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Venture Notes - January 25, 2021
Pablo Ninoles
Venture Notes - January 25, 2021

TN IPO enlarges, Pharos and other VC updates, plus action in spacs, fintech, insuretech, sports odds and more.

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IPO: Nashville regulars aboard $160MM shelf filing for EQ Health SPAC
CEO Scott Ellyson
IPO: Nashville regulars aboard $160MM shelf filing for EQ Health SPAC

EQHA plans for offering come after long period of scant IPO activity in healthcare services sector.

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Gut check: Van Tucker tells 'What drives her' as Launch Tennessee CEO
CEO Van Tucker
Gut check: Van Tucker tells 'What drives her' as Launch Tennessee CEO

Creating impactful companies, changing communities, and nurturing collaboration are just parts of her answer.

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Startup 'Hypersence' seeks $2.5M to advance MemorySPEX + its platform
Founder-CEO Kim Lavine
Startup 'Hypersence' seeks $2.5M to advance MemorySPEX + its platform

Michigan entrepreneur discovering Nashville's robust healthcare venture ecosystem.

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Beacon CEO: Tennessee 'Innovation Fast Track' is goal in General Assembly
CEO Justin Owen JD
Beacon CEO: Tennessee 'Innovation Fast Track' is goal in General Assembly

Amid pandemic and General Assembly session looming, 'broadest sandbox program in the U.S.' is the goal.

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Jeremy Bolls' FINTOP-backed Kindful sells to JMI-backed Bloomerang
Jeremy Bolls
Jeremy Bolls' FINTOP-backed Kindful sells to JMI-backed Bloomerang

Founder says in wake of deal with growth-equity-backed firm, he looks forward to helping advance Nashville fintech.

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Cleantech: TN's Shoals Technologies + PE Oaktree prep public stock offering
Founder Dean Solon
Cleantech: TN's Shoals Technologies + PE Oaktree prep public stock offering

Sponsor Oaktree recently ran IPO process for Array Technologies, which is not a Shoals competitor.

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Healthtech entrant 86Borders maps capital raises to advance ConnectAllCare
CEO Dan McDonald
Healthtech entrant 86Borders maps capital raises to advance ConnectAllCare

Platform company draws Greater Nashville venture, policy veterans + mulls further advisors and capital options.

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Ark Global Acquisition IPO could give Nashville view of tech-centric M&A
CEO Rich Williams
Ark Global Acquisition IPO could give Nashville view of tech-centric M&A

With Data/AI target filter, former Google CEO preps to lead SPAC sortie into healthtech, fintech, consumer internet and marketplace

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Venture Notes - December 29, 2020
\'We Should Work Sometime\'
Venture Notes - December 29, 2020

Fund passes $100M, raises in healthcare, fitness, musictech, fintech, insurance, plus policy push, Angel credit, Smokies and more.

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Startup 'Real Good Kitchen' backs Food owners, equity, ecosystems
Founder CEO Bailey Foster
Startup 'Real Good Kitchen' backs Food owners, equity, ecosystems

More than one bold B2B industry innovator is raising capital, launching industry kitchens and eyeing markets beyond their homebase.

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Venture Notes - December 18, 2020
Venture Notes - December 18, 2020

Dozens of news items on startups, capital raises, executive moves and business resources.

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Decode Health CEO widens view of COVID19 impact, as projections play-out
Chase Spurlock PhD
Decode Health CEO widens view of COVID19 impact, as projections play-out

With perilous Winter ahead, startup continues support of response to COVID19, while preparing for 'next pandemic'.

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Heritage Group affiliates report $315 Million Fund III progress
Paul Wallace
Heritage Group affiliates report $315 Million Fund III progress

The raise seems to be peaking more than four years after Fund II was closed.

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Finalists chosen for Nashville Technology Council Awards XII
Finalist Susan Trammell
Finalists chosen for Nashville Technology Council Awards XII

Winners in each of category are to be announced during an April 15, 2021, ceremony.

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Branch Technology secured patents, files on a nearly $12MM capital raise
Founder-CEO Pratt Boyd
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.

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Launch Tennessee board vets, then names Van Tucker CEO
CEO Van Tucker
Launch Tennessee board vets, then names Van Tucker CEO

Snap board meeting on Friday covered key issues and produced mandate to seek a contract with Tucker.

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Venture Notes - Kentucky ventures - December 4, 2020
Founder Julia Regan
Venture Notes - Kentucky ventures - December 4, 2020

20 pieces of evidence that startup-, innovation- and deal-oriented folks find plenty to like in Kentucky.

