A recent multi-part “Investor Outlook” series from Teknovation.biz featured panel interviews with local investors, where they assess the “then” and “now” of a variety of topics, including the overall quality of startups and the availability of early stage capital.
According to Tom Ballard, PYA’s Chief Alliance Officer and Editor of Teknovation.biz, “We’ve just entered a new decade with arguably some of the most sustained economic growth and lowest unemployment rates in our nation’s history. An important part of that growth has come from new startups, and the state of Tennessee has clearly been part of that entrepreneurial wave over the last 10 years.”
Panelists include: Eric Dobson, Chief Executive Officer of Angel Capital Group; Tony Lettich, Managing Director of The Angel Roundtable; Charlie Brock, Partner of Chattanooga Renaissance Fund; Brandon Bruce, Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Greater Sum Ventures; Ken Woody, President and Partner of Innova Memphis; Kristina Montague, Managing Partner of The JumpFund; John Morris and Geoff Robson, Fund Managers at The Lighthouse Fund; John Bruck, Knoxville-based Member, and Scott Jacobs, Executive Director, of Queen City Angels (QCA); and Grady Vanderhoofven, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Three Roots Capital.
Read each part in the series here:
- PART 1: Investor panel compares start-ups in 2010 and 2019 on investibility and quality of founders
- PART 2: Panelists compare 2010 and 2019 on availability of early and later stage capital
- PART 3: Panelists comment on success of younger vs. older entrepreneurs
- PART 4: Panelists discuss drivers for new angel and venture funds
- PART 5: Panelists offer a variety of thoughts on public policy to help entrepreneurs
As the Innov865 Alliance develops, supports, and promotes the Knoxville region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, we champion Knoxville as a great place for entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses and increase access to capital. The work of investors featured in this series reaffirms this mission.