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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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CEO Steph Disher in Nashville would lead Atmus split-off from Cummins
CEO Stephanie Disher MBA
CEO Steph Disher in Nashville would lead Atmus split-off from Cummins

CEO is 'Champion of mission' with vision, and a leader with 'caring nature'.

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Heritage Group execs plant flag for $400MM Healthcare Innovation Fund IV
Jesse Bland
Heritage Group execs plant flag for $400MM Healthcare Innovation Fund IV

Private equity execs and their strategic investors set sail on next fund amid crosswinds.

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Techstars Industries of the Future has drawn 20 deeptechies to Tennessee
Tricia Martinez-Saab
Techstars Industries of the Future has drawn 20 deeptechies to Tennessee

The accelerator has enlisted startups from 13 other states and 3 other nations. No native TN ventures, yet.

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CEO McDaniel: S3 Recycling Sols eyes growth, draws interest, mulls capraise
President/CEO Rod McDaniel
CEO McDaniel: S3 Recycling Sols eyes growth, draws interest, mulls capraise

Early-growth startup with EBITDA enters third phase of life amid growing environmental concerns.

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McWhorter-led TNECD, LaunchTN aim to elevate two entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystems
Commis. Stuart McWhorter
McWhorter-led TNECD, LaunchTN aim to elevate two entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystems

Challenges and opportunities statewide, drive to position two new regional entrepreneur centers.

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CEO: Qualle logistics startup secures runway, eyes 2H23 Seed capital raise
CEO Tyler Sellers
CEO: Qualle logistics startup secures runway, eyes 2H23 Seed capital raise

Nashville/LA-based startup hopes to contract with all major ocean-going shipping companies in North America, and beyond.

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Fintech: Sonata Financial raising capital to leverage market-proven solutions
Fintech: Sonata Financial raising capital to leverage market-proven solutions

Targeting underserved segments + adroit tech adoption seen as key to growing recap'd financial institution.

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VC: Innova Memphis RBIC pursues $75MM Ag Innovation Fund VI
VC: Innova Memphis RBIC pursues $75MM Ag Innovation Fund VI

Will seasoned investors find Ag-tech one of the safer harbors amid shifting economic winds?

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Jumpstart Foundry fund eyes $6.5M via general solicitation
Jumpstart Foundry fund eyes $6.5M via general solicitation

Nineth of annual JSF funds is pursued in atmosphere of both challenge and opportunity.

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FINTOP CEO: SV Bank vibrations are 'wake-up call' for venture-sector actors
Joe Maxwell
FINTOP CEO: SV Bank vibrations are 'wake-up call' for venture-sector actors

Joe Maxwell, MP of Fintop Capital and Co-EIR for Project Fintech of the Nashville EC sees rise in diligence.

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Governor proposes funds for TN GO push by TN ECD, UT, TVA, ORNL, VU
Governor proposes funds for TN GO push by TN ECD, UT, TVA, ORNL, VU

Updated -'Tennessee Network Growth and Opportunity Initiative' could heighten partnering, grant competitiveness.

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Martin-, Heritage-backed Wellvana raises $64.5MM with SVB Securities assist
CEO Kyle Wailes MBA
Martin-, Heritage-backed Wellvana raises $64.5MM with SVB Securities assist

[updated] Whether buyers or seller, the raise comes as more than one observer sees a wave of sector consolidation ahead.

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Alchemist Accelerator propels Memphis Hub alongside Epicenter, Ridgeline
The Alchemist Accelerator
Alchemist Accelerator propels Memphis Hub alongside Epicenter, Ridgeline

Influential Bay Area accelerator reserves seats in global accelerator for qualified businesses.

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Tennessee approved for $116M+ via US Treasury's SSBCI initiative
TNECD's Stuart McWhorter
Tennessee approved for $116M+ via US Treasury's SSBCI initiative

The long-gestating verdict is official. Read more here.

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Launch Tennessee recruiting Director of Commercialization
Launch Tennessee recruiting Director of Commercialization

Tennessee Technology Development Corporation dba Launch Tennessee is making a signal hire.

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WINNERS! Nashville tech startups, enterprises + pro's vie for NTC laurels
WINNERS! Nashville tech startups, enterprises + pro's vie for NTC laurels

[Updated 16 Feb 2023 with winners] Judges' experience, victories, scars and hard-earned wisdom help sort Greater Nashville region's talent pool.

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Claritas Capital invests alongside Emerald Plus ally in Web3.0-M&E
Claritas Capital invests alongside Emerald Plus ally in Web3.0-M&E

Claritas busy with SEC filings and stealthy moves to build new portfolio with 'cultural relevance', and market potential.

