Intelligent Mobility, Life Sciences, Energy, and Ag-Food networks bolster startup resources
[Updated] A gamble, sure, but the Pandemic Vintage of startups, capraises + executive moves may rival any we've seen in the past decade.
[updated] Entrepreneurial, startup and capital events and activities around Tennessee.
Jumpstart Capital liquidity, LaunchTN, Jammber, virus capital, Fintech, Healthcare, data, Vizion, spinup, spinout, and more updates.
Both LaunchTN and its sponsor, TN ECD, have begun responding to Comptroller requests ahead of hearings later this year.
VNC is here highlighting sessions tied to capital and scale-up. 36|86 also has many other valuable elements.
Despite massive headwinds, NGOs and other nonprofits seek to help drive transformation of state and its regional economies.
Potentially pivotal capital-formation event tomorrow, TN investment assessment 'first close' at week's end.
Music innovation push, startup scouts, fintech, Y-Combinator entrant, Angel Tax Credit takers, partnerships, exec moves, resources + more...
Board voted today on her successor. Dolan made no disclosure of her plans.
Lofty goals, budget cuts and a mission made more challenging amid pandemic and economic pandemonium.
[updated] Capital raises, LaunchTN + Jumpstart updates, M&A, Lifesci deals, Schulz on Chamber, 4 Bridges expansion + more.
[updated] Data science, machine learning tech and prediction services startup brings to bear its SDOH learning curve.
Gov. Bill Lee updates us, plus 17 venture updates and resources on telemed, M&A and more.
Opportunities for startup growth and service are plentiful in the new Pandemic Era.
[updated] Convenors say tracks are clear for OZ-advantaged real estate and operating business developments.
Market Access program prioritizes quickly connecting with customers, vendors, and strategic partners
LTN board and leadership top for empowering ecosystem from post within the partner ranks.
Could lessons learned translate into new push for the innovation economy?
CEO Margaret Dolan has gained an exec who apparently knows a valuable badass when she sees one.
[Updated] EDA has $33MM pot, says previous grant wins no reason to withhold well defined, competitive ideas.
[Updated] No successor currently being recruited for the role, the fourth mid-level post vacated in the past year.
[Updated] Entrepreneurial, startup and capital events and activities around Tennessee.
Launch Tennessee builds the profile of its Innovation Capital Continuum.
[Updated) There's sharpened focus on capital, as well as on entrepreneurial infrastructure and regional strategy.
A rigorous study of TN lifesciences is afoot and advocates are clearly positioning to push for public and private support.
A new healthtech spinout, capraises, M&A, people moves, advisors, key events and a couple dozen more nuggets.
Launch Tennessee, Electro-Active, Dynamo, CET, EPIcenter, and more updated in today's roundup.
Meetups blend LaunchTN mission, Kauffman funding, Engine advocate, constituents getting to know legislators.
Startup and growth-oriented entrepreneurship program taking 2020 applications now, through Dec. 15, 2019.
VCs team with TennesSeed Funders to create momentum to feed flywheel effect in TN economy.
$3MM+ will go to new capital formation, entrepreneurship, mentoring and related initiatives. 3 winners in the state. 6 teams submitted compelling ideas.
Event could top last year's 1,200 registrants, including 100 or more presenters, hundreds of serial entrepreneurs and investors.
Tennessee Tech alumna and entrepreneurship intern gets the job.
Updated: Moneytree report from PwC and CBInsights is out, plus we have field notes on TN and Opportunity Zones.
Updated: 21 items on TN capital raises, advisors, entrepreneurs and strategies.
Founder has raised north of $8MM, recruited growing ranks of farmers since inception.
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.
Earlier successful exit and relo to homestead in Tennessee helped pave the way for latest gambit.
Commercialization and availability of capital now more fully staffed for a strategic push forward.
As bill-filing deadlines loom, bills that shape TN economy, startups, entrepreneurial momentum are in prospect.
Co-founders Gatto & Whitney keep tacking in healthcare's crosswinds, complete 6th capraise of $21MM, its largest to date.
Lee Cabinet choices affect ECD, LaunchTN, others..plus updates on capital raises.
People on the move, capraises for Soccer, healthIT and others -- and maybe a tech employer in play.
Biannual Science & Technology Index shows some TN gains, but weakspots among growth factors
Exits may be ahead for Brentwood-Tullahoma firm seeking stakes in early-stage coastal targets, but at Nashville valuations.
A sobering report from Brookings Institution researchers inevitably shows there's work yet to be done.
Longtime entrepreneurial consultant and Ingram Industries executive gets the nod.
Regardless of grant outcomes, these strategic proposals warrant scrutiny across Tennessee.
Latest updates on capital raises, partners, advisors and more.
Bolus of funding seems likely to produce tidal surge of momentum in region's innovation economy.
