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

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(Since January 2012)




jobs created



companies accelerated



$92 million

matching funds invested


$650+ million

venture investment in Tennessee




companies screened


$67+ 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

The TENN Learning Days

The TENN 2014 – 2015 Schedule October 23rd – The TENN Kickoff October 24th – The TENN Learning Day: Technology November 17th & 18th – The TENN Learning Days: Finance & Legal December 4th & 5th – The TENN Learning Days: Marketing/PR & Sales /////////////// January 8th & 9th – … 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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Guest Post: 5 Secrets to Being a Good Mentor

In celebration of National Mentor Month, guest contributor Clark Buckner interviews three of Nashville's best mentors.

Mentoring is a powerful tool that can help launch your career — and even your life — into success. But not all mentors are the same, and not everyone fully understands what it is specifically that mentors do. To clear things up, I sat down with Nashville Entrepreneur Center mentoring … read more

2014 Tennessee Early Stage Investments Top $276 Million

Wave of new entrepreneurs and investors, over 31 percent investment growth, validates Tennessee position as home to investable U.S. companies.

Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 12, 2015 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today that 2014 investments measured by the public-private partnership totaled over $276 million, an increase of 31 percent over 2013. LaunchTN’s investment goal for the state’s early-stage companies is $1 billion by 2017. “The rise in investment dollars makes 2014 … read more