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LaunchTN leverages State, EDA funding to spark Nashville EC and Proof Programs industry networks for Fintech, Consumer Products
LaunchTN leverages State, EDA funding to spark Nashville EC and Proof Programs industry networks for Fintech, Consumer Products

[Updated] Network teams led by Jane Allen and Michael Robinson will be unwrapping details soon.

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RFP details for funding TN Fintech, Consumer Products networks
RFP details for funding TN Fintech, Consumer Products networks

Here's the original description of the new programs' funding and expectations.

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CEO: The Company Lab taking fast lane to Sustainable Mobility leadership
CEO Tasia Malakasis
CEO: The Company Lab taking fast lane to Sustainable Mobility leadership

[updated] CoLab CEO Tasia Malakasis drives plans for SM leadership from Chattanooga epicenter.

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TN ECD-Launch Tennessee may be one step away from $117MM SSBCI grant
Chair, Rep. Patsy Hazlewood
TN ECD-Launch Tennessee may be one step away from $117MM SSBCI grant

[Updated] TN House FW&M Chair Patsy Hazlewood is among Tennessee legislators expressing support.

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Updating Mike Uchrin-led Monogram Health's latest growth-capital raise
CEO Mike Uchrin
Updating Mike Uchrin-led Monogram Health's latest growth-capital raise

Updated 9 Jan. 2023: VC expands its portfolio with its entrepreneur in residence at the helm.

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Fintech entrepreneur Silas Deane relishes momentum in Tyler Technologies
Tyler Tech\'s Silas Deane
Fintech entrepreneur Silas Deane relishes momentum in Tyler Technologies

Resolute businessman enthusiastic about Mid-TN and others in TN and mid-South advancing entrepreneurship, particularly in fintech.

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Venture Notes - December 7, 2022
Jan Schlueter
Venture Notes - December 7, 2022

Venture bullets: DARVIS, Dropper, SeeSnap, Rockmont, Simple Solutions, AngelEye, HotPoppy, Campus Protein, AgLaunch, SmartRIA and more.

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Venture Notes - December 1, 2022
Dive In\'s Christina Sass
Venture Notes - December 1, 2022

15 bulletins on newcomer VCs, fintech, healthtech, edtech, Web3, logistitech, materials, med devices and more.

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Venture Notes - November 17, 2022
BuildWitt\'s Aaron Witt
Venture Notes - November 17, 2022

15 bulleted updates on deals, funds, leaders and innovation in Tennessee.

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Venture Notes - Nov. 15, 2022
CEO Claire Crunk MSN
Venture Notes - Nov. 15, 2022

A baker's-dozen of venture updates, including ClearTrack, TraceFemcare, Writerly, Invergarry, Swingzen and more.

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TN ECD today may announce innovative investment in Clarksville area
TN ECD today may announce innovative investment in Clarksville area

[Updated with Kewpie news] Ahead of an impending press conference, we offer a thought experiment on investment scenarios.

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TNECD-LaunchTN $117MM SSBCI request still under US Treasury's review
TNECD-LaunchTN $117MM SSBCI request still under US Treasury's review

Funding infusion at stake, as TNECD answers Treasury queries, LaunchTN replenishes board, adds staff as ops grow.

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Report: PanoramicVC's 'State of Startups in the Southeast'
Report: PanoramicVC's 'State of Startups in the Southeast'

HealthIT, SaaS, Fintech are lead categories for venture growth in Volunteer state.

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Chattanooga's Brickyard VC's startup 'insulator' eyes $20MM Fund I
Co-founder Cam Doody
Chattanooga's Brickyard VC's startup 'insulator' eyes $20MM Fund I

There are 16 firms aboard now, each starting with a $250K investment and a supportive non-distracting work-life environment.

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Bulletin: Pivotal grants to LaunchTN, AgLaunch, UMemphis, plus SBIR grant matches
Bulletin: Pivotal grants to LaunchTN, AgLaunch, UMemphis, plus SBIR grant matches

After weeks of work and months of waiting for the outcome, news breaks on several fronts.

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State-backed LaunchTN Awards $7MM in matching funds to 37 TN firms
State-backed LaunchTN Awards $7MM in matching funds to 37 TN firms

Launch Tennessee announced latest SBIR fundings.

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ECD-LaunchTN's 3686 could spike capital, entrepreneurial velocity
CEO Eric Satz
ECD-LaunchTN's 3686 could spike capital, entrepreneurial velocity

Fintech entrepreneur Eric Satz (AltoIRA) is one of 60+ VCs, entrepreneurs, advisors playing 3686 Festival roles.

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Nashville Mayor Cooper names SBA veteran LaTanya Channel director of Economic Growth and Small Business Development
LaTanya Wright Channel JD
Nashville Mayor Cooper names SBA veteran LaTanya Channel director of Economic Growth and Small Business Development

Administration's appointment of business and economic advisor comes ahead of Metro Nashville's mayoral election in 2023.

