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Charlie Brock

CEO & President -

In his role as CEO & President of Launch Tennessee, Charlie takes a statewide approach to connecting people and fostering collaboration to enhance entrepreneurship in Tennessee.

Charlie Brock has been serving as Launch Tennessee’s President & CEO since January 2013. Prior to Launch Tennessee, Charlie served for a year as CEO of CO.LAB, a Chattanooga accelerator that runs the summer GIGTANK program. Brock is a founding general partner of the Chattanooga Renaissance Fund, Chattanooga’s first organized angel group, and was an early partner in FourBridges Capital Advisors, a lower-middle market investment bank based in Chattanooga.

Kicking off his entrepreneurial journey, Brock helped establish Foxmark Media and served as CEO before selling the company in 2006. Brock was an organizer and director of CapitalMark Bank & Trust that recently sold to Pinnacle Bank, where Charlie now serves as Director. He also serves as a director of FourBridges Capital Advisors, the Dixie Group, Cumberland Emerging Technologies and Life Science Tennessee.

Having served on various philanthropic boards over the years, Brock is currently a board member of The Boys & Girls Club, Outreach Haiti, Girls Preparatory School and is the Chair of the Endowment Committee for Good Shepherd Church. Charlie is a graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South and he and his wife Lisa are the parents of three daughters, Lesley, Taylor and Laura.

 

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Brittany Burgess

Entrepreneurship & Outreach Manager -

Brittany is responsible for coordinating the Blackstone Specialist Program and recruiting interns for Tennessee’s nine regional accelerators. She recently worked as an Account Executive and recruiter for an IT recruiting firm in Nashville. Prior to that, Brittany worked with the Development team at the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Brittany is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Courtney Corlew

Director of Communications & 36|86 -

As Director of Communications, Courtney is responsible for leading all of LaunchTN’s communications efforts. This includes marketing, media relations and promotions for all of LaunchTN’s programs and events.

As Director of 36|86, Courtney leads efforts on production and programming for the annual event. Learn more about 36|86 at www.3686South.com

Prior to joining LaunchTN, Courtney worked as an Account Supervisor for Athlon Sports Communications, which specializes in sports marketing, and as the Community Relations Director for Primary Care & Hope Clinic in Murfreesboro. Courtney graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Communications.

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Lindsey Cox

Innovation & Commercialization Manager -

Lindsey Cox serves as the Innovation & Commercialization Manager at LaunchTN where she works with universities, researchers, entrepreneurs and industry partners to help them commercialize technologies. She has most recently been working with leaders at the Small Business Administration to bring increased Small Business Innovation Research dollars to Tennessee.

Lindsey also leads LaunchTN’s finance team, which manages day to day fiscal operations of LaunchTN and oversees the fiscal management of the regional entrepreneurship centers located across the State.

Prior to joining LaunchTN, Lindsey worked with the Comptroller for the State of Tennessee, serving as staff to the Tennessee Local Development Authority and State Revolving Fund Loan Program.
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Jason Denenberg

Director of Entrepreneurship & Capital Formation -

As Director of Entrepreneurship, Jason works to help Tennessee startups secure funding and manage all aspects of the INCITE Fund to coordinate Seed to Series A funding. INCITE is a $30m fund to support and invest in early stage companies in TN. The fund follows and invests alongside of angels and VCs across the US completing deals in TN-based companies.

He also coordinates efforts across the entrepreneur center network throughout Tennessee, focusing on driving each region to develop sector focus and collaboration to enhance the overall network. “At the end of the day, I love helping a founder achieve the next milestone”.
 
Jason was formerly a Partner at Angel Capital Group where he led efforts to collaborate with entrepreneurs and investors to fund early-stage high-growth investment opportunities. Prior to his tenure at ACG, Jason spent five years as a financial advisor, managing client portfolios at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

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Tracey McGraw

Events & Administrative Manager -

As ​the Events & Administrative Manager, Tracey is responsible for planning all of LaunchTN’s activities and events while ensuring deadlines and budgets are adhered to. ​Tracey is also responsible for all office operations and procedures to facilitate organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

Prior to joining Launch Tennessee, Tracey worked as the Sales & Program Coordinator at Goldner & Associates, where she managed branding and marketing solutions for clients like Walt Disney World. Tracey also previously worked for Fleet Feet Inc. as a Program Coordinator and Wellness Coach where she managed and marketed various community health initiatives.
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Michael Poncé

Marketing Manager -

As Marketing Manager, Michael focuses on Launch Tennessee’s marketing and branding efforts. This includes managing Launch Tennessee’s social media efforts and coordinating all photography, videography and graphic design projects.

Michael most recently worked as the Operations Coordinator for the Great American Country television program, Headline Country, where he specialized in file management, video editing and media content for the web. Michael graduated from Belmont University with a B.S in Video Production and a minor in Broadcast Journalism.

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Jill Van Beke

Director of Innovation and Commercialization -

As Director of Corporate Engagement, Jill works to build statewide corporate connections and works to identify strategic partnership opportunities for LaunchTN, it’s programs and the regional accelerator network.

Jill most recently served as a Business Development Consultant at the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. She focused on Innovation and Workforce Development-related initiatives in the East Region. Jill graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Urban Studies and concentrations in Economics and Anthropology.

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Investment in Tennessee Startups Reaches $1 Billion

Investment raised by Tennessee startups tops $1 billion since Launch Tennessee began tracking investment, beating forecasts by a year

Nashville, Tenn., April 12, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today that private investment in early-stage companies based in Tennessee has surpassed $1 billion, well ahead of the 2017 goal the organization set when it was formed in 2012. The early realization of LaunchTN’s lofty $1 billion goal is indicative … read more

LaunchTN Announces Creative Communities Initiative

Nashville, Tenn., April 4, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today the launch of the Creative Communities Initiatives in effort to encourage entrepreneurial education and activity in rural communities. This initiative comes after LaunchTN ran a pilot program in Southern Middle and Northeast Tennessee. The pilot program was a learning … read more