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Venture Notes - 8 September 2016
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AGLAUNCH Accelerator at Memphis Bioworks announced four startup companies were selected from a field of 17 to receive a $50,000 investment and participate in the 3-month program: Cowlar offers a livestock wearable device; Secure Food Solutions helps detect pathogens in the food supply; Skycision's solution helps detect crop stress through analysis of drone-collected imagery; YieldStart offers a biobased technology for seed coating and fertilizer encapsulation, helping farmers, seed companies and others. The accelerator is run by Memphis Bioworks' Ag Innovation Development Group (AgIDG). AgIDG is also pilot-testing startup AgVoice's voice-to-data collection technology for use by crop scouts. Read more here. Pivot man: Peter Nelson.

STONY CREEK COLORS, led by founder Sarah Bellos, said it has successfully completed its previously announced $1.6MM Seed capital raise. Read more about the gameplan here.

EVAmore, a Project Music alumnus via the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, said this morning it has completed an undisclosed Series A capital raise of undisclosed magnitude. Founders Channing Moreland and Makenzie Sokol remain in control, with Birmingham-based Steve Hines of the new Emergent Angel fund the lead investor for the A-round. Tech-driven EVAmore helps fans find their fave bands, among other services. Read more here.

BUNKER Labs Nashville, the startup accelerator for military veterans, announced it's taking teams' applications through Sept. 21, 2016, for a season starting Sept. 28, based out of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Out front: Blake Hogan. VNC

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