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Founder: startup SwimIntel's PredictAI churns athlete-recruitment waters
Owner Jamie Bailey
Founder: startup SwimIntel's PredictAI churns athlete-recruitment waters

Startup veteran structures company, sets priorities with growth and independence in mind.

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Venture Notes - April 3, 2024
Advisor Kathy Harris
Venture Notes - April 3, 2024

Project Fintech, Montecito, Altitude VC, SubSplit, Sharecare, Claritas, EQL Games, Melt Pharma

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Brief: HealthStream remains alert for platform-enhancing SaaS deals
Robert A. \'Bobby\' Frist Jr.
Brief: HealthStream remains alert for platform-enhancing SaaS deals

Depending on market conditions, there could be more dividends and share buybacks, as well as deals.

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Relevance Ventures Fund IV eyes $75MM target, Native founders pipeline
Relevance Ventures Fund IV eyes $75MM target, Native founders pipeline

Relevance, Skoden eye targets, lean into NACIA push to close capital gap facing Native entrepreneurs

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Venture Notes - March 27, 2024
GNVCA picks Judith Byrd
Venture Notes - March 27, 2024

Local VC association advances, updates on Lasso, Whistler, AgyleAI, Terry's On3, Investor Ten31, Herowear, and more...

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Corker, Brock lead Chattanooga Quantum Collaborative's workforce, economic, infrastructure push for 'thriving ecosystem'
Corker, Brock lead Chattanooga Quantum Collaborative's workforce, economic, infrastructure push for 'thriving ecosystem'

Leaders to consult with experts, local stakeholders as they look to generate impetus akin to city's 1Gig push.

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Venture Notes - March 21, 2024
Mamaya\'s Amy Green
Venture Notes - March 21, 2024

Updates: Accelerator revival, Lodestone Advisory, Homeware, We Are Nations, Mamaya Health

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CEO Davidson updates Nashville Entrepreneur Center priorities, possibilities
CEO Sam Davidson
CEO Davidson updates Nashville Entrepreneur Center priorities, possibilities

14-year-old EC prioritizes community, program-member alignment, revenue, capital connection.

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Rubicon Founders' Fund II said to have commitments of $1BN+
Adam Boehler
Rubicon Founders' Fund II said to have commitments of $1BN+

Founder's early track record and discipline of 'value lens' investing may be generating sustained momentum.

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Bartholomew, Fox, Futch file for $50MM Rockmont GrowthTech Fund I
Bartholomew, Fox, Futch file for $50MM Rockmont GrowthTech Fund I

Early-stage fintech and health tech targets are priority for firm with deep operator and securities experience.

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Brandon Bruce's SEC filing signals Market Square Ventures Fund I on horizon
Brandon Bruce's SEC filing signals Market Square Ventures Fund I on horizon

Serial entrepreneur Bruce also leads Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator backed by UTSys, TVA, ORNL

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VocalBrain CEO eyes bootstrap, capraise options for vocal-training platform
Michael Rutherford
VocalBrain CEO eyes bootstrap, capraise options for vocal-training platform

Founder-CEO's renewed focus on roles of voice and expression part of launch impetus.

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VU Owen alumni's ESG entrant Atmos acquired by WAP Sustainability
WAP\'s Paddock
VU Owen alumni's ESG entrant Atmos acquired by WAP Sustainability

WAP founder-CEO says he's no classic sector consolidator, but eyes more value-adding technologies for his platform.

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Fintech: SavvyFi's latest SEC filing draws our attention
Fintech: SavvyFi's latest SEC filing draws our attention

[updated] Such small steps as this often lead somewhere interesting.

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CPG Brief: Woman-owned Daily Crunch Snacks busts a move on Series A
Laurel Orley ... Got game.
CPG Brief: Woman-owned Daily Crunch Snacks busts a move on Series A

Okay, we're easy, but it's good to see Nashville CPG products flying-off grocery shelves.

