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55 Best & Most Active Tennessee Investment Partners

Investment Partners play an important role in the startup ecosystem. We have curated a list of the top Tennessee Investment Partners. We have tried to select a variety of different types of investors across a variety of niches.

This list is designed to show off the investors with exceptional track records, industry experience and a unique understanding of the ecosystem.

Top Tennessee Investment Partners

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.


Al Gore

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Seed

Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a partnership that is focused on a new approac…


Jim Sohr

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Seed

Jim Sohr has served as president of AIM HealthCare Services, Inc. since its founding in 1995. Mr. Sohr co-founded AIM and over-saw all as…


David Solomon

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Seed

David Solomon has 14 years of operating and entrepreneurial experience, and 13 years of public accounting experience. He is a Founder an…


Bill Frist

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage:

Bill Frist is the Chairman & Founder at Hope Through Healing Hands.


Harry Jacobson

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Seed

Prior to co-founding EHV, Jacobson was Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University (CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Cen…


Stephen Culp

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Seed

Stephen Culp is the Co-Founder at ProDiligence.


Bryan Frist

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Venture

Bryan Frist – CEO & Co-Founder @ Yoshi


Barry Large

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Barry Large is a General Partner at Lamp Post Ventures. He is currently employed at Lamp Post Group. Barry Large is responsible for financia…


Jared Stone

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Mr. Stone has served as a Managing Director of Northgate since 2001. Prior to Northgate, Mr. Stone was an Associate at Bain Capital. While a…


David Adair

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

C. David Adair, MD (Chairman and CSO) is a board certified maternal-fetal medicine specialist and president of Regional Obstetrical Consulta…


Santosh Sankar

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Santosh Sankar – Co-Founder and Partner @ Dynamo


Allan Davis

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Allan Davis serves as the Managing Partner and Partner of Lamp Post Group. He is a General Partner at Lamp Post Ventures. Allan Davis serves…


John Philpott

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

John Philpott began his career as one of the founding team members of S1 Corporation (NASDAQ: SONE). S1 originated as the creator of the Wor…


Joe Maxwell

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage: Seed

Joe Maxwell is the Managing Partner at FINTOP Capital. Joe was most recently the EVP and MD of IPreo Inc. where he led the Private Capital M…


Rock Morphis

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Rock Morphis co-founded Heritage Group, LLC in 1986 and has served as a Managing Director of the firm since its inception. Heritage Group is…


Bruce Crosby

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Bruce Crosby – Co-Founder and Managing Partner @ Health Velocity Capital


Landon Gibbs

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Mr. Gibbs is a Managing Partner at Altitude Ventures and serves on the Investment Committee for Resolute Venture Partners. Prior to this rol…


Devin Carty

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Devin Carty is the Chief Executive Officer of Martin Ventures. In this leadership capacity, Devin leads the investment committee and provid…


Christopher Rand

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Mr. Rand co-founded TriStar Technology Ventures in 2009. Through his role at TriStar, he serves on the Board of Directors for Cerebrotech, a…


David McClellan

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

David McClellan – Partner @ Heritage Group


Ted Alling

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Ted Alling is a Co-Founder & Partner at Lamp Post Group.


Lauren Brueggen

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Lauren Brueggen is a Principal in SMC’s private equity group and has been with the firm since 2011. Lauren Brueggen was previously an Associ…


Jordan Lipson

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Jordan Lipson works with the investment team and contributes to sourcing, analysis, structuring, due diligence and ongoing support of existi…


Jan Bouten

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

currently works as the Partner for Innova Memphis. He previously worked at Restore Medical Solutions as the Board Member.


Joe Cook III

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Prior to his involvement with MGC, Mr. Cook was a Director, Private Placements in the Investment Banking Group of Robert W. Baird & Co. in N…


Marcus Whitney

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Marcus Whitney is the Founding Partner of Jumpstart Health Investors.


Byron W. Smith

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

After receiving an MBA from the University of Chicago, Byron began his career at Procter & Gamble and Pepsico in brand management and classi…


Cameron Newton

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Cameron is an Investment Manager based in Nashville, TN. Cameron is a founding member and managing partner of Relevance Capital and Presiden…


David Gould

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage: Seed

Dave Gould is a Partner at TechOperators. Having held leadership roles with both start-ups and larger technology companies, Dave offers a b…


Ken Woody

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

As President of Innova, Ken leads our team focused on finding, funding and growing startup technology businesses in Tennessee and helps them…


Jared Winegrad

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Jared is a Managing Director at FINTOP Capital. Prior to FINTOP, Jared was the Director of Finance and Operations at a small venture studio …


Dean Didato

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Dean has consulted with Innova since 2009 on several due diligence projects focused on qualifying new technologies, patents, competition, an…


David Fitzgerald

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Investor Type: Investment Partner, Individual/Angel

Investment Stage:

David Fitzgerald – General Partner @ Petra Capital Partners


Charles Byrge

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Charles Byrge – CEO and President @ Harpeth Capital


Casey West

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Casey focuses on investments in Healthcare and Software & Technology companies. Prior to joining SSM, he worked at Petra Capital Partners an…


Phil Shmerling

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Phil Shmerling – Managing Member @ InCrowd Capital


Green Campbell

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Green Campbell


Jack Tyrrell

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Jack Tyrrell – Managing Partner @ Richland Ventures


Bob Rolfe

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Prior to co-founding West End Holdings, Mr. Rolfe spent the last six years as CEO and Chairman of MyOfficeProducts, Inc., a $125 million off…


Derren Burrell

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Passionate about decrypting complex financial scenarios and integrating operations within high-growth companies to increase shareholder valu…


Rob Readnour

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Dr. Readnour currently serves on or has visitation rights to the following companies: AgTech Accelerator, a unique startup accelerator focus…


John H. Chadwick

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

John Chadwick is a Founder of Claritas Capital. John has over twenty years of experience in financial services, with over fifteen years of e…


Jesse Bland

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Jesse Bland – Partner @ Heritage Group


Dean Newton

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Dean Newton is an General Partner of Relevance Capital, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to joining Relevance Capital, Dean served as A…


Gary Stevenson

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Gary Stevenson co-founded MB Venture Partners in 2001 after six years in healthcare investment banking and equity research. Previously, …


Marshall Leslie

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Marshall Leslie Group SVP, Quality & Operations at Vizient, Inc.


Dan Shockley

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Founder at LFM Capital.


Tatsuya Otsubo

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Tatsuya Otsubo – Alternative Investments (Private Equity) Manager @ The Norinchukin Bank


Chase Perry

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Director at Nashville Capital Network.


Dave Vreeland

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Dave Vreeland is the Managing Director at Jumpstart Capital and the Member of the Board of Directors at Simplify ASC.


Doug King

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Doug King


Lyle Beasley

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Prior to co-founding West End Holdings, Mr. Beasley spent the past ten years as founder and CEO of IXT, the nation’s leading healthcare cons…


Andy Patton

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Andy Patton


Chris Lin

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Chris Lin – Vice President @ LFM Capital


Brennan Mason

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Investor Type: Investment Partner

Investment Stage:

Brennan Mason

Written by Mark Kendall

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