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.

Venture Summit | West 2016

When: March 1st & 2nd 2016 Location: Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA Click here to register! 10% Discount code: LAUNCHTNVIP Venture Summit | West is an exclusive venture summit will bring together over 500 Venture Capitalists, Corporate VCs, Angel Investors, Investment Bankers and CEOs of early stage and emerging growth companies; will feature more than … read more

Entrepreneurship

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

The TENN

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

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.

Investors Pour $280 Million Into Tennessee Startups

Surges in Growth Stage Investment and Diversification of Business Sectors Validate Maturation of Tennessee as a Startup Mecca

Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today that Tennessee businesses attracted more than $280 million from investors in 2015, bringing aggregate investment in the state’s startups to more than $945 million since the private-public partnership began tracking investment data in 2012. Investment activity last year was marked by a 7% increase in … read more

LaunchTN Announces Plans for Statewide University Pitch Competition

Nashville, Tenn., January 25, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today plans to launch a Statewide University Venture Challenge. LaunchTN plans to partner with existing university competitions, offering financial and programmatic support, as well as the opportunity to compete against other university winners. To complement existing university challenges across Tennessee, … read more