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1.Ahead: Pathway Lending CEO eyes expansion of regional operations
Eighteen years into nonprofit lender's mission, Clint Gwin aims to expand footprint in key markets
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, February 25, 2020 4:01 pm

2.Pathway Lending, UT Research Foundation have intersecting commercialization interests
This economic-development lender is deepening its footprint statewide
By Milt Capps Updated 12:30 p.m. / Published Tuesday, May 3, 2011 8:07 am

3.NVille Chamber's 'Business Studio' to run SBA-backed Scaleup America push
Chamber-SBA program supports scaling potential high-growth businesses
Submitted / Published Monday, November 2, 2015 9:09 am

4.Entrepreneurs welcomed at Southeast Community Capital
Your business is 'real', but you can't look 'friends and family' in the eyes, you've maxed-out your credit-cards or embezzlement's hit your books... Remember Clint Gwin.
Milt Capps / Published Saturday, September 6, 2008 4:09 pm

5.Founder: Startup ALECIA maps capital raise, keeps IPO option in its sites
Content may be king, but this Nashville digital network aims to take the crown.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, October 5, 2018 1:00 pm

6.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

7.Nashville startups, market movers due for fresh look at NEXT Awards
Startups, market-movers and cities, themselves, often seek 'network effects', reputation and visibility -- which makes an inclusive Award program vital.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, March 5, 2019 3:30 pm

8.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

9.UT-Battelle, NellOne Therapeutics license patents for tissue therapy
Biomed venture that spun-out of Oak Ridge National Laboratory now has intellectual property to address heart damage
By Milt Capps Updated Jan. 29, 2006 7:16 a.m. / Published Thursday, January 28, 2010 1:58 pm

10.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

11.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

12.2019 Mayoral Candidate Cooper on questions posed by Venture Nashville
Early voting begins Aug. 23, ahead of the Sept. 12, 2019 Runoff General Election.
Published Wednesday, August 21, 2019 9:30 am

13.Epicenter CEO: Mobilizing Black-owned firms can bring Memphis surge
With Black-owned ventures front and center, CEO shares playbook for forging just, inclusive, growing regional economy.
By Leslie Lynn Smith, President & CEO, Epicenter - Guest Columnist / Published Tuesday, January 15, 2019 9:00 am

14.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

15.Memphis' Epicenter meets FedEx challenge, nets $40M for entrepreneurship
Bolus of funding seems likely to produce tidal surge of momentum in region's innovation economy.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018 2:00 pm

16.Briley Administration rolls-out small-biz, economic development moves
Music City Music Council, which augments Metro ECD, gets new staffer and SMB tools are spotlighted.
Staff adapted from releases / Published Monday, May 6, 2019 4:32 pm

17.2019 Mayoral Candidate Briley on questions posed by Venture Nashville
Early voting begins Aug. 23, ahead of the Sept. 12, 2019 Runoff General Election.
Published Wednesday, August 21, 2019 9:30 am

18.JPMorgan Chase CEO to muster this week with Bunker Labs in Nashville
Military veteran entrepreneurs, speakers and invited public join financial services leader, Aug. 8.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, August 6, 2019 2:30 pm

19.Venture Notes - 12 September 2016
[Updated] 11 items from around the state of interest to techies, investors, entrepreneurs, et al.
Milt Capps updated November 2017 / Published Monday, September 12, 2016 3:00 pm

20.Strategy for gauging 'transformative' TNInvestco value yet to be determined
[updated] Only rudimentary financial and compliance reporting was explicitly called for by law
Milt Capps updated 8:51 a.m. 30 December 2014 / Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014 9:37 am

21.Sohr-backed DataFi mulls further Seed capital for fintech platform
[Updated] Company has rebranded as Built Technologies, raised a total $25MM since inception.
Milt Capps Updated 21 January 2020 / Published Tuesday, February 3, 2015 3:30 pm

22.Apto maps capraises through 2019, targets expat adaptation in U.S., abroad
[updated] Startup near-term to add Mandarin, Spanish, Arabic and support for English-speakers abroad.
Milt Capps Updated / Published Monday, November 28, 2016 8:45 am

23.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

24.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

25.Spitz counsels skepticism to counter 'seductive' markets
Recently accorded industry's lifetime-achievement award, former VU treasurer suggests cynicism may be among best responses to financial crisis still unfolding
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, September 9, 2008 9:20 am

