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Today: ZeroTo510 | Mamaya | We Are Nations | Lodestone | Homeware

LARGELY inactive the past two years or so, the Memphis-based ZeroTo510 accelerator is due to open the proverbial door for cohort applications sometime in Q2CY24, with the next cohort projected to activate in September. The program is to be focused on "applicants that have spent 1-2 years working on their technology, developed/filed some intellectual property, and are working on their early prototypes. Overall, about 70-80% of the program will remain the same, but every year, we tailor the remaining program to meet the greatest needs of our cohort," according to Olaf Schulz, the 46-year-old veteran of the medical-devices sector and recently named director of venture development and ZeroTo510 within Epicenter Memphis. Previous VNC ZeroTo510 coverage.

Mamaya's Green

MAMAYA Health LLC, led by CEO and sole member Amy Green, filed today with the SEC for a $1.5MM debt/option raise, showing $215K from nine investors thus far in the house. Green is a maternal mental health care counselor focused on perinatal depression, anxiety and trama, via virtual means. Nearly five years ago, Green also founded outpatient-oriented Nashville Collaborative Counseling Center, based in MetroCenter. Green's education and experience also bear her credentials, including BS, MSW, LCSW, PMH-C, IMH-E and ERYT. Read more of her accolades in her LinkedIn "About". She and her family reside in Nashville.

NASHVILLE-based Patrick Mahoney is Co-Founder of We Are Nations Inc., a Delaware-chartered e-sports performance and fan wear apparel business which on Feb. 20 made its second SEC filing, this time for an equity raise of about $2.2MM. Nearly six years ago, the company filed with SEC for a target of nearly $1.6MM. Aboard one or both filings, in addition to Mahoney, were Alex Romer and Daniel Cardell. Mahoney also conducts some business as Manhead LLC, a decade-old NY-chartered company with an East Nashville address and led by NY Area-based President/CEO Chris Cornell. Conceived in 2015, We Are Nations sells directly to consumers via its website and via retailers. On various LinkedIn pages, one or more LinkedIn team members describe the company as "a globally networked licensing and visual intellectual property licensing company focused solely on the emerging market of esports"; and as "The largest eSports merchandising company in the world - Working together with some of the best teams & influencers in the industry."

Amr El-Husseini

LED BY CEO AMR EL-HUSSEINI, Lodestone Advisory Group has affiliates and programs that offer a venture growth program and VC investment. El-Husseini was aboard for last month's SEC filing for LVF-I LP, showing a targeted equity-capital raise of $1.6MM. Earlier this month, Lodestone was named to Forbes's list of America's Best Management Consulting Firms. Among many other distinctions across a long career, El-Husseini is a master mentor for Vanderbilt University's The Wond'ry innovation center. Nashville-based Lodestone was co-founded by one of the firm's directors, Samar Ali JD. Ali is also president and CEO of Millions of Conversations, as well as a senior advisor to Vanderbilt University Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, among other distinctions.

Nate Schwartz

NASHVILLE-based Homeware LLC last week reported to the SEC on having raised north of $5MM from three investors. The roughly year-old company is led by Nate Schwartz of Nashville. He graduated a year ago from East Tennessee State University with a master's in computer applications for software engineering. VNC preliminary research suggests the company may be a "smart home" play, focused on integrating control of a wide array automated home systems.

All previous Venture Nashville coverage in reverse-chron order, RIGHT HERE.

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