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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.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.ThriveAP investor's $3MM bet focuses on Advanced Practice Provider needs
Labordemic hits employers recovering from COVID19 pressures + workers drive for upskilling, certification and licensing.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, February 12, 2024 7:08 am

13.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

14.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

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.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

17.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

18.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

19.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

20.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

21.'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

22.Minding the Gap: Re:Generate funds grants for Black, Hispanic founders
Entrepreneurs and change-agents focus on early capital access for founders of color.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, December 20, 2023 1:55 pm

23.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

24.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

25.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

26.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

27.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

28.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

29.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

30.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

31.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

32.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

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

34.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

35.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

36.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

37.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

38.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

39.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

40.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

41.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

42.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

43.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

44.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

45.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

46.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

47.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

48.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

49.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

50.LaunchTN names Kelliher chief investment officer amid SSBCI push
Tennessean succeeds Monique Villa.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, October 17, 2023 2:00 pm

51.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

52.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

53.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

54.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

55.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

56.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

57.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

58.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

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.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

61.Hard choices: TN venture scene pops with dozens of events just ahead
UPDATED 23 Feb 2024 A myriad of scheduled events lies just ahead and we're pointing you to several dozen in this collection.
By Milt Capps Updated 23 February 2024 / Published Wednesday, January 24, 2024 4:30 pm

62.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

63.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

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.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

66.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

67.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

68.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

69.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

70.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

71.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

72.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

73.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

74.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

75.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

76.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

77.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

78.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

79.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

80.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

81.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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