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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.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

4.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

5.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

6.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

7.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

8.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

9.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

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

11.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

12.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

13.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

14.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

15.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

16.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

17.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

18.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

19.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

20.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

21.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

22.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

23.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

24.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

25.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

26.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

27.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

28.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

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

30.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

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

32.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

33.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

34.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

35.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

36.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

37.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

38.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

39.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

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 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

42.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

43.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

44.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

45.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

46.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

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

48.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

49.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

50.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

51.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

52.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

53.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

54.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

55.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

56.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

57.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

58.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

59.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

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

61.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

62.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

63.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

64.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

65.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

66.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

67.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

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

69.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

70.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

71.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

72.Digital Reasoning Systems secures $24MM GS + Credit Suisse NEXT capital
Press release / Published Thursday, October 9, 2014 9:00 am

73.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

74.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

75.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

76.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

77.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

78.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

79.TNInvestco-backed VenX vein-treatment device gets FDA nod
Venture persists within the regulatory system to advance its product
By Staff / Published Tuesday, July 19, 2011 1:02 pm

80.TNInvestco funds stay busy with further tech-sector investments
A steady stream of commitments, often made to familiar names, continues, with results not yet due
By Milt Capps updated 8:46 p.m. / Published Wednesday, January 4, 2012 8:35 am

81.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

82.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

83.VC Innova Memphis ignites $31MM RBIC fund,
projects 20 transactions by year-end 2018

Robotics, analytics, decision-support tech -- it's not your Grandma's Ag anymore.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 15, 2017 11:11 am

84.Vanderbilt's $50M discovery fund, TTDC's signal event
TTDC convenes investors and scientists in Nashville -- and Chancellor Zeppos announces new money for VU's academic discovery fund
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, September 4, 2008 7:56 am

85.Council & Enhanced Tennessee Fund, LLC
At left, Denny Bottorff
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:29 am

86.Pharos Capital Partners Fund IV-A filing eyes $250M healthcare investing
Healthcare specialists file on Fund IV affiliate.
adapted by staff from PCG materials / Published Thursday, October 10, 2019 4:30 pm

87.TNInvestco ranks may grow if idea gets legs
UPDATED The capital pool might grow to $200MM; State officials are said to have held private meetings with group of TNInvestco players
By Milt Capps Last updated 8:35 p.m. / Published Tuesday, November 24, 2009 2:49 pm

88.Angel Capital Group outlines deal-syndication strategy
Leveraging a North Carolina Angel-investing network and attempting to launch a microfund, the ACG hasn't lowered its expectations, as it makes a fresh push to gain traction in Tennessee.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 26, 2008 11:06 pm

89.$800MM: TCRS releases state private equity guidelines
Much anticipated guidance for VCs and private-equity investors is likely to galvanize Tennessee fund managers
By Milt Capps Last updated 12:15 p.m. / Published Wednesday, June 24, 2009 12:02 pm

90.Founder of local $95MM Hope Investments fund
aims to support Just Hope global relief work

[updated] A former Franklin corporate executive hopes to turn her investment-management savvy into a boon for the impoverished
By Milt Capps Updated 15 Jan. 2017 / Published Monday, April 4, 2011 8:11 am

91.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

92.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

93.Cortac, Hubble Telemed and venture follow-ons get TNInvestco nods
Seven portfolio companies get new or follow-on commitments, plus other updates.
By Milt Capps updated 7:15 p.m. / Published Monday, January 23, 2012 7:43 am

94.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

95.VenturePeople: Heritage Group gains Wallace from SVLS
Nashville VC finds his way home and once more into the healthcare arena
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:20 am

96.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

97.Briefly: TriStar Technology Ventures invests in Cerebrotech
Another bet in medical devices is m ade by Jacobson-led venture firm
By VNC Staff edits 4:42 p.m. / Published Thursday, June 7, 2012 3:03 pm

98.Claritas Cornerstone Fund likely to invest in 4 to 6 more companies
[updated] Firm's investor-relations director sees great opportunity, great lifestyle in Nashville area.
Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 4:35 pm

99.Briefly: TNInvestco officials will discuss 'shortcomings' of losing bids
State officials who ran the recent TNInvestco competition say they have an open door
By Milt Capps Last updated 1:55 p.m., Nov. 16, 2009 / Published Monday, November 16, 2009 11:46 am

100.Venture Notes - 21 July 2016
Resolute Capital's Fund IV, HCA CEO to speak, new LaunchTN SBIR-STTR writing grants and more.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, July 21, 2016 5:00 pm

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