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Tour of Duty: Hogan leads Bunker Labs for veterans marching into business
CEO Blake Hogan
Tour of Duty: Hogan leads Bunker Labs for veterans marching into business

New CEO for pro-veterans entrepreneurship efforts focuses on quality services, programs, true community impact.

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Appello Pharma completes Series A to advance treatment of Parkinson's
President Brian Laden PhD
Appello Pharma completes Series A to advance treatment of Parkinson's

Less than three years into their mission, Deerfield, Mountain Group and founders press forward.

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Click here for ALL VentureNashville stories, listed newest-first

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BullVC eyes $75MM raise, aims to help founders, teams sell startup shares
Matthew Saul
BullVC eyes $75MM raise, aims to help founders, teams sell startup shares

New firm seems industry agnostic, tech-oriented, with entrepreneurial, financial and related experience.

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Creators of LUCI tech for power-wheelchairs + its users prize independence
Creators of LUCI tech for power-wheelchairs + its users prize independence

TIME Magazine cited Nashville startup Luci's hardware-software creation as worthy of Top 100 Innovations for 2020.

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Venture Notes - November 23, 2020
Megan O\'Connor
Venture Notes - November 23, 2020

19 updates on funds being raises, startups drawing attention, growth capital being raised.

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Martin Ventures-backed Hashed Health evolves with market, raises capital
CEO John Bass
Martin Ventures-backed Hashed Health evolves with market, raises capital

CEO John Bass et al today filed for a capital raise north of $8MM to advance 'venture studio' business.

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Spinout COO: Beam Mobile 'bringing Griffin Technology band back together'
Spinout COO: Beam Mobile 'bringing Griffin Technology band back together'

Healthcare is first-up, but other verticals beckon in U.S. and other nations. Capital open for discussion.

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Council Capital completes $200M raise for Fund IV and affiliates
Grant Jackson
Council Capital completes $200M raise for Fund IV and affiliates

The firm's currently announced portfolio includes a Tennessee-based firm.

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Nashville's VideoBomb welcomes former Apple CEO and a serial entrepreneur to board, maps capital raises
Founder-CEO Chad Marcum
Nashville's VideoBomb welcomes former Apple CEO and a serial entrepreneur to board, maps capital raises

Founder-CEO Chad Marcum broadens AR startup industry reach and tech footprint.

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Digital Reasoning to be acquired by Portland, Ore.-based Smarsh Inc.
Digital Reasoning to be acquired by Portland, Ore.-based Smarsh Inc.

DRS valuation, other transaction details have not been divulged.

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Venture Notes - October 19, 2020
Bob Corker
Venture Notes - October 19, 2020

[updated] Capital raises, executive moves, venture plays, true startups and more.

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Whitney to lead Jumpstart fund investing in Black-owned Health startups
Marcus Whitney
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.

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Newly formed VC Caduceus Capital Partners eyes early-stage digital health
Newly formed VC Caduceus Capital Partners eyes early-stage digital health

[updated] Co-founder Vreeland responds to questions about potential fund target, investment pace modeled, provision for follow-on's.

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Exec launches Rocket Propulsion Fund via AngelList rolling-funds platform
Israel Rollins MBA MPA
Exec launches Rocket Propulsion Fund via AngelList rolling-funds platform

Nashville Founder/GP targets fintech, insurtech, digital-health verticals, affirms cap-table diversity goal

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Tennessee's scitech industry mentor networks finalize LaunchTN grants
Tennessee's scitech industry mentor networks finalize LaunchTN grants

Intelligent Mobility, Life Sciences, Energy, and Ag-Food networks bolster startup resources

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Venture Notes - Sept. 21, 2020
Venture Notes - Sept. 21, 2020

[Updated] A gamble, sure, but the Pandemic Vintage of startups, capraises + executive moves may rival any we've seen in the past decade.

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Venture People - Sept. 21, 2020
Bo Bartholomew
Venture People - Sept. 21, 2020

A batch of updates on executive moves, appointments, roles and other ties to Tennessee

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Venture Notes - Sept. 15, 2020
Carson King
Venture Notes - Sept. 15, 2020

Jumpstart Capital liquidity, LaunchTN, Jammber, virus capital, Fintech, Healthcare, data, Vizion, spinup, spinout, and more updates.

