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Cliff Hawks: Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus not idling, but stealthy | research and development, Cherokee Farm Development Corporation, Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus, University of Tennessee, University of Tennessee Research Foundation, UTRF, Cliff Hawks, NeXovation, Nashville Superspeedway, Robert Sexton, Robb Sexton
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.


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Memphis: Crews Center for Entrepreneurship focuses on startup 'talent development' | Crews Center for Entrepreneurship, Mike Hoffmeyer, EMERGE Memphis, Memphis Bioworks Foundation, ZeroTo510, SeedHatchery, Eric Matthews, Angels, investors, Wolf River Angels, Start Co., FedEx Institute of Technology, University of Memphis, startups, accelerators, incubators, information technology, Paytopia, loyalty, payments processing, Electracash, Stiqrd, Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce, SkyHigh, UpStart, NextFarm Agricultural Innovation Accelerator, Bioworks Business Incubator, Crews Venture Lab, Carolyn Hardy, Hardy Bottling, Gil Noble, Memphis Area Transit Authority, Kevin Boggs, technology transfer, commercialization, postsecondary, research and development, incubators, accelerators, John Bobango, Faris Bobgano, Mitchell Spurlock, Power Logistics and Freight Services, Ben Bryant, SCB Computer Technology, Cook Systems International, Sparkgap, Harriet Crews, business model canvas
Memphis: Crews Center for Entrepreneurship
focuses on startup 'talent development'

CCE director brings lessons learned from his own startups, adjusted for the academic setting.


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KnoxEC: Vuture looks to wrap some VC money around Angels | Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, MediaWorks, Jim Biggs, Lewis Frazer, Regal Entertainment, Jonathan Sexton, software as a service, software development, KEC, Seed stage, capital, investment, Angels, investors, Hootsuite, mobile, application, app, venture capital
KnoxEC: Vuture looks to wrap some VC money around Angels

A $500K raise would help it aggressively address the Medical and Fitness sectors.


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KVL's ParOneTV hopes capital raise takes it all way to the Green | Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, KEC, Jim Biggs, James "J.R." Moore, Marty Brown, Seed stage, ParOneTV, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Scott Rouse, Back Porch Group, Strategic Advice, Dead Horse Lake, Morris Creative Group, NewsBreak, Marty Brown, Dwight Hansen, Nalco-Champion, EcoLab, Leslie Wilson-Charles, Bob Charles, Carl Papa, Entrepreneurs Organization, Golf Galaxy, PGA Tour Superstore, Arthur Blank, Culver Schmid, Jonathan Sexton, Ready Cart, Keen Technology, FLOThinkery, Chris Downs, Golf Channel, ProCastWeather, Golf Club TV, Brian Rawlings, Mike Fabio
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 | TennEra, Genera Energy, University of Tennessee Research Foundation, UTRF, biomass, renewable fuels, commercialization, agriculture, bioscience, research and development, Gov. Phil Bredesen, Biofuels Initiative, Kelly Tiller
Renewables: ETN's Genera Energy has Series B capital raise underway

Company spawned by State's Biofuels Initiative aims to gain share ahead of niche competition


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Innova Memphis: Innova Fund III announces $20MM first close | Innova Memphis, Memphis BioWorks Foundation, Innova Fund I, Innova Fund II, TNInvestco, Innova Fund III, Vanderbilt University, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, University of Memphis, arGentis Pharmaceuticals, TrakLok, technology transfer, commercialization, Jan Bouten, Steven Bares, Ken Woody
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 | SeedHatchery, Mara Lewis, Eric Matthews, Start Co, accelerators, Casey Casterline, Jon Katz, Barry Katz, eDivv, capital, investment, friends and family, Seed stage, equity, AlphaLab, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Emily Brackstone
Memphis-Manhattan: eDivv eyes Big Apple
to anchor online beauty-trading startup

