|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.||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
|4.||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
|5.||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
|6.||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
|7.||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
|8.||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
|9.||Governor proposes funds for TN GO push by TN ECD, UT, TVA, ORNL, VU|
Updated -'Tennessee Network Growth and Opportunity Initiative' could heighten partnering, grant competitiveness.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Monday, March 13, 2023 1:45 pm
|10.||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
|11.||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
|12.||Memphis Regional Megasite Lands $5.6BN investment from Ford Motor Co, SK Innovation|
A manufacturing campus in West TN conceived in about 2005, has come to fruit.
ECD submitted release / Published Monday, September 27, 2021 7:20 am
|13.||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
|14.||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
|15.||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
|16.||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
|17.||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
|18.||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
|19.||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
|20.||'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
|21.||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
|22.||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
|23.||Nashville gains a video-game development unit of Iron Galaxy Studios|
Music City's relatively small game-dev sector may get a boost from this news.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, February 23, 2022 8:56 am
|24.||Tennessee approved for $116M+ via US Treasury's SSBCI initiative|
The long-gestating verdict is official. Read more here.
ECD press release / Published Monday, February 27, 2023 10:41 am
|25.||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
|26.||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
|27.||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
|28.||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
|29.||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
|30.||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
|31.||Venture Calendar - 2020 - Updated|
[updated] Entrepreneurial, startup and capital events and activities around Tennessee.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, December 1, 2020 2:00 am
|32.||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
|33.||TN ECD, LaunchTN, allies await $117M SSBCI impact-funding call|
$1BN+ impact could rise in TN in decade of mobilizing investment capital and lending power.
By Milt Capps - last edited 1931 8 Aug 2022 / Published Monday, August 8, 2022 5:15 pm
|34.||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
|35.||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
|36.||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
|37.||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
|38.||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
|39.||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
|40.||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
|41.||Altitude Ventures taps Deshpande, eyes Fund III-driven portfolio expansion|
New Strategic Limited Partner says Altitude is a 'good fit', given it understands how to add value beyond capital.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 30, 2023 8:45 am
|42.||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
|43.||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
|44.||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
|45.||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
|46.||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
|47.||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
|48.||LaunchTN names Kelliher chief investment officer amid SSBCI push|
Tennessean succeeds Monique Villa.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, October 17, 2023 2:00 pm
|49.||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
|50.||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
|51.||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
|52.||McWhorter-led TNECD, LaunchTN aim to elevate two entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystems|
Challenges and opportunities statewide, drive to position two new regional entrepreneur centers.
By Milt Capps updated 15 June 2023 / Published Friday, March 31, 2023 7:45 pm
|53.||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
|54.||EC says Twende event Feb. 15 coincides with 'Black Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day' proclaimed by Nashville Mayor Cooper|
Updated: VC Marcus Whitney, entrepreneurs Victoria Butler, Courtney Hale are empaneled to share and to judge presentations.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Monday, February 14, 2022 4:44 pm
|55.||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
|56.||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
|57.||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
|58.||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
|59.||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
|60.||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
|61.||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
|62.||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
|63.||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
|64.||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
|65.||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
|66.||Venture Notes - May 7, 2022|
Venture updates on new Funds, raises in Fintech, Music-Ent, Wealth, LifeSci, HCare, Media, HRtech, blockchain and other arenas.
By Milt Capps / Published Saturday, May 7, 2022 10:00 am
|67.||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
|68.||Tennessee lags peers in commercializing ideas + products, now TN ECD, Launch Tennessee and allies aim to grow resources|
RTI report illuminates TN funding + performance lag, advancement opportunities
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 9, 2023 12:00 pm
|69.||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
|70.||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
|71.||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
|72.||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
|73.||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
|74.||MidTN Coalition may launch Lifeworks Accelerator and VC+AI+Data initiatives to deepen Greater Nashville life-sciences ecosystem|
[updated] Build Back Better funding via EDA for ventures, biomaking, cyber and more could lift Nashville region's lifesciences ecosystem.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Tuesday, December 7, 2021 3:30 pm
|75.||SyncEC forges alliances to build entrepreneurship beacon in Highlands|
[updated] Market Access program prioritizes quickly connecting with customers, vendors, and strategic partners
By Milt Capps updated 2 June 2022 / Published Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:45 am
|76.||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
|77.||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 updated 18 May 2022 / Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019 4:45 pm
|78.||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