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1.Solidus-TNInvestco LLC
At left, Townes Duncan
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:30 am

2.App-deadline April 2nd: Jumpstart Foundry will forge up to 10 new ventures
JSF's second cohort class will experience some new wrinkles in the tech-biz accelerator program
VNC Staff / Published Sunday, February 5, 2012 11:08 pm

3.JumpStart Foundry wants tech-enabled startups by Friday
March 18th is the fish-or-cut-bait date for teams of would-be entrepreneurs who want 90 days worth of rations to tide them over during a push toward launch
By VNC Staff Updated March 14, 2011, 4:56 a.m. / Published Sunday, March 13, 2011 10:41 pm

4.Solidus, Co-Founders launch JumpStart Foundry for seed-stage investing
Organizer of micro-fund says group will review dozens of deals yearly and make an investment each month
By Milt Capps Updated 9:42 p.m. / Published Wednesday, March 10, 2010 12:35 pm

5.Nashville Techies continually monitored by investors
Developers may think they're only toiling in obscurity, but they may well be under the observant eye of local VCs and Angels
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 5, 2010 7:01 am

6.Whitney to lead Jumpstart Eclipse investing in Black-owned Health startups
Jumpstart Health Investors deploys new VC to pursue compelling opportunities among Black-owned firms.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, October 12, 2020 12:15 pm

7.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

8.Venture File: Solidus Company
Townes Duncan and Vic Gatto now say grace over quite a clutch of portfolio companies
Milt Capps Last updated June 4, 2019 / Published Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:51 am

9.Angels on Safari: Gatto, Burcham target startups via Selous Venture Society
Collaboration leverages VC Solidus, Jumpstart, CapitalTN and other allies
Milt Capps updated 7:56 p.m. 26 June / Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014 2:21 pm

10.Nashville VC: 'Pushover' entrepreneurs need not apply
While waiting for chaos to subside, entrepreneurs should be careful not to overplay their hands, but they should come to bargain hard
Milt Capps / Published Sunday, November 9, 2008 5:43 pm

11.Gatto exits Selous Venture, doubles-down on Jumpstart, Health:Further
[Updated] Shifting burden allows focus on Jumpstart, where his passion lies.
Milt Capps updated 3:05 pm / Published Friday, August 5, 2016 1:45 pm

12.Gatto: Jumpstart commercialization ties with VU limited, but promising
Jumpstart Foundry creator offers perspective on expanding Vanderbilt University relationship.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 18, 2014 11:00 am

13.[ ! ] 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

14.CEO: Entrepreneur Center views Jumpstart accelerator exit as opportunity
[updated] Prepared for change, EC CEO has already sketched-out 2016 strategy.
Milt Capps updated Jan. 24, 2016 5:10pm / Published Friday, January 22, 2016 3:15 pm

15.VentureNotes: Jumpstart Foundry, TNovation initiative
[Yes is answer] Might JSF become a single-vertical startup accelerator? TN HiMSS unveils new program identity.
Milt Capps updated 27 Oct. 2014 / Published Friday, September 19, 2014 11:15 am

16.Jumpstart Foundry creates Healthcare fund, knocks accelerator model
Vic Gatto and Marcus Whitney are creating an important fund, and exit accelerator universe.
Milt Capps last edited 0815 23 Jan. 2016 / Published Friday, January 22, 2016 3:00 pm

17.Entrepreneurs: If you're still 'thinking about doing a startup', get a job instead
The tough love and lessons learned just keep comin' during the annual Vandy Health Care Conference
By Milt Capps updated 7:25 p.m. / Published Monday, October 31, 2011 9:54 am

18.'Proudly capitalist' Jumpstart Foundry unfurls
plan for its U.S. and regional ascendancy

JSF co-founder Vic Gatto leaves little to imagination in describing JSF's bigtime stride.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 25, 2014 10:15 am

19.'Proudly capitalist' Jumpstart Foundry unfurls
plan for its U.S. and regional ascendancy

JSF co-founder Vic Gatto leaves little to imagination in describing JSF's bigtime stride.
Milt Capps / Published Saturday, August 23, 2014 2:14 pm

