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1.Gov. Haslam's performance Dashboard is mostly welcomed, but some want a deeper view of results
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, February 13, 2012 6:42 am

2.Haslam Admin eyes AgLaunch support for TN rural entrepreneurs, growers
VTC: Commissioner Julius Johnson and a team including Memphis BioWorks will press forward.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, November 12, 2014 10:00 am

3.Former LaunchTN Chairman William Evans
hands St. Jude CEO reins to James Downing, M.D.

A change at the helm of one of Tennessee's most recognized institutions.
Staff / Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014 2:15 pm

4.Randy Boyd increases Radio Systems control, TSG Consumer again at table
VTC Chairman of Knox-based company is also Haslam Administration's ECD chief.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, March 17, 2016 4:41 pm

5.INCITE program announces more grant winners
Gov. Bill Haslam's INCITE funding program announces more beneficiaries
Press Release / Published Monday, August 20, 2012 2:33 pm

6.Former Gov. Haslam communications director forms Poe Consulting
Alexia Poe, established as a fixture in Tennessee policy circles at a young age, moves on.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, August 25, 2015 4:33 pm

7.ECD's Boyd prepping ideas for stimulating TN entrepreneurship, investment
Within Haslam Cabinet, ECD Commissioner shapes policy-program options for Chief.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016 2:45 pm

8.General Assembly endorses Haslam 'Angel Tax Credit', passes commercialization and rural-development measures
Cautious handling by proponents seems likely to advance state programs, stepwise.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, April 21, 2016 4:15 pm

9.Gov. Haslam says ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd returning to private sector
Announcement could fuel fresh speculation regarding potential Boyd bid for GOP gubernatorial nomination.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 9, 2017 3:52 pm

10.ECD's Brewer joins Cate's Stones River Group
Clint Brewer served commissioners Hagerty and Boyd, now joins a Haslam Admin veteran.
Staff / Published Thursday, August 11, 2016 4:35 pm

11.Gov. Haslam names entrepreneur Bob Rolfe to head TN ECD
Former MRA exec, turnaround guy and member of the J.C. Bradford diaspora named.
adapted from submitted release / Published Thursday, February 16, 2017 1:15 pm

12.Gov.-Elect Haslam names Hagerty to key Economic Development post
In a jobs-, economy- and budget-oriented era of challenges, the next Tennessee governor has chosen a private-equity fellow for a linchpin role
VNC Staff Updated 4:57 p.m. / Published Sunday, January 9, 2011 3:56 pm

13.Briefly: ECD Innovation Director post vacated, Will Alexander picks-up duties
Ryan Gooch moves on to EnerNOC, and the Senator's son and others pick-up added duties
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 30, 2012 8:12 am

14.For the record:
Nashville and other TN cities gain roles in workforce, innovation initiatives

National and State workforce- and innovation-oriented initiatives link TN cities.
Published Monday, March 9, 2015 9:00 am

15.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

16.TN ECD's Hagerty taps Corker aide
Fassbender for leadership role

With Gov. Bill Haslam's jobs- and innovation-producing strategy launching next week, the appointment of a seasoned operative is welcomed
By Milt Capps updated 5:14 p.m. / Published Friday, April 29, 2011 8:54 am

17.TN ECD asks public comment on $30MM Co-Investment plans
State ECD issued draft guidelines for Gov. Haslam's INCITE Co-Investment Fund managed by TTDC
At VentureTennessee / Published Monday, November 28, 2011 5:41 pm

18.Margaret Dolan named to succeed Charlie Brock as CEO of Launch Tennessee
Longtime entrepreneurial consultant and Ingram Industries executive gets the nod.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, October 9, 2018 9:21 am

19.Increased budget for LaunchTN uncertain as influentials ponder the matter
LaunchTN funding would rise in latest interpretation from state agencies.
Milt Capps Update 1520 6 Feb 2018 / Published Monday, February 5, 2018 4:49 pm

20.TNT: Hagerty's state economic-development portfolio gets heavier
Gov. Haslam's ECD commissioner has a growing list of to-do's, including an international trade portfolio
By Milt Capps updated 20 February 2012 4:40 a.m. / Published Wednesday, October 26, 2011 10:55 am

21.Tennessee Technology Development Corporation at another inflection point
Tech-driven economic development will eventually learn what priority it gets in the Haslam Administration
By Milt Capps updated 9:46 p.m. / Published Monday, February 6, 2012 9:36 am

22.Tennessee rural economy is focus of new econ-development Fund
Initiatives complement Rural EDev Task Force and operate under Fund umbrella.
Submitted / Published Thursday, October 15, 2015 11:15 am