[updated] Social-impact technology startup aims to leverage first-to-market advantage in national rollout.
Having raised north of $7MM and bet on nearly two-dozen ventures, firm founders have traction.
Pass, Punt, Run, Dribble -- Ticket-buyers should have gameplan to get most out of events Aug. 27-30 in Nashville.
Brock steams ahead, with a successor CEO likely to be tapped before year-end.
Rolfe and Brock doubtless plan a smooth transition to maintain momentum, but there are vagaries to ponder.
[updated] The applications window will soon open for the DOE-backed technology commercialization program.
Finalists are to pitch Aug. 28 during 36|86 event in Nashville.
[updated] High-energy team builder prepares for his next entrepreneurial or service act.
Chair's experience brings continuity, clear sense of value of legislative ties and momentum.
[Updated] Startup completed $13M Series A.
LaunchTN funding would rise in latest interpretation from state agencies.
There are similar models in Georgia and other states, some involving a mix of public and private funds.
CEO says sees first close on HealthIT fund by end of 1Q 2018.
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (dba Launch Tennessee) refreshes board.
CEO Charlie Brock unveils robust plan for LTN advancement, but may be facing budget headwinds.
State and regional events of interest.
Innovation growth draws innovation-centric pro's -- VNC poll provides hint of incubent advisor standings.
Construction services marketplace startup rides cresting economic wave, says founder.
'Free-market' combatant of industry incentives may face new players pursuing legislated benefits.
Legislator observes the Western Division of the State lagging Eastern and Western regions.
[updated] A seasoned crossborder entrepreneur says he's homesteading in Nashville, for now.
[updated] A pronounced rise in overall ranking comes with weaker showing on some of 25 dimensions.
Applications for investment consideration are being taken now.
'Erosion' in TN investment? Major IT and software cos' raises, TN fund recruiting, startup updates and more.
Exec says harassment 'unacceptable' and LaunchTN will advocate broad adoption of planned policy model
Updates on LaunchTN, entrepreneurs once and future, Vanderbilt, ORNL, and more.
10: VCs' visions, VU exec on healthtech morass, capital raises, startups, sage words from KaiserPerm CEO.
A rich program with speakers by the dozen, including 10 VCs on the stage.
Entrepreneur Jeff Brown works long hours, but loves expanding the Mid-TN ecosystem.
With more than 1,000 attendees projected for the annual conference, Villagers get scrutiny.
Fourteen telegraphic items on startups, investments, exits and more in Tennessee and region.
Entrepreneur who also leads mentor network says his new firm is operational.
Resources that might provide refreshment for those looking to advance Tennessee innovation.
About two-dozen items ranging from capital raises, bankruptcy to tech transfer.
Less than a month into the mission, new Center director targets numerous objectives.
With the General Assembly and Governor in full budget mode, LaunchTN assesses its options.
[updated] Grad of Boomtown, StartupHealth accelerators presses forward.
Talked about for a year or more, the effort gets fresh momentum
VTC This entrepreneur must not be working part-time.
Former MRA exec, turnaround guy and member of the J.C. Bradford diaspora named.
LaunchTN CEO agrees it'd be great to have more data and analyses about all this.
The 3rd cohort has apparently been finely sifted in an effort to ensure success is baked-in.
Gov. Bill Haslam delivers his State of the State Address this evening.
$40MM raise at Claritas, accelerator and startup news, and more from around the state.
A fresh dozen items from around the state of interest to the venture sector.
[updated] 2016 rocks with appealing events statewide.
Journalists to be excluded, Dem's not invited to panel.
TTDC releases another interesting group of startups from instate and out-of-state.
Boyd & Brock of LaunchTN respond on sustainability, Healthcare, Rural Metrics and more.
After six years at ECD agency, Tennessee native returns to private sector.
Entrepreneurs who exited America Access Transport for logistics, transportation startup program.
[Updated] 11 items from around the state of interest to techies, investors, entrepreneurs, et al.
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (TTDC), aka Launch Tennessee, fills posts.
Resolute Capital's Fund IV, HCA CEO to speak, new LaunchTN SBIR-STTR writing grants and more.
Group working from Nashville EC plans to draw more investors in from the sidelines.
[Updated] Chad Marcum begins to reveal details of his team, model, strategy and roll-out plans.
[updated] Local Bunker Labs crew is gaining momentum, enjoying network effect.
[updated] Nashville entrepreneurship 2.0? Capraises, possible startup trouble, Krajicek venture tips and more.
Question mark hangs over Nashville's shot at being a Consumer startup breeder.
[Updated] Effort intended to engage student-led startup teams statewide.
TORCH of Chattanooga won the prize.
VTC We've proven we can attract cool companies. How do get them to stay?
