About

Launch Tennessee’s goal is to make our state the best place in the Southeast to start and grow a business.

We work every day to foster collaboration among entrepreneurs, the business community, capital sources and all other stakeholders necessary for growing new businesses.

Launch Tennessee is another piece in our plan to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high-quality jobs. This initiative will help set Tennessee apart as a state where entrepreneurship and innovation are valued as key economic development tools. – Governor Bill Haslam

We leverage our unique network of regional Entrepreneur Centers to connect startups with the mentors and investors they need to move from concept to market. Our ECs are public-private partnerships with an ever-evolving roster of high-performing success stories.

Each EC provides resources to entrepreneurs as they build the companies of tomorrow, drawing on relationships with thought leaders across the state. Who’s involved?

  • Entrepreneurs: People who have launched successful companies.
  • Researchers: Those who have taken a product or idea to patent, or to market.
  • Investors: Startup funders.
  • Mentors: Anyone who guides new talent on the do’s and don’ts of business.

 

Blog

News, Case Studies, Success Stories, Interviews, and More.

Atlanta-Based Tech and Startup Publication Hypepotamus Expands to Tennessee

Written by Muriel Vega, Associate Editor at Hypepotamus   Hypepotamus, the leading startup- and technology-focused news publication in the Southeast, started as a community resource. Born in the basement of a historic building in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, next to top university Georgia Tech, Hypepotamus was created to fill … read more

Why Nashville, Why Now

Written by Heath Butler, Managing Partner of Gestalt Growth Advisors   Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. You put your financial future on the line for a venture that – let’s be honest – is more likely to fail than succeed. Overnight, you become the new kid … read more