23.Will Pinkston takes lessons learned into Sync Strategies
Former Bredesen aide and Haslam supporter starts independent communications practice
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 21, 2011 8:07 am

24.Startup Tennessee launch to draw Gov. Haslam,
Startup America CEO to Entrepreneur Center

[UPDATED] Tennessee's entrepreneurial ecosystem gets a new unifying layer of resources
By Milt Capps updated 1:14 p.m. June 28, 2011 / Published Monday, June 27, 2011 10:15 am

25.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

26.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

27.Gov. Haslam announces $29.7MM Fed funding for INCITE push
As widely anticipated, the Feds came through with $29.7MM in funding for Gov. Bill Haslam's innovation-breeding program
By VNC Staff / Published Tuesday, August 16, 2011 2:37 pm

28.Haslam INCITE entrepreneurial capital-access
program moves stepwise toward launch

ECD and TTDC chiefs and their colleagues seem to be 'aligned' toward getting INCITE launched
By Milt Capps Updated 28 December 2011 at 4:14 p.m. / Published Thursday, December 22, 2011 11:51 am

29.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

30.Gov. Haslam: TN to co-invest via INCITE
innovation and jobs-formation campaign

Governor addresses fast-growth sector; details of venture funding, entrepreneur award and tech-transfer still unfolding
By Milt Capps Updated May 6, 2011 12:12 p.m. / Published Thursday, May 5, 2011 4:12 pm

31.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

32.20 Days: Launch Tennessee bets heavily on impact of 36|86 conference
LTN aims to draw 900, including perhaps 100 investors to its 4th annual conclave in Nashville.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 17, 2016 4:45 pm

33.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

34.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

35.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

36.Gov. Haslam's evolving performance dashboard
gains heft and sheds some graphic impact

[updated] Even terrorism and immigration issues may affect performance monitoring.
By Milt Capps update 16 Dec. 2015 0917 / Published Monday, November 16, 2015 3:30 pm

37.Silicon Heartbeat: Comments from NTC Award speakers set the tone
Execs from Digital Reasoning, Rustici and State Economic Development are highlighted.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 23, 2015 9:01 am

38.Expansion-minded Launch Tennessee funding at-issue,
while Seed Fund proposal still likely to see daylight

With the General Assembly and Governor in full budget mode, LaunchTN assesses its options.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 4:00 pm

39.LifeScienceTN chairman is now UM's Townsend, former ECD Staff Chief
Chair's experience brings continuity, clear sense of value of legislative ties and momentum.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, May 4, 2018 4:15 pm

40.SMTEC accelerator's Marcum retires, LaunchTN Rural plans nears debut
The state's accelerator-linked ecosystem continues to evolve, it seems.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, October 20, 2015 11:45 am

41.As General Assembly grinds along, some notes on TNInvestco and more
Resources that might provide refreshment for those looking to advance Tennessee innovation.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 17, 2017 4:15 pm

42.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

43.LaunchTN designates attorney Bruce Doeg vice chairman
Long vacant seat goes to board veteran.
Milt Capps updated 21 April 2016 / Published Tuesday, October 27, 2015 5:20 pm

44.TNInvestco: State ECD updates on process
The TNInvestco data has been published, with no interpretation of value yet rendered
By Milt Capps UPDATED 25 March 2011 4:20 p.m. / Published Tuesday, March 15, 2011 10:15 am

45.Blockchain: Will Gov. Haslam affix his name
to electronic transactions amendment?

[updated] Some see Tennessee getting a boost from the legislation, others less sanguine.
By Milt Capps updated March 23, 2018 / Published Tuesday, March 20, 2018 3:45 pm

46.NewsBits, April 25, 2011
JumpStart's 'brightest'... EmergeMemphis' 45 startups.. Haslam-Hagerty gameplan... David Wilds in cap raise.. Blackstone venture aid...
By Milt Capps Updated 3:14 p.m. / Published Monday, April 25, 2011 8:56 am

47.Headsup: LaunchTN may have to beard budget lion
to fund Tennessee entrepreneurial leadership

CEO Charlie Brock unveils robust plan for LTN advancement, but may be facing budget headwinds.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, January 25, 2018 5:00 pm

48.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

49.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

50.Headsup: Governor's budget hearing spotlights Captive Insurance startups
[Updated] Refurbished laws strengthen companies, spur professionals, build State repute.
Milt Capps Updated 20 June 2016 / Published Tuesday, December 1, 2015 5:15 pm

51.National Advisory Council on Innovation-Entrepreneurship seeks members
Michael Burcham's term as NACIE co-chair ends in October.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 19, 2016 2:45 pm

