Press Releases

Launch Tennessee Awarded $250,000 Innovation Grant from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to Support Entrepreneurship

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation today awarded Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) a $250,000 grant through the third annual Blackstone Innovation Grants Program, which targets non-profit organizations that strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems and support high growth entrepreneurs. This is the third year that LaunchTN has been an Innovation Grants recipient and previous awards were … read more

Forbes and Bon Jovi Management Added to 3686 Conference Roster

Nashville, Tenn., February 10, 2015 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today the addition of  Geri Stengel (Forbes) and Anthony Piedmonte (Bon Jovi Management) to the roster for 3686 Conference, LaunchTN’s flagship event highlighting the best in southern culture, entrepreneurship and investment. Tickets for 36|86, June 8-10, 2015 at Marathon Music Works … read more

Launch Tennessee ramps up momentum to 3686 Conference with “Southern Series”

Partners Including Paul Singh (Disruption Corp.) and David Cummings (Atlanta Tech Village) and ConvergeSE/The Iron Yard to Co-Host Regional Series

Partners Including Paul Singh (Disruption Corp.) and David Cummings (Atlanta Tech Village) and ConvergeSE/The Iron Yard to Co-Host Regional Series Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 5, 2015 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announces today the selection of three partners for its 3686 Conference Southern Series. April 2, 2015 – Atlanta Tech Village, Atlanta, GA … read more

Launch Tennessee Begins the 2015 TENN Statewide Roadshow

The TENN set out on the statewide roadshow yesterday afternoon, traveling to Kingsport for the week’s first official event. The TENN are all aboard a logo-wrapped bus showcasing the program’s title sponsor, UBS, as well as the other roadshow sponsors BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Eastman Chemical Company and Patterson Intellectual … 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

Eventbrite Co-founder Julia Hartz to Keynote Inaugural 3686 Conference Presented by Launch Tennessee

AC Entertainment, TechCrunch and Silicon Prairie News also join 3686 Conference Roster

Nashville, Tenn., January 6, 2015 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today keynote speaker, entertainment partner, media moderators and early bird tickets for 3686 Conference, successor to Southland and flagship event highlighting the best in southern culture, entrepreneurship and investment. A limited supply of discounted, early bird tickets for 36/86 are … read more

Launch Tennessee Announces 36/86: Southeastern Culture & Entrepreneurship Destination

Growing venture conference expands regional influence, rebrands to better serve niche market of southeastern startups

  Nashville, Tenn., Dec 1, 2014 – Pursuing its mission to find and support promising startups, Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announces that the organization is expanding and reorganizing its signature conference. The new event is named 36/86, representing the latitude and longitude of Nashville, TN, which will serve as the annual … read more

Launch Tennessee Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

INFORMATION FOR RELEASE              Launch Tennessee Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 21, 2014 – Launch Tennessee received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award during the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference this week. Launch Tennessee was awarded this honor for its 2014 work in … read more

Launch Tennessee Announces Oct. 7 Reverse Pitch Event

Launch Tennessee Announces Oct. 7 Reverse Pitch Event Registration Open for Potential Attendees NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2014 – Launch Tennessee will host Reverse Pitch, an event where corporations pitch funded project proposals to an audience of entrepreneurial problem solvers, on Tuesday, Oct. 7 in Chattanooga at The Church on … read more

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