Making Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the country.

Launch Tennessee connects entrepreneurs to the resources they need to be successful.


Tennessee's business ecosystem is built on successful startups. Major international players like HCA and FedEx started — and stayed — here. Launch Tennessee is building on that tradition by making Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the country.

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Launch Tennessee connects investors with high-quality, innovative startup companies. Multiple programs and collaborative opportunities ensure that Tennessee supports both in- and out-of-state investors in obtaining maximum return on sound, secure investments.

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SBIR Matching Fund

The SBIR/STTR Matching Fund is developed and funded by LaunchTN to advance commercialization efforts via a matching of SBIR/STTR funds awarded to Tennessee-based companies.

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Angel Tax Credit

The Angel Tax Credit program (active as of Jan. 1, 2017) plays a key role in Tennessee's entrepreneurial ecosystem by benefitting angel investors who support potential high-growth, early-stage companies.

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(Since January 2012)




jobs created by accelerated companies



companies accelerated



$116 million

invested via INCITE Co-Investment Fund


$1+ billion

venture investment in Tennessee




companies screened


$138 million

raised by accelerator-assisted companies


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Startup Spotlight: Cirrus Insight

Software-as-a-Service (Knoxville, TN)

150,000 professionals use Cirrus Insight to increase productivity in Gmail and Outlook. Fortune 500 companies and freelancers alike use Cirrus Insight for email tracking, email templates, drip campaigns, follow up reminders, meeting scheduling, and world-class Salesforce integration. Inc. Magazine ranked Cirrus Insight #41 on its Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing … read more

LITE Memphis: Building the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Written by Brandon Lomax, LITE Participant   Brandon is a participant in “Let’s Innovate Through Education,” a Memphis youth program that empowers African-American/Latino high school students to launch entrepreneurial ideas in their own communities. This six-month incubator offers weekly check-ins to develop an idea using a customer feedback process. Then … read more