Startup will maintain ties to SeedHatchery as it pursues $500K capital raise


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INVEST-TN Sept. 18: CXOs, Entrepreneurs review critical issues for TN Business | arGentis Pharmaceuticals, Assi Ginzburg, Astec Industries, Barron's, Bill Johnson, BusinessWire, CFA Society, Christine Skold, Cornerstone Bancshares, Creative Financial Staffing, Crowe Horwath, Curran & Connors, FedEx, FEI, Financial Executives International, FLO thinkery, Frank Hughes, Frost Brown Todd, Harvey White, Health Realty Trust, INVEST-TN, Issuer Direct, Jeffrey Smith, Justin Hutchens, Mary Beth West Communications, MergerID, Mergermarket Group, Mergermarket.com, Nashville Technology Council, National Health Investors, O'Neill Arnold Photography, Optimum Print Solutions, Phillip Daves, Pinnacle Financial, PNC Bank, Richad Dorris, Rob McCabe, Sloane Scott, Stratasan, Tennessee Valley Authority, Terry McWilliams, The Wall Street Transcript, Tod Fetherling, Tom Davis, Tractor Supply Company, TVA, Wall Street Calendar, William Johnson, Yahoo!
INVEST-TN Sept. 18: CXOs, Entrepreneurs review critical issues for TN Business

Yahoo! Finance columnist Michael Santoli, CEOs, other C-levels headline Nashville event


ETN's Cathedral Innovation Group may be buttressed by Charlotte-SanFran accelerators ahead of Seed raise | Packard Place, Queen City FinTech Accelerator, incubators, Seed stage, capital, investment, startups, Doug Speight, University of North Carolina, Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ONRL, Stratasys, 3D Systems, GE Capital, Deutsche Private Equity, North Carolina A&T State University, Wells Fargo
ETN's Cathedral Innovation Group may be buttressed
by Charlotte-SanFran accelerators ahead of Seed raise

The urgency driving this OakRidge-Knoxville startup could lead to its relocation


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Tech2020 CEO's exit provides another spur  for Knoxville entrepreneurship re-think | Tech2020, John Morris, Tom Ballard, Jim Biggs, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, KEC, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ORNL, Y-12, University of Tennessee, Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Charlie Brock, LaunchTN, TTDC, Tennessee Technology Development Corporation,
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 | john morris, tech2020, economic development, oak ridge national laboratory, ORNL, Mike Cuddy, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, KEC
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 | DataFlyte, Jack Dischner, Blank Slate Ventures, investment, seed capital, Lex Tarumianz, Geoff Robson, Swiftwing Ventures, Chattanooga Renaissance Fund, Emerson  Electric, GE, General Electric, Martin Marietta, Halldale-Powell Utility District, Consolidated Utility District, Commtest, Extensive Enterprises, Dan Morse, CapitalMark, Darren Cardwell
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 | LaunchTN, Venture Incite, technology transfer, commercialization, Vic Gatto, Tennessee Technology Development Corporation, TTDC, Vanderbilt University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NEST-TN, TNINvestco, Tennessee Center for Research and Development, Solidus, Eric Dobson, Scott Ewing, University of Tennessee Research Foundation
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 | Ken McElrath, Skoodat, Skuidify, Salesforce.com, startups, Angels, investment, SaaS, Chattanooga, Series A, capital formation, education, K12, postsecondary, software development, Force.com, Southeast Investor Group
Skuidify, aligned with Salesforce.com, pursues $4MM Series A capital raise

Update: Salesforce.com investment. CEO says a San Francisco or Atlanta lead investor with SaaS savvy is likely preferred.


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GigTank: KOR Health explores Tennessee markets and $1.6MM capital raise | OnFocus Healthcare, David McDonald, Lee Phillips, KOR Health, True North Custom Publishing, GigTank, Chattanooga, Gig City, 3D Printing, utilities, Smart Grid, healthcare, marketing, patient engagement, Life 1428, eleven//social
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


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Chattanooga's JumpFund makes 1st investmentin push to support Women in startup companies | The Jump Fund, Bluegrass Angels, Golden Seeds, angels, investment, analytics, SuperFanU, Kristina Montague, Kayla Mount, Chris Nowak, Tendai Charasika, capital,
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.


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Retrospective Statewide coverage from the archive

All Previous Network Coverage | NewsBits, VentureNashville
All Previous Network Coverage

UPDATED VentureTennessee is just coming out of Beta. View all previous network coverage by clicking the headline above.



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