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

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Impact

(Since January 2012)

Create

Create

1,300+

jobs created

Create

230

companies accelerated

Invest

Invest

$77 million

matching funds invested

Invest

$430+ million

venture investment in Tennessee

Grow

Grow

2,200+

companies screened

Grow

$48 million

raised by accelerator-assisted companies

Events

We support entrepreneurial activity through signature and regional events.

Global Action Platform

The Global Action Challenge is a competitive investment opportunity to identify breakthrough prototypes, technologies or early-stage ventures that hold promise for transformative impact on health and food and are scalable business enterprises. The Global Action Challenge is open to food and/or healthcare innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world. The recipient(s) and top finalists … read more

Entrepreneurship

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

The TENN

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

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 $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

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.

Launch Tennessee Announces Oct. 7 Reverse Pitch Event

Launch Tennessee Announces Oct. 7 Reverse Pitch Event Registration Open for Potential Attendees NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2014 – Launch Tennessee will host Reverse Pitch, an event where corporations pitch funded project proposals to an audience of entrepreneurial problem solvers, on Tuesday, Oct. 7 in Chattanooga at The Church on … read more

Tennessee Startups Seeing Success After Demo Day

By Charlie Brock | @cebrock

We previously wrote about the demo days that took place across Tennessee a few weeks ago, and now we’re happy to report the progress many graduates have made since then. Nashville: Three graduates of Jumpstart Foundry have already attracted investor interest. Spotwise secured an investment from Premier Parking after a … read more