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1.Greenhill, Nowers: Nashville EC Diversity program lifts-off, adds sponsors
Stepped-up focus, funding and Diversity-focused Enterpreneur in Residence in place paying off.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 2, 2016 3:49 pm

2.Courtney 'Coko' Eason named EIR at Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Second Code2040, Google for Entrepreneurs Entrepreneur in Residence in Nashville diversity push
submitted release / Published Tuesday, April 25, 2017 10:45 am

3.Diversity: Nashville Entrepreneur Center to add Entrepreneur in Residence
[Updated] In alliance with Code2040, Kauffman Foundation and others, the EC pushes forward.
Milt Capps Update issued March 12, 2016 / Published Friday, March 11, 2016 3:51 pm

4.Finalists chosen for Nashville Technology Council Awards XII
Winners in each of category are to be announced during an April 15, 2021, ceremony.
From submitted release / Published Monday, December 14, 2020 4:35 pm

5.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

6.CEO: Nashville EC steps-up transparency, surveils market,
aims to serve diversity of constituents and biz models

Resources are proliferating in Nashville's entrepreneurial ecosystem, so the EC makes strategic shift.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, October 20, 2017 4:30 pm

7.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

8.Launch Tennessee unveils 12 CEO search committee members
UPDATED A similar previous national CEO search drew nearly 900 applicants. Results may be known by the beginning of CY22.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, August 27, 2021 2:35 pm

9.Exec launches Rocket Propulsion Fund via AngelList rolling-funds platform
Nashville Founder/GP targets fintech, insurtech, digital-health verticals, affirms cap-table diversity goal
Milt Capps / Published Monday, September 28, 2020 4:30 pm

10.Vanderbilt names former Harvard exec to CFO post
Former U.S. Navy officer brings Boston Consulting Group credentials to post, as well
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 6, 2009 8:22 am

11.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

12.Gut check: Van Tucker tells 'What drives her' as Launch Tennessee CEO
Creating impactful companies, changing communities, and nurturing collaboration are just parts of her answer.
Guest commentary / Published Thursday, January 14, 2021 1:30 pm

13.Mulron: Digital Nashville loves its independence, diversity
This progressive digital-media community aims to do well, by doing good, it seems, and it has a couple thousand members to prove it.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, September 2, 2009 11:39 am

14.Nashville Technology Council honors 9th Annual NTC Awards winners
Standouts in 14 categories are singled-out for techcentric leadership.
Staff / Published Friday, January 26, 2018 2:13 pm

15.Nashville Mayor O'Connell taps campaign treasurer Isaac Addae as Metro's business engagement, entrepreneurship lead
A fresh look at Nashville innovation-entrepreneurship ecosystem, and specifically EC ties, seems in-the-offing.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, October 6, 2023 1:16 pm

16.Nashville EC: 8 PreFlight entrepreneurs seek to turn ideas into businesses
Even in this small sample of our budding entrepreneurs, there's amazing diversity of thought, target and personality.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, February 7, 2020 4:00 pm

17.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

18.NTC Awards judges disclosed by Greater Nashville Technology Council
Nearly 70 judges listed here contributed centuries of relevant experience in choosing 14 Winners.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, March 21, 2019 1:30 pm

19.'Bama-based Angel Investor Management Group may seek Tennessee dealflow
The rising Tide in Alabama may lift some small Tennessee ventures along with it.
By Milt Capps updated 4:52 p.m. / Published Monday, November 21, 2011 12:34 pm

20.Nashville's Black tech entrepreneurs sometimes weigh locating elsewhere
[Updated] Birmingham among alternatives, as some Women, Blacks and other minorities report struggling for traction.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, December 11, 2018 9:43 am

21.Vanderbilt University steps-up pace in pursuit of international agenda
VU seeks reputational gains, greater awareness of research, more diversity.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 22, 2017 3:45 pm

22.Relevance Ventures seeks 'first-call' from Technology entrepreneurs
TN-based VC maps capital, aims to be top-ranked Tech VC in SE and frequent actor on national VC scene.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 8, 2021 10:12 am

23.Grants: Kauffman Foundation scouting Nashville/VU entrepreneur scene?
[Updated] Who knows, such relatively stealthy encounters may be underway, daily.
Milt Capps updated Nov. 16, 2015 4:20pm / Published Tuesday, July 14, 2015 2:45 pm

24.EC, Ingram announce first 1440 publishing accelerator cohort members
[Updated] Seven cohort companies include 3 U.S.-based, including a Tennessee startup.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, January 20, 2016 7:37 am

