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1.Tech strategist joins Tennessee economic advocate
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation continues to assemble its team to drive tech-centered economic development.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, June 6, 2008 2:19 pm

2.Analysis: Cromwell still pushing for traction at TTDC
Venture advocate's latest activity recalls earlier attempts to ignite technology in Tennessee
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 8, 2008 9:02 am

3.TTDC says it plans no funding for TN Bio Assn.
Technology-enterprise advocate believes life-sciences sector cannot advance without stronger leadership
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 21, 2009 12:37 pm

4.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

5.2010 Economy: Kisber, Cromwell both face reckoning
For perhaps the next six months, the pace of development of Tennessee's emerging New Economy will be largely in the hands of elected officials
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, January 6, 2010 2:47 pm

6.Clayton McWhorter to chair Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Four business leaders formed the core of group that picked the NEC's inaugural board
By Milt Capps Last updated 3:15 p.m. / Published Wednesday, January 13, 2010 12:21 pm

7.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

8.State's TechDevCorp adapting to threats and opportunities
Warning TNInvestco's not enough, TTDC hopes to keep its mission alive, maybe by spinning-off new ventures
By Milt Capps Updated 6:27 AM Oct. 27, 2009 / Published Monday, October 26, 2009 1:50 pm

9.Tech Economy: TTDC targets Angels and Entrepreneurs
Local Angel net and Mercury Labs shoulder high-profile assignments for the state's tech-driven economic development leader
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, March 11, 2009 3:19 pm

10.Tennessee Technology Development Corp. sharpens venture focus
TTDC presses ahead on numerous fronts, with a deadline looming just over the horizon, amid a rough economy, and political changes
Milt Capps / Published Friday, November 7, 2008 10:56 am

11.Leadership succession at Tennessee Technology Development Corporation
TTDC lands prominent healthcare CEO, scientist and policy influential to help navigate the shores of business, academe and government
Milt Capps / Published Monday, September 29, 2008 8:04 am

12.TTDC predicts venture-cap program will be 'over-subscribed'
There may be fences to mend, but now it's time for the state's VCs to Cowboy Up and make a move
By Milt Capps Last Updated July 17 10:40 a.m. / Published Thursday, July 16, 2009 3:13 pm

13.TTDC grants $100K to Nashville Entrepreneur Center, names two board leaders
Tech economic development group also funds entrepreneurs network and appoints vice chairperson as it heads into legislative fray
By Milt Capps Updated 3:44 a.m. Jan. 22, 2010 / Published Thursday, January 21, 2010 4:34 pm

14.Growing TN: Hagerty chairs ECD-funded TTDC development group
Leadership shift was accomplished August 19, with Hagerty now chairman of TTDC
By Milt Capps Updated August 19, 2011 3:38 p.m. / Published Thursday, August 18, 2011 2:24 pm

15.Game-changing ideas for Tennessee venture capital
Could new Angel tax credits, grant programs and quasi-debt facilities provide the critical mass of capital Tennessee needs?
Milt Capps / Published Friday, November 28, 2008 2:47 pm

16.TN TechDev's life running through financial hourglass
Tennessee Technology Development Corp. faces the proverbial 'Valley of Death' in its own funding, and looks to the Bredesen Administration for a liferope
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 21, 2009 12:37 pm

17.NEWSBITS, Feb. 18, 2010
TTDC forum, TNInvestco website, VU tech transfer, PureSafety, Tricycle, Memphis leadership, and more...
By Milt Capps Last updated 8:52 a.m. / Published Thursday, February 18, 2010 7:15 am

18.Bionic Woman: Exec perseveres, while biotech struggles for momentum
While critics sound off and Biotech targets General Assembly, an economy-shaping executive keeps pushing education and innovations
Milt Capps / Published Sunday, September 14, 2008 4:45 pm

19.Tennessee Biotechnology Association wrestles with leadership and priorities
TBA is apparently regrouping, and still dealing with basic organizational and strategy issues as it confront a crisis of opportunity, because of the growing importance of the life sciences
By Milt Capps Last updated 1:43 p.m. / Published Thursday, September 17, 2009 12:08 pm

20.CEO: Nashville workable for Fintech startups eyeing community banks
Nashville investor Crom Carmichael is in his second Krajicek-led venture.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 2, 2016 3:00 pm

21.No leg-up? TCRS pension-assets 'Set-aside' for TN firms uncertain
Chief Investment Officer Michael Brakebill reiterates his open-door policy
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 13, 2013 6:44 am