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Carbon Conversion Group S1 may prove R&D, commercialization venture's step toward scaleup
CEO Bob Doherty
Carbon Conversion Group S1 may prove R&D, commercialization venture's step toward scaleup

CCG lands amid rising global interest in scitech commercialization, engineering, adv-manufacturing and more.

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ThriveAP investor's $3MM bet focuses on Advanced Practice Provider needs
CEO Jim Creason
ThriveAP investor's $3MM bet focuses on Advanced Practice Provider needs

Labordemic hits employers recovering from COVID19 pressures + workers drive for upskilling, certification and licensing.

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Venture Notes - February 7, 2024
Karl Zelik PhD Herowear
Venture Notes - February 7, 2024

Our latest update in more than 20 briefs on startups, funding, and more.

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UT-C's Quantum Center awaits chief, as EPB, ORNL, QT partnerships grow
EPB CEO David Wade
UT-C's Quantum Center awaits chief, as EPB, ORNL, QT partnerships grow

UPDATED 26 Jan 24 - Growing emphasis placed on bringing impactful QT innovations into commercialization.

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Hard choices: TN venture scene pops with dozens of events just ahead
Hard choices: TN venture scene pops with dozens of events just ahead

UPDATED 8 March 2024 A myriad of scheduled events lies just ahead and we're pointing you to several dozen in this collection.

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Minding the Gap: Re:Generate funds grants for Black, Hispanic founders
Co-Lead Shani Dowell MBA
Minding the Gap: Re:Generate funds grants for Black, Hispanic founders

Entrepreneurs and change-agents focus on early capital access for founders of color.

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Moyer-led Innovation Studio raising $2.5MM to advance Industry AI mission
CEO Brian Moyer
Moyer-led Innovation Studio raising $2.5MM to advance Industry AI mission

Filing could be precursor of larger raise. Staff expansion seems imminent.

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Personality Pool is first startup to receive InvestTN backing via LaunchTN
Lauren Glass Mullins
Personality Pool is first startup to receive InvestTN backing via LaunchTN

Dozens of Tennessee's 95 counties are represented by applicants in three key funding programs.

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Altitude Ventures taps Deshpande, eyes Fund III-driven portfolio expansion
Amol Deshpande
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.

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UMemphis Crews Center exec search runs, Hoffmeyer settles at UMaryland
Mike Meyerhoff
UMemphis Crews Center exec search runs, Hoffmeyer settles at UMaryland

Long-time Crews chief accepts his "builder" mentality in search for fresh challenges, wider resources.

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Erstwhile Nashville change-agent Ratliff leads AdaptX amid capraises
Warren Ratliff JD
Erstwhile Nashville change-agent Ratliff leads AdaptX amid capraises

Where Are They Now? series traces current and former Nashville influentials having impact here and elsewhere.

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DigitalSelf eyes $300MM raise, has 'major' focus here + fan of Nashville SC
DigitalSelf\'s Craig Muir
DigitalSelf eyes $300MM raise, has 'major' focus here + fan of Nashville SC

CEO sees office open in Nashville by January, major focus on Music City brands and other targets.

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Company Lab, TennSmart to sort Sustainable Mobility Reverse Pitch innovators to confront Challenges during EXPO in Nashville
Company Lab, TennSmart to sort Sustainable Mobility Reverse Pitch innovators to confront Challenges during EXPO in Nashville

Deadline Nov. 20, 2023 - Q&A session just ahead, Pitches Dec. 5-6 as part of Expo in Nashville.

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Tennessee lags peers in commercializing ideas + products, now TN ECD, Launch Tennessee and allies aim to grow resources
Tennessee lags peers in commercializing ideas + products, now TN ECD, Launch Tennessee and allies aim to grow resources

RTI report illuminates TN funding + performance lag, advancement opportunities

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TN's Techstars IoF's Brandon Bruce advises seedcos hit pipeline by Nov. 29
Brandon Bruce MBA
TN's Techstars IoF's Brandon Bruce advises seedcos hit pipeline by Nov. 29

Program lead stresses immediate and persistent benefits - program's 4th year option to be reviewed.