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Menūd, Plankk merge for growth via fitness influencers, pro's, brands, fans
Menūd + Plankk Technologies
Menūd, Plankk merge for growth via fitness influencers, pro's, brands, fans

Nashville+ Calgary startups partnered more than a year, chose to merge, now raising capital.

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TTDC Launch Tennessee preps for its Sunset hearing at Comptroller request
The Tennessee Capitol
TTDC Launch Tennessee preps for its Sunset hearing at Comptroller request

Both LaunchTN and its sponsor, TN ECD, have begun responding to Comptroller requests ahead of hearings later this year.

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Launch Tennessee 36|86 capital-centric sessions, Pitch finalists listed
Launch Tennessee 36|86 capital-centric sessions, Pitch finalists listed

VNC is here highlighting sessions tied to capital and scale-up. 36|86 also has many other valuable elements.

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'Build To Scale' entries target TN entrepreneurial pipeline, capital, rural
'Build To Scale' entries target TN entrepreneurial pipeline, capital, rural

Annual grant competition draws rigorous programs from campus and accelerator advocates for entrepreneurship, investment.

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Venture Notes - August 3, 2020
Maura Cunningham
Venture Notes - August 3, 2020

Digital Reasoning board said to devise M&A process, Bartholomew-Fox raise capital, hi-tech bicycle venture advances, and more here.

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LaunchTN, UpSkill 901 seek grants for innovation marketplace, talent
LaunchTN, UpSkill 901 seek grants for innovation marketplace, talent

Despite massive headwinds, NGOs and other nonprofits seek to help drive transformation of state and its regional economies.

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LaunchTN Capital Call tomorrow, survey-response incentive ends soon
Investor Derrick Morgan
LaunchTN Capital Call tomorrow, survey-response incentive ends soon

Potentially pivotal capital-formation event tomorrow, TN investment assessment 'first close' at week's end.

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Venture Notes - July 23, 2020
Jewel Burks Solomon
Venture Notes - July 23, 2020

Fintech updates, exec and advisor appointments, special events in Nashville and Memphis.

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LifeFileZ startup seeks $3M Seed-B, maps Series A, eyes key partners
CEO Beth Krauklis
LifeFileZ startup seeks $3M Seed-B, maps Series A, eyes key partners

CEO Beth Krauklis and Nashville cofounders seek rapid adoption, take blockchain partner, anticipates VC interest.

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Fintech entrepreneur McGugin expands CoreCommerce role in payments
CEO Daniel McGugin
Fintech entrepreneur McGugin expands CoreCommerce role in payments

Payments veteran eyes market opportunities, strategic capital and M&A options after acquiring company entering growth mode.

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Scott Boruff-led startup Healthcare Integrated Technologies eyes capraise
CEO Scott Boruff
Scott Boruff-led startup Healthcare Integrated Technologies eyes capraise

A veteran of tough slogs, CEO sees lift in enterprise demand for critical care monitoring of seniors in communities.

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Tennessee artificial-intelligence center among Presidential advisors' ideas
Ideas for The White House
Tennessee artificial-intelligence center among Presidential advisors' ideas

White House scitech advisors suggest AI, biotech, comms, quantum infoscience, advanced manufacturing initiatives.

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Transparency Health startup BaseCamp seeks partners + Ascend adopters
CEO Leigh McCormack
Transparency Health startup BaseCamp seeks partners + Ascend adopters

Backed by Transparency Health and Noon Management, this TN startup aims to help folks get safely back to work or school.

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Venture Notes - July 7, 2020
Venture Notes - July 7, 2020

Music innovation push, startup scouts, fintech, Y-Combinator entrant, Angel Tax Credit takers, partnerships, exec moves, resources + more...

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Software founder exits Doorport to PointCentral, recounts startup journey
Ben Taylor
Software founder exits Doorport to PointCentral, recounts startup journey

Tennessee native, VU EE grad takes vision from startup to exit in under 4 years, still embracing both risk and calling.

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Venture Notes - June 25, 2020
Union Square\'s Fred Wilson
Venture Notes - June 25, 2020

New funds, startup capital raises, exec moves, innovation pushes, fintech, and a mayor who supports innovation.

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CEO: Martin Ventures-backed Wellvana Health eyes Series A raise
CEO Worthe Holt MD MMM
CEO: Martin Ventures-backed Wellvana Health eyes Series A raise

New CEO charts rapid path toward 40 markets, says indie physician model both disruptive, scalable

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Margaret Dolan plans to depart LaunchTN, with Van Tucker interim CEO
Margaret Dolan
Margaret Dolan plans to depart LaunchTN, with Van Tucker interim CEO

Board voted today on her successor. Dolan made no disclosure of her plans.