20.VentureNotes: Council Capital, Solidus at Work
Council doubles-down on mail-order institutional pharmacy startup
By Milt Capps updated 31 August 0719 / Published Monday, August 27, 2012 12:54 pm

21.Jumpstart Foundry seeks greater mindshare among U.S. HC entrepreneurs
'We're not shy about our ambitions' as they eye tips of entrepreneurs' tongues.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, May 24, 2017 12:45 pm

22.'Voodoo venture valuations', other truths told at Forum
Hopes fired, worst fears confirmed in latest iteration of the art form known as venture panels
By Milt Capps Last updated 1:54 p.m. / Published Tuesday, December 8, 2009 10:35 am

23.Jumpstart class arrives in a cloud of dust, as Gatto cooks-up Angel move
As entrepreneurial tide keeps rising, accelerators and Angels test their wings
By Milt Capps updated 1:58 p.m. / Published Thursday, May 3, 2012 10:10 am

24.Briovation drops Festival V, will instead draw on Health:Further
as it pursues innovation advisory roles + investor entrée

Co-founders Gatto & Whitney keep tacking in healthcare's crosswinds, complete 6th capraise of $21MM, its largest to date.
By Milt Capps 0822 hrs. / Published Tuesday, January 22, 2019 8:00 am

25.Angels: NueCura MP eyes science-driven health-tech startups, sees Williamson County as likely hub for nextgen technologies
[updated] Its Angel ranks could rise to 50 in 2016, and it may do a half-dozen deals.
Milt Capps updated Oct. 4, 2016 / Published Monday, December 28, 2015 5:00 pm

26.HealthX3: Jumpstart cohort, GfE HealthTech, EC Project Healthcare
100s of apps reviewed for coveted spots in 2 programs - with app window open on another June 1.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, May 19, 2016 6:45 pm

27.Solidus' Venture Incite options ORNL technology
to bring its start-up 'assembly line' to life

Nashville VC's Oak Ridge affiliate has focused one of its startups on commercializing 'the Moses effect'
By Milt Capps Updated 2:47 p.m. / Published Sunday, June 19, 2011 2:32 pm

28.Healthbox grad Atlas Health Technologies eyes Seed capital round
[updated] Accelerator grad moving toward an inflection point, and Healthbox tweaks its model.
Milt Capps updated 30 March 2016 0727 / Published Monday, February 2, 2015 8:30 am

29.TNInvestco: 'Creativity incredible' among interested firms
[Updated] With the VC filing deadline just 13 days away, one administrator of the state's new capital-formation program is impressed with the calibre of prospective fund managers
By Milt Capps Last updated 2:58 p.m. Sept. 17 / Published Monday, September 14, 2009 8:03 am

30.3/16: SIIA Strategy & Diligence: MedCare Investment's Ron Ilesco, Brentwood Capital's Cook Wylly, Edgenet's JJ Freitag join speakers
Sign-up: Gatto, Meisner, Perdue, Polk et al on roster for Software companies' financial success.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, March 8, 2016 3:00 pm

31.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

32.Accelerate Health? With EC & Jumpstart Foundry out of the game,
some mull the need for a Healthcare accelerator in Nashville

[Updated] The best thinking at EC & JSF led to killing their cohort accelerators. Should we care?
Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 6, 2017 3:15 pm

33.Selous Venture Society, allies mull investment in VU IP-driven nPhase
[Updated] nPhase CEO identified. Software with global users and a serious track record is a friendly target.
Milt Capps updated 6 March 2016 / Published Tuesday, December 15, 2015 3:00 pm

34.The Raise: Split|Secnd helps save lives, tests local investors' tech-readiness
[updated] Two Vanderbilt grads prepare to raise more capital for their crash-notification system
By Milt Capps May 13, 2016 / Published Tuesday, February 21, 2012 6:51 am

35.Startup BachWeekend priorities include Hotel hookup and Seed-capital raise
Founder Goldsmith cites steady growth in first-to-market effort.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, February 8, 2016 2:45 pm

36.Newly formed VC Caduceus Capital Partners eyes early-stage digital health
[updated] Co-founder Vreeland responds to questions about potential fund target, investment pace modeled, provision for follow-on's.
By Milt Capps updated 19 Nov. 2020 / Published Friday, October 2, 2020 2:00 pm