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Nashville Boston Indy execs eye Zapata AI + Andretti SPAC combo
Christopher Savoie JD MD
Nashville Boston Indy execs eye Zapata AI + Andretti SPAC combo

Quantum-inspired, Industrial AI-centric enterprise software firm, dba Zapata AI, has motorsports innovation suitor.

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Mountain Group Partners joins Bonnie Anderson on $40M PinkDx raise
Founder Bonnie Anderson
Mountain Group Partners joins Bonnie Anderson on $40M PinkDx raise

Joe Cook III, who leads one of Tennessee two most active LifeSci investors, represents the VC.

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TN conservative media: Daily Wire's Bentkey seeks $120MM investment
Jeremy Boreing
TN conservative media: Daily Wire's Bentkey seeks $120MM investment

[Updated] Conservative media-entertainment entrant rebrands children's content platform from Nashville HQ.

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Mayor O'Connell, Nashville Chamber close gap, uplift AI, spotlight BNA chief
Hon. Freddie O\'Connell, Mayor
Mayor O'Connell, Nashville Chamber close gap, uplift AI, spotlight BNA chief

Speakers seemed to strike genuinely responsive chords among the audience.

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Nashville Entrepreneur Center reveals 2023 NEXT Awards honorees
Nashville Entrepreneur Center reveals 2023 NEXT Awards honorees

Let's keep eyes out for the winners and other competitors who might become the 'world-changers' we need.

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Nashville's Global VC Ecosystem Rankings miss might spur imagination
Nashville's Global VC Ecosystem Rankings miss might spur imagination

Tennessee cities can take reinforcement from the dynamics reflected in analysts' methodology.

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LaunchTN names Kelliher chief investment officer amid SSBCI push
CIO Eller Mallchok Kelliiher
LaunchTN names Kelliher chief investment officer amid SSBCI push

Tennessean succeeds Monique Villa.

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Greater Nashville Venture Capital Association advances toward kickoff
Greater Nashville Venture Capital Association advances toward kickoff

[updated] Nashville advocates prepare potentially unprecedented stimulus for expansion of the region's capital stack.

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Claritas Capital's Chadwick puts forward Sharecare share buyout offer
John H. Chadwick MBA
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.

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Aron duo seek capital for Pastabilities® push, innovation partnership
Founders John & Carey Aron
Aron duo seek capital for Pastabilities® push, innovation partnership

Pasta innovator raising first investment as global strategic pasta brands seek innovation at-scale.

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NW TN's Donaldson leads The Mill's emergence as LaunchTN regional EC
Chris Donaldson
NW TN's Donaldson leads The Mill's emergence as LaunchTN regional EC

After 7 years without a formal regional entrepreneurship partner in NW Tennessee, The Mill contracts for the work.

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Nashville Mayor O'Connell taps campaign treasurer Isaac Addae as Metro's business engagement, entrepreneurship  lead
Isaac Addae
Nashville Mayor O'Connell taps campaign treasurer Isaac Addae as Metro's business engagement, entrepreneurship lead

A fresh look at Nashville innovation-entrepreneurship ecosystem, and specifically EC ties, seems in-the-offing.

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Pitchbook radar tracks entrepreneurial Vanderbilt alumni startups, capital
Pitchbook radar tracks entrepreneurial Vanderbilt alumni startups, capital

Vanderbilt alumni overall rank in undergrad, grad and MBA ranks. In addition, VU women alumna rank among undergrads.

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Tennessee Technology Development Corporation dba Launch Tennessee pilots statewide TTAC consortium
Jennifer Skjellum PhD
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation dba Launch Tennessee pilots statewide TTAC consortium

Pilot project could lead to bolstering state's tech transfer and commercialization.

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SPAC: Live Oak Crestview Climate Acquisition Corp may seek new deadline
Gary Wunderlich MBA
SPAC: Live Oak Crestview Climate Acquisition Corp may seek new deadline

[Updated] Live Oak filed Nov. 15, 2023, reporting it is winding-down its LOCC program, and will do no combination.