52.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

53.'New Economy' analysis shows Tennessee lagging 39 other states
Index delivers composite image of state's economic development, innovation status
Milt Capps Updated 12:51pm Oct. 27, 2016 / Published Monday, July 7, 2014 11:28 am

54.For the record: Launch Tennessee aims to revise statutory charter
Talked about for a year or more, the effort gets fresh momentum
Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 6, 2017 1:00 pm

55.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

56.TN General Assembly devises For-Profit Benefit Corp. option
Next, Gov. Haslam's signature could encourage those considering public good.
Milt Capps edited 10:42am 7 January 2015 / Published Thursday, April 23, 2015 8:45 am

57.Haslam Admin asks GenAssembly for Angel Tax Credit to mobilize early-stage investors and energize Tennessee 'Angel ecosystem'
[updated] ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd expresses strong support for bill enrolled this week.
Milt Capps updated 14 April 2016 0721 / Published Friday, January 15, 2016 4:15 pm

58.Healthcare-focused Council Ventures adds HealthSpring CEO Fritch
for CEO council that guides health and related portfolio companies

Bottorff-, Gambill-led firm is amassing quite a healthcare brain trust
By Milt Capps Corrected Aug. 21, 20011 / Published Thursday, August 18, 2011 2:24 pm

59.State of the Startups: Tennessee Technology Development Corporation,
aka Launch Tennessee, wants to shed some commercialization emphasis

Gov. Bill Haslam delivers his State of the State Address this evening.
By Milt Capps SoS Transcript added 31 Jan 0726 / Published Monday, January 30, 2017 9:30 am

60.Gov. Haslam senses Tennessee 'making headway' in tech commercialization
LaunchTN CEO agrees it'd be great to have more data and analyses about all this.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, February 13, 2017 8:45 am

61.Belmont Dean Gardial expands Massey College business, campus outreach
Both Venture + Corporate entrepreneurship embraced, because not everyone's cut-out for doing startups from scratch.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, January 9, 2020 3:00 pm

62.Sometimes its a grind, but LaunchTN CEO
optimistic about Tech Commercialization

Entrepreneurship, events and attracting capital may have revved-up. Tech transfer? Not so much.
Milt Capps edits 6:42pm / Published Monday, March 16, 2015 3:45 pm

63.LaunchTN calibrates its Tech Transfer, Commercialization roles
Step by step, ECD agent LaunchTN charts a fresh path forward on knotty issue.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, October 22, 2015 11:00 am

64.LaunchTN: Randy Boyd accepts baton from Hagerty, who returns to PE firm
Commissioner now also presides over board of Tennessee Technology Development Corp.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015 1:30 pm

65.Brookings Fellow: Nashville has 'very serious' HealthIT opportunity
[Updated] Brookings' findings are now available for review here.
Milt Capps Updated 24 Aug 2016 (Original story 15 Aug. 2:30pm) / Published Wednesday, August 24, 2016 5:45 am

66.Life Science Tennessee sets priorities, rallies industry,
leverages support of Gov. Bill Haslam for commercialization

Joe Cook Jr. seems to be executing with precision a gameplan to establish momentum for a still-small sector
By Milt Capps updated 12:19 p.m. / Published Monday, November 7, 2011 7:49 am

67.LaunchTN seeks traction on many fronts as it seeks to close deal for a CEO
Re-launch puzzle coming into focus; filling the CEO chair is priority
By Milt Capps corrected 3:24 p.m. / Published Monday, August 6, 2012 11:25 am

68.CEO Charlie Brock announces departure from Launch Tennessee
[updated] High-energy team builder prepares for his next entrepreneurial or service act.
Milt Capps updated 4:13 pm CT / Published Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:40 pm

69.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

70.Startup Tennessee to cultivate more Angel investors, among other goals
Michael Burcham-led StartupTN may cut a broad swath through the state'e entrepreneurial ecosystem
By Milt Capps Updated 6:43 a.m. Dec. 29, 2011 / Published Wednesday, December 28, 2011 11:50 am

71.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

72.Nashville Entrepreneur Center gains Galen Partners as lead Healthcare sponsor
Galen-Burcham alliance goes back years; other firms had a shot at top-billing in NEC healthcare work
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, October 7, 2011 8:06 am

73.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

74.U.S. Marine Veteran forms ECD Capital Partners,
Opportunity Zone Fund in Nashville

Federally legislated OZFund prepares for take-off roll in Tennessee.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, August 7, 2018 4:45 pm

75.Regional Roundup, Aug. 29, 2011
Venture Incite's Y12 ties, capital raises, a TNInvestco, accelerators blossom and news statewide
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 29, 2011 8:01 am

