Press Releases

LaunchTN Announces Statewide University Pitch Competition Winners

Nashville, Tenn., May 26, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today the winners of the Statewide University Venture Challenge.  Following a submission process, LaunchTN has selected four winners out of applications submitted by the winners of university partner competitions. The goal of the Statewide University Venture Challenge is to create … read more

Investment in Tennessee Startups Reaches $1 Billion

Investment raised by Tennessee startups tops $1 billion since Launch Tennessee began tracking investment, beating forecasts by a year

Nashville, Tenn., April 12, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today that private investment in early-stage companies based in Tennessee has surpassed $1 billion, well ahead of the 2017 goal the organization set when it was formed in 2012. The early realization of LaunchTN’s lofty $1 billion goal is indicative … read more

LaunchTN Announces Creative Communities Initiative

Nashville, Tenn., April 4, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today the launch of the Creative Communities Initiatives in effort to encourage entrepreneurial education and activity in rural communities. This initiative comes after LaunchTN ran a pilot program in Southern Middle and Northeast Tennessee. The pilot program was a learning … read more

Launch Tennessee Continues to Build Out All-Star Lineup for 36|86

Nashville, Tenn., March 24, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announces the addition of Cat Clifford (, David Windley (IQ Talent Partners), Geri Stengel (Ventureneer & Forbes Contributor), Dr. Denise Gosnell (Pokitdok), and Yao Huang (The Hatchery). Matt Ruby, Founder of video startup company Vooza, is also confirmed to serve as … read more

LaunchTN Statewide University Venture Challenge

Launch Tennessee is pleased to announce the launch of the Statewide University Venture Challenge. We have selected 17 entrepreneurial focused competitions which are being hosted by ten Tennessee-based universities The goal of the statewide Venture Challenge is to create a more connected entrepreneurial community by engaging existing university programs. Additionally, … read more

36|86 Announces 2nd Round of Speakers & Sponsors!

Square Co-Founder Jim McKelvey, Google Ventures, SeedInvest, North Bridge Venture Partners, Blackstone and More Make Plans For 36|86 Nashville, Tenn., February 23, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today the addition of Jim McKelvey (Square), Tyson Clark (Google Ventures), Pelli Wang (SeedInvest), Paul Santinelli (North Bridge Venture Partners), and Vijay Balasubramaniyan … 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

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

36|86 Announces First Round of 2016 Speakers

Marquee Investors, Influencers and Media Head For LaunchTN’s 36|86 Startup Conference Delta Air Lines, Dell, Nashville Chamber, Softlayer and Pinnacle among early sponsors Nashville, Tenn., January 21, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today new speaker and sponsor commitments. The growing list of confirmed venture capital firms participating in this … read more

LaunchTN Adds Four New Members to its Board of Directors

Nashville, TN – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN), a public-private partnership focused on supporting the creation and development of entrepreneurship throughout Tennessee, announced new members recently added to its Board of Directors. Jack Bailey, Partner & Co-Founder – Bailey Southwell & Co As a partner and co-founder, Mr. Bailey has extensive transactional experience, having served as … read more

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