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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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Venture Calendar - 2020 - Updated
Venture Calendar - 2020 - Updated

[updated] Entrepreneurial, startup and capital events and activities around Tennessee.

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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

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

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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Click here for ALL VentureNashville stories, listed newest-first
Click here for ALL VentureNashville stories, listed newest-first

To list more than 1,500 stories, in reverse-chron order, click this item. For key-word searches use search functions above.

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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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Modeling TNINVESTCO 'fraught' with challenges, but maybe worthwhile
Matthew Murray PhD
Modeling TNINVESTCO 'fraught' with challenges, but maybe worthwhile

Some would like to see a bold, rigorous assessment of TNInvestco that would better assess value and improve the model.

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TN ECD + Opportunity Zone allies convene OZ briefing in Nashville
Knoxville OZ project
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.

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Ahead: Pathway Lending CEO eyes expansion of regional operations
Clint Gwin, President-CEO
Ahead: Pathway Lending CEO eyes expansion of regional operations

Eighteen years into nonprofit lender's mission, Clint Gwin aims to expand footprint in key markets

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VU Wond'ry PreLaunch ideas target travel,<br>autonomous tech, visual empowerment
VU Wond'ry PreLaunch ideas target travel,
autonomous tech, visual empowerment

A sample of what VU student and faculty ideas for producing better life experiences.

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Lead Capital Partners' ApolloLIMS seeks growth in sector 'ripe' for M&A
CEO Daniel Hart
Lead Capital Partners' ApolloLIMS seeks growth in sector 'ripe' for M&A

PE-backed lab optimization company ramps sales, regards M&A as future option.

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Venture Notes -- Feb. 18, 2020
Casey Correnti
Venture Notes -- Feb. 18, 2020

Updates on EC strategic planning, plus fintech, music tech startups, healthcare raises and more.

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Coming Venture Events for your earliest consideration next 10 days
Coming Venture Events for your earliest consideration next 10 days

We're breaking-out eight events in Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Memphis as being of special interest.

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SyncEC forges alliances to build entrepreneurship beacon in Highlands
Heath Guinn
SyncEC forges alliances to build entrepreneurship beacon in Highlands

Market Access program prioritizes quickly connecting with customers, vendors, and strategic partners

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Gov. Lee signals rethink on best path to bring Memphis Megasite to fruition
ECD Chief Bob Rolfe
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.

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Nashville EC: 8 PreFlight entrepreneurs seek to turn ideas into businesses
Nashville EC: 8 PreFlight entrepreneurs seek to turn ideas into businesses

Even in this small sample of our budding entrepreneurs, there's amazing diversity of thought, target and personality.

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Brian Fox: Taking Confirmation global like launching series of startups
Brian Fox, CPA, CGMA
Brian Fox: Taking Confirmation global like launching series of startups

Post-sale, Nashville native leads growth push, tracks M&A targets, and grows his Angel/LP investment portfolio.

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Nashville Bitcoin execs ramp $10MM raise with eye on crypto market cycle
MP Tyler Evans
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.

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Beachy CEO vows to keep finger off cap-raise trigger until late 2020
CEO David Stange
Beachy CEO vows to keep finger off cap-raise trigger until late 2020

Mergers and acquisitions requirements likely to factor into decision on another raise by autumn 2020.

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CEO Dolan: LaunchTN aims for authentic partnerships,<br>while blazing paths to capital, investors, corporates
CEO Margaret Dolan
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.

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Tennessee capital formation back on front burner, says LaunchTN CEO
Tennessee capital formation back on front burner, says LaunchTN CEO

Could lessons learned translate into new push for the innovation economy?

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Venture Notes -- January 21, 2020
Venture Notes -- January 21, 2020

Nashvillian in ABLE Channel debut, Bill Butler's new biz, Castillo in hunt for startup award, fund update and more.

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Mental healthtech startup eyes Series A for Happego cognition-priming
Mental healthtech startup eyes Series A for Happego cognition-priming

Knox entrepreneur has amassed knowledge and team bent on advancing mental health, motivation, goal achievement and social good.

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COPILOT TRAVEL in Seed raise, eyeing Series A<br>to drive ticketing from any website or device
COPILOT TRAVEL in Seed raise, eyeing Series A
to drive ticketing from any website or device

New technology enables most website owners to get a piece of action in ticket-marketing arena.

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Venture Notes - January 16, 2020
Venture Notes - January 16, 2020

13 new capital moves by Pharos, Relode, Blueprint, Curex, Claritas, and more.

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New in Town: Kansas City's Bungii thinks Music City likes Pickup Trucks
New in Town: Kansas City's Bungii thinks Music City likes Pickup Trucks

Founders had questions about Nashville as a market priority, but were quickly won over.

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Launch Tennessee names Van Tucker to strategic COO role
COO Van Tucker, MBA
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.