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Capital: Tarby Bryant summons Gathering of Angels from Chattanooga
Tarby Bryant
Capital: Tarby Bryant summons Gathering of Angels from Chattanooga

Four startups -- including one led by a co-founder of Ancestry.com and one by a Chattanooga entrepreneur -- will appear in person.

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JHI affiliate Jumpstart 2023 gains ground on $4.3MM capital raise
JHI affiliate Jumpstart 2023 gains ground on $4.3MM capital raise

JHI CEO: results include numerous 40x exits, and nearly 200 investments made since inception, with a total 40 likely in 2023.

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Nashville Entrepreneur Center 2023 NEXT Awards
Nashville Entrepreneur Center 2023 NEXT Awards

(Press release) Finalists for 2023 NEXT Awards by Nashville Entrepreneur Center announced.

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Venture Calendar - Key mid-TN events, next 30 days
Venture Calendar - Key mid-TN events, next 30 days

What Happens in Music City Serves the World.

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Vanderbilt IP licensed to IPO-prospect Neumora might earn VU millions
Neumora S-1 arrives SEC
Vanderbilt IP licensed to IPO-prospect Neumora might earn VU millions

Scenario: VU could garner up to $422MM, as fight against neurospsych disorders, degenerative diseases advances.

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Nashville's Whistler Capital affiliate sets $500MM healthcare raise
Geoff Clark
Nashville's Whistler Capital affiliate sets $500MM healthcare raise

Whistler affiliates have previously invested in locally based Embold Health, Hashed Health, et al.

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Fisk University presidential choice nears, Darrell Freeman Incubation & Innovation Center advances
Dr. Frank Sims
Fisk University presidential choice nears, Darrell Freeman Incubation & Innovation Center advances

[Updated] Entrepreneurship, Engagement, Education add momentum to Fisk and partners' innovation.

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Nashville Mayoral candidates' views on Nashville entrepreneurial ecosystem
2023 Mayoral Candidates
Nashville Mayoral candidates' views on Nashville entrepreneurial ecosystem

Candidates Alice Rolli and Freddie O'Connell are to vie in Metro's mayoral run-off contest Sept. 14, 2023

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Tom Noser: 'When to broaden product offerings at early-stage companies'
Tom Noser, Fortune\'s Path
Tom Noser: 'When to broaden product offerings at early-stage companies'

Edtech and healthcare SaaS veteran with stripes in credentialing, training and other businesses offers advice.

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Vanderbilt's 2024 Summit to extend scrutiny of global competition, threats and strategic gaps, with an eye toward 'radical collaboration'
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier PhD
Vanderbilt's 2024 Summit to extend scrutiny of global competition, threats and strategic gaps, with an eye toward 'radical collaboration'

Updated 17 April 2024 - Institute announced. Chancellor says VU has strategic advantage in confronting challenges in a 'networked world'.

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Tech consolidator Blattner acquires DevDigital from Peter Marcum
Peter Marcum
Tech consolidator Blattner acquires DevDigital from Peter Marcum

Predictive transformation seems to be at the heart of this deal, for all parties.

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CPG startup Daily Crunch raises capital, advances in channels, eyes horizon
Co-Founder CEO Laurel Orley
CPG startup Daily Crunch raises capital, advances in channels, eyes horizon

Early-growth startup gathers advisors, maps capital raises for further revenue growth nationally

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Obit: Bob Duthie, Nortel+GTE exec who built e-learning biz in Nashville
Robert W. \'Bob\' Duthie BSc
Obit: Bob Duthie, Nortel+GTE exec who built e-learning biz in Nashville

Through it all, this groundbreaking tech founder's journey spanned decades.

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Update: Martin-, Heritage-backed Wellvana files further $10MM capraise
CEO Kyle Wailes MBA
Update: Martin-, Heritage-backed Wellvana files further $10MM capraise

[updated] Amid sector consolidation, Wellvana financings now total at least $150MM.

