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101.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

102.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

103.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

104.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

105.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

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

107.Claritas Capital's Chadwick puts forward Sharecare share buyout offer
Nashville-based Claritas' co-founder is director of digital health company that went public via SPAC -- co. now has est. EV of as much as $586MM.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 11, 2023 9:39 am

108.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

109.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

110.$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

111.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

112.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

113.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

114.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

115.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

116.FINTOP Capital Fund III eyes $250MM, Joe Maxwell active on multi-fronts
Fund Close Updated: This fintech VC's execs are involved not only in deals, but in potentially industry-transforming efforts.
By Milt Capps Updated / Published Friday, January 14, 2022 4:51 pm

117.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

118.Fintech: Maxwell leads FINTOP II fund raise
[updated] 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

119.State-backed LaunchTN Awards $7MM in matching funds to 37 TN firms
Launch Tennessee announced latest SBIR fundings.
adapted from submitted release / Published Wednesday, October 5, 2022 10:00 am

120.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

121.Exec launches Rocket Propulsion Fund via AngelList rolling-funds platform
Nashville Founder/GP targets fintech, insurtech, digital-health verticals, affirms cap-table diversity goal
Milt Capps / Published Monday, September 28, 2020 4:30 pm

122.Shore Capital makes waves raising $640MM+ for industrial, healthcare funds
Chicago-Nashville PE has raised an estimated $2.3BN or more through at least 10 funds, and has $6BN+ assets and related.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, July 13, 2023 2:45 pm

123.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

124.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

125.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

126.Joe Maxwell & partners launch Cultivation Capital Fintech Growth Fund
Serial entrepreneur shifts to lead VC fund stressing operator experience and regional focus.
Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 8, 2016 11:30 am

127.Update: State Pension fund searches for private-equity director
UPDATED Oct. 9 0925 - For the moment, the Pension fund is proroceeding with recruitment that could improve returns on TCRS portfolio
Milt Capps UPDATED Oct. 9, 2008 0925 / Published Tuesday, October 7, 2008 8:26 pm

128.The Street: Nashville investor Heidtke thinks worst could be over
A veteran of earlier recessions, this investment-fund manager still has plenty of 'Buzz'
Milt Capps / Published Monday, December 15, 2008 9:22 am

129.Tri-Star Technology Fund, LLC
At left, Dr. Harry Jacobson
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:30 am

130.NeighborMD's $2.5MM raise attracts Nashville Capital Network
Healthcare gets another boost from local investors, successfully closes round.
By VNC staff updated Feb. 7, 2012 11:57 a.m. / Published Monday, January 9, 2012 9:00 am

131.Updated: Frist Cressey Ventures ups to $300MM Fund III fundraising target
Updated 4/18/22: Of the healthcare-focused VC's 22 currently active portfolio companies, 12 are located in the Greater Nashville area.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, September 20, 2021 11:45 am

132.Frontier Capital pushes West toward Nashville
North Carolina deal-flow prospector says his firm is focusing more attention on Music City
Milt Capps LAST Updated 9:53 a.m. / Published Tuesday, December 30, 2008 8:23 am

133.Altitude Ventures taps Deshpande, eyes Fund III-driven portfolio expansion
New Strategic Limited Partner says Altitude is a 'good fit', given it understands how to add value beyond capital.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 30, 2023 8:45 am

134.Tennessee Angels investors expanding U.S. reach
Budding U.S. network aims to increase deal flow and investment
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, April 1, 2008 1:23 pm

135.Entrepreneurs: Jacobson weaves healthcare, technology, ventures
Here, an effort to provide a primer on ventures undertaken by Harry Jacobson
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, November 9, 2009 3:41 pm

136.TN companies at pivot-points might attract funding via River Associates
This private-equity firm attracted out-of-state institutionals to its $222MM fund VI
By Milt Capps updated May 19, 2012 6:57 a.m. / Published Thursday, May 17, 2012 10:05 am

