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1.We asked TN Gubernatorial aspirants about State industry incentives, risk-capital formation, tech commercialization and more
Many of these issues gained salience during the Haslam and Bredesen years.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 13, 2018 10:29 am

2.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

3.EC CEO Allen seeks state direct-appropriation grant for Twende program
Nashville Entrepreneur Center makes case for $450K in grant to support statewide entrepreneurship inclusion and diversity.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, August 18, 2021 4:23 pm

4.Memphis Regional Megasite awaits 'honest' report
on potential users, programs, development

UPDATED Massive economic project conceived 16 years ago now seems under no-holds-barred assessment.
By Milt Capps updated June 8, 2021 / Published Wednesday, February 10, 2021 4:05 pm

5.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

6.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

7.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

8.Beacon CEO: Tennessee 'Innovation Fast Track' is goal in General Assembly
Amid pandemic and General Assembly session looming, 'broadest sandbox program in the U.S.' is the goal.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 8, 2021 3:45 pm

9.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

10.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

11.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

12.Reconvened TN General Assembly defers pro-innovation, blockchain items
Consequential innovation and entrepreneurship issues are overshadowed, but may get visibility in future.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, June 11, 2020 3:00 pm

13.Milken Institute says Tennessee advances, yet struggles with tech commercialization and venture funding
Biannual Science & Technology Index shows some TN gains, but weakspots among growth factors
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, December 18, 2018 11:42 am

14.'Not raining, it's pouring: E&Y + Amazon news means 5,600 jobs in Nashville
Two solid hits reinforce Nashville economic status.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Tuesday, November 13, 2018 10:30 am

15.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

16.Reality check: Memphis Regional Megasite faces Sunset timer
State begins refining strategy, aims to bring 4,100-acre OEM project to fruit, if it can be done.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, June 15, 2021 3:27 pm

17.Gov. Lee signals rethink on best path to bring Memphis Megasite to fruition
[Updated 14 Feb 2020] ECD Chief Rolfe updates Caucus, advises all hands on deck about competition, ultimate project cost.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, February 7, 2020 5:00 pm

18.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

19.Venture Calendar - 2019 - Updated
[Updated] Entrepreneurial, startup and capital events and activities around Tennessee.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, December 31, 2019 6:00 am

20.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

21.Stuart McWhorter unveils 400-acre Rolling Hills Retreat on Lewisburg Pike
Providing more intimate meeting spaces and helping local nonprofits are among the goals.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, March 27, 2018 7:15 am

22.Venture Calendar - 2020 - Updated
[updated] Entrepreneurial, startup and capital events and activities around Tennessee.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, December 1, 2020 2:00 am

23.Venture People - May 13, 2020
Tracking moves among a baker's-dozen innovators, including Martin, McWhorter, Freeman, Johnson and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, May 13, 2020 12:15 pm

24.CEO search: Nashville Entrepreneur Center to seek Brody-Waite successor
Brody-Waite plans to leave the decade-old entrepreneurship center.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 1, 2019 3:56 pm

25.Venture Notes- 3 Jan. 2019 - Gov.-Elect Lee retains ECD chief,
plus updates on tech startup capital raises

Lee Cabinet choices affect ECD, LaunchTN, others..plus updates on capital raises.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, January 3, 2019 2:15 pm

26.Gov. Lee opens Memphis Regional Megasite study, vows to advance project
With potential tenants in sight, authorized funding will be free for wastewater pipeline, partnership development and more.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, June 8, 2021 5:00 pm

27.Clayton Associates' McWhorter increases stake in Clemson University
VC co-founder takes a paws for philanthropy that may inspire other executives.
Milt Capps updated May 8, 2020 / Published Monday, June 12, 2017 7:15 am

28.Tennessee capital formation back on front burner, says LaunchTN CEO
Could lessons learned translate into new push for the innovation economy?
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, January 23, 2020 10:00 am

29.McWhorters' CA healthcare innovation impetus reflected in new Fund filings
Latest fund raise could become largest in history of Clayton Associates ecosystem.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, July 16, 2021 2:48 pm

30.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

31.Venture Notes - March 29, 2021
Today: ObjectiveGI | AgAdvisory | EPI Capital | TechTrans | IPE | Lemonade | IMAC | SESAC | Agilon | Nikola
By Milt Capps - Updated Sept. 15, 2021 / Published Monday, March 29, 2021 5:30 pm

