Making Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the country.

Launch Tennessee connects entrepreneurs to the resources they need to be successful.

Entrepreneurs

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 most startup-friendly state in the country.

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Investors

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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SBIR Matching Fund

The SBIR/STTR Matching Fund is developed and funded by LaunchTN to advance commercialization efforts via a matching of SBIR/STTR funds awarded to Tennessee-based companies.

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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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Impact

(Since January 2012)

Create

Create

1,300+

jobs created by accelerated companies

Create

500+

companies accelerated

Invest

Invest

$116 million

invested via INCITE Co-Investment Fund

Invest

$1+ billion

venture investment in Tennessee

Grow

Grow

5,000+

companies screened

Grow

$138 million

raised by accelerator-assisted companies

Events

Board of Directors Meeting

For more information on attending contact Melanie White at mwhite@launchtn.org or (615) 210-1135


Blog

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

5 Reasons Tennessee is a Startup-Friendly State

Here at Launch Tennessee, we are honored to contribute to the energy around the entrepreneurial movement in the state, which has been growing exponentially each year. Given that Launch Tennessee just celebrated its fifth anniversary, I thought now would be a good time to talk about how far the state … read more

ARC’s POWER Grant

This week we were thrilled to learn that Launch Tennessee was selected to receive a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). We have had a five year partnership with ARC and piloted many new entrepreneurial programs which have led to job creation, capital investment and workforce development in … read more