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

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(Since January 2012)




jobs created by accelerated companies



companies accelerated



$116 million

invested via INCITE Co-Investment Fund


$1+ billion

venture investment in Tennessee




companies screened


$138 million

raised by accelerator-assisted companies


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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LaunchTN Announces 2016-2017 The TENN Cohort

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 19, 2016 – Launch Tennessee today announced the eight companies chosen to participate in this year’s cohort of The TENN, its unique master accelerator program for top startups that have participated in programming provided by LaunchTN, our statewide network of entrepreneur centers and other accelerator programs. The … read more

The JumpFund To Bring “She Started It” To Chattanooga

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:, 423-757- 0514 THE JUMPFUND TO BRING “SHE STARTED IT” TO CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE Join Us for A Special One-Time Screening of this New Empowering Documentary on Female Entrepreneurs CHATTANOOGA, TN (10/7/16) –The JumpFund will be hosting a one-time screening of “She Started It” at the Chattanooga … read more