25.Venture Notes - 11 April 2017
About two-dozen items ranging from capital raises, bankruptcy to tech transfer.
Milt Capps updated 12 April 2017 / Published Tuesday, April 11, 2017 2:15 pm

26.'Idea 67': Shmerling offers entrepreneurial concept for Nashville
If Nashville wants to keep good businesses here, it should leverage untapped ideas that abound in local companies
Milt Capps UPDATED 4:40 P.M. / Published Monday, September 29, 2008 4:17 pm

27.EC's new Project Healthcare model now full-bore with 17 startups
The EC's remodeled healthcare startup-support program aims to leap ahead with 1st formal Class.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, July 13, 2018 8:45 am

28.Innovator AgLaunch seeks EDA grant for agrifood value-chain disruption
UPDATES Memphis-based hub sees diversity, agtech, national ecosystem development and innovation acceleration as vital.
By Milt Capps updated 30 Nov 2022 / Published Wednesday, August 17, 2022 4:30 pm

29.Nashville EC's 'Twende' event focuses on Black, Brown founders' funding
Unprecedented EC gathering meant to improve minority entrepreneurs' access to contacts, capital and growth.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, March 19, 2019 2:11 pm

30.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

31.Vanderbilt University taps UChicago Provost Diermeier as its 9th chancellor
143-year-old institution draws broad-spectrum academic and polyglot Berliner as its next leader.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, December 4, 2019 12:15 pm

32.Commentary: Nashville Entrepreneur Center
search committee chair on EC CEO search

VNC asked EC Chair Emeritus and Search Committee chair to share an update on the search process.
Guest: Beth Chase, EC Board Chair Emeritus / Published Thursday, July 25, 2019 1:00 pm

33.Lured by 36|86, Sportstech startup UPGRADED's founder
just might be biggest TN Titans fan in the Bay Area

He's taking a break from raising capital for his blockchain-powered tix-management startup.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, May 24, 2017 12:45 pm

34.WINNERS! Nashville tech startups, enterprises + pro's vie for NTC laurels
[Updated 16 Feb 2023 with winners] Judges' experience, victories, scars and hard-earned wisdom help sort Greater Nashville region's talent pool.
By Milt Capps Updated winners 16 February 2023 / Published Thursday, February 16, 2023 8:30 pm

35.Meharry Medical College's MMC Ventures names Reginald Holt its CEO
Meharry chooses U.S. and international health and healthtech veteran to lead transformative venture unit.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, June 28, 2023 2:00 pm

36.FCC: TN broadcasters challenge Commissioner Tate as Digital deadline looms
FCC aborted a planned hearing in Nashville, but petitioners tracked the Tennessean to a Vanderbilt telehealth conference
Milt Capps UPDATED 3:45 PM / Published Friday, October 17, 2008 7:35 am

37.VCs: Nashville 'doesn't exist' in minds of many healthcare, tech investors
Former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist (left) predicted 'we're going to spend more on healthcare', but four VCs told local execs that few investors know much about Nashville's healthcare track record -- unwelcome news for Kin Clinton's Woolsthorpe Technologies.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, May 21, 2008 8:55 pm

38.Lackey: Entrepreneur Center shows city
putting 'money where mouth is'

Another 'complaining' serial entrepreneur is having trouble retiring, as one venture happily leads to another
By Milt Capps Updated December 17, 2012 1:59 p.m. / Published Monday, February 28, 2011 8:43 am

39.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

40.Entrepreneurs, Investors place bets on LaunchTN 3686 & Health:Further
Pass, Punt, Run, Dribble -- Ticket-buyers should have gameplan to get most out of events Aug. 27-30 in Nashville.
By Milt Capps last edite 6am 31 July 2018 / Published Monday, July 30, 2018 1:20 pm

41.Apple Inc. approves Nashville techies' iPhone game
Serial entrepreneurs, age 30 and 31, have succeeded in getting the nod from the iPhone App Store for a game they'd like to think could be a 'Big Win' for Nashville
By Milt Capps Updated 12:42 p.m. June 9, 2009 / Published Tuesday, June 9, 2009 11:18 am

42.Media: NVille's Ayumi Bennett preps launch of regional Startup Southerner
[updated] New entrant may vie with techno-culture chronicler Hark and maybe Southern Alpha
Milt Capps last edited 8:51am 27 January 2016 / Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016 3:45 pm

43.Whitney: NV techies should 'think', not just 'follow'
Entrepreneur says local tech community has 'a lot to prove', before access to venture capital improves
By Milt Capps Updated 4:03 p.m. / Published Thursday, October 22, 2009 11:52 am