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Ted Townsend: Despite Fed grant miss, Memphis and 'Digital Delta' allies remain undeterred in pursuing Digital Delta initiative
Ted Townsend
Ted Townsend: Despite Fed grant miss, Memphis and 'Digital Delta' allies remain undeterred in pursuing Digital Delta initiative

Updated 3 September 2022: 8 Tennessee economic-development coalitions pursued federal grants of $25MM+ more each. Only Memphis remained in the hunt.

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Fintech founder-CEO Marcus Cobb raises capital for Mozaic platform
Fintech founder-CEO Marcus Cobb raises capital for Mozaic platform

Incumbent investor Joe Galante among those paving further runway for split-payments platform.

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Adam Boehler-led Rubicon hits $471MM in Opp Fund I for HC investments
Adam Boehler
Adam Boehler-led Rubicon hits $471MM in Opp Fund I for HC investments

The PE has pulled trigger on early transactions, and its trajectory suggests more deals and 'thought leadership' ahead.

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Monique Villa holds pivotal role in ECD-LaunchTN $1BN SSBCI vision
Monique Villa
Monique Villa holds pivotal role in ECD-LaunchTN $1BN SSBCI vision

U.S. Treasury verdict still out, but more staff being recruited for developing TN ecosystem's capital stack.

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i24 SupplyCo paves innovation path alongside Soldiers at Ft. Campbell
Kevin Galloway
i24 SupplyCo paves innovation path alongside Soldiers at Ft. Campbell

Engineer-cum-entrepreneur Kevin Galloway feels his productizing skills, soldiers' front-line savvy make a good mix.

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Innovator AgLaunch seeks EDA grant for agrifood value-chain disruption
Innovator AgLaunch seeks EDA grant for agrifood value-chain disruption

UPDATES Memphis-based hub sees diversity, agtech, national ecosystem development and innovation acceleration as vital.

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Launch Tennessee seeks US EDA funding to expand Industry Networks
Launch Tennessee seeks US EDA funding to expand Industry Networks

Consumer Products, Advanced Manufacturing, Fintech, would join advanced energy, agritech, mobility, life-sciences concentrations.

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Tennessee's innovators rally toward NSF Regional Innovation Engines
Pagma Raghavan PhD
Tennessee's innovators rally toward NSF Regional Innovation Engines

Five TN cities home to 10 Engine candidates seeking to strengthen region's entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystem.

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TN ECD, LaunchTN, allies await $117M SSBCI impact-funding call
TN ECD, LaunchTN, allies await $117M SSBCI impact-funding call

$1BN+ impact could rise in TN in decade of mobilizing investment capital and lending power.

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CivicEye's $12.4MM A-round fuels US growth and team-building
CEO Khristian Gutierrez
CivicEye's $12.4MM A-round fuels US growth and team-building

Backed by Cercano Management, Relevance Ventures, Angels, TNInvestco, INCITE, et al, its team shifts principal office.

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NashvilleEC President-COO search afoot as Murdock moves to Shore Capital
John Murdock MBA
NashvilleEC President-COO search afoot as Murdock moves to Shore Capital

Departing after a decade with the EC, exec seems to have chops and passion for democratizing entrepreneurship.

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Digital Reasoning buyer Smarsh 'right-sizing' as DRS layoff rumors rise
CEO Kim Crawford Goodman
Digital Reasoning buyer Smarsh 'right-sizing' as DRS layoff rumors rise

UPDATED March 16, 2023 - M&A deal long done, but tech acquirer rationalizing broadly, leaving plans for local tech unit cloaked.

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CEO Tasia Malakasis ramps-up The Company Lab in Chattanooga
CEO Tasia Malakasis
CEO Tasia Malakasis ramps-up The Company Lab in Chattanooga

After seven workdays at the helm of the regional entrepreneur center, CEO looks at capital, staffing, budgets and more.

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Kickoff: VentureSouth Chattanooga investor forum possible model for Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville
Kickoff: VentureSouth Chattanooga investor forum possible model for Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville

VentureSouth Fund V raise underway targets $10MM to augment Angels' individual bets and sidecar participation.

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Venture Notes - May 13, 2022
PathGroup\'s Ben Davis
Venture Notes - May 13, 2022

Updating PathGroup Recap | Lirio | Ursa Health | Thynk Health | Unity Wellness | EasyVet | Artemis | Iron Path | TSG.Mammoth

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CME-CE startup ConveyMED begins $2MM Seed for mobile audio platform
ConveyMED by ConveyPro
CME-CE startup ConveyMED begins $2MM Seed for mobile audio platform

Continuing-ed content purveyor also sees Series A + diverse markets ahead in U.S. and beyond.

