|1.||For the record: Launch Tennessee aims to revise statutory charter|
Talked about for a year or more, the effort gets fresh momentum
Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 6, 2017 1:00 pm
|2.||2018 Launch Tennessee 36|86 conference statistics|
Here is the data on who participated in the 2018 edition of the flagship 36|86 event.
Source: Launch Tennessee / Published Sunday, July 21, 2019 1:51 pm
|3.||Margaret Dolan named to succeed Charlie Brock as CEO of Launch Tennessee|
Longtime entrepreneurial consultant and Ingram Industries executive gets the nod.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, October 9, 2018 9:21 am
|4.||Increased budget for LaunchTN uncertain as influentials ponder the matter|
LaunchTN funding would rise in latest interpretation from state agencies.
Milt Capps Update 1520 6 Feb 2018 / Published Monday, February 5, 2018 4:49 pm
|5.||Denenberg departs LaunchTN, state mentor networks for new industries set|
Search for entrepreneurship lead begins soon, lead for Ag network is set.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, April 21, 2016 5:00 pm
|6.||TTDC: Launch Tennessee fills gaps in board of directors|
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (dba Launch Tennessee) refreshes board.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, January 25, 2018 3:00 pm
|7.||Down to the Wire for $50K: 5 startup Finalists await 36|86 verdict|
TORCH of Chattanooga won the prize.
Milt Capps Updated 4:56 pm / Published Tuesday, June 7, 2016 1:47 pm
|8.||Launch Tennessee names Partnerships Coordinator|
Tennessee Tech alumna and entrepreneurship intern gets the job.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:36 pm
|9.||Gut check: Van Tucker tells 'What drives her' as Launch Tennessee CEO|
Creating impactful companies, changing communities, and nurturing collaboration are just parts of her answer.
Guest commentary / Published Thursday, January 14, 2021 1:30 pm
|10.||LaunchTN Impact Fund investor committee announced|
Six veterans of early-stage entrepreneurial investment have screened 18 companies.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, January 25, 2018 2:49 pm
|11.||20 Days: Launch Tennessee bets heavily on impact of 36|86 conference|
LTN aims to draw 900, including perhaps 100 investors to its 4th annual conclave in Nashville.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 17, 2016 4:45 pm
|12.||CEO Charlie Brock announces departure from Launch Tennessee |
[updated] High-energy team builder prepares for his next entrepreneurial or service act.
Milt Capps updated 4:13 pm CT / Published Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:40 pm
|13.||LaunchTN offers a few comments on ITIF 'New Economy' index|
[Charts added] Following VNC's report on the ITIF report today, LaunchTN responded.
Milt Capps Updated 9:00 p.m. 7 July 2014 / Published Monday, July 7, 2014 2:49 pm
|14.||36|86 startups: BrewFund ready to blow the head off craft beer market|
Johnson City duo is way down the road with their techdev, ahead of investor pitch.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 17, 2016 5:15 pm
|15.||Tennessee doubles down on LaunchTN, 36|86 looms as inflection point|
A rich program with speakers by the dozen, including 10 VCs on the stage.
Venture Nashville Connections / Published Sunday, May 14, 2017 2:06 pm
|16.||Launch Tennessee board vets, then names Van Tucker CEO|
Snap board meeting on Friday covered key issues and produced mandate to seek a contract with Tucker.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, December 8, 2020 12:29 pm
|17.||Tennessee's scitech industry mentor networks finalize LaunchTN grants|
Intelligent Mobility, Life Sciences, Energy, and Ag-Food networks bolster startup resources
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, September 24, 2020 3:42 pm
|18.||LaunchTN comment on Pando court filing|
Dispute settled between LaunchTN and PandoMedia, parties announce.
Milt Capps Updated 8:06 pm 25 February / Published Friday, January 23, 2015 2:45 pm
|19.||Update: Launch Tennessee presses forward on Commercialization|
Some new public-private stratagems for commercialization may emerge this spring and summer.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 14, 2016 11:26 am
|20.||Margaret Dolan plans to depart LaunchTN, with Van Tucker interim CEO|
Board voted today on her successor. Dolan made no disclosure of her plans.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, June 15, 2020 12:47 pm
|21.||LaunchTN confirms former Chief Program Officer Van Beke has exited|
[Updated] No successor currently being recruited for the role, the fourth mid-level post vacated in the past year.
