|Tom Ballard still failing to retire from business and economic development|
Correspondent files profile of ubiquitous advocate for pro-economy, entrepreneurship groups.
Larisa Brass, correspondent
|Get Started LLC's Co-Starters offering bound for global communities|
Co-founder Enoch Elwell's mulling one or two capital raises for his startups.
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|Chattanoogan is SBA's Tennessee Small Business Person of the Year 2017|
Dan LeVan, with a wide-ranging career, is honored after creating a new business.
|TN ECD grants support downtown co-working, coding, entrepreneurship|
Smaller downtown get economic development grants that favor entrepreneurship.
adapted from submitted release
|Street Jelly Media hits pavement for capital raise for B2B+B2C growth|
Bootstrapper til now, Knoxville startup aims for HD livestreaming leadership
|Capital raises to advance Smart-RIA platform among investment advisors|
With a development push completed, CEO Mac Bartine is happy with revenue trend.
|Memphis Makers: Data Released from Major Survey|
of More than 300 Creative Entrepreneurs
Shelby County Maker entrepreneurs get close-up, ahead of further action
adapted from submitted press release
|Venture Calendar - 2017|
Lots of 2017 events already sprouting - plan ahead here.
|Eight entrepreneurs compete in 'Will This Float?' pitch event|
Founded in 2010, Chattanooga event has track record of spawning some hits.
adapted from submitted release
|Chattanooga Startup Awards winners 2016|
Six honorees emerged from this year's contest.
|Musculoskeletal startups often 'break stealth' during annual Memphis event|
For the 14th year, investors, entrepreneurs, strategic corporates meld at FedEx Institute.
|Bradshaw departs CoLab-GigTank for Jensen Hughes role|
Insightful, energetic and engaging chief departs for industry and research.
Submitted press release
|Innovation Crossroads: ORNL Energy-startup accelerator aborning|
[DOE] New Lab-embedded program to be detailed today.
Milt Capps updated 1439 CT 20 Sept.2016
|CEO: 'Pass It Down' gets strategic interest, eyes Seed, Series A capraises|
Boomer aging, story-telling and training needs in industry verticals and rising use of social media, help make the case.
|Enterprise Wellness: Chattanooga's Spire Labs looks to accelerate|
Chattanooga startup made very strategic pivot, and builds bizdev presence in Nashville.
|UMemphis FedEx Institute of Technology aims|
to be catalyst for Memphis, Tennessee innovation
A fresh assay has led to new focus and renewed vision for regional service and leadership.
|VC moves Directed Sensing startup from Knoxville to Austin|
ORNL-UT-linked Peter Fuhr is now advisor to the startup he founded.
|Exec: With $22MM in, Chattanooga's Bellhops likely to raise more capital|
[updated 13 July 2017] In prospect: Deeper market penetration and more capital somewhere over the horizon.
Milt Capps Updated 13 July 2017 0745
|Knoxville's Vendor Registry soon to wrap Seed raise and assess way forward|
[Updated] Long-term capital strategy and exit options await gaining further traction.
|Nanomechanics gets investor-bidder approaches, eyes valuation and growth|
While organic growth is aggressively pursued, this early-stage company is open to strategic/PE talks
|Knoxville Entrepreneur Center's CodeWorks startup concepts noted|
[Updated] First cohort information out of Knoxville CodeWorks.
Milt Capps updated 9:03am
Soundways 1st Music startup funded via Consortium/StartCo partnership
A new Music accelerator program in Memphis has awarded its first money.
|Startup retention: Will edtech entrant Coursicle be a Tennessee keeper?|
We've proven we can attract cool companies. How do get them to stay?
|AgLaunch accelerator launches, powered by Memphis Bioworks, TNDA allies|
Innovation seeds begin sprouting, as first startups recruited.
|TeleMed: WeCounsel Solutions completes $3.5MM Series A capital raise|
Founder and investors express strong confidence in market headway.
|2016 Memphis Accelerator Portfolios announced|
More than 50 entrepreneurs represented in companies in flock of Memphis accelerators.
Adapted from submitted release
|Deadline May 15 for startups seeking Knoxville's|
Scripps Networks Interactive investment
Whether you're a Coder or you've had a brainstorm about better living, check it out.
|14 Startups to spend Summer launching high-bandwidth biz in Chattanooga|
Chattanooga's ramping-up for a feverish startup season.
Adapted from submitted release - Updated 4 June 2016
|EPIcenter: Entrepreneurial 7.0 Quake in Memphis as accelerators erupt|
Student-driven and Music-tied accelerators offerings are new in Memphis.
|Tennessee Venture Challenge Competition announces winners|
University of Tennessee Research Foundation is TVC host each year.
