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.

 

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

ARC’s POWER Grant

This week we were thrilled to learn that Launch Tennessee was selected to receive a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). We have had a five year partnership with ARC and piloted many new entrepreneurial programs which have led to job creation, capital investment and workforce development in … read more

7 Videos To Inspire Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs looking for a place to start their businesses are often told their choice is binary: New York or California. At Launch Tennessee, we’re determined to break that assumption. We are proud to announce an inspiring video series featuring national business leaders and entrepreneurs discussing the thriving startup scene in … read more