Entrepreneurship

What to Expect From Launch Tennessee in 2017

CEO lays out roadmap for Tennessee to become the nation’s most startup-friendly state

As Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and state economic-development officials work to build on the state’s economic gains and become “the Tennessee we can be,” the for state’s business community must continue cementing Tennessee’s reputation as a terrific place to live and work. The state’s diverse and growing entrepreneurial community already … read more

Training Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs

Specialist Program connects students with startup communities around Tennessee

To be successful, a region doesn’t just need startups; it needs a pipeline of talent to ensure that innovation doesn’t stall out due to a lack of skilled participants. That’s why Launch Tennessee’s Specialist Program has been such a shot in the arm for the state’s entrepreneurial community. Since 2014, 81 … read more

Life Experience Leads to ‘Pretzels with a Purpose’

Growing Nashville business Theresa’s Twists began out of founder Theresa Daniels’ struggle and pain, and the desire that the Middle Tennessee State University junior had to create awareness around Asperger’s Syndrome. The goal? “Changing lives one pretzel at a time.” “It is from my deep, dark, and sometimes overwhelming challenge … read more

Tech and Music Industries Continue to Explore and Expand Relationship

For decades, technology has been both the boon and bane of the music industry. Advances in recording mediums, from 8-track to cassette to CD, have kept listeners engaged and buying. But the MP3 and ongoing online evolution have posed challenges to the industry, and at this past June’s 36|86 conference … read more

Startup Week Showcases Chattanooga’s Rapid Entrepreneurial Growth

  When Chattanooga Startup Week launched three years ago, the hope was that startup founders, community supporters, investors and other tech followers would take notice. Three years in, the event just wrapped up its most successful run to date, with more than 170 events packed into a full schedule. Startup … read more

Knoxville-Based Tech Startup Adapts Online Dating to the Apartment Industry

Knoxville, Tennessee – September 28, 2016 – The Williams Company, LLC, publicly released the revolutionary patent-pending online real estate marketplace Rentailor.com this month. This innovative website allows renters to submit their information, needs and want for landlords to bid for their business in a live, online rental marketplace. “It’s a … read more

Launch Tennessee Opens Applications for the 2016-2017 Class of The TENN

Fourth Cohort of Master Accelerator Program Kicks Off in November

NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 12, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today the application period for their fourth annual TENN program is open. The TENN is a one-of-a-kind program designed to propel some of the most promising startup companies in Tennessee to the next level through highly-focused mentorship, access to functional … read more

LaunchTN Selected as Growth Accelerator Fund Recipient by the U.S. Small Business Administration

Nashville, TN, September 2, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today that they were named by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Investment and Innovation as one of the recipients of their annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. LaunchTN joins 67 other selected awardees who collectively will receive a … read more

Launch Tennessee Networks program focuses on milestones when partnering startups and mentors

By Lindsey Cox - Innovation Manager

Many new companies find success in an accelerator program because a shortened, labor-intensive timeline works for their product development and go-to-market strategy. Others, however, are focused on developing technology that cannot be rushed through a 13-week accelerator program. For these companies, the new Launch Tennessee Networks program provides a more … read more

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