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HRtech: Memphis Meats veteran Will Clem's Bite Ninja raises hit $15MM+
Founder Will Clem PhD
HRtech: Memphis Meats veteran Will Clem's Bite Ninja raises hit $15MM+

Memphis Y Combinator grad scales-up restaurant tech, after helping launch what's now Bay Area cell-cultured meat Unicorn.

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Venture Notes - May 7, 2022
Greg Sossaman, Fintechie
Venture Notes - May 7, 2022

Venture updates on new Funds, raises in Fintech, Music-Ent, Wealth, LifeSci, HCare, Media, HRtech, blockchain and other arenas.

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SaaS: ESG Impact exits beta, seeks capital, opts for VU Wond'ry Founder
Max Mona
SaaS: ESG Impact exits beta, seeks capital, opts for VU Wond'ry Founder

[Updated] Co-founders seek $2MM, as VU OwenGSM, VU The Wond'ry and others seem to recognize startup's promise.

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Nashville's Jumpstart Capital files for $120MM Fund II ahead of JSF bets
Vic Gatto
Nashville's Jumpstart Capital files for $120MM Fund II ahead of JSF bets

[Updated] Jumpstart Capital, Jumpstart Health Investors, Jumpstart Nova, Jumpstart Foundry play complementary roles.

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Memphis's ESO Fund files for $150MM Fund V to back venture option moves
ESO\'s James Lackie
Memphis's ESO Fund files for $150MM Fund V to back venture option moves

Memphians Lackie, Roberts, Sousoulas and San Mateo-backed Chou are among leaders.

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Brock: Company Lab CEO search advances in gateway City of Chattanooga
Charlie Brock
Brock: Company Lab CEO search advances in gateway City of Chattanooga

Hub praised for its startup drive and innovation emerges from pandemic throes with both strategy and wide-ranging leadership search.

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Nashville Capital Network says Fund IV commitments pass $70MM
Nashville Capital Network says Fund IV commitments pass $70MM

[Updated] Approaching its 20th anniversary, NCN says it has has recruited its largest fund, yet.

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COPILOT TRAVEL remaps capital, pursues pent-up leisure-trip surge
Founder-CEO Gary Somerhalder
COPILOT TRAVEL remaps capital, pursues pent-up leisure-trip surge

Local CEO adds advisors, launches project involving American Airlines, eyes international scale

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Altitude Ventures eyes $100M Fund III for digital health, HC services
Landon Gibbs
Altitude Ventures eyes $100M Fund III for digital health, HC services

Backed/advised by key players, firm hits quick first close, attracts Kleiner Perkins veteran Deshpande

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VC Martin Ventures in capital raise for Shulkin-led Global Pain Center
David Shulkin MD
VC Martin Ventures in capital raise for Shulkin-led Global Pain Center

Chicago VC 7wireVentures led the round for startup's virtual-only offering of support for chronic-pain sufferers.

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Chris Cashwell spins-up Azra AI by acquiring Smarsh/DRS healthtech assets
Founder CEO Chris Cashwell
Chris Cashwell spins-up Azra AI by acquiring Smarsh/DRS healthtech assets

Updated: VC$ from Sopris and FCA Venture Partners helped native Nashvillian transplant Digital Reasoning business.

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CareEco CEO Johnson eyes $2MM raise to drive Engine deeper into market
CEO Corey Johnson
CareEco CEO Johnson eyes $2MM raise to drive Engine deeper into market

Expanding team and advisors include Nashville serial healthcare entrepreneur Joe Hutts

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Christal Hector presses on toward TuneHatch beta, launch, capital raise
Founder-CEO Christal Hector
Christal Hector presses on toward TuneHatch beta, launch, capital raise

Startup CEO has an ear for music, mind for business, and her eyes on the VU Owen MBA finish line.

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CEO: Nashville 'center of gravity' for BehaVR's Virtual Reality in HC push
Founder CEO Aaron Gani
CEO: Nashville 'center of gravity' for BehaVR's Virtual Reality in HC push

[Updated M&A] Backed by Frist, Sumitomo, et al, digital therapeutics startup mulls Series B capital raise.

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Bulletin: Launch Tennessee has chosen Lindsey Cox as CEO to succeed Interim Abby Trotter
Lindsey Cox
Bulletin: Launch Tennessee has chosen Lindsey Cox as CEO to succeed Interim Abby Trotter

The LaunchTN board has approved the search committee's recommendation. Stanton Chase managed recruiting.

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Led by Black&Decker veteran, Discovery Sound Technology eyes $6.5M raise
CEO Brett Shaw
Led by Black&Decker veteran, Discovery Sound Technology eyes $6.5M raise

Pending raise may signal leaning into growth for ultrasound maintenance platform broadens reach.

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