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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.

 

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Notes from the 2017 TENN Roadshow

Growth-stage startups in TENN Master Accelerator gain critical business development and investor connections

Launch Tennessee’s TENN Master Accelerator cohort of eight companies recently wrapped the Tennessee leg of its annual Roadshow. The startup founders met with investors, mentors and business leaders around the state, providing a warmup for upcoming trips to New York and San Francisco in March that will provide critical exposure … read more

Specialist program preps tomorrow’s business leaders

Launch Tennessee’s paid internship program gives college students real-world startup experience

Want to hear from other Specialists about their experience? Discover how Launch Tennessee’s Specialist Program gave college students a valuable window into entrepreneurship. Launch Tennessee is accepting applications until Feb. 20 for the next Specialists cohort, a 13-week paid summer internship that pairs university students with Entrepreneur Centers and startups, … read more