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1.Governor, ECD Commissioner announce rural development task force
[Updated] Too many Rural communities are not sharing in Tennessee's economic momentum, they say.
Milt Capps Updated Aug. 19, 2015 / Published Monday, August 17, 2015 3:30 pm

2.VC Innova Memphis ignites $31MM RBIC fund,
projects 20 transactions by year-end 2018

Robotics, analytics, decision-support tech -- it's not your Grandma's Ag anymore.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 15, 2017 11:11 am

3.Rep. Mark White: GOP West TN Economic Caucus
should push region's economic development

Legislator observes the Western Division of the State lagging Eastern and Western regions.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, December 4, 2017 3:30 pm

4.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

5.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

6.Startup bio-dyemaker Stony Creek Colors closes Series A, eyes B-round
Founder has raised north of $8MM, recruited growing ranks of farmers since inception.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:00 pm

7.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

8.36|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

9.Indigo Woman: CEO says Stony Creek Colors' capraise awaits pilot results
'Unique' startup takes on major chemical companies with natural dyes for fashion.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 7, 2015 1:00 pm

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

11.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

12.ITIF: Tennessee has risen sharply in New Economy Index
[updated] A pronounced rise in overall ranking comes with weaker showing on some of 25 dimensions.
By Milt Capps updated 7 Nov 2017 1717 / Published Monday, November 6, 2017 10:15 am

13.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

14.VenturePeople, June 20, 2011
Ian Rogers from TopSpin, Lehmans on the move, VUSE prof knows something of ventures, new UT ag exec, Avondale analyst and more
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, June 20, 2011 8:19 am

15.Startup's GeoAir recipe calls for Drones, pest DNA and AgBiz savvy
Young entrepreneur finds curious farmers allow testing his tech in their fields.
By Larisa Brass / Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:00 pm

16.Venture Notes - 21 August 2018
Capraises, Angels, VCs, biotech, automotive, publishing, healthcare, fintech, Agbiz, TN-Women rock, and more...
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, August 21, 2018 12:00 pm

17.More LaunchTN commercialization comments and notes
from submitted statements / Published Monday, February 13, 2017 8:30 am

18.3 Winners! among TN challengers for 2019 EDA Regional Innovation grants
$3MM+ will go to new capital formation, entrepreneurship, mentoring and related initiatives. 3 winners in the state. 6 teams submitted compelling ideas.
By Milt Capps updated July 23, 2019 / Published Tuesday, July 23, 2019 4:45 pm

19.Venture Notes -- Aug. 1, 2019
OppZone platform in works, Legility M&A, SEC filings, Veteran Ventures, H2O and Lirio raises and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, August 1, 2019 4:48 pm

20.Tailwind: Snaproll Media pursues UAV growth, mulls smart-capital raise
They're not 'stealthy', just bent on growth in a market with shifting winds.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:30 am

21.LaunchTN's Lanahan on coastal VC realities, authenticity + Unicorns
Exec averse to encouraging all to 'shoot for the middle', notes need for champion investors.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, June 1, 2017 3:45 pm

22.Economy: Nashville Business Outlook Summit set for Winter '09
Rippee leads monitoring group; Chamber helps local businesses survive and thrive, despite the plummeting economy
Milt Capps UPDATED 10:45 A.M. / Published Sunday, December 7, 2008 7:31 pm

23.Venture Notes - 6 December 2017
27 short takes on Venture developments statewide, from robots and healthcare, to hair dye and video security.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017 4:00 pm

24.Venture Notes - 19 October 2016
Boyd & Brock of LaunchTN respond on sustainability, Healthcare, Rural Metrics and more.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016 11:42 am

25.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

26.TN ECD + Opportunity Zone allies convene OZ briefing in Nashville
[updated] Convenors say tracks are clear for OZ-advantaged real estate and operating business developments.
By Milt Capps updated rescheduled / Published Wednesday, February 26, 2020 4:15 pm

27.Aegis Health Security, Global Action eye impact-investment partnership
[Updated] Partnership would support a network of investors and entrepreneurs.
Milt Capps updated 3 December 2015 / Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015 12:30 pm

28.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

29.Venture Notes - Dec. 5, 2016
Update on Angel Tax Credit, Jobs recruitment and more.
Milt Capps updated Dec. 6, 2016 5:24pm / Published Monday, December 5, 2016 8:30 am

