Selection of firms major step in implementation of TNInvestco program says Senator Ketron

November 6, 2009

Selection of firms major step in implementation of
TNInvestco program says Senator Ketron

(NASHVILLE, TN), November 6, 2009 — Six venture capital firms have been named to participate in TNInvestco, an innovative new program designed to provide investment capital to small, medium and start up businesses in Tennessee.  Local State Senator Bill Ketron, who was one of the sponsors of the legislation approved by the General Assembly this year enabling the implementation of the program, said he is optimistic about the program’s prospects.

“I am very pleased that this program is up and running,” said Senator Ketron.  “Selection of the firms is a big first step toward implementation.  I look forward to seeing the results of this program, which we believe will create many jobs in Tennessee and in our legislative district.”

Each of the six TNInvestco funds will receive an allocation of $20 million dollars in gross premiums tax credits which will be marketed to insurance companies to create a pool of venture capital funds for investment in early- and mid-stage companies in Tennessee.  The goals of TNInvestco that were outlined by the Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber are to develop Tennessee’s entrepreneurial infrastructure, to bring additional capital into the state, to diversify the state’s economy and to create “anchors” or “clusters” of business innovation which can result in new companies being created or spun off and new talent being
attracted to Tennessee.

The six firms chosen to participate in the program are:

  • Tennessee Community Ventures Fund, LLC, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • XMi High Growth Development Fund, LLC, Nashville and Chattanooga,
    Tennessee.
  • Limestone Fund, LLC, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Tri-Star Technology Fund, LLC, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Innova Fund II, LP, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Council & Enhanced Tennessee Fund, LLC, Nashville,
    Tennessee.

Legislation is expected to be introduced next year to expand the program to include additional participants.  Farr and Kisber announced the selection of two alternates to the program, Solidus-TNInvestco LLC and the Tennessee Angel Fund, if additional funds become available.

Ketron added, “We have many entrepreneurs in Tennessee who need adequate capital to take their ideas and grow a business.  This program will give them the opportunity to do that.”

The funds may begin marketing their allocations and reviewing applications from companies immediately, but the law creating the TNInvestco program specifies  allocations will not be received by the venture funds until January 2010.  Individual businesses interested in applying for the program may go to www.tninvestco.gov and complete an application form which will be submitted to each of the TNInvestco funds. In addition, businesses applying for the program will receive information about available help through the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s Business Enterprise Resource Office for small and disadvantaged businesses and the Tennessee Technology Development Corporation.

 

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