44.VC panelists: Entrepreneurs in good standing, please rise
They're still paid to invest wisely, but watch-out for VCs wearing neckties. Yesterday's NCN panel provided depth for current outlook
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 29, 2008 11:03 am

45.Entrepreneur Mark Harris is a CEO for startup in 36|86 Student Edition
The latest generation of ventures spawned from TN campuses suggests competition must've been intense.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 30, 2019 12:41 pm

46.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

47.NEWSBITS, Sept. 28, 2009
Updates on 20-firm TNInvestco roster, TBA board members, Healthways' strategic hire, Bill Frist, Entrepreneurs deadline, StartupWeekend, Universal Robotics, Barcamp
By Milt Capps Last updated 5:26 p.m. / Published Monday, September 28, 2009 10:28 am

48.Commentary: Crises in Migration, Europe and the Americas
Vanderbilt University professor reminds that law requires nations admit and settle refugees.
Robert F. Barsky, Ph.D., Professor, Vanderbilt University / Published Tuesday, September 22, 2015 9:15 am

49.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

50.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

51.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

52.UMemphis Crews Center exec search runs, Hoffmeyer settles at UMaryland
Long-time Crews chief accepts his "builder" mentality in search for fresh challenges, wider resources.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 30, 2023 8:00 am

53.Briovation likely to invest in 20+ Health startups outside Nashville in 2018
[updated] Company recently had first close for its targeted $30MM early-growth fund and has invested.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 4:45 pm

54.Pharos Capital's flush, but not immune to 'bunker mentality'
Even with $600MM, Pharos confronts investors' expectations and portfolio-companies' ripple-down challenges
Milt Capps / Published Sunday, October 12, 2008 5:57 pm

55.Tennessee artificial-intelligence center among Presidential advisors' ideas
White House scitech advisors suggest AI, biotech, comms, quantum infoscience, advanced manufacturing initiatives.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, July 10, 2020 2:57 pm

56.Tennessee plans new entrepreneur centers, RFP proposals due NLT May 22
updated : TN Technology Development Corporation dba Launch Tennessee aims to provide up to $250K for each new center.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 18, 2023 9:02 am

57.Economist: Innovation campaign driven by pragmatism is crucial
A Harvard-based economist tells local execs clusters and pragmatism are key elements for a Nashville innovation strategy
By Milt Capps updated Oct. 23, 2011 2:35 p.m. / Published Thursday, October 20, 2011 12:25 pm

58.Brainwave Studios seeks $3MM jolt for Franktown Rocks
Online startup previously won $1.2MM from friends and family to marry kids, music and education
By Milt Capps Last updated 7:01 p.m. / Published Monday, November 30, 2009 1:34 pm

59.JumpFund spurs women-led investment,
entrepreneurship, economic development

Having raised north of $7MM and bet on nearly two-dozen ventures, firm founders have traction.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, August 2, 2018 3:30 pm

60.Venture Voices: Julie Samuels of TECH:NYC shares views with Nashville
VU Law alum, Case ally and tech-policy veteran shares views on startup regulation, capital, talent, diversity and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, August 14, 2018 3:30 pm

61.Innovators and allies seek $20MM to improve Tennessee research, economy and culture
Vanderbilt institute gets a key role with ORNL and UT, in scenario for improving university collaboration and state's entrepreneurism
By Milt Capps Last updated 9:38 a.m. Nov. 5, 2009 / Published Wednesday, November 4, 2009 1:33 pm

62.New entrepreneur-in-res at EC, launches 'Milk the Moment' startup
Startup is priority for Memphis native, as she pursues strategic partners, mulls capital and advisors.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 3:57 pm

63.Brock: Company Lab CEO search advances in gateway City of Chattanooga
Hub praised for its startup drive and innovation emerges from pandemic throes with both strategy and wide-ranging leadership search.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 26, 2022 2:27 pm

64.MedHaul startup propelled by Erica Plybeah, backed by InnovaMemphis
The challenges are real, but this mission-oriented entrepreneur is 'grateful for the journey'.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, February 17, 2022 3:19 pm

65.Advisor entrant: Cherry Bekaert's MP in Nashville also tech-innovation lead
Innovation growth draws innovation-centric pro's -- VNC poll provides hint of incubent advisor standings.
By Milt Capps updated 14 Sept. 2018 / Published Tuesday, January 2, 2018 3:36 pm

66.Venture Notes - February 24, 2021
[updated] 37 items on startups, PE-VC-Angel-Crowd-Seed raises, entrepreneurs, events, deadlines, resources and more.
By Milt Capps updated April 19, 2021 / Published Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4:45 pm