Adapted from submitted releases
|Venture money: 'Access to capital' to be sole focus of Tech2020 successor|
[Updated] Grady Vanderhoofven is likely to lead the repurposed nonprofit and some allies.
Milt Capps Updated August 2016
|Chattanooga accelerator, $12MM Fund target Logistics, Drones, Software|
[Updated] Two years after a successful exit from logistics business, a new venture launches.
Milt Capps Updated 13 Sept. 2016
|Randy Boyd increases Radio Systems control, TSG Consumer again at table|
Chairman of Knox-based company is also Haslam Administration's ECD chief.
|$20MM in techdev lets startup VortexT Analytics deliver Big-Data insights|
P2S-Covenant JV tackles Big Data analytics for array of verticals.
|Startups: TN's autoXLR8R up for adoption by UT Institute for Public Service|
VNC A fourth cohort of startups is likely to be invited to Knoxville, but timeline TBD.
|Chattanooga's The Company Lab to accelerate dozens of startups each year|
Chattanooga doubles-down on its Gigabit infrastructure as entrepreneurial edge.
|March 18 app deadline for EPIcenter Logistics Innovation Accelerator|
The second cohort of logistics-centered startups begins work in May.
|FourBridges Capital Advisors expands SE reach, doesn't rule-out VC fund|
Boutique investment banking firm eyes Florida, Carolinas.
Milt Capps last edited 8:08 a.m. 3 February 2016
|VESTA Technology seeks TORCH brand lead in Internet parental controls|
[updated] Raising capital to support deploying TORCH router, as sector entrants multiply.
Milt Capps updated Aug. 1, 2016
|After 22 years, Tech2020 at OakRidge to cease pro-entrepreneurial efforts|
[Updated] The nonprofit will seek to shift program assets and staff to other organizations.
Milt Capps updated 3 March 2016 8:49am
|Memphis Money: Sage Advantage Fund created by advisory firm's founders|
Memphis-centric founders to provide savvy and capital to proven early-stage companies.
Milt Capps updated 10:07pm
|Nelson joins Memphis Bioworks Foundation as VP-Agriculture Innovation|
Foundation seems appointment as strategic in raising region's Ag Innovation.
|VentureNotes: Mike Carroll licenses PYA tech; Joy Fisher eyes UT assets|
Commercializing the UT brand, localizing entertainment with streaming audio
|Gov. Haslam's evolving performance dashboard gains heft and sheds some graphic impact|
VNC Even terrorism and immigration issues may affect performance monitoring.
|Pitching flag Outdoors, RootsRated raises $3MM, with Series A underway|
[updated] Chief of Chattanooga media play in Outdoors, Healthy Living relies on mentors.
Milt Capps updated 9 Feb 2017
|Tullahoma: JusticeXL accelerator announces inaugural cohort|
[updated] Demo Day is Nov. 18 at SMTEC in Tullahoma. 8 startups presenting.
Milt Capps Updated 2 Nov. 2015 1:09pm
|TN's AgLaunch entrepreneurship event to mark progress toward activation|
Seed funding, plus a targeted $10MM innovation warchest are highlighted.
Milt Capps edit 5:46pm
|GigVision: Chattanooga's Company Lab unveils GigTank Class of 2015|
GigTank raised the bar for diverse entrants this year.
Milt Capps Updated 28 July 2015; originally published May 12, 2015
|People: First EPIcenter Memphis President|
now deep in community engagement
Strategic recommendations for Memphis ecosystem may be forthcoming by Labor Day.
|SeedHatchery: DivorceSecure raising capital to reduce pains of parting|
Tech platform aims to crowd-out dusty paper-based legal processes.
|AutoXLR8R at Tech2020 announces 3rd startup cohort|
Relocated from Tullahoma to Oak Ridge, the program continues.
|Update: DataFlyte reviews bridge-round checklist, charts Series A|
[updated] Aerial automated meter readings are its niche among water, gas utilities.
|Aug. 11, 2015: Knoxville's MediaWorks announces presenters|
MediaWorks in Knoxville was great fun last year - here it comes again.
Submitted press release from Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
|JusticeXL startup accelerator program debuts in Tullahoma|
at Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Centers
[Updated] Aug. 14 deadline. Dan Marcum pushes law-enforcement, security program forward.
Milt Capps updated 3pm July 20, 2015
|Eastate: Venture advisor offers updates on Angel Roundtable, FundingSage|
TN group has joined Angel Syndicates Central, startup eyes late 2015 capraise.
|Memphis: ZeroTo510 medical-device accelerator |
The fourth cohort of medical-device startups underway this week.
