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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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Specialists Program

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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(Since January 2012)




jobs created by accelerated companies



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$116 million

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$1+ billion

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$138 million

raised by accelerator-assisted companies


36|86 Meetup in San Francisco

Launch Tennessee invites you to a reception with entrepreneurs and leaders from Tennessee’s startup community. Please join us and other Bay Area investors, entrepreneurs and innovators for a southern flavored get together to celebrate a great year in Tennessee entrepreneurship. You’ll also get to hear more about our flagship event, … read more

36|86 Meetup in NYC

Please join Launch Tennessee and Square 1 Bank at a Southern-style pitch event (read: get your fill of Tennessee’s smoothest whiskey and delicious bbq!) to meet founders from our TENN Master Accelerator. 6-8pm on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Blender Workspace, 135 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 Eight exciting companies … read more


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Notes from the 2017 TENN Roadshow

Growth-stage startups in TENN Master Accelerator gain critical business development and investor connections

Launch Tennessee’s TENN Master Accelerator cohort of eight companies recently wrapped the Tennessee leg of its annual Roadshow. The startup founders met with investors, mentors and business leaders around the state, providing a warmup for upcoming trips to New York and San Francisco in March that will provide critical exposure … read more

Specialist program preps tomorrow’s business leaders

Launch Tennessee’s paid internship program gives college students real-world startup experience

Want to hear from other Specialists about their experience? Discover how Launch Tennessee’s Specialist Program gave college students a valuable window into entrepreneurship. Launch Tennessee is accepting applications until Feb. 20 for the next Specialists cohort, a 13-week paid summer internship that pairs university students with Entrepreneur Centers and startups, … read more