Making Tennessee the #1 place in the Southeast to start and grow a company

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Impact

(Since January 2012)

Create

Create

1,300+

jobs created

Create

230

companies accelerated

Invest

Invest

$77 million

matching funds invested

Invest

$430+ million

venture investment in Tennessee

Grow

Grow

2,200+

companies screened

Grow

$48 million

raised by accelerator-assisted companies

Events

We support entrepreneurial activity through signature and regional events.

Southland Conference 2014

Southland, Tennessee's largest technology and entrepreneur conference, has released its first set of all-star speakers: former Vice President Al Gore, PayPal President David Marcus, Evernote CEO Phil Libin, Bonobos CEO Andy Dunn, Coatue Senior Managing Director Thomas Laffont and Walker & Company Brands CEO Tristan Walker.

Venture Match in Memphis

Venture Match’s intent is to host opportunities for meaningful dialogue with some of our top innovators, to explore market interest in current research, and to match entrepreneurs and industry with inventors and their technologies. Commercialization of technology is a contact sport – the more opportunities to connect people and engage … 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 $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

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.

Welcome to LaunchTN

Welcome to the new Launch Tennessee website! We hope you enjoy learning about all the incredible things happening around entrepreneurship in this state. Our team at Launch Tennessee is committed to making TN the best place in the southeast for entrepreneurs to start and grow a business.

Bonnaroo To Host “Hackeroo” A Hack-a-Thon Leading Up To Bonnaroo

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 14, 2014 – Bonnaroo is proud to announce Hackeroo, a hackathon where participants will build apps, services and technology that serve live events like Bonnaroo. The hackathon hopes to attract developers across the country who are passionate about music and technology to Nashville. More information and registration … read more