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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.Bulletin: Launch Tennessee has chosen Lindsey Cox as CEO to succeed Interim Abby Trotter
The LaunchTN board has approved the search committee's recommendation. Stanton Chase managed recruiting.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, March 1, 2022 2:05 pm

4.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

5.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

6.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

7.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

8.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

9.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

10.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

11.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

12.20 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

13.TN entrepreneurship allies launch AIM HIGH for Appalachian Highlands
Entrepreneurial and economic development allies have crafted roadmap to Rural development leadership.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, July 29, 2021 5:07 pm

14.Launch Tennessee unveils 12 CEO search committee members
UPDATED A similar previous national CEO search drew nearly 900 applicants. Results may be known by the beginning of CY22.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, August 27, 2021 2:35 pm

15.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

16.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

17.36|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

18.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

19.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

20.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

21.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

22.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

23.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

24.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, 2020 / Published Thursday, January 2, 2020 3:57 pm

25.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

26.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

27.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

28.LaunchTN IMPACT group grows to 21, with $65.4MM SSBCI decisions due
If Tennessee enlists for SSBCI funding, TTDC investment committee could get pretty busy.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, May 20, 2021 12:48 pm

29.Launch Tennessee seeks US EDA funding to expand Industry Networks
Consumer Products, Advanced Manufacturing, Fintech, would join advanced energy, agritech, mobility, life-sciences concentrations.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, August 16, 2022 6:00 pm

30.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.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 26, 2022 2:27 pm

31.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

32.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

33.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

34.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

35.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

36.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

37.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

38.More LaunchTN commercialization comments and notes
from submitted statements / Published Monday, February 13, 2017 8:30 am

39.36|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

40.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

41.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

42.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

43.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

44.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

45.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

46.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

47.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

48.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

49.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

50.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

51.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

52.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

53.Gov. Lee samples major 2021 feats -- no entrepreneurial gains highlighted
Commentary: Does list of TN gains in 2021 reflect actual lack of 'major' entrepreneurial achievements?
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 4, 2022 5:09 pm

54.Margaret Dolan says TN startup funding lags, state should weigh tax credit
Former LaunchTN CEO is consulting to Advantage Capital in support of New Markets Tax Credit proposed for TN.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, April 9, 2021 2:05 pm

55.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.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 18, 2022 5:30 pm

56.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

57.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

58.Chairman: Nashville Tech Council preps CEO search
as Brian Moyer eyes return to entrepreneurship

NTC's crucial executive search cranks-up as Launch Tennessee's searches for its next CEO.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, December 8, 2021 3:15 pm

59.LaunchTN confirms staff departure as it pushes forward on multiple fronts
[Updated] Tech-advancement may be among programs getting fresh look, with funding increased and likely to grow further.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Tuesday, August 17, 2021 4:30 pm

60.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

61.2017 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

62.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

63.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

64.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

65.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

66.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

67.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

68.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

69.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

70.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

71.Touching base: Van Tucker, John Murdock on growing TN Angel capital
A simple question, because the issue of early-stage capital formation in TN probably warrants further discussion.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 24, 2021 3:54 pm

72.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

73.Eyeing $65M SSBCI funds, TN-ECD surveys biz, entrepreneurs, DBE execs
[Updated] Deadline set for comments on needed investment capital, loans, training, microlending and more, U.S. Treasury-funded program.
By Milt Capps updated 12 July 2021 / Published Saturday, July 10, 2021 3:15 pm

74.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.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 19, 2022 5:30 pm

75.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

76.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

77.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

78.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

79.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

80.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

81.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

82.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

83.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

84.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

85.General Assembly leader, advocates keep LaunchTN SBIR fund hopes alive
[Updated] Late-breaking budget amendment proposal may improve odds for funding core SBIR-STTR grant-matching program.
By Milt Capps Updated May 12, 2021 / Published Tuesday, March 30, 2021 5:47 pm

86.LaunchTN: Van Tucker steps down as CEO, Abby Trotter to serve interimly
[Updated] Chairman says challenges led board to take 'different direction', national search will be mounted for next in a lengthening line of CEOs.
By Milt Capps updated Aug. 23, 2021 / Published Friday, August 6, 2021 5:00 pm

87.Monique Villa holds pivotal role in ECD-LaunchTN $1BN SSBCI vision
U.S. Treasury verdict still out, but more staff being recruited for developing TN ecosystem's capital stack.
By Milt Capps updated Sept. 16, 2022 0934 / Published Monday, August 29, 2022 3:14 pm

88.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

89.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

90.LaunchTN eyes capital access, SBIR matches, possible renewed Fed funding
Against the backdrop of the pandemic, Launch Tennessee and Life Science Tennessee look to maintain momentum.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, February 26, 2021 5:30 pm

91.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

92.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

93.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

94.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

95.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

96.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

97.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

98.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

99.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

100.Tennessee $65.4M share in nation's $10BN SSBCI initiative confirmed
UPDATED: U.S. Treasury program to move economic-development, equity and entrepreneurship needles, soon to be revived.
By Milt Capps updated 9 April 2021 / Published Thursday, April 8, 2021 5:15 pm

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