37.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

38.Recapitalization at Documentary Channel, after founder-filmmaker cedes CEO role
Neff makes the hand-off to Ackerman, as firm positions for next phase of development
Published Thursday, July 23, 2009 9:26 am

39.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

40.Nashville VCs have strong views on 'what it takes'
There are no 'weathervanes' among these folks. Defining 'institutional', a caution about egos, and a reminder that sounds a lot like 'Dance with the one that brung ya'
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 29, 2008 6:36 am

41.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

42.FourBridges exec: More insurers would invest if TNInvestco reopens
Some believe the General Assembly should next move to increase the TNInvestco pot to $200 million
By Milt Capps Last Updaed 2:23 p.m. / Published Friday, January 15, 2010 10:29 am

43.FourBridges exec: More insurers would invest if TNInvestco reopens
Some believe the General Assembly should next move to increase the TNInvestco pot to $200 million
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 15, 2010 10:28 am

44.Nashville EC's Music-Tech accelerator
to debut with Investors at-the-ready

[Updated] With plans to cue-up Seed money, the Entrepreneur Center heavies-up its Music-industry offerings.
Milt Capps Updated Nov. 27, 2014 / Published Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:15 am

45.Accelerators: Boring, Rip-roaring or somewhere in between?
Tennessee execs comment on Jumpstart Foundry founders' criticism of accelerator model.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 22, 2016 2:45 pm

46.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

47.Tough Love: Local VCs and Silicon Valley
consultant work separately to keep it real

Those who want to broaden entrepreneurship and those who control capital want entrepreneurs to view their businesses realistically
By Milt Capps - Corrected March 14, 2011 1:55 p.m. / Published Sunday, March 13, 2011 5:09 pm

48.Newsbits, August 29, 2011
McWhorter shepherds EC, JumpStarters wait verdict, a rash of local SEC filings, Collins rides an IPO and more
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 29, 2011 8:01 am

49.LaunchTN names Capital Formation, Entrepreneurship leaders
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (TTDC), aka Launch Tennessee, fills posts.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, August 11, 2016 2:45 pm

50.March 16: Tech sector Execs focus on Software growth + finance in Nashville
Complimentary and paid registrations for this unprecedented event are being taken now.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 11, 2016 4:15 pm

51.VCs form industry consortium, as TNInvestco nears kickoff
Those who would be fund managers in the state's new program are taking a close look at the groundrules and the competition
By Milt Capps Last updated 12:16 PM, July 28 / Published Monday, July 27, 2009 7:25 am

52.Southland Update: Pitch winner Sr.Pago in Bay Area this week
Nashville was just this startup's first U.S. stop, now they're after real money
Milt Capps edits 25 July 1807 / Published Monday, July 21, 2014 1:15 pm

53.Quick Take: New Seed fund may be on RightSide
Nashville and Tennessee VCs sound-off on new seed-stage investment model, with concerns and some things they like
By Milt Capps Last updated 7:35 a.m. March 17, 2010 / Published Monday, March 1, 2010 10:50 am

54.SaaS: Affirm Health startup preps for Seed capital raise
[updated] Opioid abuse crisis is latest driver in startup business opportunity.
Milt Capps updated / Published Friday, August 5, 2016 3:36 pm

55.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

56.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

57.2014 Jumpstart Foundry cohort directory
Here are the nine 2014 Jumpstart Foundry graduates and their capital goals.
Staff / Published Monday, August 25, 2014 5:30 am

58.TrueStartup: 'SourceYourCity' will beta in Frisco waters, then raise capital
Still pre-revenue and facing competitors, Neely Burks continues to execute
By Milt Capps updated 11:37 a.m. / Published Tuesday, January 3, 2012 9:26 am

59.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

60.Nashville EC's Project Healthcare Accelerator to launch in Fall 2016
Year-round push involves Google for Entrepreneurs and Village Capital.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 2:45 pm

61.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

62.Brian Fox: Taking Confirmation global like launching series of startups
Post-sale, Nashville native leads growth push, tracks M&A targets, and grows his Angel/LP investment portfolio.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, February 5, 2020 12:15 pm