67.Whitney unmasks Jumpstart Nova VC focused on Black-led HC companies
[Updated] Four Black-led companies are already in the portfolio of $55MM fund, with a half-dozen more deals likely in the next 12 months.
By Milt Capps Updated / Published Wednesday, January 12, 2022 10:30 am

68.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

69.Eleven9's Mixtroz founders pitch Creative Startups, pursue $600K capraise
[updated] The challenges are real, but two women entrepreneurs declare their determination.
Milt Capps updated 17 Nov 2017 0603 / Published Thursday, September 14, 2017 4:30 pm

70.Venture Notes - 11 July 2017
Publisher rating VCs!? plus new capital raises, deals, NVille EC scholarships and more.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 5:15 pm

71.Venture Calendar - 2017 - Updated
State and regional events of interest.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 6:45 am

72.SaaS: ESG Impact exits beta, seeks capital, opts for VU Wond'ry Founder
[Updated] Co-founders seek $2MM, as VU OwenGSM, VU The Wond'ry and others seem to recognize startup's promise.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 3, 2022 3:14 pm

73.Vanderbilt University Board of Trust taps Private Equity execs as chairs
[updated] Veterans of Summit, Accel, Facebook, TPG, Tech Crossover, GS and others on BoT.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 25, 2016 2:00 pm

74.Twende: Black execs see entrepreneurship opportunities beyond hurdles
Marcus Whitney, Victoria Butler, Courtney Hale speak from head and heart about realities.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, February 25, 2022 5:00 pm

75.Burcham 'virtually certain' he will resume his entrepreneurial path,
now drives Nashville Entrepreneur Center toward inflection point

Programming, international outreach, finances are among the metrics CEO watches.
Milt Capps Updated 17 December 2014 1:46pm / Published Monday, July 28, 2014 10:45 am

76.NewsBits, March 21, 2011
Legislators make an energy-tech 'grab', plus venture events and training and more statewide.
By Milt Capps Updated 8:57 p.m. April 1, 2011 / Published Monday, March 21, 2011 8:35 am

77.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

78.Legacies & Leadership: Nashville Technology Council Awards unveiled
NTC may get a head of steam following its annual Awards confab.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 23, 2015 9:00 am

79.Executive response on the Nashville FinTech opportunity
The question remains whether the Change Agents' enthusiasm is contagious.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 12, 2015 9:30 pm

80.VU's Wente: The woman who could succeed Zeppos as Chancellor
It will be an exacting decision process, supported by Spencer Stuart and grassroots input.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, July 11, 2019 5:00 pm

81.RFP details for funding TN Fintech, Consumer Products networks
Here's the original description of the new programs' funding and expectations.
staff / Published Monday, January 30, 2023 2:17 pm

82.'Build To Scale' entries target TN entrepreneurial pipeline, capital, rural
Annual grant competition draws rigorous programs from campus and accelerator advocates for entrepreneurship, investment.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, August 4, 2020 3:24 pm

83.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

84.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

85.CEO: The Company Lab taking fast lane to Sustainable Mobility leadership
[updated] CoLab CEO Tasia Malakasis drives plans for SM leadership from Chattanooga epicenter.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Monday, January 23, 2023 12:50 pm

86.NewsBits, June 6, 2011
East TN developments... Entrepreneur Center rebrands Future 50, Nashville 'on the edge' and news roundup.
By Milt Capps Updated June 6, 2011, 9:25 p.m. / Published Sunday, June 5, 2011 4:31 pm

87.TN Innovation: State's artificial-intelligence sector may soon get good jolts
Moyer, Barnard, Martinez, Den Haring, Kauppila and Liu on prospects for AI's increased role in Tennessee.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 28, 2022 2:18 pm

88.Nashville EC tells 2019 NEXT Awards finalists + Hall of Fame inductees
[Updated] Here is the fullest rundown you'll find on Awards entrants, judges and related matters ahead of this November event.
By Milt Capps Updated 7 Nov 2019 / Published Friday, September 6, 2019 5:00 pm

89.36|86 Nashville: LaunchTN cohort of 36 startups has 21 from out of state
With more than 1,000 attendees projected for the annual conference, Villagers get scrutiny.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 1, 2017 8:00 am

90.Venture Notes -- July 9, 2019
Updated: 21 items on TN capital raises, advisors, entrepreneurs and strategies.
By Milt Capps updated July 10, 2019 / Published Tuesday, July 9, 2019 1:30 pm

91.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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