137.LaunchTN details INCITE investment tallies, investors, portfolio companies
As INCITE comes to halt, we take at look at the ground that's been covered.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, February 17, 2016 3:00 pm

138.Dynamo Ventures $43.2M Fund II eyes global Supply Chain, Mobility bets
Chattanooga investor likely to back 25 new portfolio companies in U.S. and abroad.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, June 24, 2021 9:00 am

139.Tennessee approved for $116M+ via US Treasury's SSBCI initiative
The long-gestating verdict is official. Read more here.
ECD press release / Published Monday, February 27, 2023 10:41 am

140.TCRS PE commitments hit $424 Million with nods
to Khosla Ventures IV, Berkshire Partners fund

Entrepreneurs and business owners up for some 'brutal honesty' might check out these new Tennessee-backed institutional investors.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, May 26, 2011 9:50 am

141.Nashville Entrepreneur Center update on startup capital recruitment
EC staff, led by COO John Murdock provide fresh details on EC capital-formation efforts.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, February 25, 2022 4:45 pm

142.GOP nominee for State Treasurer would impact investing
UPDATED - A change at the helm of the Treasurer's office could mean changes in management of the state's new private-equity investments
Milt Capps Last Updated Jan. 15, 2009 - 1555 / Published Tuesday, January 13, 2009 7:26 am

143.After Ipreo, Maxwell will shift to raising a Nashville-based FinTech fund
Serial entrepreneur says he's preparing to 'chase his passion' for venture.
Milt Capps edit 1:15pm / Published Thursday, July 23, 2015 11:45 am

144.VU Engineering alum helms new Engage VC with Atlanta corporate impetus
New firm is closely allied with ATDC and Georgia Tech, first cohort app deadline July 8.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, May 24, 2017 12:30 pm

145.Their Take on Capital: Grant Jackson, Council Capital managing partner
Managing General Partners gives fresh view of region's Healthcare sector.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016 3:00 pm

146.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

147.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

148.TennesSeed Partners to ally with nonprofit to fuel TN seed-stage businesses
VCs team with TennesSeed Funders to create momentum to feed flywheel effect in TN economy.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, September 27, 2019 4:30 pm

149.Venture Notes - November 12, 2018
New $20MM Angel fund, Shore Capital hoists flag higher in Nashville, and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, November 12, 2018 3:40 pm

150.Females in Finance focus of Templeton's UT-C work
Sir John Templeton's grand-niece is taking on neuro-economics and gender issues, with backing from a hedge-fund pioneer
By Milt Capps Updated Dec. 20, 2010 10:47 a.m. / Published Saturday, December 18, 2010 6:24 am

151.Launch Tennessee gameplan may eventually include $50MM Fund of Funds
There are similar models in Georgia and other states, some involving a mix of public and private funds.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, January 26, 2018 5:21 pm

152.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

153.Boon, not gloom? MB Ventures chief looks forward to '09
With a nod to Nashville VCs, this Memphis fund manager sees plenty of targets of opportunity
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, December 30, 2008 8:22 am

154.Healthcare disruptors: Jacobson's Healthcare Investment Group
adds MK-ShattuckHammond's Dashiff to create innovative businesses

It seems that as promised, this portfolio of private equity and venture capital assets will be deployed for innovation
VNC Staff updated 5:47 p.m. / Published Friday, December 2, 2011 5:32 pm

At left, Fran Marcum
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:30 am

156.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

157.Nashville entrepreneur Mike Shmerling offers Seed Capital reality-check
State-backed programs like TNInvestco 'have a place', but capital complaints seem exaggerated.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, January 11, 2016 5:00 pm

158.TCRS PE commitments hit $349 Million
with decision on Bessemer Venture Partners

[Updated] Fueled by assets of the pension fund for State employees, the TCRS private-equity program advances
By Milt Capps Updated 3:35 p.m. / Published Wednesday, April 6, 2011 8:46 am