22.Nashville EC: 17 local startups report INFLIGHT takeoff efforts
Sure, there's some HIT, but also a wide range of products, apps and services in a variety of sectors.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019 3:45 pm

23.TTDC-as-LaunchTN gets vital runway extension from Haslam Administration
With fingers crossed and funds in-hand, the tech-centric nonprofit forges ahead
By Milt Capps edits June 9, 2012 8:50 a.m. / Published Thursday, June 7, 2012 2:55 pm

24.Angels: Crom Carmichael will 'restock pond' after some 2012 venture exits
[Updated 7 December 2013] Angel sees numerous exits ahead from among more on the 25 companies already in his portfolio
By Milt Capps Updated 7 December 2013 / Published Tuesday, September 6, 2011 9:43 am

25.Modeling TNINVESTCO 'fraught' with challenges, but maybe worthwhile
Some would like to see a bold, rigorous assessment of TNInvestco that would better assess value and improve the model.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 2, 2020 3:00 pm

26.'We are Music City' Entrepreneur Campaign launches
[Updated] The Nashville Area Chamber and its allies are unleashing an Entrepreneur Center, brand and marketing campaign
By Milt Capps Updated 10:20 a.m., Sept. 26, 2009 / Published Wednesday, September 23, 2009 1:49 pm

27.TTDC's Stover is departing for Diagnovus venture backed by TNInvestco's
Scholar and entrepreneur will co-found molecular diagnostics startup in Nashville
By Milt Capps Updated 10:23 p.m. / Published Friday, September 30, 2011 3:00 pm

28.LaunchTN CEO search draws 900 resumes, dozens of qualified candidates
Rolfe and Brock doubtless plan a smooth transition to maintain momentum, but there are vagaries to ponder.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 4:45 pm

29.Stakes are rising for TTDC, as VC group presses for change
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation has a great gameplan, but the clock is ticking for policymakers, VCs, scientists and entrepreneurs
Milt Capps / Published Friday, November 28, 2008 2:50 pm

30.General Assembly spotlights venture investing
The state's new private-equity director debuts and a VC panel gets the lowdown on controversial venture-funding proposal
By Milt Capps Last updated 8:55 a.m. April 6, 2009 / Published Monday, April 6, 2009 12:22 am

31.Entrepreneurs, VCs, TTDC mobilize for venture funding
Spring 2010 may go down in the annals of modern Tennessee history as a period of innovation breakthroughs
By Milt Capps Last update 11:05 p.m. / Published Wednesday, March 3, 2010 3:06 pm

32.NewsBits, December 7, 2010
News and notes from around Tennessee on science, technology, innovation and related policy.
By Milt Capps Updated 1:11 p.m. / Published Tuesday, December 7, 2010 9:00 am

33.Exec: LaunchTN embraces discretionary role in IMPACT Fund investing
Applications for investment consideration are being taken now.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:45 pm

34.TNInvestco-backed startup 'Krush' raises $4.5MM for predictive-network entry
The Gina Ashe-Eric Satz team presses ahead in a potentially disruptive offering for the retail sector.
By Milt Capps updated Jan. 11, 2012 3:54 p.m. / Published Monday, January 9, 2012 9:00 am

35.NewBits, March 14, 2011
The fate of Nashville Medical Trade Center.. a new venture from Cromwell & Schmisseur.. a beta invitation.. and much more here.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 14, 2011 8:38 am

36.New LaunchTN CEO Brock cites innovation 'momentum', surveys challenges
First permanent CEO in three years begins a stem-stern review as he wades-in
By Milt Capps updated 11:17 a.m. / Published Tuesday, January 8, 2013 11:11 am

37.TTDC supports innovation with $500K for six teams
TTDC gets its second wind, releases funding for technology and commercialization grants, looks toward future
By Milt Capps Last Updated 5:46 a.m., Sept. 29 / Published Monday, September 28, 2009 1:54 pm

38.State venture-capital incentive gains traction in Gen. Assembly
Legislators want to demonstrate support for smaller ventures, advocates say the CAPCO model has been improved since early adopters found serious flaws
By Milt Capps Last Updated 4:09 p.m. May 1, 2009 / Published Friday, May 1, 2009 8:37 am

39.Carmichael reveals he's founding investor with Seraph super-Angel group
While managing dozens of his own plays, he tied-up with Bay Area group.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, July 9, 2015 5:15 pm

40.Tennessee Community Ventures Fund, LLC
At left, Eric Satz
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:30 am

