Capital Formation

Southeast region has intellectual capital, needs investment pool growth

Through the third quarter of 2016, startups got investments of more than $55 billion in venture capital. That’s down almost ten percent from the same period in 2015, reflecting a still-strong market, but one where competition is sharpening. At the same time, Southeast-area investment through the third quarter was around … read more

LaunchTN Personnel Announcement

Announcing New Hire of Director of Capital Formation and Internal Appointment for Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Nashville, TN., August 11, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today the hire of its new Director of Capital Formation, John Lanahan. This new hire comes after the recent departure of LaunchTN’s former Director of Entrepreneurship & Capital Formation, Jason Denenberg, who served with LaunchTN for four years and left … read more

Investors Pour $280 Million Into Tennessee Startups

Surges in Growth Stage Investment and Diversification of Business Sectors Validate Maturation of Tennessee as a Startup Mecca

Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today that Tennessee businesses attracted more than $280 million from investors in 2015, bringing aggregate investment in the state’s startups to more than $945 million since the private-public partnership began tracking investment data in 2012. Investment activity last year was marked by a 7% increase in … 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

5 Things Investors Should Know About Tennessee

Some people still don’t appreciate what’s been happening in Tennessee, but much of the business world has noticed. The Milken Institute ranks Tennessee # 19 in the country in Risk Capital and Entrepreneurial Infrastructure (note improvement from past report) and near the top in the Southeastern United States.