159.Tennessee VCs worry they'll be crowded-out of state pension investments
Overseers look for 'best proposals', VCs press case for homegrown jobs and investment, while FONCE uncertainty continues
Milt Capps / Published Friday, September 19, 2008 9:21 am

160.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

161.Nashville Bitcoin execs ramp $10MM raise with eye on crypto market cycle
In what could become $100MM fund, crypto exec aim to connect digital-asset investors with trading opportunities.
By Milt Capps updated 18 March 2021 / Published Tuesday, January 28, 2020 5:15 pm

162.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

163.Angel Capital Group, RightSide fund confirm collaboration
ACG uses its ability to network to extend its reach into another high-profile fund, in hope of gaining investment traction
By Milt Capps Last updated 2:44 p.m. / Published Wednesday, March 17, 2010 9:42 am

164.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

165.Noted: Pathfinder Therapeutics has named Jim Cloar president, CEO
The latest CEO appointment at the helm of Pathfinder has a med-devices background.
By VNC Staff updated March 6, 2012 8:36 a.m. / Published Monday, March 5, 2012 2:24 pm

166.Heritage Group execs plant flag for $400MM Healthcare Innovation Fund IV
Private equity execs and their strategic investors set sail on next fund amid crosswinds.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 10, 2023 4:57 pm

167.Martin, O'Rourke lead formation of new ROND Capital buyout firm
[Updated] New entity focuses on "underserved" small and medium-sized businesses.
Milt Capps updated 1021 8 Feb 2019 / Published Friday, October 14, 2016 11:45 am

168.Whitney to lead Jumpstart fund 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

169.TNInvestco data flows, funds mull providing more updates
Stakeholders may soon find that just keeping up with the funds' data is a challenge all its own
By Milt Capps Updated March 31, 2011, 10:08 a.m. / Published Monday, March 28, 2011 3:25 pm

170.Vanderbilt responds to news report on endowment loss
[UPDATED Feb. 5 / 1421 VU outperforms peers] Originally: Without revealing the fund's actual decline, VU responds to limit damage of a news report
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, January 28, 2009 6:31 pm

171.Senator Ketron would broaden TNInvestco and Institute's mission
Legislator sees synergies not yet tapped in Middle Tennessee, and wants to see discussion of Tullahoma-centered proposal
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, December 14, 2009 8:43 am

172.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

173.ISO Capital: American Hometown Media, OnFocus Healthcare sally forth
Hammond and Mason are leading these growth companies' capital raises
By Milt Capps Updated 10:46 a.m. / Published Friday, December 16, 2011 9:23 am

174.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

175.Post-36|86: VC Mitchell seeks dealflow, Nashville affiliate candidates
Question mark hangs over Nashville's shot at being a Consumer startup breeder.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, June 13, 2016 4:30 pm

176.Gold Mobile seeks Nashville customers and capital for GoMo Health platform
New Jersey-based engagement and loyalty company says Healthcare may become its sole focus.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 11, 2014 8:13 am

177.Maxwell: NYCB-Figure pact + JAM FINTOP Blockchain Fund are aligned
Joe Maxwell's FINTOP Capital in Nashville plays steadily broadening role in nation's fintech venture + tech ecosystem.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, August 16, 2021 1:15 pm

178.MB Ventures makes its first TNInvestco bet: Veracity Medical Solutions
MB partner says new fund has traction, with more announcements coming soon
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 11, 2011 8:38 am

179.Bills in hopper: General Assembly, VCs eye TNInvestco expansion
Though factions exist, they all seem to agree they want more TNInvestco funding
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, February 1, 2010 12:19 pm

180.Exec: LaunchTN embraces discretionary role in IMPACT Fund investing
Applications for investment consideration are being taken now.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:45 pm

181.Venture Notes -- July 16, 2019
Updated: Moneytree report from PwC and CBInsights is out, plus we have field notes on TN and Opportunity Zones.
By Milt Capps update January 22, 2020 / Published Tuesday, July 16, 2019 4:07 pm

