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


$868 million

venture investment in Tennessee




companies screened


$80+ million

raised by accelerator-assisted companies


We support entrepreneurial activity through signature and regional events.

AngelSummit US

Bringing together 250+ leaders from across the US for a two-day summit on the future of startup investing. Join other influencers in the movement to transform startup investing in the US and across the globe. Learn from the world’s most forward-thinking investors and entrepreneurs Meet trailblazers in corporate innovation and … read more

Chattanooga Startup Week

A Multi-Day Celebration of Chattanooga’s Entrepreneurial Community Startup Week Chattanooga is a celebration of Chattanooga’s entrepreneurial community. This multi-day experience will feature a number of community-led events that highlight our growing startup scene and inspire entrepreneurial thinking. Participants include some of the most amazing startup founders, thought leaders, community supporters, … 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 $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


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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LaunchTN Adds Four New Members to its Board of Directors

Nashville, TN – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN), a public-private partnership focused on supporting the creation and development of entrepreneurship throughout Tennessee, announced new members recently added to its Board of Directors. Jack Bailey, Partner & Co-Founder – Bailey Southwell & Co As a partner and co-founder, Mr. Bailey has extensive transactional experience, having served as … read more