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Launch Tennessee connects entrepreneurs to the resources they need to be successful. Our goal is to make Tennessee the #1 place in the Southeast to start and grow a business.


Tennessee's business ecosystem is built on successful startups. Major international players like HCA and FedEx started — and stayed — here. Launch Tennessee is building on that tradition by making Tennessee the No. 1 place in the Southeast to start and grow a business.

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Launch Tennessee connects investors with high-quality, innovative startup companies. Multiple programs and collaborative opportunities ensure that Tennessee supports both in- and out-of-state investors in obtaining maximum return on sound, secure investments.

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Launch Tennessee’s paid internship program gives college students real-world startup experience. We’re currently accepting applications for Summer 2017 until February 20.

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Angel Tax Credit

The Angel Tax Credit program (active as of Jan. 1, 2017) plays a key role in Tennessee's entrepreneurial ecosystem by benefitting angel investors who support potential high-growth, early-stage companies.

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36|86 Entrepreneurship & Technology Conference

The mission of 36|86 is to bring southern thinkers, founders and investors together by hosting an annual event in Nashville and inviting a national audience to participate in the experience. This event gathers incredible startup businesses, proven business leaders and strategic investors for a celebration of entrepreneurship and southern culture. … read more


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Walmart CTO Jeremy King to Speak at 36|86 Entrepreneurship & Tech Conference

Launch Tennessee announces speaking engagement by Walmart CTO at 36|86, along with final selection of presenting Village 36 startup companies NASHVILLE (April 13, 2017) – Launch Tennessee announced that Walmart Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Jeremy King will speak at 36|86 Entrepreneurship and Technology Conference June 4-7 in … read more

FedEx CEO Frederick Smith Joins Speaker Line-up At 36|86 Tech Conference

Logistics and startup maverick joins innovators in venture capital, healthcare technology and mobile app development to speak at 36|86 in Nashville in June

Nashville, Tenn., March 14, 2017 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) is proud to announce that Frederick Smith, Founder and CEO of FedEx, will take the stage at the 36|86 technology conference to talk corporate innovation in a fully connected global economy. FedEx recently launched FedEx Fulfillment, a logistics network that allows … read more