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1.Angel-backed Chattanooga Renaissance Fund launches
Brock of FourBridges joins XMi-linked Lupton executive in finishing-out Chattanooga early-stage infrastructure
By Milt Capps Updated 5:45 p.m. / Published Tuesday, March 15, 2011 9:56 am

2.Lamp Post Group advances incubation in Chattanooga
With EPB, Renaissance Fund and other alliles, River City takes another step toward its 'Smart City' closeup
By Milt Capps Updated 5:36 p.m. / Published Monday, April 25, 2011 8:56 am

3.Inova Payroll gets $1MM bump from CRF, Nashville Angels
Farsheed Ferdowsi updates us on the raise he saw coming in VNC's earlier story
By Milt Capps Updated 12:25 p.m. / Published Thursday, July 7, 2011 11:13 am

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.NEC's Project Music & Entertainment inducts 14 teams for latest cohort
Four teams based in Tennessee, plus businesses from Canada, Illinois, Boston and elsewhere get the nod.
By VNC Staff / Published Tuesday, May 4, 2021 12:55 pm

6.ReTickr: Day 104 could bring the stress some entrepreneurs pray for
The gut-wrenching ups and downs of a tech startup haven't quelled this startup's drive
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, November 21, 2011 9:43 am

7.VentureNotes, Oct. 3, 2011
Investors are busily putting capital into ventures young and older, in Chattanooga, Oak Ridge and elsewhere
By Milt Capps Updated 4:07 p.m. / Published Monday, October 3, 2011 8:19 am

8.Venture Notes - June 13, 2018
Capital raises by SportsSense, 7 Springs, Branch Technology, Ambition, Freightwaves and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018 5:00 pm

9.Entrepreneurs' advice for 'Best of Times, Worst of Times'
It seems like more than mere whistlin' in the dark, as these entrepreneurs discussed opportunities and sources of confidence
By Milt Capps Last updated 3:31 p.m. / Published Tuesday, November 17, 2009 3:05 pm

10.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

11.VentureNotes, September 10, 2012
Galen, VentureIncite, LaunchTN, Dobie Media, FamilyVenture Management and more
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, September 10, 2012 7:53 am

12.Venture Calendar - Key mid-TN events, next 30 days
What Happens in Music City Serves the World.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 28, 2023 3:45 pm

13.Branch Technology secured patents, files on a nearly $12MM capital raise
Disruptive 3D Printing manufacturer, backed by a strategic that's backed by Momenta Ventures.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, December 10, 2020 5:00 pm

14.Headsup: Sponsored tickets gratis for 1st CoMobility Summit this week
Investors, entrepreneurs, advisors et al rally for venture, enterprise and sustainability leadership.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 8, 2023 2:45 pm

15.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

16.Pandoland June 15-17: Tennessee startups among festival's $100K seekers
Still under wraps, but a startup team you know may be about to get great exposure.
Milt Capps updated 11 June 2015 / Published Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:00 am

17.NewsBits, April 4, 2011
Jacobs' latest, TripRaiser traction, Delegator does it all, Pfeffer's sage advice, touching base with Applied Health and more here.
By Milt Capps Updated 9:15 a.m. / Published Monday, April 4, 2011 8:11 am

18.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

19.Against clock, Bredesen pushes Green jobs, innovation
At the midpoint in Gov. Bredesen's second term, he's not letting-up on the accelerator for New Economy jobs
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, November 11, 2009 2:17 pm

20.NewsBits, July 5, 2011
Remember when things used to slow down for Summer? Tennessee's venture scene seems busier than ever
By Milt Capps Updated July 7, 2011 / Published Monday, July 4, 2011 7:56 pm

21.LaunchTN IMPACT group grows to 21, with $65.4MM SSBCI decisions due
If Tennessee enlists for SSBCI funding, TTDC investment committee could get pretty busy.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, May 20, 2021 12:48 pm

22.Angel Capital Group updates Nashville and Appalachian microfunds
CEO says sees first close on HealthIT fund by end of 1Q 2018.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, January 25, 2018 11:08 am