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Cofounders: Startup ObjectiveGI is ramping-up ahead of Series B raise
CEO Colleen G. Hoke
Cofounders: Startup ObjectiveGI is ramping-up ahead of Series B raise

Colleen Hoke, Don Lazas are fresh off Frist-backed Series A, now at 12 centers and running.

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Exploring an Alt-scenario for Bill Frist's filings for $40MM RSV QOZB LTSS
William H. \'Bill\' Frist M.D.
Exploring an Alt-scenario for Bill Frist's filings for $40MM RSV QOZB LTSS

[updated] Frist discloses details about what's under the hood of the healthtech startup now in stealth mode.

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Belmont Dean Gardial expands Massey College business, campus outreach
Sarah Fisher Gardial PhD
Belmont Dean Gardial expands Massey College business, campus outreach

Both Venture + Corporate entrepreneurship embraced, because not everyone's cut-out for doing startups from scratch.

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StartupEquity: Shani Dowell on lessons honed during Possip's rise
Founder-CEO Shani Dowell
StartupEquity: Shani Dowell on lessons honed during Possip's rise

Black female CEO shares 'what it takes' and underscores listening and learning, no matter what.

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Intelligent Systems wins Sohr Grant at VU Owen GSM, eyes Seed raise
Timothy Darrah
Intelligent Systems wins Sohr Grant at VU Owen GSM, eyes Seed raise

CEO Timothy Darrah will present his company to the Vanderbilt Ventures Group this month.

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Tennessee's innovation, econ-dev allies again free to pursue US EDA grants
Tennessee's innovation, econ-dev allies again free to pursue US EDA grants

[Updated] EDA has $33MM pot, says previous grant wins no reason to withhold well defined, competitive ideas.

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LaunchTN confirms former Chief Program Officer Van Beke has exited
Jill Van Beke
LaunchTN confirms former Chief Program Officer Van Beke has exited

[Updated] No successor currently being recruited for the role, the fourth mid-level post vacated in the past year.

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Nashville's Crom Carmichael, TJ Wilt pursue Opportunity Zone strategies
Crom Carmichael
Nashville's Crom Carmichael, TJ Wilt pursue Opportunity Zone strategies

[updated] Nashvillians' latest efforts could generate $80MM or more for OZ plays for growth, socioeconomic impact.

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Nashville Entrepreneur Center's 27 InFlight teams debut Thurs., Dec. 12
Nashville Entrepreneur Center's 27 InFlight teams debut Thurs., Dec. 12

New cohort includes software, hospitality, fitness, beauty-style, wellness - and, yes, coffee and more.

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Greater Nashville Technology Council reveals 2020 NTC Awards Finalists
Greater Nashville Technology Council reveals 2020 NTC Awards Finalists

WINNERS out! 42 entrants vied to win top honors in 14 categories.

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Vanderbilt University taps UChicago Provost Diermeier as its 9th chancellor
Daniel Diermeier PhD
Vanderbilt University taps UChicago Provost Diermeier as its 9th chancellor

143-year-old institution draws broad-spectrum academic and polyglot Berliner as its next leader.

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FOH&BOH: Nashvillians raise capital to soothe global Hospitality painpoint
CEO Halle Hayes
FOH&BOH: Nashvillians raise capital to soothe global Hospitality painpoint

VC led signal raise, now founders map a Seed-plus + Series A to take turnover solution to market.

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Rabbit Inc. seeks debt raise ahead of A-round<br>for Carrot power-bricks rental kiosks
Rabbit\'s Carrott power bricks
Rabbit Inc. seeks debt raise ahead of A-round
for Carrot power-bricks rental kiosks

Young serial entrepreneur seems clear-eyed about business link between cash and destiny.

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State-backed Launch Tennessee puts total $626K+ into startups<br>in Healing Innovations, Hera Health, Hytch, Possip
State-backed Launch Tennessee puts total $626K+ into startups
in Healing Innovations, Hera Health, Hytch, Possip

Launch Tennessee builds the profile of its Innovation Capital Continuum.

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ISO Capital: LaunchTN expands innovation-capital investment committee
ISO Capital: LaunchTN expands innovation-capital investment committee

[Updated) There's sharpened focus on capital, as well as on entrepreneurial infrastructure and regional strategy.

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LifeScienceTN report bolsters case for more 'intentional' industry strategy
Chairman Ted Townsend
LifeScienceTN report bolsters case for more 'intentional' industry strategy

A rigorous study of TN lifesciences is afoot and advocates are clearly positioning to push for public and private support.

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BOS Framework eyes cap-raises to accelerate tech across biz spectrum
Founder-CEO Sashank Purighalla
BOS Framework eyes cap-raises to accelerate tech across biz spectrum

Tech veteran preps for ramping-up sales, scouts for talent in Nashville and beyond.

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John Liu stealthy about startup Intelluron,<br> but vocal about 2020 Sci-Engineering event
John Liu stealthy about startup Intelluron,
but vocal about 2020 Sci-Engineering event

Digital Reasoning exec felt called to pursue ML venture, extols Nashville and its STEM-oriented youth.