26.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

27.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

28.TN Treasurer names investment deputy, updates private-equity weight
Treasurer and CIO elevate former Avondale analyst, Owen grad.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, December 3, 2015 4:45 am

29.Venture Notes -- May 13, 2020
Updated - Another bevy of entrepreneurs seeking capital, an innovative Fund ponders next steps, details on corporate relo's, and more.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Wednesday, May 13, 2020 4:00 pm

30.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

31.Passport Health founder once faced 'blank stares'
Today, he's just put another notch on his acquisitions belt, but not long ago Jim Lackey was begging for that first customer as he attempted to introduce technology in a sector fond of sticky notes, faxes and phone calls.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 27, 2008 7:42 am

32.TCRS CIO Brakebill provides update on PE investment, other programs
[Updated] Due to COVID19-induced recession, recent years' stellar fund performance may be 'ancient history'.
By Milt Capps Updated / Published Monday, April 13, 2020 11:08 am

33.Startup: Network Contract Solutions leverages legal experience
[updated] Former Goldleaf counsel turns Angel money and admin frustrations into what's now Ncontracts
By Milt Capps updated / Published Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:22 am

34.Tennessee layoffs rising at dawn of 2009
With Tennessee's toughest year for layoffs since 2001 behind us, late-arriving news indicates closings and layoffs will continue
Milt Capps Last Updated Jan. 29, 2008, 3:45 p.m. / Published Thursday, January 29, 2009 3:43 pm

35.Belmont bootstrapping advocate Jeff Cornwall unveils family business
Advocate of organic growth and taut planning follows his North Star.
Milt Capps updated 10:31pm 10 Aug. 2015 / Published Monday, August 10, 2015 4:45 pm

36.Life Sciences: VC-backed Nodality opens Franklin lab
By enlisting a squad of scientists based here, this California firm has created a pathway of its own into Nashville's fledgling biotechnology community
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, February 3, 2009 8:55 am

37.LaunchTN announces 2015-2016 Class of The TENN
Third Cohort of Master Accelerator Program Kicks Off Oct. 21
Submitted Updated 21 January 2016 / Published Tuesday, October 6, 2015 3:15 am

38.Fintech: Maxwell leads FINTOP II fund raise
FINTOP has drypowder from Fund I, expands team, likes what it sees in non-coastal dealflow.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, March 15, 2019 3:16 pm

39.Maxwell-led FINTOP Capital FTP1 fintech fund closes north of $50MM goal
Nashvillian-led fund could invest up to $10MM in current operating year.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, November 3, 2017 11:00 am

40.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

41.Bizplans: Churchill asks no equity from Young Entrepreneur Contest entrants
Winners - Mortgage company's anniversary may fund a birthday for a startup
By Milt Capps Updated 12 March 2013 / Published Thursday, December 20, 2012 12:22 pm

42.Avila-led Emerge Financial Wellness mulls Series B raise in 2015
CEO sees Southeast as a key region in FinTech development and related payments plays.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 12, 2015 9:00 am

43.Gem founder ranks NVille Healthcare sector as a key Blockchain market
CEO Winkelspecht is working with HC customers on proof of concept technologies.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, March 31, 2016 9:30 am

44.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

45.'Growth advisor' Campbell stays close to the money
Native daughter turns drive and contacts into a series of healthcare-oriented ventures
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 9, 2009 2:03 pm

46.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

47.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

48.Entrepreneur plans entertainment districts in Nashville, the Shoals, NOLA
Files for $1.1MM preliminary capraise, ahead of much larger funding for projects in Tennessee and elsewhere.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 1, 2019 1:03 pm

49.Money, technology, consumerism converge in Medical Banking Project
Only one local bank exec, it seems, is currently a vocal fan of MBP, but this healthtech entrepreneur just may be over the hump, nonetheless
Milt Capps UPDATED 2:58 p.m. / Published Thursday, September 11, 2008 2:24 pm

50.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

51.Nashville's investor-backed YouScience startup charts paths to marketplace
[updated] Smart money and a long-standing interest in matching natural ability and career paths produce an edventure.
By Milt Capps last updated 8:38 a.m. 7 May 2015 / Published Sunday, October 27, 2013 1:45 pm

52.TCRS private-equity commitments reach $900MM as Villere departs
[updated] Crews PE role formalized after months as interim at TCRS.
By Milt Capps Updated 28 January 2014 / Published Monday, May 13, 2013 6:44 am

