The team at JumpStart Foundry is a little more than two weeks from hosting its annual Investor Day, where the incubator's latest crop of startups will strut their stuff. At Southern Alpha, Ben McIntyre has a rundown of each company's goals and progress. Among them are interesting concepts featuring localization technology, parking management software and three-dimensional scanning. One of the companies, wearable technology play Octovis, already is close to securing a round of funding; founder Ryan Macy says his pitch at Investor Day will be for the next sack of growth cash.
The availability and terms of early-stage venture capital for promising Nashville startups is not a new topic but Milt Capps has revisited it with aplomb at Venture Nashville Connections. Using the fundraising efforts of Dan Hogan and Medalogix as a jumping-off point, Capps touched base with more than a dozen area investors and execs to take stock of the relative lack of competition among early-stage investors in Middle Tennessee. Of particular note are comments from Angel Capital Group's Eric Dobson:
The best thing we investors can do is to agree on a fair valuation at each step along the way, open opportunities to syndicate between collegial peers, and save the drama for attacking the market. If companies want to minimize dilution, they need to stay focused on the prize, selling products and services, not shares.
And entrepreneur Nicholas Holland:
I don't see any of it as nefarious — it's a side effect of having a tiny investor community. More deals than money lets the investors be very picky. So, they they don't need to collude to still have incentive to pass on another VC's deal.
SEE ALSO: Our past coverage of Medalogix's growth
Logo design venture LogoGarden has raised $750,000 from venture capital firm FCA and is looking to drum up another $1.15M as its leaders seek to position themselves not just to grow further, but also to set themselves up to be acquired in a few years. Founder and CEO John Williams tells Milt Capps at Venture Nashville he is looking for a deal before 2018 comes around.
Launch Tennessee CEO Charlie Brock plans to in the coming year work to better connect the various angel investing groups around Tennessee. The strategy is part of the organization's fiscal 2015 workplan, detailed here by Milt Capps.
LaunchTN CEO Brock -- with his own track record as an entrepreneur, advisor and investor -- will doubtless be deeply involved in all this, with staff work led by LaunchTN Capital Formation Director Henry Gindt. Gindt's bailiwick also includes outreach to Corporate venture-capital arms, and supporting ECD's INCITE seed-funding program, in part by helping to identify follow-on investors for companies that win INCITE grants.
Three-year-old loyalty marketing venture textLIVING is close to having raised $1 million from a large group of investors as it prepares to launch serious biz dev efforts in Nashville and elsewhere in Tennessee. Milt Capps has that info and more at Venture Nashville Connections.
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