41.ECD's Kisber reasserts State authority for venture-capital push
With the leverage of the game-changing TNInvestco program becoming more apparent, Bredesen Cabinet officials move to establish control, for the long-haul
By Milt Capps Last updated 3:51 p.m. / Published Thursday, July 30, 2009 1:01 pm

42.Gordon-Wamp give fresh push to Mid-TN Tech consortium
Although slow to crystallize, the Mind2Marketplace technology initiative has won support from a growing number of participants, as it attempts to become a formal organization
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, September 2, 2008 6:57 am

43.Roy Dano: Sports & Entertainment focus for NVille entrepreneur-investor
Relocated New Yorker says Nashville and SEC territory are prime sector launchpads
Milt Capps edits 1:46 p.m. / Published Monday, August 25, 2014 10:30 am

44.TNInvestco 2.0 prospects uncertain, entrepreneurs
and investors begin charting path forward

Since opinions are hard to monetize, leaders statewide seek new sources of momentum
Milt Capps addendum 8:18 a.m. Oct. 17, 2014 / Published Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:03 pm

45.People: LaunchTN's Denenberg preps NourishWise startup
Agency's entrepreneurship director seems to have caught the bug.
Milt Capps updated 24 July 2014 10:50 a.m. / Published Monday, July 21, 2014 1:45 pm

46.Dan Hogan's Medalogix files to pursue $1.5MM capraise
Healthcare analytics player follows $5MM raise with a smaller, possible bridge move.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, November 6, 2015 1:12 pm

47.Sidebar: Opinions on CAPCO vary among VCs
Tennessee executives see both problems and opportunities in proposal for stimulation of early-stage investment
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, May 1, 2009 8:35 am

48.Local newspaper relaunches as The Nashville Ledger
A former Nashville Banner journalist is leading a Memphis company's entry into the Mid-TN market
By Milt Capps Updated 9:07 a.m. / Published Tuesday, January 18, 2011 7:28 am

49.Health IT Roundup: Executives comment on Nashville's leadership options
Energy and ideas abound among a sample of Nashville healthcare, investment and technology executives rounded-up in just the past few days
By Milt Capps Updated 4:05 p.m. / Published Monday, January 25, 2010 3:31 pm

50.Nashville's Trinocity raises $1.2MM for educational marketplace platform
Continuing-education content monetization is the mission for this startup.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 25, 2016 2:34 pm

51.Venture Capital tax credit approved by General Assembly
[Updated 5:52 p.m.] The TNSBICCA passed in both House and Senate today, and will next go to Gov. Bredesen. The Senate vote was 30-0. It passed in the full House this morning, 94-0, and in Senate Finance this afternoon 9-0-1PNV. The insurance industry provides the leverage for this economic development and venture-funding move.
By Milt Capps Last updated 5:52 p.. June 18, 2009 / Published Thursday, June 18, 2009 10:12 am

52.High on Nashville, tech startups 24/7 Sports,
Comicbook.com mull growth strategies

[updated] CBS Sports Digital buys 24/7 Sports, led by Shannon Terry.
Milt Capps updated 8:05pm Dec. 16, 2015 / Published Monday, June 23, 2014 12:55 pm

53.CEO TJ Wilt says E|Spaces multiplies partners as it enters new markets
Entrepreneurial team aims to move from 3 operating units to 25 or more before grow-or-exit decision.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, October 11, 2018 2:15 pm

54.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

55.SIIA: C-levels eye Software-cos' finance, performance 3/16 at the EC
More speaker announcements, with event just a month away!
Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016 2:45 pm

56.Venture Notes - January 16, 2020
13 new capital moves by Pharos, Relode, Blueprint, Curex, Claritas, and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:00 am

57.Mental healthtech startup eyes Series A for Happego cognition-priming
Knox entrepreneur has amassed knowledge and team bent on advancing mental health, motivation, goal achievement and social good.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 21, 2020 1:15 pm

58.CEO: Angel Capital Group ready to strengthen Nashville ties, U.S. footprint
Eric Dobson plans to recapitalize, scale-up the Angel network born in Music City
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10:49 am

59.Online Plumgood expiring, but Satz still running
Barring an ardent suitor, Nashville's first free-standing online grocery gambit has played out, but the CEO's staying put
Milt Capps LAST UPDATED 5:58 P.M. / Published Friday, December 5, 2008 8:32 am

60.CEO: Startup CEAdvisory doesn't rule-out some M&A ahead of strategic exit
Global continuing professional education demand is viewed as rising sharply.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, May 18, 2017 2:45 pm