23.NewsBits, May 3, 2011
Speaker Harwell's tech agenda.. Schulz on ECD strategy.. new TN tech jobs.. Chattanooga Ventures.. Dream CS, DigiChart and more..
By Milt Capps Updated 9:14 a.m. / Published Tuesday, May 3, 2011 8:06 am

24.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

25.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

26.Update: SEC gives nod to Greg Daily's i3 Verticals IPO, NASDAQ listing
[Updated] Veteran of Nashville payments scene inevitably has played his cards close to the vest.
By Milt Capps Updated 8 June 2019 0800 / Published Friday, May 25, 2018 5:01 pm

27.TN innovators seek i6 Challenge grants for innovation, entrepreneurship
Regardless of grant outcomes, these strategic proposals warrant scrutiny across Tennessee.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, September 27, 2018 4:44 pm

28.LaunchTN Southland signals aggressive
Tennessee entrepreneurial campaign

The Fourth is a long way off, but the fireworks begin in 3 weeks
By Milt Capps updated 31 May / Published Monday, May 20, 2013 9:36 am

29.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

30.Everly, the mix and beverages startup, preps for Series A raise this spring
This Nashville startup is having an impact felt as far away as Zambia.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, March 26, 2015 3:30 pm

31.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

32.Innova Memphis: Innova Fund III announced $20MM first close
VTC Firm will continue bio/investment pace, likely to eye yet another fund in coming years
Milt Capps / Published Monday, September 8, 2014 8:00 am

33.Mayor O'Connell, Nashville Chamber close gap, uplift AI, spotlight BNA chief
Speakers seemed to strike genuinely responsive chords among the audience.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, October 24, 2023 1:59 pm

34.Davidson: IPO's or not, TN's 'capital-starved' venture sector has fresh energy
A little realism about the burdens and advantages of IPO go a long way at decision time
By Milt Capps updated March 6, 2012 6:40 a.m. / Published Monday, March 5, 2012 9:16 am

35.Venture Calendar - 2016 - Updated
[updated] 2016 rocks with appealing events statewide.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, November 25, 2016 12:00 pm

36.Healthcare accelerator pact among Company Lab, Erlanger, Unum
leverages Chattanooga's broad innovation impulse

Months and years of ecosystem development might help make Chattanooga an 'overnight' entrepreneurial success.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 1, 2018 1:44 pm

37.Rocket Propulsion Fund Universe
Chart accompanying story
Staff / Published Monday, September 28, 2020 4:17 pm

38.Lindsey Cox building head o' steam at CoLab in Chattanooga
Healthcare, transportation, mobility among targets of new Chattanooga Regional Catalyst Fund
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, June 24, 2021 8:00 am

39.Council & Enhanced Tennessee Fund hasn't exhausted TNInvestco capital
There's a least one TNInvestco that isn't yet exhausted, and is still looking for investible deals
Milt Capps / Published Friday, October 24, 2014 3:15 pm

40.NewsBits, Oct. 26, 2011
Milestone events, capital raises, a whiskey resurrected, and local venture news recapped.
By Milt Capps updated 29 Oct. 9:35 a.m. / Published Wednesday, October 26, 2011 10:54 am

41.Tennessee Angel Fund
At left, Sid Chambless
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:30 am

42.Jumpstart Health principals file for $30MM Jumpstart Nova Fund I raise
Impetus for fund has been growing amid rampant awareness of inequities in backing for Black entrepreneurs.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, April 1, 2021 5:08 pm

43.XMi Holdings' XMi High Growth & Opportunity Fund sets $20MM fund raise
XMi unit is sector agnostic, but expects to see plenty of healthcare.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, April 30, 2015 4:00 pm

44.Memphis's ESO Fund files for $150MM Fund V to back venture option moves
Memphians Lackie, Roberts, Sousoulas and San Mateo-backed Chou are among leaders.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 2, 2022 4:03 pm

