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

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

Entrepreneurs

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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Investors

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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Impact

(Since January 2012)

Create

Create

1,300+

jobs created by accelerated companies

Create

500+

companies accelerated

Invest

Invest

$116 million

invested via INCITE Co-Investment Fund

Invest

$1+ billion

venture investment in Tennessee

Grow

Grow

5,000+

companies screened

Grow

$138 million

raised by accelerator-assisted companies

Events

LaunchTN Executive Committee Call

LAUNCH TENNESSEE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CALL WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2017 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. CST TELEPHONIC MEETING


Blog

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Launch Tennessee Announces Discover Entrepreneurship Grant Partners

Nashville, Tenn., (November 17, 2017) – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today partners who were selected to receive Discover Entrepreneurship Grants, a LaunchTN funding initiative that supports entrepreneurial programming for rural and under-served communities. Through the grant, schools and organizations applied for funding to implement technological and entrepreneurial programs benefiting youth … read more

EPIcenter Memphis President and CEO Joins Inaugural Center for American Entrepreneurship Board of Directors

Nashville, Tenn., (November 6, 2017) – Leslie Lynn Smith, president and CEO of EPIcenter, has joined the Board of Directors for the Center for American Entrepreneurship (CAE), a nonpartisan policy, research, and advocacy organization. CAE’s mission is to engage policymakers in Washington, and at the state and local level across the nation, regarding … read more