30.UTRF: Genera Energy launches Innovation venture fund
The first of several potential new funds will soon test the waters for venture investment
By Milt Capps Updated 7:49 a.m. / Published Tuesday, February 22, 2011 7:32 am

31.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

32.Memphis Agritech: The Seam launches blockchain venture,
considers capital strategy for product roadmap, global footprint

Parentco backers have big footprints, but want company of global investors to create 'network effect'
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:15 am

33.Foundation Instruments, Stony Creek Colors receive SBIR grants
Nondilutive capital gives entrepreneurs advantages in research, bizdev and raising capital.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, September 8, 2016 12:45 pm

34.Tech commerce: Leadership shakeup reported at UT Research Foundation
[Updated] As the stakes get higher for tech transfer and R&D, UT makes far-reaching changes in governance of its research, licensing and venture arm
By Milt Capps Last Updated 8:59 a.m. Oct. 30, 2009 / Published Thursday, June 25, 2009 12:15 pm

35.Mid-TN biometric ID startup 'Global e-dentity' eyes $38MM Series A
Franklin entrepreneur says eventual IPO is only exit option he's focused on, given global demand for ID assurance.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, November 27, 2018 3:30 pm

36.NVille startup raises Seed for Solar Site Design, draws strategic interest
Construction services marketplace startup rides cresting economic wave, says founder.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, December 20, 2017 12:45 pm

37.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

38.TN-based Genera Energy raises $118MM to advance Earthable line
Funding fuels manufacturing and market priorities, but team is alert for other 'sustainable' opportunities.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, July 17, 2019 2:45 pm

39.Update: LaunchTN continues to refine strategy and priorities
Charlie Brock shares his topmost objectives, and we review a bit of the agenda.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 20, 2015 3:00 pm

40.Venture Notes 14 July 2016
[updated] A baker's dozen oughta-reads on startups and capital from around the state.
Milt Capps updated 18 July 2016 1403 / Published Thursday, July 14, 2016 5:30 pm

41.Beacon Center poll says State incentive wasteful, while Entertainment, Blockchain, other industries mobilize for Capitol Hill action
'Free-market' combatant of industry incentives may face new players pursuing legislated benefits.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 3:00 pm

42.FINTECH: Leaf virtual banking startup eyes global markets, capital raises
[updated] A seasoned crossborder entrepreneur says he's homesteading in Nashville, for now.
By Milt Capps updated 14 Dec 2017 / Published Friday, December 1, 2017 5:00 pm

43.Venture Notes - October 19, 2020
[updated] Capital raises, executive moves, venture plays, true startups and more.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Monday, October 19, 2020 5:15 pm

44.NewsBits, January 10, 2011
Lots of stuff bubbling-up from Genera, Skoodat, Satz (at left), plus the Cable and Broadcast folks, and more.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 10, 2011 2:27 pm

45.Life ScienceTN seeks General Assembly support for readying commercialization program, opts to defer $40MM ask
[updated] Treading carefully to 'get program right', industry aims for step-by-step progress.
By Milt Capps updated with ECD comments 4pm 17 February 2016 / Published Tuesday, February 16, 2016 4:30 pm

46.Venture Calendar 2015 - Updated
Updated No matter where you are in Tennessee, you'll want to consider many of these.
Milt Capps updated Dec. 2, 2015 / Published Wednesday, December 2, 2015 6:00 am

47.Venture Notes - 22 January 2018
17 updates ranging from Fintech, Soccer and Patient warming, to new platforms, VCs and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 22, 2018 4:30 pm

48.NewsBits, March 28, 2011
Get that extra cup o' coffee, you'll need it for news from McWhorter, Council Ventures, Vaden Landers and more.
By Milt Capps updated 3:38 p.m. / Published Monday, March 28, 2011 3:25 pm

49.Venture Notes - January 25, 2021
TN IPO enlarges, Pharos and other VC updates, plus action in spacs, fintech, insuretech, sports odds and more.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 25, 2021 2:24 pm

50.Regional Roundup, Nov. 7, 2011
Streamweaver 'stealth' no more...Unconference events... ECD budget comments... much more in this regional roundup
By Milt Capps updated 1:55 p.m. / Published Monday, November 7, 2011 5:48 am

51.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

52.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

53.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

54.Venture Notes - February 24, 2021
37 items on startups, PE-VC-Angel-Crowd-Seed raises, entrepreneurs, events, deadlines, resources and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4:45 pm

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