53.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

54.Roadtrip! Memphis Demo Day startups beckon entrepreneurs, investors
Consider going: Array of startups queued-up for the Aug. 16 culmination of 'Summer of Acceleration'
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 4:15 pm

55.Chattanooga's Charlie Brock rumored likely to become LaunchTN CEO
The deal may not yet be done, but CEO search may be nearing its end
By Milt Capps updated 2:32 p.m. 13 December / Published Wednesday, December 12, 2012 8:44 am

56.mobileMed devices: Franklin-based Cardiac Profiles pursues Series A2 raise
CEO maps course for Series A-2, Series B raises and views Goggle and Apple moves as reinforcing vision.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, February 21, 2019 5:15 pm

57.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

58.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

59.Nashville Entrepreneur Center's 27 InFlight teams debut Thurs., Dec. 12
New cohort includes software, hospitality, fitness, beauty-style, wellness - and, yes, coffee and more.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, December 10, 2019 3:15 pm

60.Venture Aug. 2, 2018
[updated] 36 alerts in today's summary as mid-summer Venture energy brings multiple new funds, capraises, and more.
By Milt Capps updated 17 Sept. 2018 / Published Thursday, August 2, 2018 4:45 pm

61.Petra Capital's Blackburn: Maybe 'everyone's on-strike'
Waiting for the economy's turn, this VC keeps it real by focusing on performance, processes and pairing-up golfers
By Milt Capps Updated Jan. 28, 2009, 5:15 a.m. / Published Tuesday, January 27, 2009 10:00 pm

62.CEO: Nashville Fashion Alliance may pivot into strategic relationship
With a merger or other transition afoot, NFA chief and Mayor Briley restate value of supporting Creatives, Fashion entrepreneurs.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 29, 2019 2:07 pm

63.HRtech: XOi Technologies' founder aims for 'optionality' at inflection points
Startup has raised more than $17MM and has entered Canada, UK markets.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, August 8, 2019 12:15 pm

64.Wink! Vanderbilt Owen grad's Georgie Beauty venture is NY-LA-focused
Megan Allen is assaulting the Left Coast, boosted by ties to Music City
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, November 20, 2012 11:42 am

65.Venture Notes - July 7, 2020
Music innovation push, startup scouts, fintech, Y-Combinator entrant, Angel Tax Credit takers, partnerships, exec moves, resources + more...
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 7, 2020 3:45 pm

66.Venture Notes, May 11, 2015
Steve Case, Jim Lackey, Sal Novin, Marc Guthrie, PE gig -- and the late Dave Chapman.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 11, 2015 2:00 pm

67.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

68.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

69.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

70.Fintech: Money Services licensing pact could help TN startups, innovators
Startups and mature money transmitters alike will want to watch this space.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, February 7, 2018 1:27 pm

71.36|86: Village 36 startup presenters
LaunchTN has described each of the startup's presenting during 36|86, reprinted here.
Reprinted / Published Sunday, May 24, 2015 1:28 pm

72.NEA partner eyes 'huge opportunity' for Nashville healthcare technologists
Sandbox, Brentwood Capital, Citigroup, NEA, EDG Partners execs share views.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 16, 2016 10:45 am

73.Venture Notes -- April 8, 2019
Weaver mulls spinout, Angels active, fintech adds, SiRanch bucks, tech commercialization, Briovation bread on the waters and more...
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 8, 2019 4:43 pm

74.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

75.Liquidity event: Passport Health deal shows power of health-revenue cycle
Angels, VCs from near and far: Nashville gets a look inside another hot health technology sector, which some think will be driven by M&A activity for years to come.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, August 5, 2008 5:53 am

76.Fintech CEO: Mainsale-backed Ncontracts has pipeline of M&A 'discussions'
[updated] Nashville has proven a 'phenomenal', 'fabulous' place for VC-backed fintech-regtech co's launch.
By Milt Capps Updated 21 April 2020 / Published Tuesday, October 15, 2019 3:15 pm

77.Regional Roundup, Oct. 26, 2011
With relatively little fanfare, one TNInvestco fund is rebranding and entrepreneurial activity heats-up statewide.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 26, 2011 10:54 am

78.Venture Notes - October 19, 2018
Another batch of entrepreneurial and investment movers, shakers and TBDs.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, October 19, 2018 1:30 pm

79.3 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

80.Venture Notes - September 26, 2018
Latest updates on capital raises, partners, advisors and more.
By Milt Capps updated 26 Oct 2018 / Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018 8:45 am

81.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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