HCA, FedEx, Scripps Networks and Unum are international players that started and remained here. Launch Tennessee builds on that tradition by making this state the top place in the Southeast to start and grow a business.

Startups

Launch Tennessee is the country’s only statewide collaborative startup network offering access to the mentorship, capital and education entrepreneurs need to start and grow a company in Tennessee.

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Entrepreneur Centers

A statewide network of Entrepreneur Centers offers curriculum, mentorship and other business support to entrepreneurs working to launch and build their businesses.

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36|86 Conference

36|86 is the south’s premier startup conference, designed to bring together entrepreneurs, proven business leaders and strategic investors for a celebration of entrepreneurship and southern culture.

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Researchers

Launch Tennessee and our network of Entrepreneur Centers create opportunities for campus research teams to commercialize ideas and bring them to market.

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Capital Programs

Launch Tennessee has built an extensive network of banking professionals, venture capitalists, angel investors and other revenue sources. Raising capital can slow business execution; we remove the roadblocks.

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Mentor Network

Launch Tennessee Networks offers early-stage companies access to industry-specific expert mentors, through a systematic program proven to deliver results.

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ARC’s POWER Grant

This week we were thrilled to learn that Launch Tennessee was selected to receive a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). We have had a five year partnership with ARC and piloted many new entrepreneurial programs which have led to job creation, capital investment and workforce development in … read more

7 Videos To Inspire Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs looking for a place to start their businesses are often told their choice is binary: New York or California. At Launch Tennessee, we’re determined to break that assumption. We are proud to announce an inspiring video series featuring national business leaders and entrepreneurs discussing the thriving startup scene in … read more