Success Stories

Specialist program preps tomorrow’s business leaders

Launch Tennessee’s paid internship program gives college students real-world startup experience

Want to hear from other Specialists about their experience? Discover how Launch Tennessee’s Specialist Program gave college students a valuable window into entrepreneurship. Launch Tennessee is accepting applications until Feb. 20 for the next Specialists cohort, a 13-week paid summer internship that pairs university students with Entrepreneur Centers and startups, … 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

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 strengthens ties to state’s SBIR/STTR winners

By: Jill Van Beke, Director of Innovation & Commercialization

In a way, it’s the perfect marriage. Launch Tennessee supports entrepreneurs with access to resources that support their early-stage innovative companies. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards from federal agencies support a diverse array of entrepreneurial efforts in Tennessee. And as a Sept. … read more

Launch Tennessee 36|86 Post-Conference Media Advisory

Thank you, Nashville, for supporting 36|86 and joining us in the celebration of southern entrepreneurship, technology and culture. Our regional conference concluded Wednesday to shouts of approval and applause as our panel of judges awarded the top prize to Jewel Burks, the female founder of PartPic, an exceptional startup among a … read more

Tennessee Startups Seeing Success After Demo Day

By Charlie Brock | @cebrock

We previously wrote about the demo days that took place across Tennessee a few weeks ago, and now we’re happy to report the progress many graduates have made since then. Nashville: Three graduates of Jumpstart Foundry have already attracted investor interest. Spotwise secured an investment from Premier Parking after a … read more

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