Memphis Bioworks Press Release
|36|86: LaunchTN reveals 36 companies presenting June 8-10 in Nashville|
From hundreds of applicants, 36 companies present next month in Music City
|Shockwave Motors eyes $1.5MM raise|
for Defiant electric roadster production
Co-founders turn erstwhile hobby into potentially disruptive autocycle play.
|New Tech2020 CEO sees KVL-Oak Ridge ecosystem growing more cohesive|
Kragenbrink aims to add value for entrepreneurs, while teaming with institutions.
|Update: Innova Memphis seeks Fed'l certification ahead of new fund raise|
If successful, new fund could pump up to $40MM into leading-edge Ag-sector ventures.
|CEO: AgSmarts eyes Series A raise as 'Precision Agriculture' interest grows|
Data-driven Ag platform said well-positioned to compete in emerging sector.
|VC- and Tech2020-led TennesSeed eyes capraise, regional investments|
New fund is likely to benefit Tennessee as a priority, but it is not geo-constrained.
Milt Capps updated 9:53 p.m.
|Covenant College influences Chattanooga entrepreneurial scene|
It's not lore that propels this institution's reputation as a place whence problem-solvers come.
Milt Capps and Meghan O'Dea
|Innovasan scenario includes Series A+B, doesn't rule-out future IPO|
Seeking 'standard of practice' status, patient Knoxville startup prepares to touch all the bases.
|Marcum confirms Tennessee's AutoXLR8R moving to Tech2020 at Oak Ridge|
Accelerator's regional mission to be continued after 3 years in Tullahoma
|Long Haul: With $5MM capraise, Knoxville's IdleAir may shift to higher gear|
CEO broadens this new-era company's footprint, leverages existing assets, and enters Mexico.
By Larisa Brass and Milt Capps edit 8:03 a.m.
|Inner Circle: Executives aboard for IdleAire Technologies' 2008 Chapter 11|
Everyone's still working at something, years after an earlier venture crashed.
|Owners of TNInvestco-backed Hubble Telemedical exit in sale to Welch Allyn |
The first exit for the fund affiliate with Memphis-based MB Venture Partners.
Larisa Brass, Correspondent Updated 10:16 a.m.
|Financial Tech accelerator idea discussed for NVille-TN|
VNC The idea of a new Financial Technology FinTech accelerator or program taps into energy.
VNC Milt Capps
|Mobile in Memphis: SynapsePay's backers give Fintech startup rare footing|
[Updated] In the red-hot mobile payments space, this startup has Master Mentors.
Milt Capps Updated May 22, 2015
|Made in Chattanooga: SIGNiX eyes 'early growth-stage' capital raise|
e-Signatures entrant next seeks to get VCs to sign some checks.
Milt Capps Updated 8 February 2016
|Memphis StartCo CEO updates Angel, Accelerator plans|
A robust new event will kickoff the StartCo accelerator Summer, in May.
Milt Capps Updated
|FedEx pledges $750K for logistics accelerator in Memphis EPICenter|
[Updated] A plan by the Greater Memphis Chamber and its allies takes a big step forward.
Milt Capps Updated 3:57 p.m. CT
|GigVision: Chattanooga pushes toward role as U.S. high-tech launchpad|
Company Lab board has approved game plan for 2015 event, with increased corporate focus.
|Mid-TN plan boosts universities, entrepreneurs, accelerators + businesses|
Startup leaders, campus scientists and corporate intrapreneurs could gain advantage through MT-DRP
|JumpFund updates investments in women-owned startups|
For today's JumpFund press release on recent investments, click the headline above.
|Haslam Admin eyes AgLaunch support for TN rural entrepreneurs, growers|
[Updated] Commissioner Julius Johnson and a team including Memphis BioWorks will press forward.
Milt Capps Updated 18 Nov 2014
|Bootstrapped Fiveworx eyes capital raise among growth-finance options|
This Shelton Group spinout gets tailwind from mandates in dozens of States
Hugh G. Willett, correspondent Updated Jan. 22, 2015
|Oak Ridge: Tech2020 nears selection of Interim chief, ahead of CEO search|
[Updated] Kevin Kragenbrink was chosen Nov. 11 to serve as Interim Executive Director.
