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NOHO DENTAL INC. in Nashville filed Friday on a $124.9M raise
Doug Hudson
NOHO DENTAL INC. in Nashville filed Friday on a $124.9M raise

[Updated] Serial healthcare entrepreneur stacks C-round capital for TEND business from his Tennessee base.

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Margaret Dolan says TN startup funding lags, state should weigh tax credit
Margaret Dolan
Margaret Dolan says TN startup funding lags, state should weigh tax credit

Former LaunchTN CEO is consulting to Advantage Capital in support of New Markets Tax Credit proposed for TN.

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Tennessee $65.4M share in nation's $10BN SSBCI initiative confirmed
Tennessee $65.4M share in nation's $10BN SSBCI initiative confirmed

UPDATED: U.S. Treasury program to move economic-development, equity and entrepreneurship needles, soon to be revived.

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Garrabrant's SMTI maps Series A, preps heat-pump debut in OEM markets
CEO Michael Garrabrant
Garrabrant's SMTI maps Series A, preps heat-pump debut in OEM markets

ETN startup Stone Mountain Tech maps capital, foresees global reach, hundreds of homegrown E.TN jobs.

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Tom Bancroft sees Pencilish Animation Studios as industry disruptor
CEO Tom Bancroft
Tom Bancroft sees Pencilish Animation Studios as industry disruptor

Franklin-based veteran of Walt Disney has passion for creating path for direct investment in Animation business.

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Venture Notes - April 2, 2021
Venture Notes - April 2, 2021

Fintech VC in major alliance, plus filings in banking, film industry, med devices and more.

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Jumpstart Health principals file for $30MM Jumpstart Nova Fund I raise
Marcus Whitney
Jumpstart Health principals file for $30MM Jumpstart Nova Fund I raise

Impetus for fund has been growing amid rampant awareness of inequities in backing for Black entrepreneurs.

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General Assembly leader, advocates keep LaunchTN SBIR fund hopes alive
General Assembly leader, advocates keep LaunchTN SBIR fund hopes alive

[Updated] Late-breaking budget amendment proposal may improve odds for funding core SBIR-STTR grant-matching program.

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Venture Notes - March 29, 2021
DeWitt Thompson V
Venture Notes - March 29, 2021

Today: ObjectiveGI | AgAdvisory | EPI Capital | TechTrans | IPE | Lemonade | IMAC | SESAC | Agilon | Nikola

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Director: Gen Cap America discipline, portfolio teams rise to pandemic test
Lamar Stanley
Director: Gen Cap America discipline, portfolio teams rise to pandemic test

Deal flow again robust, as GCA requires owners seeking exits, successor management in-place, strong fundamentals

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Venture Notes - March 19, 2021
Dustin Salomon
Venture Notes - March 19, 2021

Today: UTXO | Freedman | Heritage | Acquire | FINTOP | Sphere | Ditto | OZ | TNacity | Caduceus | IDB | Avondale | Harbert | Peaker and more.

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Venture People - March 19, 2021
Josh Joseph
Venture People - March 19, 2021

(16+) Ricci | Whitney | Ghorashi | Dolan | Creel | Mann | Dent | Huddleston | Johns | Wilt | Ramkhelawan | Nagarajan | Ward | Eagle | McAdoo | Joseph

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Signals: Media veterans Dobie, Davis pursue debt raise for Power Poll LLC
Bruce Dobie
Signals: Media veterans Dobie, Davis pursue debt raise for Power Poll LLC

Nashville startup aims to move into 300 U.S. markets, stitching American quilt of opinion.

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Relevance Ventures seeks 'first-call' from Technology entrepreneurs
Relevance Ventures seeks 'first-call' from Technology entrepreneurs

TN-based VC maps capital, aims to be top-ranked Tech VC in SE and frequent actor on national VC scene.

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Sarah Bellos, Lewis + Clark AgriFood chart Stony Creek Colors' Indigo path
Founder Sara Bellos
Sarah Bellos, Lewis + Clark AgriFood chart Stony Creek Colors' Indigo path

Its $9MM B-round nearly done, the startup's cornerstone is an amalgam of purpose, agriculture, supply chain and global economics.

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LaunchTN eyes capital access, SBIR matches, possible renewed Fed funding
Tennessee State Capitol
LaunchTN eyes capital access, SBIR matches, possible renewed Fed funding

Against the backdrop of the pandemic, Launch Tennessee and Life Science Tennessee look to maintain momentum.

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Venture Notes - February 24, 2021
Venture Notes - February 24, 2021

37 items on startups, PE-VC-Angel-Crowd-Seed raises, entrepreneurs, events, deadlines, resources and more.

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Tennessee economy tied to cities' tech-weighted industry expansion
Metros are a path forward
Tennessee economy tied to cities' tech-weighted industry expansion

City-performance research may help state's flywheels pursue critical mass in key industries.

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Memphis Regional Megasite awaits 'honest' report<br>on potential users, programs, development
Memphis Regional Megasite awaits 'honest' report
on potential users, programs, development

UPDATED Massive economic project conceived 16 years ago now seems under no-holds-barred assessment.

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Hodges exits, Caldwell named interim CEO for CarePayment Technologies
Interim CEO Ed Caldwell
Hodges exits, Caldwell named interim CEO for CarePayment Technologies

PE-backed fintech, services company expands role as consumers, providers seek solutions.

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Growthco: CarSaver, a Walmart ally, mulls IPO or other capital raises
CEO Chad Collier
Growthco: CarSaver, a Walmart ally, mulls IPO or other capital raises

With strong growth and having raised $40MM in past few years, founders may opt for further accelerant.

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CEO preps $1MM Seed raise, sees Titans package burnishing CPRWrap brand
CEO Felicia Jackson
CEO preps $1MM Seed raise, sees Titans package burnishing CPRWrap brand

Advisors in place, early conversations with potential investors underway, founder seeks increased market traction.

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Venture Notes - February 1, 2021
UMG\'s Adam Hanover
Venture Notes - February 1, 2021

Action: UGP, Grabbr, VoluMetrix, SSM Partners, new PE fund, FINTOP, FilterX, Redwood, SocialBot, Shockwave.

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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

[Updated] 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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