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

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Impact

(Since January 2012)

Create

Create

1,000+

jobs created by accelerated companies

Create

480

companies accelerated

Invest

Invest

$102 million

invested via INCITE Co-Investment Fund

Invest

$868 million

venture investment in Tennessee

Grow

Grow

3,200+

companies screened

Grow

$80+ million

raised by accelerator-assisted companies

Events

We support entrepreneurial activity through signature and regional events.

SBIR Road Tour

You’re invited to the SBIR Road Tour!

36|86

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

Entrepreneurship

We manage a network of entrepreneur centers across the state and have screened more than 3,000 businesses.

Regional Accelerators

Our 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 fuels some 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 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 $25 million, leveraging $75 million in private capital. Read More

Investment Firms

We connect entrepreneurs with investment firms to help them grow. More than 80 investment firms attended 36|86 this year.. 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.

LaunchTN Announces Statewide University Pitch Competition Winners

Nashville, Tenn., May 26, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today the winners of the Statewide University Venture Challenge.  Following a submission process, LaunchTN has selected four winners out of applications submitted by the winners of university partner competitions. The goal of the Statewide University Venture Challenge is to create … read more

Investment in Tennessee Startups Reaches $1 Billion

Investment raised by Tennessee startups tops $1 billion since Launch Tennessee began tracking investment, beating forecasts by a year

Nashville, Tenn., April 12, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today that private investment in early-stage companies based in Tennessee has surpassed $1 billion, well ahead of the 2017 goal the organization set when it was formed in 2012. The early realization of LaunchTN’s lofty $1 billion goal is indicative … read more