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


$590+ million

venture investment in Tennessee




companies screened


$67+ million

raised by accelerator-assisted companies


We support entrepreneurial activity through signature and regional events.

Global Action Platform

The Global Action Challenge is a competitive investment opportunity to identify breakthrough prototypes, technologies or early-stage ventures that hold promise for transformative impact on health and food and are scalable business enterprises. The Global Action Challenge is open to food and/or healthcare innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world. The recipient(s) and top finalists … read more

Driving Innovation With Your Small Business

Click Here To Register! Are you currently working on a cutting-edge technology or research in sectors such as healthcare, defense or energy? If yes, then this program is for you! Launch Tennessee will present a workshop focused on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, … 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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Launch Tennessee Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

INFORMATION FOR RELEASE              Launch Tennessee Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 21, 2014 – Launch Tennessee received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award during the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference this week. Launch Tennessee was awarded this honor for its 2014 work in … read more