LaunchTN Announces 2016-2017 The TENN Cohort

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 19, 2016 – Launch Tennessee today announced the eight companies chosen to participate in this year’s cohort of The TENN, its unique master accelerator program for top startups that have participated in programming provided by LaunchTN, our statewide network of entrepreneur centers and other accelerator programs.

The companies selected for The TENN’s 2016—2017 cohort are:

Avrio Analytics – Knoxville – CodeWorks + Village 36: Avrio is a SaaS company that offers predictive marketing services to mid-market companies currently excluded from the big data market due to high cost and high-risk investments.

Everly – Nashville – Village 36: Everly creates natural drink mixes to help people stay energized and drink more water, and for every box purchased, we provide life-saving rehydration salts to children with waterborne disease.

Grow Bioplastics – Knoxville – University Venture Challenge + CO.STARTERS + What’s the Big Idea: We’re improving food sustainability by offering farmers, greenhouse managers and nursery operators a range of renewable, biodegradable plastic products made from lignin, a paper industry byproduct, eliminating regular plastic disposal costs.

MomSource Network – Knoxville – Knoxville Startup Day: MomSource Network connects educated, professional women to flexible full-time, permanent part-time, job-shared and telecommute opportunities. We also provide professional development and networking for members of our Network.

Rendever – Cambridge, MA – GIGTANK: Rendever is an MIT startup that offers a research-based virtual reality platform to improve the aging process by providing cognitive stimulation and social engagement for the elderly.

RootsRated – Chattanooga – Village 36: RootsRated provides software-driven content marketing solutions for outdoor brands and destination marketers.

SweetBio – Memphis – ZeroTo510: Our vision is to revolutionize healing because the world deserves to smile. Starting in dental, SweetBio specifically designed a dental membrane uniquely utilizing Manuka honey to promote healing.

Utilize Health – Nashville – Jumpstart Foundry + Village 36: Utilize Health is a care coordination solution comprised of digital tools and concierge services provided to health plans and hospital systems to reduce care costs and improve patient health.

“While this is my first year at Launch Tennessee, I’ve had an opportunity to work with the TENN companies over the last 3 years as an investor in New York and have been extremely impressed with the evolution of the program. This year’s class represents a diverse set of industries and geographies across the state. We chose these companies strictly based off quality and potential, but are extremely pleased that exactly half of this cohort is made up of female founders,” notes John Lanahan, Director of Capital Formation at Launch Tennessee.

The 4 month TENN program includes a mix of programming, providing the companies with exposure to master mentors, functional area and industry experts, and training to become successful entrepreneurs. There is also unparalleled access to investors and business development through a week-long statewide tour of Tennessee and investor trips to San Francisco and New York.

About Launch Tennessee

Launch Tennessee is a public-private partnership focused on supporting the development of high-growth companies in the state of Tennessee with the ultimate goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 state in the Southeast for entrepreneurs to start and grow a company. Launch Tennessee focuses on four key areas: entrepreneurship, commercialization, capital and outreach. Launch Tennessee is in part funded by a grant from the State of Tennessee. Follow Launch Tennessee on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/LaunchTN), Twitter (www.Twitter.com/LaunchTN), YouTube (www.YouTube.com/LaunchTN) and Flickr (www.Flickr.com/LaunchTN).

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