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

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(Since January 2012)




jobs created by accelerated companies



companies accelerated



$99 million

invested via INCITE Co-Investment Fund


$670+ million

venture investment in Tennessee




companies screened


$80+ million

raised by accelerator-assisted companies


We support entrepreneurial activity through signature and regional events.


Pursuing its mission to find and support promising startups, Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announces that the organization is expanding and reorganizing its signature conference. The new event is named 36|86, representing the latitude and longitude of Nashville, TN, which will serve as the annual meeting place to celebrate the Southeast’s southern … read more

36 86 Conference Southern Series – Arlington, VA

The Southern Series aims to find some of the most promising early stage companies throughout the region for 36|86. Launch Tennessee, in conjunction with local partners, will conduct a 36|86 mini-series in some of the leading entrepreneurial hubs in the southeast. Join us for the Arlington, VA meetup on April … read more


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


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


We connect entrepreneurs with appropriate investors. We also make direct investments through our INCITE co-investment fund.


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


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


We hold SBIR/STTR workshops for inventors and assist with grant submissions. Read More


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36|86 Southern Series Wraps: 12 Winning Startups Heading to the Center of Entrepreneurship and Southern Culture in Nashville, June 8-10

Nashville, Tenn., April 17, 2015 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announces today the 12 selected startup companies from the 36|86 Southern Series events in Arlington, VA, Atlanta, GA and Columbia, SC. The 12 Southern Series winners will advance to LaunchTN’s inaugural 36|86 conference in June as one of the 36 companies … read more

Top Ten Startups Selected to Pitch in Columbia for 36|86’s Southern Series

Nashville, Tenn., April 6, 2015 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announces today the selection of ten startups pitching at the 36|86 Southern Series Columbia event on April 15th. Each Southern Series event provides an opportunity to celebrate the brightest regional startups and to identify the very best entrepreneurs located throughout the … read more