32.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

33.TN General Assembly, Lobbyists + Clients engage on ed, tech,
medicine, taxes, myriad other issues

As bill-filing deadlines loom, bills that shape TN economy, startups, entrepreneurial momentum are in prospect.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, February 4, 2019 4:00 pm

34.Lee Company among 7 strategics codeveloping technologies with innovators
Specialized early-stage tech-centric ventures with market-entry challenges have 7 potential new allies.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, March 11, 2020 3:45 pm

35.Venture Notes -- April 13, 2020
Gov. Bill Lee updates us, plus 17 venture updates and resources on telemed, M&A and more.
By Milt Capps Updated 15 April 2020 / Published Monday, April 13, 2020 3:29 pm

36.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

37.Venture Notes -- September 30, 2019
Lackey's latest, Music tech, OZ players, VU Ventures Group, LaunchTN, DRS CMO, Jumpstart Foundry and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, September 30, 2019 5:00 pm

38.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

39.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

40.Venture Notes -- June 1, 2020
[updated] Capital raises, LaunchTN + Jumpstart updates, M&A, Lifesci deals, Schulz on Chamber, 4 Bridges expansion + more.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, June 1, 2020 4:45 pm

41.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

42.Prediction modeler Decode Health eyes city-county COVID-19 spike risks
[updated] Data science, machine learning tech and prediction services startup brings to bear its SDOH learning curve.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Thursday, May 21, 2020 2:45 pm

43.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

44.Venture Notes - December 29, 2020
Fund passes $100M, raises in healthcare, fitness, musictech, fintech, insurance, plus policy push, Angel credit, Smokies and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, December 29, 2020 3:45 pm

45.Venture Notes - April 28, 2021
Twenty updates on VC/PE moves, startups, innovation funding, family offices and more, plus Resources.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, April 28, 2021 4:36 pm

46.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

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.Venture Notes - June 25, 2020
New funds, startup capital raises, exec moves, innovation pushes, fintech, and a mayor who supports innovation.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, June 25, 2020 4:00 pm

49.Venture Notes - October 24, 2019
A new healthtech spinout, capraises, M&A, people moves, advisors, key events and a couple dozen more nuggets.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, October 24, 2019 11:00 am

50.WillCo entrepreneurship center eyes advisory board, Placemaker funding
[Updated] WillCo EC to serve established businesses seeking scale in TN's fast-growing Williamson County.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Thursday, March 28, 2019 1:00 pm

51.Nashville startups, market movers due for fresh look at NEXT Awards
Startups, market-movers and cities, themselves, often seek 'network effects', reputation and visibility -- which makes an inclusive Award program vital.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, March 5, 2019 3:30 pm

52.Venture Notes - January 23, 2019
Latest roundup of Tennessee startups, capital raises, economic development and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, January 23, 2019 3:45 pm

53.Tennessee economy tied to cities' tech-weighted industry expansion
City-performance research may help state's flywheels pursue critical mass in key industries.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, February 19, 2021 4:15 pm

54.LifeScienceTN report bolsters case for more 'intentional' industry strategy
A rigorous study of TN lifesciences is afoot and advocates are clearly positioning to push for public and private support.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, November 19, 2019 4:30 pm

55.Venture Notes - June 12, 2020
New Angel fund, resource for family offices, OZ fund, Innova bets, Techstars eyes Knox, batch of raises, exec moves + more.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, June 12, 2020 3:16 pm

56.SyncEC forges alliances to build entrepreneurship beacon in Highlands
Market Access program prioritizes quickly connecting with customers, vendors, and strategic partners
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:45 am

57.Venture Notes - July 7, 2020
Music innovation push, startup scouts, fintech, Y-Combinator entrant, Angel Tax Credit takers, partnerships, exec moves, resources + more...
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 7, 2020 3:45 pm

58.Venture Notes - April 24, 2019
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.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019 4:45 pm

59.Venture Notes - March 13, 2019
[Updated 3/15] 41 items, including SEC $ filings, tech talent, startups, entrepreneurial events, capital formation, exec roles, and more.
By Milt Capps updated March 27, 2019 / Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019 5:00 pm

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