By Milt Capps updated Jan. 3-4, 2019 / Published Thursday, January 2, 2020 3:57 pm
|22.||Launch Tennessee gameplan may eventually include $50MM Fund of Funds|
There are similar models in Georgia and other states, some involving a mix of public and private funds.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 26, 2018 5:21 pm
|23.||Launch Tennessee Update shows multifaceted mission, wide-ranging action|
Another regional accelerator goes-it alone, capital formation numbers, and more.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:15 pm
|24.||LaunchTN 36|86 Announces "Village 36" for event June 6-7 in Nashville|
adapted from submitted release / Published Thursday, April 28, 2016 6:00 pm
|25.||Nashville EC's 'Twende' event focuses on Black, Brown founders' funding|
Unprecedented EC gathering meant to improve minority entrepreneurs' access to contacts, capital and growth.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, March 19, 2019 2:11 pm
|26.||As General Assembly grinds along, some notes on TNInvestco and more|
Resources that might provide refreshment for those looking to advance Tennessee innovation.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 17, 2017 4:15 pm
|27.||LaunchTN eyes creation of model anti-sexual harassment policy|
Exec says harassment 'unacceptable' and LaunchTN will advocate broad adoption of planned policy model
Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 17, 2017 5:45 pm
|28.||Startup Stroll preps $1.5MM Seed raise to catch destination-marketing wave|
Eberhardt & Bell press forward with tech solution developed in Nashville for global market.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 9, 2019 2:00 pm
|29.||Launch Tennessee's Courtney Corlew joins SFO's Bulleit Group PR firm here|
After six years at ECD agency, Tennessee native returns to private sector.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, September 22, 2016 5:45 pm
|30.||LaunchTN announces 2015-2016 Class of The TENN|
Third Cohort of Master Accelerator Program Kicks Off Oct. 21
Submitted Updated 21 January 2016 / Published Tuesday, October 6, 2015 3:15 am
|31.||LaunchTN Capital Call tomorrow, survey-response incentive ends soon|
Potentially pivotal capital-formation event tomorrow, TN investment assessment 'first close' at week's end.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 27, 2020 1:30 pm
|32.||More LaunchTN commercialization comments and notes|
from submitted statements / Published Monday, February 13, 2017 8:30 am
|33.||36|86: Getting tech to market with max partnerships, with or without grants|
[updated] Straight-talking commercialization and capital advisors from Austin, Nashville and Lexington converge, Aug. 29.
By Milt Capps updated Aug. 6, 2019 / Published Monday, August 5, 2019 2:45 pm
|34.||LaunchTN selects partners for Statewide University Pitch Competition|
[Updated] 17 competitions on 10 Tennessee campuses are admitted.
Submitted, updated 18 March 16 / Published Friday, March 11, 2016 3:31 pm
|35.||Bunker Labs Nashville startups on firing line in June 28 event|
[updated] Local Bunker Labs crew is gaining momentum, enjoying network effect.