Milt Capps Updated 11 Nov. 2014 1810 EST
|2nd Mid-TN tech council being formed by members from Nissan, others|
The distance between Murfreesboro and Nashville hasn't gotten any shorter in recent years.
|Commercialization: UTRF, VU execs aim to raise awareness of TN's IP assets|
Key University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University execs discuss partnership, commercialization
|SeedHatchery: Graph Story maps Painpoint to Profits, gauges capital|
[updated] Memphis startup has quickly established a presence, partly on founder's personal franchise
Milt Capps Updated 28 June 2017
|Closeup.fm perseveres through strain of capital raise for its Music platform|
Duo wants to develop crowdbooking platform and other tools in Knoxville, despite capital source
Milt Capps updated 4 May 2015
|Angel Capital Group to acquire RAIN Source Management, raise capital|
[update] AGC could be active in a dozen or more states by mid-2015, CEO says
|Morris, Cruze create ClearPath Ventures to propel startups in KVL region|
Partners plan to invest mainly human capital in promising startups
|Life Science Tennessee announces Venture Forum presenting companies|
Emerging life science companies from across the state will state their cases Oct. 21
Adapted from press release submitted
|Destiny? Pro-gamer PHASE seeks Tennessee Seed capital, has backup ideas|
Tennessee isn't known for digital gaming startups, but Memphis startup aims to change that.
|HeadsUp: TN CRS private equity, Bioworks, Startup TN>Chile|
Where money flows, money goes, and the state may've lost a startup prospect.
|The TENN: LaunchTN master accelerator 2014 Class members named|
A second cohort, representing the pick of the state's accelerator litters, set off on a long march.
|Latest move: Feetz Inc. dances its way into The Jump Fund's portfolio|
[Khosla investment] Woman-led business garners the fund's first native Tennessee investment
Milt Capps Updated 25 March 2016
|Capital raise: Cabsolutely offers taxi consumers, operators an upgrade|
[Updated] HQ in Memphis, development team in Budapest, startup may be blessed by Universe.
Milt Capps updated May 10, 2016
|Sky High startup Care2Manage aims to preserve caregiver mission|
Founder explores various corporate structures to support its sustained mission focus.
|Cliff Hawks: Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus not idling, but stealthy|
Rumors abound, but the project's CEO keeps his powder dry and out of sight.
|Memphis: Crews Center for Entrepreneurship|
focuses on startup 'talent development'
CCE director brings lessons learned from his own startups, adjusted for the academic setting.
Milt Capps Updated 24 Aug 2015
|KnoxEC: Vuture looks to wrap some VC money around Angels|
A $500K raise would help it aggressively address the Medical and Fitness sectors.
Milt Capps @miltcapps edit 5:45pm ET
|KVL's ParOneTV hopes capital raise takes it all way to the Green|
Initial platform soon goes live, with huge Golf universe to target.
Milt Capps edit 6:10 a.m. CT 12 Sept.
|Renewables: ETN's Genera Energy has Series B capital raise underway|
[Updated] Company spawned by State's Biofuels Initiative aims to gain share ahead of niche competition
Milt Capps Updated 11 Dec. 2014
|Innova Memphis: Innova Fund III announces $20MM first close|
Updated: Firm will continue bio/investment pace, likely to eye yet another fund in coming years
Milt Capps updated 0715 10 Sept. 2014
|Memphis-Manhattan: eDivv eyes Big Apple|
to anchor online beauty-trading startup
[updated] Startup will maintain ties to SeedHatchery as it pursues $500K capital raise
Milt Capps updated Dec. 18, 2014
|INVEST-TN Sept. 18: CXOs, Entrepreneurs review critical issues for TN Business|
Yahoo! Finance columnist Michael Santoli, CEOs, other C-levels headline Nashville event
|Tech2020 CEO's exit provides another spur|
for Knoxville entrepreneurship re-think
Opportunities are likely amid myriad moving parts in Knox-OakRidge ecosystem
Milt Capps edits 8:15 p.m. CT
|Tech2020 CEO John Morris resigns|
After a bit more than two years in the job, Tech2020 CEO steps down with ecosystem in flux
|Capital: Knoxville's Data-Flyte embraced|
by Chattanooga's Blank Slate Ventures
Money from the Scenic City is now regularly finding its way farther east in Tennessee.
Milt Capps edited 9:17 a.m. 27 August 2014
|Angel Capital Group: Ewing to wrangle deal flow, Venture Incite exits E.TN|
[Updated 10:30a 19Aug] Tech-transfer, PEveteran will shepherd growing early-stage pipeline
Milt Capps updated 10:30 a.m. 19 August 2014
|Skuidify, aligned with Salesforce.com, pursues $4MM Series A capital raise|
Updated: Salesforce.com investment. CEO says a San Francisco or Atlanta lead investor with SaaS savvy is likely preferred.
Milt Capps UPDATED 22 Feb 2016 10:05am
|GigTank: KOR Health explores Tennessee markets and $1.6MM capital raise|
Chattanooga's KOR Health is pressing ahead with its capital raise, while scouting California digs
|Chattanooga's JumpFund makes 1st investment|
in push to support Women in startup companies
A Louisville company gets the nod; JumpFund could do nine to 14 more deals in next few years.
Milt Capps updated 18 March 2015
|AutoXLr8r 2013 Cohort|
Here's the list of AutoXlr8r's first cohort in 2013, then at Tullahoma.
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