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VC Caduceus Capital Partners advances early-stage digital health fund
VC Caduceus Capital Partners advances early-stage digital health fund

[updated] Firm pursues $100MM raise, with progress reported for Early Stage Digital Health Fund I.

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Venture Notes - July 18, 2023
Whisper\'s Mark Moore
Venture Notes - July 18, 2023

[updated] Raises by Rubicon, Pharos Capital, Medaxion, Yoshi, Whisper Aero, EDA Tech Hubs, SSM pipeline signal

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Shore Capital makes waves raising $640MM+ for industrial, healthcare funds
Justin Ishbia JD
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.

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Venture Notes - July 11, 2023
Venture Notes - July 11, 2023

Twenty-three items on new funds, startups and early-growth businesses, people in transition, state programs and more.

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Nashville EC CEO Allen soon to be succeeded by Batch Gifts' Davidson
CEO-designate Sam Davidson
Nashville EC CEO Allen soon to be succeeded by Batch Gifts' Davidson

Serial entrepreneur becomes entrepreneur center's fifth chief exec in about 13 years.

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Meharry Medical College's MMC Ventures names Reginald Holt its CEO
MMCV CEO Reginald Holt
Meharry Medical College's MMC Ventures names Reginald Holt its CEO

Meharry chooses U.S. and international health and healthtech veteran to lead transformative venture unit.

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Innova Memphis's $75MM farmtech raise advances to first-close at $40MM
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.

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Nashville startup Time Miner pursues B2B platform ties, maps capital raises
Sean Martin
Nashville startup Time Miner pursues B2B platform ties, maps capital raises

Nashville transplants, allies prep for expanded growth as legal-services deals with competitive, economic pressures.

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Discovery Vanderbilt gives nod to startups HeroWear, IDBiologics, Virtuoso
Discovery Vanderbilt gives nod to startups HeroWear, IDBiologics, Virtuoso

Vanderbilt University pulls the trigger on funding for trio of faculty- and affiliate-led companies.

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Headsup: Sponsored tickets gratis for 1st CoMobility Summit this week
Revolution\'s Steve Case
Headsup: Sponsored tickets gratis for 1st CoMobility Summit this week

Investors, entrepreneurs, advisors et al rally for venture, enterprise and sustainability leadership.

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OtherLeft Ventures joins 'driven innovators' to co-create health tech businesses
OtherLeft Ventures joins 'driven innovators' to co-create health tech businesses

Nashville HC and technology veterans plan to co-found multiple SaaS businesses in the next few years.

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Nashville EC Chair, CEO tell Jane Allen's exit plans, launch successor search
Jane Allen JD
Nashville EC Chair, CEO tell Jane Allen's exit plans, launch successor search

Search firm The Grant Partners of Alpharetta is handling the search.

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TN GenAssembly slashes LaunchTN SBIR-STTR matching request
TN GenAssembly slashes LaunchTN SBIR-STTR matching request

While budget heads to Leadership and then to the Governor, the LaunchTN board preps for road ahead.

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Tennessee plans new entrepreneur centers, RFP proposals due NLT May 22
Tennessee plans new entrepreneur centers, RFP proposals due NLT May 22

updated : TN Technology Development Corporation dba Launch Tennessee aims to provide up to $250K for each new center.

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Obit: Nashville's Ed Braswell, 65, serial fintech-payments entrepreneur
Ed Braswell
Husband, Father, Entrepreneur
Obit: Nashville's Ed Braswell, 65, serial fintech-payments entrepreneur

Entrepreneur's tech gambits had rippling impact. No decision yet on G2Lytics succession.

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Year-old Nashville-Seattle platform startup Goodship raised at  least $7.4M
CEO Ryan Soskin
Year-old Nashville-Seattle platform startup Goodship raised at least $7.4M

Dynamo VC, FUSE, Cercano, Ironspring, Innovation Endeavors, and others backers are early-in. [updated]

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