Milt Capps Updated June 24, 2016 2:20pm / Published Tuesday, June 21, 2016 5:15 pm
|36.||Expansion-minded Launch Tennessee funding at-issue,|
while Seed Fund proposal still likely to see daylight
With the General Assembly and Governor in full budget mode, LaunchTN assesses its options.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 4:00 pm
|37.||Gov. Haslam senses Tennessee 'making headway' in tech commercialization|
LaunchTN CEO agrees it'd be great to have more data and analyses about all this.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, February 13, 2017 8:45 am
|38.||TN innovators seek i6 Challenge grants for innovation, entrepreneurship|
Regardless of grant outcomes, these strategic proposals warrant scrutiny across Tennessee.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, September 27, 2018 4:44 pm
|39.||Gov. Haslam says ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd returning to private sector|
Announcement could fuel fresh speculation regarding potential Boyd bid for GOP gubernatorial nomination.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 9, 2017 3:52 pm
|40.||Enexor BioEnergy taps Wond'ry's Grajewski as SVP ahead of Series A|
CEO Lee Jestings confirms appointment and continued focus on capital-raising, advisor-selection planning.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, September 24, 2019 12:15 pm
|41.||Overdog sale was assets deal; buyer Odd Networks mulls capraise|
New York-based principals shed a bit more light on the deal and its origins.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 16, 2016 10:30 am
|42.||LaunchTN sets Startup Policy Workshops to boost regional entrepreneurship|
Meetups blend LaunchTN mission, Kauffman funding, Engine advocate, constituents getting to know legislators.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Monday, October 7, 2019 1:05 pm
|43.||LaunchTN names Capital Formation, Entrepreneurship leaders|
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (TTDC), aka Launch Tennessee, fills posts.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, August 11, 2016 2:45 pm
|44.||Emerging blockchain-industry is focus of TokenizeTN skull session at ECD|
Waller attorney leads prospective not-for-profit advocacy group through private 'summit' at ECD.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, October 23, 2018 5:30 pm
|45.||Statewide 'Tennessee Angel Fund' launched as TNInvestco deadline nears|
Sid Chambless has gained a third leadership hat, as Nashville Capital Network and its allies launch a third investment vehicle
By Milt Capps Last updated 4:28 p.m. / Published Tuesday, September 22, 2009 3:32 pm
|46.||Launch Tennessee names Van Tucker to strategic COO role|
CEO Margaret Dolan has gained an exec who apparently knows a valuable badass when she sees one.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 14, 2020 3:30 pm
|47.||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.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, July 29, 2020 9:07 am
|48.||Grajewski: VU Innovation Center likely to seal some partnerships by August|
Executive director also seeks mentors, domain experts and collaborations.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 25, 2016 1:01 pm
|49.||CEO: LaunchTN hires tackle Capital requirements, Commercialization|
Commercialization and availability of capital now more fully staffed for a strategic push forward.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, February 6, 2019 4:47 pm
|50.||2017 Project Music selects 4 startups from 120+ accelerator applicants|
The 3rd cohort has apparently been finely sifted in an effort to ensure success is baked-in.
Milt Capps updated 12:09pm / Published Monday, February 6, 2017 9:30 am
|51.||Branch Technology secured patents, files on a nearly $12MM capital raise|
Disruptive 3D Printing manufacturer, backed by a strategic that's backed by Momenta Ventures.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, December 10, 2020 5:00 pm
|52.||Entrepreneur Mark Harris is a CEO for startup in 36|86 Student Edition|
The latest generation of ventures spawned from TN campuses suggests competition must've been intense.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 30, 2019 12:41 pm
|53.||SCHERMERLAND: 36:86 Speakers, celebration draw entrepreneurs, investors|
LaunchTN has upped the ante, producing a cohesive package of certain fun and likely wisdom.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 17, 2016 5:00 pm
|54.||Notable: Project Music + Music Biz team for tonight's Startup Showcase II|
IF the first year was great, Year 2 of Project Music is surely greater.
Published Monday, May 16, 2016 9:00 am
|55.||CEO Dolan: LaunchTN aims for authentic partnerships,|
while blazing paths to capital, investors, corporates
LTN board and leadership top for empowering ecosystem from post within the partner ranks.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, January 23, 2020 2:34 pm
|56.||State, Federal partnership spawns 24 grants for Tennessee tech companies|
LaunchTN matches have now supported 24 fledgling firms, mainly in energy, materials and health/biomedical.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 15, 2019 4:45 pm
|57.||Launch Tennessee leaders, staff confront budget headwinds|
Lofty goals, budget cuts and a mission made more challenging amid pandemic and economic pandemonium.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, June 8, 2020 4:30 pm
|58.||National Advisory Council on Innovation-Entrepreneurship seeks members|
Michael Burcham's term as NACIE co-chair ends in October.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 19, 2016 2:45 pm
|59.||Launch Tennessee launches Virtual Entrepreneurship Program|
Startup and growth-oriented entrepreneurship program taking 2020 applications now, through Dec. 15, 2019.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, October 4, 2019 2:07 pm
|60.||TTDC Launch Tennessee preps for its Sunset hearing at Comptroller request|
Both LaunchTN and its sponsor, TN ECD, have begun responding to Comptroller requests ahead of hearings later this year.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:53 pm
|61.||ISO Capital: LaunchTN expands innovation-capital investment committee|
[Updated) There's sharpened focus on capital, as well as on entrepreneurial infrastructure and regional strategy.