61.Nashville's Saltvest Alto-IRA fintech startup enters LittleRock accelerator
[updated] Satz, Tanner quietly target the needs of the 'mass affluent'.
Milt Capps updated 30 Aug 2019 / Published Thursday, May 11, 2017 11:45 am

62.Venture Notes - November 12, 2018
New $20MM Angel fund, Shore Capital hoists flag higher in Nashville, and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, November 12, 2018 3:40 pm

63.Angel Capital Group chapter fate uncertain in Memphis
ACG plans to open five new city chapters soon; for now, its Memphis outpost is semi-shuttered
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, October 3, 2011 8:19 am

64.VentureNotes
Fred Goad, Eric Satz, Beth Seigenthaler: entrepreneurs older and newer are hard at-work
By Milt Capps updated 9 July 2014 10:52 a.m. / Published Thursday, August 16, 2012 10:36 am

65.Eyes on TNInvestco: New funds commit an estimated $30MM+ for TN startups
There's now a small army of TNInvestco portfolio companies loose in the State of Tennessee.
By Milt Capps Updated July 12, 2011, 9:45 p.m. / Published Monday, July 11, 2011 9:33 pm

66.Nashville 'Startup Weekend' for tech ventures is still a long shot
Could Nashville 'capture lightning' in a bottle with a Startup Weekend? In other cities, this technology-oriented endurance test has produced stronger venture communities, new businesses -- but, thus far, no one seems to have claimed the lead to win one for Nashville.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, June 9, 2008 10:57 am

67.Angel Capital Group updates Nashville and Appalachian microfunds
CEO says sees first close on HealthIT fund by end of 1Q 2018.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, January 25, 2018 11:08 am

68.OverDog sale rumor afloat, some announcement said imminent
[Sale confirmed] New money, strategic inflection, or much hubbub about nothing? Time will tell.
Milt Capps 3:38pm 9 May 2016 / Published Friday, April 29, 2016 3:00 pm

69.Partnership 2010/Chamber call for 'Virtual Entrepreneur Center'
With an eye toward the long haul, and against a backdrop of economic crisis, Co-Chairs Frist and Shmerling (L-R) release Entrepreneur Project recommendations
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 8, 2008 3:34 pm

70.Nashville EC's BunkerLabs, Veteran Entrepreneur Society gather Jan. 21
[updated] Current and former military personnel are invited to form-up Thursday at the EC.
Milt Capps updated 25 February 2016 / Published Monday, January 18, 2016 1:00 pm

71.Galante, Trahern, Artists & Allies take Music issues to nation's capital
Seeking to anchor Music in the education agenda, the industry has business issues, as well.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, June 21, 2016 3:00 pm

72.Brain Gain: Bio Business Plan deadline to be extended
Future lawyers, docs and business leaders, as well as life-sciences students, are invited to imagine new bio businesses for Tennessee Biotechnology Association's annual bizplan competition
By Milt Capps / Published Sunday, January 18, 2009 4:25 pm

73.Nashville's Crom Carmichael, TJ Wilt pursue Opportunity Zone strategies
[updated] Nashvillians' latest efforts could generate $80MM or more for OZ plays for growth, socioeconomic impact.
By Milt Capps updated 11:25a 22 Jan 2020 / Published Thursday, January 2, 2020 2:30 pm

74.Knoxville's EDP Biotech eyes $5MM Series A, atop $17.5MM raised
[updated] Fighting colorectal cancer, CEO eyes growing Knoxville biotech scene and Euro and U.S. markets
By Milt Capps updated / Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:15 pm

75.Mayor Barry seeks 'Nashville Vision' for economic inclusion, empowerment
A new platoon of civic-minded influentials picks-up the challenge.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, September 30, 2016 7:30 am

76.Franklin's Innovation Park may include technology incubator
Developers studying HudsonAlpha and other innovation centers.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, April 14, 2016 1:30 pm

77.Entrepreneurship: Nashville's dueling Venture events create quandary
Bootstrapping or pitching Investors? Simultaneous March 31 events may force entrepreneurs to set their learning priorities
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, March 27, 2009 1:12 pm

78.Angel Capital Group eyes creating microfund focused on Nashville HealthIT
Persistence drives continued evolution for Seed-oriented group amid Series A crunch.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 9, 2017 9:12 am

79.BioTN: Entrepreneurs Lynch, Elmquist rally midstate
to lifescience and healthIT incubator, STEM prep