LTN aims to draw 900, including perhaps 100 investors to its 4th annual conclave in Nashville.
LaunchTN has upped the ante, producing a cohesive package of certain fun and likely wisdom.
VTC Innovation seeds begin sprouting, as first startups recruited.
IF the first year was great, Year 2 of Project Music is surely greater.
Tech-dev exec, active Angel with Bioenergy interests surveys the region.
VTC Teams arriving for array of Memphis accelerators.
[Sale confirmed] New money, strategic inflection, or much hubbub about nothing? Time will tell.
Executive director also seeks mentors, domain experts and collaborations.
Cautious handling by proponents seems likely to advance state programs, stepwise.
Search for entrepreneurship lead begins soon, lead for Ag network is set.
Michael Burcham's term as NACIE co-chair ends in October.
This roundup features Amplion, HCCA, CouncilCapital, John Murdock, Joe Kustelski, Proton and more.
VTC Grady Vanderhoofven is likely to lead the repurposed nonprofit and some allies.
VTC Two years after a successful exit from logistics business, a new venture launches.
Founder presses ahead with no native Tennessee capital, other than her own.
VTC Chairman of Knox-based company is also Haslam Administration's ECD chief.
[Updated] Deadline for SE Regional Capital Connections event is April 29.
[Updated] 17 competitions on 10 Tennessee campuses are admitted.
A fourth cohort of startups is likely to be invited to Knoxville, but timeline TBD.
[updated] TN's pro-entrepreneurship legislation, a $4MM JourneyPure raise, and more.
As INCITE comes to halt, we take at look at the ground that's been covered.
[updated] Treading carefully to 'get program right', industry aims for step-by-step progress.
[updated] Two Vanderbilt alumni target celeb-streamers who seek shares in 200MM fan universe.
VTC Boutique investment banking firm in Chattanooga eyes Florida, Carolinas.
VTC The nonprofit will seek to shift program assets and staff to other organizations.
With 3686 ahead, new University and Researcher programs, weaker capital ecosystem and more
Tennessee execs comment on Jumpstart Foundry founders' criticism of accelerator model.
[updated] ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd expresses strong support for bill enrolled this week.
Within Haslam Cabinet, ECD Commissioner shapes policy-program options for Chief.
[updated] Williamson County aims to breed its Tech sector, leverages NEC resources
Long vacant seat goes to board veteran.
Step by step, ECD agent LaunchTN charts a fresh path forward on knotty issue.
Third Cohort of Master Accelerator Program Kicks Off Oct. 21
Centerstone of America seeks commercial prowess to get technologies to market.
Charlie Brock shares his topmost objectives, and we review a bit of the agenda.
A Nashville investment banker is among new members of TTDC/LTN.
Two VCs and allied institutions seek your opinions on state's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
LaunchTN has described each of the startup's presenting during 36|86, reprinted here.
Actionable business opportunities, plus a discount code right here.
Bio veteran Jim Monsor leads pilot effort to deepen TN's startup resources
New CEO and founding chairman are apparently planning an aggressive push.
'Unique' startup takes on major chemical companies with natural dyes for fashion.
All program offerings are to be subjected to diligence befitting the next EC phase.
Entrepreneurship, events and attracting capital may have revved-up. Tech transfer? Not so much.
If Music City turns on charm, it could get a longer run as landing-spot for unique program.
Commissioner now also presides over board of Tennessee Technology Development Corp.
Dispute settled between LaunchTN and PandoMedia, parties announce.
The e-signature company has its team and some advisors already in place for a capital move.
Two Tennessee-born science-centered companies are united
[Updated] Pando litigation. Refocused 36|86 event will convene in June, as will Pandoland
Since opinions are hard to monetize, leaders statewide seek new sources of momentum
[updated] Stefansic and Hogin among those departing, with interest in private-sector jobs.
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation, TTDC, lays-out its priorities.
Nashville was just this startup's first U.S. stop, now they're after real money
Agency's entrepreneurship director seems to have caught the bug.
It remains to be seen what Tennessee investors, entrepreneurs act upon, if anything
Index delivers composite image of state's economic development, innovation status
A change at the helm of one of Tennessee's most recognized institutions.
The startup village residents are announced.
President James Stover says company has good talks with potential strategic partners
[updated] Smart money and a long-standing interest in matching natural ability and career paths produce an edventure.