182.TNInvestco engine warms-up, as funds pass crucial test
UPDATED State's capital-formation and high-performance investment program surmounts another milestone, as officials eye another trip to legislature
By Milt Capps Corrected and Last updated 4:34 p.m., Dec. 4, 2009 / Published Wednesday, December 2, 2009 2:00 pm

183.LaunchTN's Lanahan on coastal VC realities, authenticity + Unicorns
Exec averse to encouraging all to 'shoot for the middle', notes need for champion investors.
Milt Capps / Published Thursday, June 1, 2017 3:45 pm

184.Growth-equity firm SSM Partners eyes Nashville investment opportunities
[updated] With dry powder and 60 transactions under its belt, SSM relishes HealthIT, ecommerce, marcom companies.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018 10:30 am

185.Venture Notes - Dec. 17, 2021
Funds, capital raises by Health Velocity, Brentwood Capital, Mountain Group, Caduceus, Clovers, UpperLine and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, December 17, 2021 4:45 pm

186.Jim Phillips CEO of relaunched XMI backed by Engelbrecht's SCI of Evansville
[updated] Former XMi executive holds minority stake, in wake of entrepreneur Shmerling's peel-off.
Milt Capps updated 4:55pm 2 May 2017 / Published Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:56 am

187.Mentor Capitalist: Gary Peat reboots after Council Capital
VC opens new chapter amid a climate of lingering dread and anticipation
By Milt Capps Originally published 10:51 a.m. 9 April 2013 / Published Tuesday, April 9, 2013 5:10 pm

188.Game-changer: Jacobson's Tri-Star group aims for impact
A trio of Vanderbilt executives aims to do well, by doing good - and perhaps upset the tech-commercialization model
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, November 9, 2009 3:41 pm

189.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

190.Nashville's Saltvest Alto-IRA fintech startup enters LittleRock accelerator
[updated] Satz, Tanner quietly target the needs of the 'mass affluent'.
Milt Capps updated 30 Aug 2019 / Published Thursday, May 11, 2017 11:45 am

191.McWhorters' CA healthcare innovation impetus reflected in new Fund filings
Latest fund raise could become largest in history of Clayton Associates ecosystem.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, July 16, 2021 2:48 pm

192.BullVC eyes $75MM raise, aims to help founders, teams sell startup shares
[Updated] New firm seems industry agnostic, tech-oriented, with entrepreneurial, financial and related experience.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Monday, November 30, 2020 4:30 pm

193.Recession ahead, Maxwell's FINTOP Capital Fund II passes goal, hits $125M
[updated] VC looks to do at least six deals per year, and watches portfolio companies' KPIs amid chaos.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Tuesday, March 17, 2020 2:37 pm

194.Diabetes Care Group adds Cook's MGC/Limestone via $5MM round
The rising tide of diabetes attracts investment to companies with convincing models
By Milt Capps updated 11:15 a.m. / Published Monday, May 21, 2012 10:15 am

195.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

196.Tennessee Community Ventures Fund, LLC
At left, Eric Satz
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:30 am

197.TNInvestco portfolios: Hapten, ConsensusPoint, iScreen, Cagenix updates
Reports from the front lines of entrepreneurship keep trickling in
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, August 9, 2011 10:54 am

198.Policy: Innovation & Startups Equity Investment Program draws TN interest
Proposed federal funding could rekindle TN entrepreneurship and innovation, much as during the earlier Haslam Administration.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, June 9, 2020 5:30 pm

199.TNInvestco Tri-Star principals now 'on leave' from VU
Departure from Vanderbilt was always in the cards, but university has now launched a review for possible conflicts of interest
By Milt Capps Last updated 2:51 p.m. Nov. 11, 2009 / Published Wednesday, November 11, 2009 2:16 pm

200.Idea: Curt Hahn presses case for Nashville Film & TV Investment Fund
That old chestnut, Film-TV industry production incentives, gets a fresh take.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 11, 2016 4:45 pm

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