Press Releases

EPIcenter Memphis President and CEO Joins Inaugural Center for American Entrepreneurship Board of Directors

Nashville, Tenn., (November 6, 2017) – Leslie Lynn Smith, president and CEO of EPIcenter, has joined the Board of Directors for the Center for American Entrepreneurship (CAE), a nonpartisan policy, research, and advocacy organization. CAE’s mission is to engage policymakers in Washington, and at the state and local level across the nation, regarding … read more

LaunchTN Offers 16 Summer Internships With Startups

Nashville, Tenn., (Sept. 28, 2017) – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) has reformatted its annual internship program to offer 16 full-time, 14-week paid positions with Tennessee-based startups and Entrepreneur Centers. Interns will receive hands-on startup experience and will learn entrepreneurship from some of the state’s most successful entrepreneurs, along with a stipend. … read more

LaunchTN Announces Discover Entrepreneurship Grants Funding Opportunity

Nashville, Tenn., (August 28, 2017) – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) opened the application period today for the Discover Entrepreneurship Grant, a funding initiative that supports entrepreneurial programming for rural and underserved communities. Applicants may apply for funding, licenses or partners to implement training programs for both youth and adult participants. Schools may … read more

LaunchTN Announces Promotions, Role Changes Among Staff

Launch Tennessee staffers Jill Van Beke and Lindsey Cox move into newly defined roles, Brittany Burgess and Jami Creel receive promotions. NASHVILLE (July 27, 2017) – Launch Tennessee announced a refresh to its organizational chart which includes Jill Van Beke taking on a new role as Chief Program Officer. Van … read more

Walmart CTO Jeremy King to Speak at 36|86 Entrepreneurship & Tech Conference

Launch Tennessee announces speaking engagement by Walmart CTO at 36|86, along with final selection of presenting Village 36 startup companies NASHVILLE (April 13, 2017) – Launch Tennessee announced that Walmart Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Jeremy King will speak at 36|86 Entrepreneurship and Technology Conference June 4-7 in … read more

FedEx CEO Frederick Smith Joins Speaker Line-up At 36|86 Tech Conference

Logistics and startup maverick joins innovators in venture capital, healthcare technology and mobile app development to speak at 36|86 in Nashville in June

Nashville, Tenn., March 14, 2017 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) is proud to announce that Frederick Smith, Founder and CEO of FedEx, will take the stage at the 36|86 technology conference to talk corporate innovation in a fully connected global economy. FedEx recently launched FedEx Fulfillment, a logistics network that allows … read more

Launch Tennessee hits the road with master accelerator class

NASHVILLE — Launch Tennessee (Launch TN) is gearing up to take members of The TENN, its master accelerator program, on a Roadshow that will put them in front of investors, customers and business leaders in Tennessee, San Francisco and New York. The current TENN cohort, announced in October 2016, is … read more

Launch Tennessee Announces Creative Community Partners

Nashville, Tenn., January 20, 2017 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today the second round of recipients of Creative Communities Grants. This initiative connects rural and underserved populations with entrepreneurial education, tools and resources. All grantees use their awards to execute entrepreneurial or workforce-development programs. The application process encourages organizations to … read more

Steve Case, Sen. Bill Frist, M.D. to Headline Nashville Tech Event

36|86, the Southeast’s premier technology, investing and entrepreneurship event, held in Nashville in June, 2017, features Case, Frist and maker of world’s first 3-D printed car Nashville, Tenn., January 25, 2017 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) unveiled the initial line-up of speakers for 36|86, the Southeast’s premier entrepreneurship and technology conference, … read more

Angel Tax Credit Now Available For Tennessee Investors

NASHVILLE — Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) recently announced that the The Angel Tax Credit Incentive Program, intended to increase investment in Tennessee startups, launched on Jan. 1, 2017. It will help to strengthen the state’s small business landscape by providing a tax credit to investors who support promising young companies. Passed … read more

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