Here's more information on startups that'll have berths in StartupVillage June 12-13
The Fourth is a long way off, but the fireworks begin in 3 weeks
TTDC now seems to be fully staffed to further pro-venture programs
First permanent CEO in three years begins a stem-stern review as he wades-in
The deal may not yet be done, but CEO search may be nearing its end
Here's a rundown on this week's venture pitches during LST's annual meeting
A true startup leader, investment pros and others are aboard for the continuing relaunch
Tech-driven civics venture could mean high-growth jobs for Tennessee, or not
Galen, VentureIncite, LaunchTN, Dobie Media, FamilyVenture Management and more
Gov. Bill Haslam's INCITE funding program announces more beneficiaries
Re-launch puzzle coming into focus; filling the CEO chair is priority
With fingers crossed and funds in-hand, the tech-centric nonprofit forges ahead
With seeds planted and a new strategy coming, NBIC chief steps down
There are some new faces among the 'usual suspects' applying at INCITE Fund
Tech-driven economic development will eventually learn what priority it gets in the Haslam Administration
A steady stream of commitments, often made to familiar names, continues, with results not yet due
Michael Burcham-led StartupTN may cut a broad swath through the state'e entrepreneurial ecosystem
ECD and TTDC chiefs and their colleagues seem to be 'aligned' toward getting INCITE launched
State ECD issued draft guidelines for Gov. Haslam's INCITE Co-Investment Fund managed by TTDC
Joe Cook Jr. seems to be executing with precision a gameplan to establish momentum for a still-small sector
Veteran emissary to institutions' stakeholders and allies is re-potting himself after a 41-year-career
Gov. Haslam's ECD commissioner has a growing list of to-do's, including an international trade portfolio
Galen-Burcham alliance goes back years; other firms had a shot at top-billing in NEC healthcare work
Scholar and entrepreneur will co-found molecular diagnostics startup in Nashville
Leadership shift was accomplished August 19, with Hagerty now chairman of TTDC
As widely anticipated, the Feds came through with $29.7MM in funding for Gov. Bill Haslam's innovation-breeding program
[CEO departure] Sixth CEO brings national perspective, oversees an NTC on shifting economic, educational and professional terrain.
Tech2020 embraces state initiatives, keeps its own counsel in pressing ahead with regional initiatives
Remember when things used to slow down for Summer? Tennessee's venture scene seems busier than ever
[UPDATED] Tennessee's entrepreneurial ecosystem gets a new unifying layer of resources
Governor addresses fast-growth sector; details of venture funding, entrepreneur award and tech-transfer still unfolding
Angels' hopes take wing, but it remains to be seen whether the General Assembly answers the call
Legislators make an energy-tech 'grab', plus venture events and training and more statewide.
Eight ventures are $50K TTDC maturation grant awardees
TTDC chief to Gov. Haslam, IP, Claritas, incubators, Angels, Louisville innovation, HiMSS-TN descends on Orlando and more
Educator, consultant and serial entrepreneur is determined to demonstrate EC value quickly, to win further support
News and notes from around Tennessee on science, technology, innovation and related policy.
Nashville and Tennessee are quickly becoming year-round innovation venues, as this sampling of events makes clear
Spring 2010 may go down in the annals of modern Tennessee history as a period of innovation breakthroughs
$120MM program should inject more than $80MM into seed- and early-stage companies in Tennessee over next few years
Tennessee Technology Development Corp. faces the proverbial 'Valley of Death' in its own funding, and looks to the Bredesen Administration for a liferope
Technology-enterprise advocate believes life-sciences sector cannot advance without stronger leadership
TTDC gets its second wind, releases funding for technology and commercialization grants, looks toward future
TBA is apparently regrouping, and still dealing with basic organizational and strategy issues as it confront a crisis of opportunity, because of the growing importance of the life sciences
[Updated] With the VC filing deadline just 13 days away, one administrator of the state's new capital-formation program is impressed with the calibre of prospective fund managers
[UPDATED Aug. 11, 6:53 a.m.] Cumberland Pharmaceuticals' IPO filing became effective yesterday and trades today as CPIX, 27 months after the shelf registration and 20 subsequent amendments
With the leverage of the game-changing TNInvestco program becoming more apparent, Bredesen Cabinet officials move to establish control, for the long-haul
Legislators want to demonstrate support for smaller ventures, advocates say the CAPCO model has been improved since early adopters found serious flaws
Tennessee executives see both problems and opportunities in proposal for stimulation of early-stage investment
With ties to key members of the Congressional delegation, M2M has a leg-up in seeking funding of various sorts
The state's new private-equity director debuts and a VC panel gets the lowdown on controversial venture-funding proposal
Notes from Northshore Capital Management, TTDC, VCs, wealth-management moves and more...
Local Angel net and Mercury Labs shoulder high-profile assignments for the state's tech-driven economic development leader
VU, Bart Gordon, ORNL among partners: Meeting in D.C. seeks better ways to link business, science and national labs
Could new Angel tax credits, grant programs and quasi-debt facilities provide the critical mass of capital Tennessee needs?
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation has a great gameplan, but the clock is ticking for policymakers, VCs, scientists and entrepreneurs