Nashville Business Journal
Artiphon, a buzzy Nashville-based startup that makes a device and app-enabled musical instrument, closed a month-long crowd-funding campaign Sunday night that proved to be one of Kickstarter’s most successful campaigns ever. The company secured $1.32 million in pledges from 3,391 backers, far exceeding the $75,000 goal it had set. In fact, the company had reached that in under six hours. According to a news release from Artiphon, the campaign ranks in Kickstarter’s top 100 highest-raising campaigns and is the 20th highest-raising campaign in the company’s technology category.
UT Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Three UT student startup companies have been awarded a total of $30,000 to advance their businesses through the spring 2015 Boyd Venture Challenge. Each business pitched an idea to a panel of entrepreneurs who determined which companies should receive awards and the amount of funding for each. “We had an excellent group of companies participate this semester,” said Tom Graves, operations director of the UT Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Vanderbilt Center for Technology Transfer & Commercialization
FIRST Diagnostics, a company centered around a COX-2 Cancer Diagnostic developed by Vanderbilt Professor Larry Marnett, Ph.D., was the winner of the 2015 Tech Venture Challenge. The student competition, supported by CTTC and presented by Life Science Tennessee Academic Alliance, is an annual event that teams students with a Vanderbilt researcher and business mentor. The teams then develop commercialization plans for the researcher’s technology and present the plans before a panel of judges. Four business plans were presented at the fifth annual TechVenture Challenge.
Music Business Association
The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will put the focus squarely on entrepreneurs at its Music Startup Academy event on Tuesday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel during the annual Music Biz 2015 conference. The Academy will feature a variety of sessions aimed at teaching aspiring startups, app developers, and entrepreneurs everything they need to know about creating and maintaining legal and sustainable music businesses, including a keynote address from Shawn Yeager of Back Porch Group and Endorsee as well as panels on music licensing, selecting APIs, and securing business development deals.
Last Friday night, founders from around Nashville (and a few from Atlanta) pitched to organizers of Nashville Startup Weekend, hoping to have the chance to expand on their ideas for the next two days. Nashville Startup Weekend organizers, including Suki Mulberg Altamirano, Stuart Brent, Eduardo Altamirano, Phil Shmerling, Kirsty Hughan, and Daniel Johnsen, brought more than just a back-of-the-napkin founder to the table.
Venture Nashville Connections
Vet on Demand, the first digital startup by the Revelette brothers, who cut their entrepreneurial teeth in family businesses, is eyeing a capital raise. Co-founders Curt, 33, and Mason Revelette, 28, told VNC in a joint interview that the Franklin-based duo is prepping for a $1.5MM Seed round for their platform.
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