45.Petra Capital files for $150 Million Growth Fund IV
Twenty-one-year-old firm could hit $600MM raised since inception.
By Milt Capps Updated 4 June 2020 / Published Wednesday, May 30, 2018 5:20 pm

46.FCA Venture Partners said to co-manage Dioko fund, files for $75M Fund VI
[Updated] Clayton Associates affiliate obviously pushing on more than one front.
Milt Capps UPDATED March 15, 2016 11:23 a.m. / Published Monday, February 22, 2016 2:52 pm

47.TNInvestco finalists named by ECD-Revenue
Ten companies of 25 are advancing toward interviews and a shot at more than $80MM in tax-credit allocations that can be capitalized
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 7, 2009 9:53 am

48.Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund LP pursues $200MM raise
Updated: Rock Morphis and David McClellan are adding tons of dry powder to their healthcare venture arsenal.
VNC Staff Updated 2 May 2016 / Published Monday, January 23, 2012 7:47 am

49.MB Ventures' 3rd fund emerging in time to reap 'Vintage 2009' values
The Pitt Hyde-founded life-sciences investor will soon be on the prowl again, in a target-rich marketplace of down-valued companies
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, November 25, 2008 9:30 am

50.Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund launches in N'ville
Vanguard's Martin, Community Health's Smith among those signing-on to to drive outcomes, drive down costs.
VNC Staff / Published Wednesday, January 26, 2011 6:40 am

51.Jumpstart Foundry fund eyes $6.5M via general solicitation
Nineth of annual JSF funds is pursued in atmosphere of both challenge and opportunity.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, March 16, 2023 5:17 pm

52.Fund-manager interviews set by City of Franklin
A VU MBA alum happens to be on the team out of New York State interviewing would-be fund managers
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, September 23, 2009 1:49 pm

53.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

54.Hard choices: TN venture scene pops with dozens of events just ahead
UPDATED 23 Feb 2024 A myriad of scheduled events lies just ahead and we're pointing you to several dozen in this collection.
By Milt Capps Updated 23 February 2024 / Published Wednesday, January 24, 2024 4:30 pm

55.Dynamo Fund, Accelerator raise tops $18MM, cohort announced
Entrepreneurs who exited America Access Transport for logistics, transportation startup program.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, September 13, 2016 11:30 am

56.BCA execs creating $25MM fund here
In a buyer's market and with incentives for fund creation proliferating, well known Nashvillians make their move
By Milt Capps Lasted updated 2:55 p.m. / Published Friday, July 10, 2009 12:53 pm

57.Tennessee VCs and institutional partners ask opinions on ecosystem
Two VCs and allied institutions seek your opinions on state's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Submitted / Published Monday, July 20, 2015 9:00 am

58.Chattanooga accelerator, $12MM Fund target Logistics, Drones, Software
VTC - [Updated] Two years after a successful exit from logistics business, a new venture launches.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, March 28, 2016 12:00 am

59.Innova Fund II, LP
At left, Ken Woody
By Milt Capps Last Updated 6:06 p.m. Nov. 5, 2009 / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:29 am

60.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

61.Private equity: State pension fund commits $150MM
Heavy-hitters among the threesome of fund managers chosen to handle the state's inaugural PE investments
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, August 19, 2009 8:47 am

62.Harpeth Venture Advisors signals 1st close of $27.5M Opportunity Fund
[updated] Longtime Nashville i-bankers will apply experience as venture-capital investors.
By Milt Capps updated 12 November 2020 / Published Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:00 am

63.Metro fund targets volatility and budget pressure
Nashville's chief investment officer is working to improve further the benefits fund's performance, while mitigating pressure for additional Metro contributions to pay for benefits for retired employees
By Milt Capps updated 25 February 2011 / Published Wednesday, September 2, 2009 2:05 pm

64.Owners of TNInvestco-backed Hubble Telemedical exit in sale to Welch Ally
VTC First exit for the fund affiliated with Memphis-based MB Venture Partners.
VTC Larisa Brass / Published Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:00 am

