Launch Officials recently announced participants for this summer’s tech conference 36/86 in Nashville. The growing list of confirmed venture capital firms participating includes people such as Scott Kupor of Andreessen Horowitz and Karen Kerr with GE Ventures. “The response from top tier investors and sponsors for this year’s event has been tremendous,” Courtney Corlew, director of 36/86, said in a prepared statement. “We are looking forward to producing the best conference in the region and showcasing the finest in Southeastern entrepreneurship and culture.”
Local outpatient cancer treatment center company e+CancerCare has won a contract to run a radiation facility in San Diego. Fourteen-year-old e+CancerCare will manage the UC San Diego Health center in Chula Vista, which is the first for the company in California and the first owned by an academic health system. The Nashville-based company now operates 22 centers in nine states.
Ticketing company Eventbrite is expanding its Nashville presence with a sales team. The San Francisco-based company opened a Nashville office in Cummins Station in 2014 and said it is looking for a larger office space to hold its growing staff. The local sales team, led by Erin Tomlinson, will focus on small to medium-size events. “Nashville is home to tremendous talent across the board: engineers, customer support professionals and sales professionals alike,” said Emily Couey, Eventbrite vice president of people.
Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) has announced plans to launch a “Statewide University Venture Challenge,” partnering with existing university competitions and offering financial and programmatic support as well as the opportunity to compete against other university winners. LaunchTN will offer up to $5,000 in sponsorship funds to each school that chooses to participate in the new statewide challenge. Four overall winners will be selected, receiving a cash prize of up to $10,000.
Mattermark took a look through its funding data, focusing on the number of investment rounds closed and the total deal value. Then it looked to see which cities showed the biggest increase in deal action between 2014 and 2015. It also measured the average annual-growth rate in deal rounds and value between 2012 and 2015. Here are the fastest-growing startup scenes in the US right now…
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Nashville has a new entrepreneur support program with one key mission: “To launch America’s next greatest generation.” That’s according to Blake Hogan, director of business partnerships at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and executive director of Bunker Labs, a Chicago-based veteran entrepreneurship program that’s getting its Nashville operation up and running. Housed in the EC, Bunker Labs Nashville will connect veterans looking to grow and start businesses with the resources they need, whether they come from the broader veteran community, the other Bunker locations across the country or existing support programs at the EC.
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