|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.||State-backed LaunchTN Awards $7MM in matching funds to 37 TN firms|
Launch Tennessee announced latest SBIR fundings.
adapted from submitted release / Published Wednesday, October 5, 2022 10:00 am
|10.||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
|11.||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
|12.||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
|13.||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
|14.||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
|15.||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
|16.||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
|17.||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
|18.||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
|19.||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
|20.||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
|21.||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
|22.||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
|23.||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
|24.||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
|25.||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
|26.||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
|27.||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
|28.||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
|29.||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
|30.||TN ECD-Launch Tennessee may be one step away from $117MM SSBCI grant|
[Updated] TN House FW&M Chair Patsy Hazlewood is among Tennessee legislators expressing support.
By Milt Capps Updated 25 January 2023 / Published Friday, January 20, 2023 12:47 pm
|31.||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
|32.||Report: PanoramicVC's 'State of Startups in the Southeast'|
HealthIT, SaaS, Fintech are lead categories for venture growth in Volunteer state.
Submitted / Published Wednesday, October 12, 2022 7:33 am
|33.||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
|34.||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
|35.||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
|36.||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
|37.||Bulletin: Pivotal grants to LaunchTN, AgLaunch, UMemphis, plus SBIR grant matches |
After weeks of work and months of waiting for the outcome, news breaks on several fronts.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 5, 2022 10:58 am
|38.||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
|39.||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
|40.||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
|41.||TN GenAssembly slashes LaunchTN SBIR-STTR matching request|
While budget heads to Leadership and then to the Governor, the LaunchTN board preps for road ahead.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, April 20, 2023 4:00 pm
|42.||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
|43.||More LaunchTN commercialization comments and notes|
from submitted statements / Published Monday, February 13, 2017 8:30 am
|44.||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
|45.||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
|46.||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
|47.||NW TN's Donaldson leads The Mill's emergence as LaunchTN regional EC|
After 7 years without a formal regional entrepreneurship partner in NW Tennessee, The Mill contracts for the work.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, October 10, 2023 11:25 am
|48.||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
|49.||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
|50.||Launch Tennessee recruiting Director of Commercialization|
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation dba Launch Tennessee is making a signal hire.
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2023 7:12 am
|51.||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
|52.||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
|53.||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
|54.||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
|55.||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
|56.||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
|57.||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
|58.||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
|59.||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
|60.||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
|61.||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
|62.||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
|63.||LaunchTN leverages State, EDA funding to spark Nashville EC and Proof Programs industry networks for Fintech, Consumer Products|
[Updated] Network teams led by Jane Allen and Michael Robinson will be unwrapping details soon.
By Milt Capps updated 6 February 2023 / Published Monday, January 30, 2023 5:00 pm
|64.||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
|65.||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
|66.||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
|67.||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
|68.||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
|69.||TN ECD today may announce innovative investment in Clarksville area|
[Updated with Kewpie news] Ahead of an impending press conference, we offer a thought experiment on investment scenarios.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, November 9, 2022 2:15 pm
|70.||TNECD-LaunchTN $117MM SSBCI request still under US Treasury's review|
Funding infusion at stake, as TNECD answers Treasury queries, LaunchTN replenishes board, adds staff as ops grow.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 26, 2022 2:42 pm
|71.||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
|72.||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
|73.||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
|74.||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
|75.||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
|76.||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
|77.||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
|78.||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
|79.||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
|80.||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
|81.||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
|82.||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
|83.||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
|84.||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
|85.||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
|86.||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
|87.||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
|88.||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
|89.||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
|90.||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
|91.||ECD-LaunchTN's 3686 could spike capital, entrepreneurial velocity|
Fintech entrepreneur Eric Satz (AltoIRA) is one of 60+ VCs, entrepreneurs, advisors playing 3686 Festival roles.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, September 27, 2022 5:30 pm
|92.||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
|93.||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
|94.||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
|95.||Tennessee Technology Development Corporation dba Launch Tennessee pilots statewide TTAC consortium|
Pilot project could lead to bolstering state's tech transfer and commercialization.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, September 8, 2023 9:38 am
|96.||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
|97.||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
|98.||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
|99.||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
|100.||Nashville EC Chair, CEO tell Jane Allen's exit plans, launch successor search|
Search firm The Grant Partners of Alpharetta is handling the search.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, April 28, 2023 1:56 pm