting to connect founders with subject-matter experts.

Feb. 1 - Tennessee Technology Advancement Consortium (TTAC) 11-Noon CT (monthly webinar), via Launch Tennessee. For TBED, TTC stakeholders.

Feb. 1-3 Nashville: Scale-Up Business Conference, Hosts and Speakers including Joshua Mundy, Clint Smith, Mark Montgomery, Dan Hogan, Danielle McGee Gibson, Robert Hartline, Felicia Phillips, Patrick Johnson, Amanda Banks, Charlie Apigian, Amanda Banks. Element Nashville (Marriott-Westin-bonVoy). Related here.

Feb. 2 - DEADLINE - TNGO Tennessee Transportation Network Growth Opportunity - Tennessee Mobility and Automotive Discovery applications deadline for participation in ecosystem development by researchers, community leaders, economic development actors, and others seeking solutions to this state's most pressing mobility and transportation-related initiatives. Background here.

Feb. 5 - Tennessee Governor Bill Lee scheduled to make his sixth 2024 State of the State address to the General Assembly, beginning 6pm CT. Previous SOTS addresses in pull-down menu here. Related Facebook and YouTube pages. See also local public television stations.

Feb. 5 - Preflight Graduation Showcase of "first-time entrepreneurs" from the Preflight program of Nashville Entrepreneur Center, 5:30-7:30pm. Registration.

Feb. 6 - Lunch with a Venture Capitalist EC Tim Connors, founder and MP, PivotNorth Capital. Nashville EC. Signup here.

Feb. 6 - Innovation Workshop by Growth Innovation Leadership Council, sponsored by Frost & Sullivan and Vanderbilt University Center for Innovation and Design and The Wondry. Agenda here. Speakers.

Feb. 7 - Wall Street's View of Prospects for the Healthcare Industry. Grand Hyatt. Moderated by Sam Hazen, CEO of HCA Healthcare. Nashville Health Care Council. Details.

Feb. 8 - Climate Accelerator Kickoff event, The Wondry, Vanderbilt University. Details here. Background here.

Feb. 8 - LaunchTN Southeast Capital Call applications now being taken via LaunchTN for consideration in session only open to VC, LPs, and Accredited Angels. Call is at 1:30pm CT according to the LTN website. More here.

Feb. 8 - Small & Diverse Business Forum 2024, speakers including MNDC Mayor Freddie O'Connell, Dr. Isaac Addae and other speakers. Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Registration here.

Feb. 9 - Innovator Day - Tennessee Technological University (Prescott Hall), Cookeville. Background. Tickets.

Feb. 16 - LaunchTN Summer Intern Program deadline for corporate internship hosts and student applicants in for Students, details here.

Feb. 22 - Smart Business Dealmakers Conference presented by UBS. Focus: "The Evolving M&A Landscape," Hillwood Country Club. Announced speakers include Tyler Augusty, Bo Bartholomew, Rob Bellenfant, Tyson Bickley, Chris Cochran, Brian Cronin, Jason Denenberg, John Brock, Landon Gibbs, Emily Hak, David Hancock, James Jack, Jeremy Kane, Fred Koury, Howard Lamar, Brian Marynowitz, Anderson McLaughlin, Sean Mooney, Tatjana Paterno, Andy Tatman, Mark Tepsich, Jeremy Wilson, et al. Details and registration here.

Feb. 22 - Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day event, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, related Twende release here. Free Registration.

Feb. 22-23 - J.W. Marriott - SBIA Southern Private Equity Conference. Speakers to include executives with U.S. Small Business Administration; the Small Business Investment Alliance, plus locally based speakers including Thomas Landstreet (Trusco Investment Management) and John Pontius, Capital Alignment Partners. Agenda and Registration. Event seems to have lower-middle-market focus. Details and Registration here.

Feb. 26-29 - LaunchTN Innovation Week spotlights innovation and entrepreneurship. See full itinerary here. Release here.

Feb. 27 - Life Science Tennessee, Day on Capitol Hill, Nashville. Details here.