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Alpha Investing: VU alumni lead capital network focused on real estate
Alpha Investing: VU alumni lead capital network focused on real estate

Nashville entrant aims to connect accredited investors with institutional-caliber deals, at attractive minimums.

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Venture Notes - October 24, 2019
Gibran Ameer PharmD
Venture Notes - October 24, 2019

A new healthtech spinout, capraises, M&A, people moves, advisors, key events and a couple dozen more nuggets.

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Venture Notes -- October 18, 2019
Venture Notes -- October 18, 2019

Launch Tennessee, Electro-Active, Dynamo, CET, EPIcenter, and more updated in today's roundup.

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Fintech CEO: Mainsale-backed Ncontracts has pipeline of M&A 'discussions'
CEO Michael Berman JD
Fintech CEO: Mainsale-backed Ncontracts has pipeline of M&A 'discussions'

[updated] Nashville has proven a 'phenomenal', 'fabulous' place for VC-backed fintech-regtech co's launch.

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CEO: SimplyAgree could trigger Series A after 'right partner' emerges
CEO Will Norton JD
CEO: SimplyAgree could trigger Series A after 'right partner' emerges

Conversations continue as startup mulls investment terms, milestones, and preps for hiring and dev.

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Pharos Capital Partners Fund IV-A filing eyes $250M healthcare investing
Pharos Capital Partners Fund IV-A filing eyes $250M healthcare investing

Healthcare specialists file on Fund IV affiliate.

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Empower Health sets $12M raise for push into self-pay NAD infusion space
Founder-CEO Al Ganier
Empower Health sets $12M raise for push into self-pay NAD infusion space

CEO Al Ganier says startup exhaustively considered market priority, and might later address opioid users' risk of pregnancy.

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Oasis Venture entrepreneurship program for 'often marginalized'<br>Nashville teens folds after budget review
Oasis Venture entrepreneurship program for 'often marginalized'
Nashville teens folds after budget review

Realities of youth services and the breeding of entrepreneurs bring abrupt changes in local programs.

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Startup Stroll preps $1.5MM Seed raise to catch destination-marketing wave
Startup Stroll preps $1.5MM Seed raise to catch destination-marketing wave

Eberhardt & Bell press forward with tech solution developed in Nashville for global market.

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Skoller files for $2MM raise, steps-up pace to expand platform offering
CEO Carson Ward
Skoller files for $2MM raise, steps-up pace to expand platform offering

CEO says social-media spend for student assignments, tests, grades users prompts accelerating employer recruitment support.

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LaunchTN sets Startup Policy Workshops to boost regional entrepreneurship
Tennessee Capitol
LaunchTN sets Startup Policy Workshops to boost regional entrepreneurship

Meetups blend LaunchTN mission, Kauffman funding, Engine advocate, constituents getting to know legislators.

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Launch Tennessee launches Virtual Entrepreneurship Program
Virtual Entrepreneurship Program
Launch Tennessee launches Virtual Entrepreneurship Program

Startup and growth-oriented entrepreneurship program taking 2020 applications now, through Dec. 15, 2019.

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Entrepreneur Jane Allen to be CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center
CEO-designate Jane Allen Esq.
Entrepreneur Jane Allen to be CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center

New CEO will rely on a lawyerly eye and entrepreneurial chops as she begins fresh assessment of the EC.

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Venture Notes -- September 30, 2019
Jim Lackey
Venture Notes -- September 30, 2019

Lackey's latest, Music tech, OZ players, VU Ventures Group, LaunchTN, DRS CMO, Jumpstart Foundry and more.

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TennesSeed Partners to ally with nonprofit to fuel TN seed-stage businesses
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.

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Series A ahead, Tammy Hawes has always seen Virsys12 as scalable venture
CEO Tammy Hawes
Series A ahead, Tammy Hawes has always seen Virsys12 as scalable venture

With Salesforce Ventures as a shareholder, longtime healthtechie sees running room in cloud-apps sector.

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Enexor BioEnergy taps Wond'ry's Grajewski as SVP ahead of Series A
Robert Grajewski
Enexor BioEnergy taps Wond'ry's Grajewski as SVP ahead of Series A

CEO Lee Jestings confirms appointment and continued focus on capital-raising, advisor-selection planning.

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Capraises filed by Council Capital, Music City Baseball,<br>Revolution Partners, Dynamo, SweetBio
Capraises filed by Council Capital, Music City Baseball,
Revolution Partners, Dynamo, SweetBio

Signs of the season? SEC filings pop up in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga.

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StudioNow spinning-out Octerra marcom startup, conference debut ahead
David Corts
StudioNow spinning-out Octerra marcom startup, conference debut ahead

[updated] 12 years into the mission, six years after leaving AOL, team has been prepping its next move for months.

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