65.Solidus-SeedHatchery mentees named
Reflecting further momentum spawned by the TNInvestco program and JumpStart Foundry, Solidus and Seed Hatchery announced six new micro-fund mentees in Memphis
Published Wednesday, March 2, 2011 2:26 pm

66.Venture Notes - July 11, 2023
Twenty-three items on new funds, startups and early-growth businesses, people in transition, state programs and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, July 11, 2023 4:28 pm

67.Nashville's Jumpstart Capital files for $120MM Fund II ahead of JSF bets
[Updated] Jumpstart Capital, Jumpstart Health Investors, Jumpstart Nova, Jumpstart Foundry play complementary roles.
By Milt Capps Updated / Published Monday, May 2, 2022 5:35 pm

68.FourBridges Capital Advisors expands SE reach, doesn't rule-out VC fund
VTC Boutique investment banking firm in Chattanooga eyes Florida, Carolinas.
Milt Capps Last edited 8:08am 3 February 2016 / Published Tuesday, February 2, 2016 2:00 pm

69.Limestone Fund LLC
At left, Joe Cook Jr.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:29 am

70.Council Capital: Rick Apple spreads TNInvestco seeds for Nashville moneytree
One of 10 TNInvestco's is now being led by a VU/Princeton product
By Milt Capps updated 9:22 a.m. / Published Thursday, August 9, 2012 8:28 am

71.FCA Venture Partners, TN Angel Fund
bless Silvercare 3MM B-round

Buntin, Chambless and King comment on completion of incontinence startup's capital raise
By VNC Staff Updated 3:15 p.m. / Published Wednesday, March 9, 2011 2:09 pm

72.New $100MM venture fund creator retains 2nd Generation
Entrepreneur who hit jackpot in technology for gambling is establishing a rigorous process for targeting his investments
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 1, 2008 8:40 am

73.New Chattanooga accelerator, $12MM Fund target Logistics, Drones, Software
VTC Two years after a successful exit from logistics business, a new venture launches.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, March 29, 2016 5:30 am

74.TCRS Private equity investment jumps with $50MM placement
With its third announcement and fifth assignment, the State's retirement plan advances toward its $800MM-plus investment goal
By Milt Capps Updated 3:50 p.m. / Published Tuesday, March 9, 2010 3:13 pm

75.Tennessee Pension Fund names private-equity investment director
In a much-anticipated announcement, TCRS announces the identity of the man who will be the fund's first private-equity investment director
By Milt Capps Updated 1:25 p.m. / Published Thursday, January 22, 2009 11:19 am

76.TriStar Technology Ventures files for $40MM capital raise for Tech Fund II
Just days after parent HIG added to its management team, Tri-Star reports it has begun one of Tennessee's larger recent fund raises
By Milt Capps updated 10:01 a.m. / Published Tuesday, December 6, 2011 8:57 am

77.Innova Memphis's $75MM farmtech raise advances to first-close at $40MM
Team is apparently leaning further into its latest raise, with TAUM now over $100MM.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, June 28, 2023 7:05 am

78.Memphis Money: Sage Advantage Fund created by advisory firm's founders
VTC Memphis-centric founders to provide savvy and capital to proven early-stage companies.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, January 13, 2016 2:00 pm

79.TriStar, Limestone TNINvestco funds
form Device Innovation Group

Medical devices may get a boost from the collaboration of two life-science weighted funds and an innovation driver
By VNC staff Updated 8:50 a.m. March 9, 2011 / Published Tuesday, March 8, 2011 10:49 am

80.Memphis Biomed Ventures Tennessee I LLC
At left, Gary Stevenson
By Milt Capps Updated July 10, 2011 2:06 p.m. / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:30 am

81.Mountain Group affiliate targets raising $125MM in venture capital funds
[updated] New fund may continue trend of Life Sciences and Technology investments.
By Milt Capps updated 2:37pm / Published Friday, July 13, 2018 8:12 am