Former BioMimetic Therapeutics executives at center of new initiatives.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 24, 2017 9:15 am

80.CEO: Insight Genetics could galvanize Biotech, likely Series A ahead
Breast cancer target, regulatory progress and further capital raise action likely.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, December 22, 2015 4:45 pm

81.Strategics: Nashville's Emma invests in New Zealanders
Rapidly growing e-mail campaigner buys into firm with messaging savvy and its own budding international following
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 20, 2009 1:48 pm

82.EO Nashville board of directors for 2016-17 announced
Prominent business group announces next cohort of leaders.
Staff / Published Monday, February 8, 2016 8:00 am

83.Some TN entrepreneurs, investors focus anew on policy agenda
It remains to be seen what Tennessee investors, entrepreneurs act upon, if anything
Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 14, 2014 1:13 pm

84.VU-branded 'Vanderbilt Coding Boot Camp' to debut via Trilogy partnership
Helping meet tech-talent demand in Nashville beyond, while extending VU brand are among primary goals.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, August 29, 2018 8:45 am

85.Mercury Tech and allies incubate entrepreneurial city
In Memphis, Eric Mathews is helping generate more material for Nashville tech advocates' best-practices file
Milt Capps Updated 5:11 p.m. / Published Wednesday, January 7, 2009 11:42 am

86.VentureNotes: Change|Healthcare, XMi High Growth,
Shareable Ink, StreamWeaver

[UPDATED] A newly created healthcare fund gives the nod to a Nashville startup, plus updates from XMi, Shareable Ink and more
By Milt Capps Updated 19 Nov. 2014 11:15 a.m. / Published Wednesday, October 19, 2011 10:32 am

87.New VU Entrepreneurship Conference powered by Owen's C4E + donors
Nov. 9, 2018 event could set fresh precedent for VU-Owen outreach to Greater Nashville community.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 27, 2018 2:30 pm

88.B2B: Chalkline Sports in $1MM Seed raise for bettor-content platform
Inaugural EC manager Joe Kustelski joins brother in producing U.S. wagering content for sponsors
Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 9, 2017 9:00 am

89.VentureNotes, September 10, 2012
Galen, VentureIncite, LaunchTN, Dobie Media, FamilyVenture Management and more
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, September 10, 2012 7:53 am

90.Gradspring startup gains Carmichael, ConduIT backing
for college-grad employment search platform

In a down economy, this startup aims to serve underemployed recent grads and their parents
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 20, 2012 11:51 am

91.Life-sciences startup aims to leverage Vanderbilt technology
UPDATED 12:40 p.m. -- Suddenly, there are two groups targeting VU technology to improvement treatment of degenerative eye diseases
By Milt Capps Last updated 12:40 p.m. / Published Monday, December 7, 2009 8:42 am

92.Greater Nashville Technology Council reveals 2020 NTC Awards Finalists
WINNERS out! 42 entrants vied to win top honors in 14 categories.
By Milt Capps updated 24 January 2020 / Published Thursday, December 5, 2019 7:00 pm

93.RADx Innovation Challenge cohort of May 15, 2017
Seventeen concepts that could become businesses, spawned by new incubator.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, June 19, 2017 3:30 pm

94.HealthQRS current investors can fund ramp-up,
but strategic money + marketshare attractive

HealthIT entrepreneur Eric Winter signs-on for another startup rodeo.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 5, 2016 3:15 pm

95.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

96.Venture Notes 15 August 2016
Frontier Capital, Petra Capital, TextRequest, CEAdvisory raise, Pharos Cap, VU Med Innovators, MDSave.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 15, 2016 4:53 pm

97.New owner TJ Wilt pushes Cumberland Transit along e-commerce trail
There's a venture element to extending the life and footprint of iconic Nashville businesses.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, October 21, 2013 7:07 pm

98.Venture Notes - January 19, 2016
Updates on investors, startups and ideas with ties to our region.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 19, 2016 5:00 pm

99.TNInvestco: Welcome to the 'Messy World' of Capitalism
Airing of issues simmering beneath TNInvestco's surface has prompted a reprise of comments pro and con the program
By Milt Capps Updated 7:28 p.m. / Published Monday, March 14, 2011 8:38 am

100.[ ! ] TN's JumpStart Foundry aligns with TechStars Net
The news coincides with launch of the Obama Administration's StartUP America program in the U.S. and helps fulfill Solidus' TNInvestco strategy.
By Milt Capps Updated 8:04 p.m. / Published Monday, January 31, 2011 7:54 am

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