Making Tennessee the #1 place in the Southeast to start and grow a company

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Impact

(Since January 2012)

Create

Create

1,000+

jobs created by accelerated companies

Create

480

companies accelerated

Invest

Invest

$116 million

invested via INCITE Co-Investment Fund

Invest

$1+ billion

venture investment in Tennessee

Grow

Grow

3,200+

companies screened

Grow

$80+ million

raised by accelerator-assisted companies

Events

We support entrepreneurial activity through signature and regional events.

GIGTANK Demo Day 2016

Twelve startup teams from across the Eastern U.S. have made Chattanooga home to launch applications and business models that could thrive on gigabit networks. As the latest members of GIGTANK, these entrepreneurs have spent the last three months working with corporate partners, industry experts, investors and established business leaders to … read more

The Works Demo Day 2016

The Works is an intensive 12-week accelerator for early stage startups. We’re excited that our startup companies have come through tracks in two industry verticals: content and code. September 21, 2016 Location TBA About The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is a business accelerator located in Market Square that … read more

Entrepreneurship

We manage a network of entrepreneur centers across the state and have screened more than 3,000 businesses.

Statewide Entrepreneur Centers

Our entrepreneur centers are located throughout the state. Many have specific areas of expertise, including: medical devices, energy, technology, healthcare, automotive and agriculture.

Specialist Program

We’re inviting college students and recent graduates to spend the summer in Tennessee, working directly with accelerators on business planning, financing, marketing and other strategic focuses. Read More

The TENN

Our master accelerator program fuels some of the state’s top startups from our regional accelerators with a statewide roadshow, connections to master mentors across the state and with investors in Silicon Valley and New York. Read More

Capital

We connect entrepreneurs with appropriate investors. We also make direct investments through our INCITE co-investment fund.

INCITE

The INCITE fund is a $30 million co-investment fund. We have invested approximately $25 million, leveraging $75 million in private capital. Read More

Investment Firms

We connect entrepreneurs with investment firms to help them grow. More than 80 investment firms attended 36|86 this year.. Read More

Commercialization

We facilitate connections between technology transfer offices, entrepreneurs and investors. We provide consulting services to inventors to help them obtain federal grants and subsidies.

Technical Assistance

We help entrepreneurs apply for federal grants with grant writing support services. Read More

Connectivity

We hold SBIR/STTR workshops for inventors and assist with grant submissions. Read More

Blog

News, Case Studies, Success Stories, Interviews, and More.

LaunchTN Announces New Funding Opportunity for Creative Communities Program

Nashville, Tenn., August 18, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today that applications for the second round of funding through the Creative Communities Initiatives will open this fall. This initiative allows organizations to apply for funding to support entrepreneurial programming targeted at rural and underrepresented communities. The first Creative Communities … read more

LaunchTN Personnel Announcement

Announcing New Hire of Director of Capital Formation and Internal Appointment for Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Nashville, TN., August 11, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today the hire of its new Director of Capital Formation, John Lanahan. This new hire comes after the recent departure of LaunchTN’s former Director of Entrepreneurship & Capital Formation, Jason Denenberg, who served with LaunchTN for four years and left … read more