By Milt Capps updated 23 January 2020 / Published Wednesday, November 20, 2019 3:44 pm
|62.||State-backed Launch Tennessee puts total $626K+ into startups|
in Healing Innovations, Hera Health, Hytch, Possip
Launch Tennessee builds the profile of its Innovation Capital Continuum.
adapted from submitted release / Published Thursday, November 21, 2019 4:44 pm
|63.||Startup POPVOX could double as case study for LaunchTN tech-venture push|
Tech-driven civics venture could mean high-growth jobs for Tennessee, or not
By Milt Capps updated 4:34 p.m. / Published Thursday, November 1, 2012 12:02 pm
|64.||LaunchTN details INCITE investment tallies, investors, portfolio companies|
As INCITE comes to halt, we take at look at the ground that's been covered.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016 3:00 pm
|65.||Center for Entrepreneurship staffs-up within|
VU Owen Graduate School of Management
Less than a month into the mission, new Center director targets numerous objectives.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 4, 2017 4:55 pm
|66.||This week's LifeScienceTN program lineup is likely to spark venture ideas|
Here's a rundown on this week's venture pitches during LST's annual meeting
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, November 13, 2012 9:10 am
|67.||Venture Notes -- October 18, 2019|
Launch Tennessee, Electro-Active, Dynamo, CET, EPIcenter, and more updated in today's roundup.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, October 18, 2019 10:45 am
|68.||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.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, June 9, 2020 5:30 pm
|69.||Tennessee entrepreneurs, government|
coalesce for COVID-19 counterattack
Opportunities for startup growth and service are plentiful in the new Pandemic Era.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, April 9, 2020 11:30 am
|70.||Relay Life Science commercial development startup raising capital|
Entrepreneur who also leads mentor network says his new firm is operational.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, April 20, 2017 3:00 pm
|71.||NVille's Virtuoso Surgical talks with coastal bankers|
ahead of $3MM Seed raise
Technology commercialization venture preps Seed and letter-round raises.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, May 30, 2018 4:30 pm
|72.||Coronavirus, tornados lead LaunchTN 36|86,|
NVille Entrepreneur Week to weigh options
[updated] Conference, tourism and other travel decision-makers worldwide are continually adapting to shifting conditions.
By Milt Capps updated 17 March 2020 / Published Monday, March 9, 2020 12:30 pm
|73.||Memphis' Epicenter meets FedEx challenge, nets $40M for entrepreneurship|
Bolus of funding seems likely to produce tidal surge of momentum in region's innovation economy.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018 2:00 pm
|74.||NBIC: Nashville incubator seeks next executive director, while strategy unfolds|
With seeds planted and a new strategy coming, NBIC chief steps down
By Milt Capps updated 1:35 p.m. / Published Wednesday, June 6, 2012 11:43 am
|75.||General Assembly endorses Haslam 'Angel Tax Credit', passes commercialization and rural-development measures|
Cautious handling by proponents seems likely to advance state programs, stepwise.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, April 21, 2016 4:15 pm
|76.||Strategic hire: LaunchTN communications chief now in place |
[Updated] Director joins from PwC as tech development and entrepreneurship nonprofit pursues FY20 funding, strategic objectives.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Wednesday, March 6, 2019 10:45 am
|77.||Brookings: TN located in 'Heartland' region|
with weakspot for entrepreneurship
A sobering report from Brookings Institution researchers inevitably shows there's work yet to be done.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:30 am
|78.||Tour of Duty: Hogan leads Bunker Labs for veterans marching into business|
New CEO for pro-veterans entrepreneurship efforts focuses on quality services, programs, true community impact.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, December 2, 2020 4:57 pm
|79.||Winners announced from Statewide University Pitch Competition|
[Updated] Effort intended to engage student-led startup teams statewide.
Staff / Published Tuesday, June 7, 2016 12:30 pm
|80.||VC, Techie, Startup speakers pack March 12-17 week|
with Nashville entrepreneurship at several venues
More than 40 speakers, panelists, startup pitchers at several venues.