82.TNInvestco: Goldrush underway to fund TN ventures
$120MM program should inject more than $80MM into seed- and early-stage companies in Tennessee over next few years
By Milt Capps Last updated 10:29 a.m. Nov. 5, 2009 / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:30 am

83.Startups, Buyouts: TNCRS nears $2BN PE mark
with Charlesbank, Khosla commitments

TCRS PE program seems to be maintaining its investment pace.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 4, 2014 2:15 pm

84.XMi High Growth Development Fund, LLC
At left, Mike Shmerling
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:29 am

85.Energy Targets: TCRS PE program makes $50MM commitment to Denham
Rising interest in metals, natural gas and other energy assets is the driver in Denham's current multi-billion dollar fundraise
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, December 28, 2011 9:05 am

86.Nashville Capital Network prepares twin deals
Sid Chambless says he's hanging on for the ride, as NCN queues-up two more financing deals, leveraging its new Fund with investors from 50-Angel network
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, April 16, 2008 7:39 am

87.Heritage Group affiliates report $315 Million Fund III progress
The raise seems to be peaking more than four years after Fund II was closed.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, December 14, 2020 5:41 pm

88.TCRS private-equity commitments approach $700MM, agency says
A pension-fund program underway three years takes another step forward
By Milt Capps edits 4:14 p.m. / Published Monday, July 16, 2012 12:14 pm

89.Venture Notes - May 14, 2019
News from Frist Cressey, fintechs, Washtopia, Episode Sols, Sphere, Veterans VC, FedEx, Ballast, VendEngine, and many more.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 14, 2019 3:07 pm

90.Altitude Ventures eyes $100M Fund III for digital health, HC services
Backed/advised by key players, firm hits quick first close, attracts Kleiner Perkins veteran Deshpande
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, March 31, 2022 9:56 am

91.Noted: Claritas Capital reports $10 MM raised so far in 2 funds
Claritas has been broadening its footprint in a number of ways, not content to be just another regional VC. But, no details.
By VNC Staff Updated 4:26 p.m. / Published Thursday, September 1, 2011 3:09 pm

92.TCRS makes $25MM private-equity commitment
Well connected Sand Hill firm gets nod, as State pension fund continues implementation of first-year investments
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 19, 2009 8:32 am

93.TCRS: Retirement fund commits $40MM total to Bain Capital VF12, Canaan IX
The state's retirement system advances toward the half-billion dollar level in private-equity commitments
By Milt Capps updated 5:37 p.m., Feb. 11, 2012 / Published Friday, February 10, 2012 2:30 pm

94.Nashville Capital Network says Fund IV commitments pass $70MM
[Updated] Approaching its 20th anniversary, NCN says it has has recruited its largest fund, yet.
Milt Capps updated March 24, 2023 / Published Wednesday, April 13, 2022 2:49 pm

95.Digital Reasoning Systems secures $24MM GS + Credit Suisse NEXT capital
DRS's passage via the New York City Fintech accelerator was apparently right step.
Press release / Published Thursday, October 9, 2014 11:55 am

96.Pharos Capital Partners Fund IV-A filing eyes $250M healthcare investing
[Updated 25 Nov 2020] Healthcare specialists file on Fund IV companion.
Milt Capps Updated 25 November 2020 / Published Thursday, October 10, 2019 4:30 pm

97.Maxwell's interests go beyond Venture to Banking, bank-embedded fintech
One of TN's most aggressive fintech builders + bettors joins others to grow a new ecosystem.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, May 11, 2021 5:01 pm

98.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

99.Council Capital launches Fund III with $125MM target, exits Ingenious Med
[Updated] Private equity firm with $200MM capital managed, seeks to increase its opportunities
Milt Capps Updated 12 April 2016 / Published Friday, October 24, 2014 3:15 pm

100.Statewide 'Tennessee Angel Fund' launched as TNInvestco deadline nears
Sid Chambless has gained a third leadership hat, as Nashville Capital Network and its allies launch a third investment vehicle
By Milt Capps Last updated 4:28 p.m. / Published Tuesday, September 22, 2009 3:32 pm

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