63.Venture Notes - 17 January 2017
$40MM raise at Claritas, accelerator and startup news, and more from around the state.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12:15 pm

64.JSF startup CEO: E-language Boomalang a 'dream come true, already'
[update] JSF-bred startup's eventual exit sale will follow years of development and marketing push
Milt Capps Updated Oct. 23, 2015 / Published Thursday, September 4, 2014 2:00 pm

65.CaredFor: Polidor siblings eye Seed raise for referral-marketing startup
(updated) The CellJournalist veterans have brought another startup to the starting-line, this time in marketing software.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, August 10, 2016 5:15 pm

66.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

67.NEWSBITS, Jan. 19, 2010
OnFocus Healthcare's new cap raise underway, Joe Cook appointment, Inkflip update, Venture Pitch events and more...
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 19, 2010 10:13 am

68.Steve Case: Nashville entrepreneurial scene can be 'better still'
Racing toward the future, Nashville and TN innovators and businesses must be prepared.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016 5:00 pm

69.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

70.VCs hope to avoid 'smoking holes', look for passion
and aim for 'great companies' over jobs-creation

Local investors have honed their instincts for identifying success traits among entrepreneurs seeking capital
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 7, 2011 8:04 am

71.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

72.Nashville pioneer Pathfinder Technologies moving to sell to Analogic
After a decade widening Nashville's lifesciences entrepreneurship, a strategic move.
Milt Capps edits 10:07 a.m. Oct. 4, 2014 / Published Friday, October 3, 2014 3:00 pm

73.Michael Dukes' brand coming to life in high-touch Royal Circus retailer
[Updated] Decades after busking in Paris, adopting a child in Nepal and building brands for others, Nashvillian unfurls new banner.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 11:45 am

74.CEO: Optio Labs may pursue 'significant' Series B raise within 12 months
[updates] Optio is building talent base in Nashville
Milt Capps Updated April 27, 2016 / Published Thursday, March 5, 2015 2:25 pm

75.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

76.Technology Entrepreneurship Task Force
advances at VU School of Engineering

Doug Schmidt is but one of the sparkplugs firing the school's innovation and commercialization push.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, September 15, 2014 3:46 pm

77.'Go-Mode': Healthtech Hackathon results come ahead of Distributed: Health
International and national attendees gather in Nashville to focus on blockchain.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, October 3, 2016 9:30 am

78.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

79.Fortune's Force Five supports startups' crucial early sales efforts
This serial entrepreneur offers sage advice we might have missed if he hadn't tried Rotier's
By Milt Capps updated 9:12 a.m. 28 November / Published Sunday, November 27, 2011 8:59 pm

80.Gov. Haslam's INCITE program stirs to life via 'Venture Incite' A-round
There are some new faces among the 'usual suspects' applying at INCITE Fund
By Milt Capps updated May 26, 2012 / Published Monday, May 14, 2012 10:08 am

81.Venture Notes - 1 May 2017
Fourteen telegraphic items on startups, investments, exits and more in Tennessee and region.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 1, 2017 9:45 am

82.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

83.Healthy Eating: Jumpstart Capital takes a taste of startup Menud
Girded with Lean Startup mindset, startup moves to finish Seed and launch Series A rounds.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, December 18, 2017 5:30 pm

84.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

85.BOS Framework eyes cap-raises to accelerate tech across biz spectrum
Tech veteran preps for ramping-up sales, scouts for talent in Nashville and beyond.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Monday, November 18, 2019 4:06 pm

86.Posited: FinTech accelerator idea meets entrepreneurial interest in Nashville
Serial entrepreneur Joe Maxwell among those enthusiastic about new FinTech focus.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 12, 2015 9:30 am

87.From Cicero to Church Street:
Startup Contigo Financial challenges payday lending

[Update merger] Payday lenders have created high-profile painpoints that this startup aims to disrupt
By Milt Capps updated July 1, 2013 / Published Monday, August 27, 2012 12:53 pm

88.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

89.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

90.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

91.Entrepreneurs, Investors, Advisors comment
on Nashville deal dynamics, traditions

Capital vs Culture may be the main event when entrepreneurs, investors go head to head
Staff / Published Thursday, July 31, 2014 6:15 am

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