Staff / Published Saturday, March 4, 2017 2:00 pm
|81.||Gov. Haslam names entrepreneur Bob Rolfe to head TN ECD|
Former MRA exec, turnaround guy and member of the J.C. Bradford diaspora named.
adapted from submitted release / Published Thursday, February 16, 2017 1:15 pm
|82.||Stony Creek Colors eyes $8.6MM capital raises now thru 2018|
Founder presses ahead with no native Tennessee capital, other than her own.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 28, 2016 5:30 pm
|83.||LaunchTN Staffing update|
[updated] Expanding portfolios, going into CEO Charlie Brock's third year onboard.
Milt Capps Updated July 21, 2015 4pm / Published Monday, July 20, 2015 1:00 pm
|84.||LaunchTN and allies pick startups for 36|86 Pitch & Demo events Aug. 28-29|
Event could top last year's 1,200 registrants, including 100 or more presenters, hundreds of serial entrepreneurs and investors.
By Milt Capps / Published Sunday, July 21, 2019 3:30 pm
|85.||LaunchTN taps 13 potential startups from campus entrepreneurship pipeline|
Finalists are to pitch Aug. 28 during 36|86 event in Nashville.
By Milt Capps updated 5 July 2018 / Published Monday, July 2, 2018 6:00 pm
|86.||Startup's GeoAir recipe calls for Drones, pest DNA and AgBiz savvy|
Young entrepreneur finds curious farmers allow testing his tech in their fields.
By Larisa Brass / Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:00 pm
|87.||Tennessee rural economy is focus of new econ-development Fund|
Initiatives complement Rural EDev Task Force and operate under Fund umbrella.
Submitted / Published Thursday, October 15, 2015 11:15 am
|88.||Life Science TN convenes GOP panel here to mull Election 2016's impact|
Journalists to be excluded, Dem's not invited to panel.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, November 2, 2016 5:00 pm
|89.||LaunchTN CEO search draws 900 resumes, dozens of qualified candidates|
Rolfe and Brock doubtless plan a smooth transition to maintain momentum, but there are vagaries to ponder.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 4:45 pm
|90.||LaunchTN to ask 5-year, $44MM State support for maturing action plan|
Brock steams ahead, with a successor CEO likely to be tapped before year-end.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 23, 2018 4:45 pm
|91.||Coming Venture Events for your earliest consideration next 10 days|
We're breaking-out eight events in Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Memphis as being of special interest.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, February 18, 2020 3:43 pm
|92.||Venture Notes - 24 July 2017|
LaunchTN's 36|86 bet, Van Beke promo, Steve Hau's gambit, P/E & TCRS, CoLab CEO and more.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 24, 2017 4:30 pm
|93.||Venture Notes - 17 April 2018|
Simplr's $8MM Series A, Resolute and Americoin raises, Blockchain congregating and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018 5:15 pm
|94.||Startup bio-dyemaker Stony Creek Colors closes Series A, eyes B-round|
Founder has raised north of $8MM, recruited growing ranks of farmers since inception.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:00 pm
|95.||Entrepreneur Jane Allen to be CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center|
New CEO will rely on a lawyerly eye and entrepreneurial chops as she begins fresh assessment of the EC.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 2, 2019 2:03 pm
|96.||State of the Startups: Tennessee Technology Development Corporation,|
aka Launch Tennessee, wants to shed some commercialization emphasis
Gov. Bill Haslam delivers his State of the State Address this evening.
By Milt Capps SoS Transcript added 31 Jan 0726 / Published Monday, January 30, 2017 9:30 am
|97.||Faros Healthcare names board chair, as Centerstone plan advances|
[updated] Former Pathfinder exec is CEO in the business that got running start in Centerstone.
Milt Capps updated 9:55am 25 Oct 2016 / Published Monday, October 24, 2016 4:08 pm
|98.||Foundation Instruments, Stony Creek Colors receive SBIR grants|
Nondilutive capital gives entrepreneurs advantages in research, bizdev and raising capital.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, September 8, 2016 12:45 pm
|99.||StartupEquity: Shani Dowell on lessons honed during Possip's rise |
Black female CEO shares 'what it takes' and underscores listening and learning, no matter what.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 7, 2020 3:15 pm
|100.||NV Entrepreneur Center tells startups in 2019 ProjectHealthcare cohort|
The EC says four of the 14 teams announced today originate in Tennessee.
updated 25 July 2019 / Published Wednesday, July 10, 2019 1:50 pm