|1.||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
|2.||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
|3.||Margaret Dolan plans to depart LaunchTN, with Van Tucker interim CEO|
Board voted today on her successor. Dolan made no disclosure of her plans.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, June 15, 2020 12:47 pm
|4.||New Beasley-Rolfe PE firm targets 'business orphans'|
Leveraging personal networks, two entrepreneurs look for things bigger companies should sell.
By Milt Capps Updated 11:51 a.m. / Published Monday, April 11, 2011 7:54 am
|5.||TTDC: Launch Tennessee fills gaps in board of directors|
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (dba Launch Tennessee) refreshes board.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, January 25, 2018 3:00 pm
|6.||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
|7.||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
|8.||Launch Tennessee names Partnerships Coordinator|
Tennessee Tech alumna and entrepreneurship intern gets the job.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:36 pm
|9.||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
|10.||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
|11.||Gov. Lee signals rethink on best path to bring Memphis Megasite to fruition|
[Updated 14 Feb 2020] ECD Chief Rolfe updates Caucus, advises all hands on deck about competition, ultimate project cost.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, February 7, 2020 5:00 pm
|12.||TN ECD + Opportunity Zone allies convene OZ briefing in Nashville|
[updated] Convenors say tracks are clear for OZ-advantaged real estate and operating business developments.
By Milt Capps updated rescheduled / Published Wednesday, February 26, 2020 4:15 pm
|13.||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
|14.||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
|15.||American Hometown Publishing to 'saturate' mid-TN with Rover media|
[updated] Nashville PE West End Holdings is powering the hyperlocal media push.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, April 30, 2018 2:45 pm
|16.||State, Federal partnership spawns 24 grants for Tennessee tech companies|
LaunchTN matches have now supported 24 fledgling firms, mainly in energy, materials and health/biomedical.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 15, 2019 4:45 pm
|17.||Launch Tennessee leaders, staff confront budget headwinds|
Lofty goals, budget cuts and a mission made more challenging amid pandemic and economic pandemonium.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, June 8, 2020 4:30 pm
|18.||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
|19.||Launch Tennessee names Van Tucker to strategic COO role|
CEO Margaret Dolan has gained an exec who apparently knows a valuable badass when she sees one.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, January 14, 2020 3:30 pm
|20.||Venture Notes - May 2, 2018|
LaunchTN pushes, TN fintech pivot person, Kisber in K-TENN, capraises for SIGNiX, Metova, others.
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018 4:45 pm
|21.||Venture Notes -- Aug. 1, 2019|
OppZone platform in works, Legility M&A, SEC filings, Veteran Ventures, H2O and Lirio raises and more.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, August 1, 2019 4:48 pm
|22.||LaunchTN eyes creation of model anti-sexual harassment policy|
Exec says harassment 'unacceptable' and LaunchTN will advocate broad adoption of planned policy model
Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 17, 2017 5:45 pm
|23.||Sohr-backed MEDarchon taps CEO, puts growth ahead of any capital raise|
CEO Baxter: MEDarchon is tracked by potential suitors outside Nashville.
By Milt Capps / Published Monday, May 8, 2017 3:30 pm
|24.||Emerging blockchain-industry is focus of TokenizeTN skull session at ECD|
Waller attorney leads prospective not-for-profit advocacy group through private 'summit' at ECD.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, October 23, 2018 5:30 pm
|25.||LaunchTN and allies pick startups for 36|86 Pitch & Demo events Aug. 28-29|
Event could top last year's 1,200 registrants, including 100 or more presenters, hundreds of serial entrepreneurs and investors.
By Milt Capps / Published Sunday, July 21, 2019 3:30 pm
|26.||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
|27.||LaunchTN sets Startup Policy Workshops to boost regional entrepreneurship|
Meetups blend LaunchTN mission, Kauffman funding, Engine advocate, constituents getting to know legislators.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Monday, October 7, 2019 1:05 pm
|28.||'Not raining, it's pouring: E&Y + Amazon news means 5,600 jobs in Nashville|
Two solid hits reinforce Nashville economic status.
By Milt Capps updated / Published Tuesday, November 13, 2018 10:30 am
|29.||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
|30.||Tennessee entrepreneurs, government|
coalesce for COVID-19 counterattack
Opportunities for startup growth and service are plentiful in the new Pandemic Era.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, April 9, 2020 11:30 am
|31.||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
|32.||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
|33.||Entrepreneur preps DOT-Ready trucking tech, mulls partner + capital ideas|
Bootstrapper likes idea of strategic partner or investor with sector savvy -- maybe KeepTruckin?
By Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, November 28, 2018 4:00 pm
|34.||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
|35.||Venture Notes -- October 18, 2019|
Launch Tennessee, Electro-Active, Dynamo, CET, EPIcenter, and more updated in today's roundup.
By Milt Capps / Published Friday, October 18, 2019 10:45 am
|36.||CEO Dolan: LaunchTN aims for authentic partnerships,|
while blazing paths to capital, investors, corporates
LTN board and leadership top for empowering ecosystem from post within the partner ranks.
By Milt Capps / Published Thursday, January 23, 2020 2:34 pm
|37.||Venture Calendar - 2020 - Updated|
[updated] Entrepreneurial, startup and capital events and activities around Tennessee.
Milt Capps / Published Wednesday, June 10, 2020 2:00 am
|38.||Venture Notes - 24 July 2017|
LaunchTN's 36|86 bet, Van Beke promo, Steve Hau's gambit, P/E & TCRS, CoLab CEO and more.
Milt Capps / Published Monday, July 24, 2017 4:30 pm
|39.||Venture Notes -- June 25, 2019|
The startup/venture cauldron bubbles across Tennessee. 40 abstracts here.
By Milt Capps / Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019 5:00 pm
|40.||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
|41.||Venture Notes -- July 9, 2019|
Updated: 21 items on TN capital raises, advisors, entrepreneurs and strategies.
By Milt Capps updated July 10, 2019 / Published Tuesday, July 9, 2019 1:30 pm