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

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(Since January 2012)




jobs created



companies accelerated



$92 million

matching funds invested


$650+ million

venture investment in Tennessee




companies screened


$67+ million

raised by accelerator-assisted companies


We support entrepreneurial activity through signature and regional events.


Pursuing its mission to find and support promising startups, Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announces that the organization is expanding and reorganizing its signature conference. The new event is named 36/86, representing the latitude and longitude of Nashville, TN, which will serve as the annual meeting place to celebrate the Southeast’s southern … read more

The TENN Learning Days

The TENN 2014 – 2015 Schedule October 23rd – The TENN Kickoff October 24th – The TENN Learning Day: Technology November 17th & 18th – The TENN Learning Days: Finance & Legal December 4th & 5th – The TENN Learning Days: Marketing/PR & Sales /////////////// January 8th & 9th – … read more


We manage a network of nine regional business accelerator offices across the state and have screened more than 2,200 businesses.

Regional Accelerators

Our nine business accelerator programs 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. Applications are due May 9. Read More


Our master accelerator program fueled 10 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, Boston 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 $20 million, leveraging $54 million in private capital. Read More

Investment Firms

We connect entrepreneurs with investment firms to help them grow. More than 50 investment firms attended Southland in 2013. 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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The TENN Participants Dig Into Learning Days

Business sessions focused on marketing, capital and more come ahead of networking trips around state and country

Although they were plenty busy before, the startups chosen for the TENN Master Accelerator last October have quickly learned just how much more they can pack into already-full schedules. These nine startups were chosen from successful graduates of accelerator cohorts between Sept. 1, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014. With help … read more