Tuesday, August 30, 2011

MidTN venture overload?

'Guess this means school's back in... so many things cookin' in the venture sphere... Clayton McWhorter's folks are taking a close look at go-forward staffing at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.. JumpStart is about to make some of its acclerator grads happy.. TNInvestco's are putting money where their mouths are, investing in seed- and early-stage deals... eMIDs is part of a Chicago mentoring group.. Steve Collins caught the IPO brass ring... and much more right here.

TN technology news

Venture Incite's latest commercialization gambit with Y-12... plus capital raises, entrepreneurship and more from one end of Tennessee to the other, read about it here.


Jason Dinger, Jay Frank, Jeff Nahley, Rick Oliver... all deeply involved in ventures... read about these Nashvillians right here.

C3 Engine

Beth Chase's C3 Consulting has created meeting-training space adjacent their corporate headquarters. Details here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

TNECD incubator grants

As previously announced, TN Economic & Community Development is preparing to award nine $250K grants, one-each with the state's nine economic-development districts. The ECD release is here.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hagerty TTDC Chair

The board of directors under Chairman Bill Evans, PharmD, this afternoon elected Haslam ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty to serve through June 30, 2012, as chairman of TTDC. The story updated here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Feds fund Haslam initiative

The U.S. Treasury came through with $29.7 million the Administration of Gov. Bill Haslam needs to breathe life into its INCITE innovation and economic development initiative, a cornerstone of the governor's Jobs4TN program. Details are here.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Massey NTC CEO

Nashville Technology Council's next CEO, and its first woman in the post, will be Liza Lowery Massey, a veteran of both IT and consulting. Read about her and NTC here.

Entrada beefs-up

Entrada, which provides users better access to tools for documentation for electronic health records, has more capital and has added a director of marketing, to drive growth. Read about it here.

TNInvestco update

We got yer TNInvestco portfolio investment updates, righ'cher.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Chattanooga minor PR prob

In addition to living in Chattanooga briefly as a toddler, I've visited it often since marrying into the Coopers about 35 years ago, and it is today oLinkne of my favorite cities -- and I've seen plenty. A writer for Automotive bitingly takes the town to task for the smell its water treatment facility emits when rainfall is way down. Having lived in DC (sewer effluent), Charleston (papermill), Nashville (try Hillsboro Village on a hot day) and other cities with their own delights, I have long ago concluded no village is without its sudden odors. However, given Chattanooga's push for national industrial and residential prominence and overall economic development, this auto scribbler's offering must be noted for the record.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Entrada $3MM B-round

Entrada, the Brentwood-based clinical documentation company, has filed for a $3MM B round. SEC document here. More on Entrada and its CEO, here.

Comdata adopts Cybera

Cybera, the locally based network security provider, announced Brentwood-based Comdata, the electronic-payments solutions company, has adopted its technology. Release here.

Amazon.com hearts TN

Amazon.com has announced its 3rd operating location in Tennessee, the TFP reports. The latest is in Wilson County.

Bullpen Ventures Update

Bullpen Ventures announced via Getahn Ward's piece in The Tennessean that it has added investors Steve Turner (Market Street, Dollar General), Joe Galante (Sony Music), Mark Montgomery (FLO Thinkery).

EDO Interactive $20MM

EDO Interactive announced its has raised $20MM. Earlier coverage here.

Monday, August 01, 2011

VenturePeople, Aug. 1

Here are five vignettes on entrepreneurs and their ventures, including some sage advice from the founder and former owner of Bandbox, plus updates on Chrysalis Ventures and other businesses. Read it here.

NewsBits Aug. 1

Well, there are three-dozen items here, including a bit on a new ECD appointee with prior interest in TNInvestco. See the Aug. 1, 2011, NewsBits.

Kahootzz cap raise

Kahootz, the Nashville tech venture led by Steven Buhrman, is preparing for a capital raise to fuel the launch of its "opportunity engine." Read about it here.