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Venture Notes - June 12, 2020
Venture Notes - June 12, 2020

New Angel fund, resource for family offices, OZ fund, Innova bets, Techstars eyes Knox, batch of raises, exec moves + more.

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Reconvened TN General Assembly defers pro-innovation, blockchain items
Comm. Hodgen Mainda
Reconvened TN General Assembly defers pro-innovation, blockchain items

Consequential innovation and entrepreneurship issues are overshadowed, but may get visibility in future.

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Policy: Innovation & Startups Equity Investment Program draws TN interest
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.

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CEO: Nashville supply chain startup Vibronyx mulls growth-funding options
Founder-CEO Clay Nicholas
CEO: Nashville supply chain startup Vibronyx mulls growth-funding options

With Seed self-funded and operations breakeven or better, veteran of HCIT, IBM, U.S. Army, West Point and more eyes higher ground.

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Launch Tennessee leaders, staff confront budget headwinds
Launch Tennessee leaders, staff confront budget headwinds

Lofty goals, budget cuts and a mission made more challenging amid pandemic and economic pandemonium.

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Venture Notes -- June 1, 2020
BluWave\'s Katie Marchetti
Venture Notes -- June 1, 2020

[updated] Capital raises, LaunchTN + Jumpstart updates, M&A, Lifesci deals, Schulz on Chamber, 4 Bridges expansion + more.

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Prediction modeler Decode Health eyes city-county COVID-19 spike risks
CEO Chase Spurlock PhD
Prediction modeler Decode Health eyes city-county COVID-19 spike risks

[updated] Data science, machine learning tech and prediction services startup brings to bear its SDOH learning curve.

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Harpeth Venture Advisors signals 1st close of $27.5M Opportunity Fund
Chuck Byrge
Harpeth Venture Advisors signals 1st close of $27.5M Opportunity Fund

[updated] Longtime Nashville i-bankers will apply experience as venture-capital investors.

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Venture Notes -- May 13, 2020
CEO Lisa Stinnett
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.

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Venture People - May 13, 2020
Scott Hawley
Venture People - May 13, 2020

Tracking moves among a baker's-dozen innovators, including Martin, McWhorter, Freeman, Johnson and more.

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Venture Notes -- April 13, 2020
Gov. Bill Lee
Venture Notes -- April 13, 2020

Gov. Bill Lee updates us, plus 17 venture updates and resources on telemed, M&A and more.

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TCRS CIO Brakebill provides update on PE investment, other programs
CIO Brakebill
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'.

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EC's Project Music captures broader range of entertainment plays
EC's Project Music captures broader range of entertainment plays

Music production, gamification, fan engagement, shout-out market, backend management and more up for grabs.

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Tennessee entrepreneurs, government<br>coalesce for COVID-19 counterattack
Tennessee entrepreneurs, government
coalesce for COVID-19 counterattack

Opportunities for startup growth and service are plentiful in the new Pandemic Era.

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Recession ahead, Maxwell's FINTOP Capital Fund II passes goal, hits $125M
FINTOP\'s Joe Maxwell
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.

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Venture Notes -- March 13, 2020
Amy Deaton
Venture Notes -- March 13, 2020

Nearly 30 items of extraordinary range, from capital raises, to exec appointments, uncertainty and more.

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Lee Company among 7 strategics codeveloping technologies with innovators
CEO Richard Perko
Lee Company among 7 strategics codeveloping technologies with innovators

Specialized early-stage tech-centric ventures with market-entry challenges have 7 potential new allies.

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Coronavirus, tornados lead LaunchTN 36|86,<br>NVille Entrepreneur Week to weigh options
COVID-19
Coronavirus, tornados lead LaunchTN 36|86,
NVille Entrepreneur Week to weigh options

[updated] Conference, tourism and other travel decision-makers worldwide are continually adapting to shifting conditions.

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Wearables: Mark Harris-led HeroWear raising Seed, maps Series A round
CEO Mark Harris PhD MBA
Wearables: Mark Harris-led HeroWear raising Seed, maps Series A round

Serial entrepreneur leverages technology create by Vanderbilt University investigators.

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Amid volatility, TN entrepreneurs eyeing public-co partners might be more diligent
Amid volatility, TN entrepreneurs eyeing public-co partners might be more diligent

Whether public or privately held, prospective strategic partners' financial durability warrants examination.

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