Regional Accelerators

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

LaunchTN Announces Plans for Statewide University Pitch Competition

Nashville, Tenn., January 25, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today plans to launch a Statewide University Venture Challenge. LaunchTN plans to partner with existing university competitions, offering financial and programmatic support, as well as the opportunity to compete against other university winners. To complement existing university challenges across Tennessee, … read more

Investing in the future: Nashville Entrepreneur Center

Nashville Entrepreneur Center helps small business owners meet economic challenges with strategic planning

Even with a change in leadership, it’s business as usual at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Stuart McWhorter assumed the role of president and CEO from founder Michael Burcham on April 9. He had previously served as Chairman of Clayton Associates, a venture capital firm based in Brentwood, Tennessee. McWhorter’s experience … read more

SMTEC: A Grand Design

SMTEC constantly adapts and evolves to meet growing demands

It doesn’t matter where the idea comes from; it only matters how you apply it and how it works in the overall environment. That’s the guiding principle behind Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Centers (SMTEC). Under the leadership of Executive Director Dan Marcum, SMTEC helps entrepreneurs by providing educational programs, mentoring … read more

Biz Foundry: Leveling the Playing Field

Biz Foundry works to make sure small businesses have access to training and support

In an area of Tennessee where economic development has often centered on large-scale enterprises, LaunchTN’s Biz Foundry accelerator is focusing on the little guy. And Jeff Brown wouldn’t have it any other way. As executive director and president, Brown brings both entrepreneurial savvy and a lifetime of Cumberland County residency … read more

AccelNow: Multiple cities, multiple opportunities

Northeast Tennessee is fertile ground for AccelNow’s multifaceted approach

The old real estate maxim, “location, location, location” is certainly true for entrepreneurs in Northeast Tennessee. Opportunities abound, and AccelNow works to ensure those investors, educators and others in the ecosystem all have a way to seamlessly connect. “We are the regional accelerator for the area, and our main interest … read more

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