Feb. 29 - UPDATED AgLaunch Demo Night, 10 startup teams, 6 p.m. CT, Halloran Center, registration here.

Feb. 29 - CoLab's Quantum Conversations Series begins with panel discussion at UT Chattanooga Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Panelists include Charlie Brock, who is listed in a CoLab promotional mailing today as CEO of Chattanooga Quantum Collaborative will discuss related issues, 4:30pm-6pm Eastern. Brock will be joined by Dr. Reinhold Mann, UTC vice chancellor for research; and, Jim Ingraham, EPB VP for strategic research. Registration form here.

Feb. 29 - Nashville EC Project Healthcare and Valtruis convene Paul Keckley, Blake Madden, Nikhil Krishnan, Hayley Hovious for "Leaping into the future of Healthcare - 2024 Insights," 4pm-6pm. Register here.

Feb. 29 - NTC Awards gala event at Fisher Center, Belmont University, by Nashville Technology Council. Info here. 2024 Nominees.

March 1 - UPDATED The Wond'ry, Vanderbilt University Student Life Center, Mid-South Hub Summit & Innovation Showcase, details and registration.

March 3 - UPDATED - What's the Big Idea 2024 Pitch Competition (Knoxville Entrepreneur Center). Details.

March 5 - UPDATED - Age Innovation Pitch Event, 4pm-7pm, venue The Standard, by Aging2.0 Nashville and Community Equity Partners, details.

March 22 - UPDATED Gov. Bill Lee addresses Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, details.

March 26 - Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council annual meeting, at Schneider Electric in Franklin, Tenn. Registration is to open on January 30. More info here.

April 3 - Project Fintech Demo Day, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, details TBA.

April 17-18 - Vanderbilt University Third Annual Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats. Related Venture Nashville coverage. 2024 interim partial speakers info. Details of 2023 here.

April 23 - Oracle Health Summit at Nashville's Conrad Hotel. Related news.

May 20-22 - The Company Lab's Co-Mobility Summit 2024. Chattanooga. Previous VNC coverage.

June 6 - Techstars Industries of the Future Demo Day, Knoxville, more here.

Sept. 9-11 - Launch Tennessee's annual flagship 3686 Conference. Nashville's Cannery Hall.

September 25-27 - Tennessee Governor's Conference on Hospitality & Tourism. (Begins taking speaker submissions in March 2024).

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 - Nashville Technology Council Innovation Summit (fka NTC Analytics Summit), emphasizing innovative use of data, as well as ongoing AI, gpt LLMs, analytics and related issues. Renaissance Hotel.

Oct. 7-9 - Nashville Health Care Conference (Oct. 7-9) and Nashville Healthcare Sessions (Oct. 7-11). Venue is once again the extraordinary Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

Oct. 10 - Vanderbilt University Medical Center Health AI Summit 2024, at Langford Hall. Russelle Bradbury is project manager for Brock Family Center for Applied Innovation. 2023 agenda is here.

Oct. 17-18 UPDATED - State of Tennessee ECD GOVCON - Oct. 17-18, 2024, Knoxville Convention Center. More info.

Oct. 29-30 UPDATED - MEMPHIS: 2024 Musculoskeletal New Venture Conference.

MORE SELECTED RECURRING ANNUAL EVENTS > DATES NOT FIRM

Spring meeting of the Greater Nashville Venture Capital Association, related coverage here.

LSTCON 2024 Life Science Tennessee annual meeting. Usually in the Fall in Nashville.

TennSmart Smart Mobility Expo, likely during Fall 2024. The 2023 TennSmart event was held in December. Related coverage here. TNSmart Mobility ecosystem Hub here.

2024 NEXT Awards by Nashville entrepreneur Center. Applications typically open in Spring, with winners celebrated in October during a major event downtown. VNC's previous 2023 coverage here.

TeleHealth Academy IV - 2024 - Project Healthcare, Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Venue TBD, dates likely in October, coincident with other Health Sessions initiatives (see Sessions info above in this listing). Telehealth Academy III 2023 here.

Previous Venture Nashville Venture Notes are right here ...and all stories, right here. VNC


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