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Launch Tennessee Awarded $250,000 Innovation Grant from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to Support Entrepreneurship

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation today awarded Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) a $250,000 grant through the third annual Blackstone Innovation Grants Program, which targets non-profit organizations that strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems and support high growth entrepreneurs. This is the third year that LaunchTN has been an Innovation Grants recipient and previous awards were … read more

Forbes and Bon Jovi Management Added to 3686 Conference Roster

Nashville, Tenn., February 10, 2015 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today the addition of  Geri Stengel (Forbes) and Anthony Piedmonte (Bon Jovi Management) to the roster for 3686 Conference, LaunchTN’s flagship event highlighting the best in southern culture, entrepreneurship and investment. Tickets for 36|86, June 8-10, 2015 at Marathon Music Works … read more

Launch Tennessee ramps up momentum to 3686 Conference with “Southern Series”

Partners Including Paul Singh (Disruption Corp.) and David Cummings (Atlanta Tech Village) and ConvergeSE/The Iron Yard to Co-Host Regional Series

Partners Including Paul Singh (Disruption Corp.) and David Cummings (Atlanta Tech Village) and ConvergeSE/The Iron Yard to Co-Host Regional Series Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 5, 2015 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announces today the selection of three partners for its 3686 Conference Southern Series. April 2, 2015 – Atlanta Tech Village, Atlanta, GA … read more

Lessons from LaunchTN’s The TENN Learning Days

How to get better? Learn from the best. Sounds simple, but many entrepreneurs and startup companies don’t know how to connect with, and learn from, industry experts in order to improve their operations. At LaunchTN we know how vital that information exchange can be, and that’s why we produce a … read more

Launch Tennessee Begins the 2015 TENN Statewide Roadshow

The TENN set out on the statewide roadshow yesterday afternoon, traveling to Kingsport for the week’s first official event. The TENN are all aboard a logo-wrapped bus showcasing the program’s title sponsor, UBS, as well as the other roadshow sponsors BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Eastman Chemical Company and Patterson Intellectual … read more

Guest Post: 5 Secrets to Being a Good Mentor

In celebration of National Mentor Month, guest contributor Clark Buckner interviews three of Nashville's best mentors.

Mentoring is a powerful tool that can help launch your career — and even your life — into success. But not all mentors are the same, and not everyone fully understands what it is specifically that mentors do. To clear things up, I sat down with Nashville Entrepreneur Center mentoring … read more

2014 Tennessee Venture Capital Investments Top $276 Million

Wave of new entrepreneurs and investors, over 31 percent investment growth, validates Tennessee position as home to investable U.S. companies.

Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 12, 2015 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today that 2014 Tennessee venture capital investments measured by the public-private partnership totaled over $276 million, an increase of 31 percent over 2013. LaunchTN’s investment goal for the state’s early-stage companies is $1 billion by 2017. “The rise in investment … read more

Eventbrite Co-founder Julia Hartz to Keynote Inaugural 3686 Conference Presented by Launch Tennessee

AC Entertainment, TechCrunch and Silicon Prairie News also join 3686 Conference Roster

Nashville, Tenn., January 6, 2015 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today keynote speaker, entertainment partner, media moderators and early bird tickets for 3686 Conference, successor to Southland and flagship event highlighting the best in southern culture, entrepreneurship and investment. A limited supply of discounted, early bird tickets for 36/86 are … read more

The TENN Participants Dig Into Learning Days

Business sessions focused on marketing, capital and more come ahead of networking trips around state and country

Although they were plenty busy before, the startups chosen for the TENN Master Accelerator last October have quickly learned just how much more they can pack into already-full schedules. These nine startups were chosen from successful graduates of accelerator cohorts between Sept. 1, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014. With help … read more

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