76.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

77.LaunchTN taps 13 potential startups from campus entrepreneurship pipeline
Finalists are to pitch Aug. 28 during 36|86 event in Nashville.
By Milt Capps updated 5 July 2018 / Published Monday, July 2, 2018 6:00 pm

78.Summer 2011: Most Popular Articles
'Venture' in our region has been cookin', with Nashville leading the way in many respects. The Top 25 reads of Summer 2011 are here
Published Saturday, September 3, 2011 8:42 am

79.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

80.At 16, Technology 2020 takes innovation challenges in stride
Tech2020 embraces state initiatives, keeps its own counsel in pressing ahead with regional initiatives
By Milt Capps / Published Sunday, July 10, 2011 10:13 pm

81.Bottorff: TNInvestco shows 'creativity' in TN capital-formation;
entrepreneurial sector is an American source of strength

Nashville leader says the sometimes controversial program is 'worthwhile experiment' in jobs creation.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 8, 2011 2:58 pm

82.LaunchTN: McWhorter board resignation adds to agency's to-do's
[updated] Litigation, uncertainty over INCITE funding, turnover and more.
Milt Capps Updated 10:02 a.m. 28 January 2015 / Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015 1:15 pm

83.Nashville Technology Council a step closer to policy-advocacy role
[updated] Moving cautiously, CEO Bryan Huddleston preps for increased NTC influence.
Milt Capps updated Sept. 28, 2015 / Published Thursday, July 23, 2015 11:27 am

84.TNInvestco funds still had $84 Million dry powder at year-end 2011, ECD says
ECD's more robust reporting site provides easier access to TNInvestco filings
By Milt Capps updated 10:02 a.m. / Published Tuesday, August 21, 2012 8:11 am

85.Brookings: TN located in 'Heartland' region
with weakspot for entrepreneurship

A sobering report from Brookings Institution researchers inevitably shows there's work yet to be done.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:30 am

86.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

87.NewsBits, March 7, 2011
VU porfolio co goes elsewhere, TNInvestco company, startup ecosystem spreads, PdCamp, ORNL, MyOutdoorTV and more
By Milt Capps updated 3:15 p.m. March 8, 2011 / Published Monday, March 7, 2011 8:04 am

88.Bunker Labs Nashville startups on firing line in June 28 event
[updated] Local Bunker Labs crew is gaining momentum, enjoying network effect.
Milt Capps Updated June 24, 2016 2:20pm / Published Tuesday, June 21, 2016 5:15 pm

89.NewsBits, February 7, 2011
TTDC chief to Gov. Haslam, IP, Claritas, incubators, Angels, Louisville innovation, HiMSS-TN descends on Orlando and more
By Milt Capps Updated 7:54 a.m. 9 Feb / Published Monday, February 7, 2011 7:53 am

90.Life Science TN 'ups its game' on Capitol Hill in pursuit of funding
[Updated] When it's representatives hit the General Assembly, they'll bring a clear agenda.
Milt Capps legislation updated 0800 10 March 2015 / Published Monday, March 9, 2015 3:42 pm

91.NewsBits, May 23, 2011
New VC council forming, less TNInvestco info, Marcums' Tullhoma venture Launch Pad and news here and elsewhere
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 23, 2011 8:29 am

92.LaunchTN WIP: Exploring state Angel network, policy options and rankings
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation, TTDC, lays-out its priorities.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 21, 2014 1:30 pm

93.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

94.LaunchTN to ask 5-year, $44MM State support for maturing action plan
Brock steams ahead, with a successor CEO likely to be tapped before year-end.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 23, 2018 4:45 pm

95.Nashville Edtech veteran to lead eRepublic's Center for Digital Education
Kecia Ray says she is the first e.Republic exec dedicated entirely to CDE advancement.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 6, 2015 3:46 pm

96.Tech targets: TCRS PE program makes $25MM nod to Gen. Catalyst Group VI
This Massachusetts fund is partial to Internet plays and other technologies.
By Milt Capps Upudated 9:25 a.m. / Published Wednesday, December 21, 2011 8:36 am

97.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

98.NEXT TN: Research-industry-capital links are key
to state's intellectual-property commercialization

An overhaul of Tennessee connections, communications and capital is prerequisite to strong gains in commercialization
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 10, 2011 7:54 am

99.Tennessee State official applauds Pantheon Park innovation aims,
but rejects proposal to sell Old TN State Prison as site

Fate of business, education and innovation campus project remains uncertain.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, October 28, 2013 4:23 am

100.Tennessee Comptroller reports flaws in TNInvestco
The State's Comptroller today issued a report citing elevated risk of fraud and inadequate administration.
Milt Capps updated 14 November 12:51 p.m. / Published Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:03 am

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