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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Notes from the 2017 TENN Roadshow

Growth-stage startups in TENN Master Accelerator gain critical business development and investor connections

Launch Tennessee’s TENN Master Accelerator cohort of eight companies recently wrapped the Tennessee leg of its annual Roadshow. The startup founders met with investors, mentors and business leaders around the state, providing a warmup for upcoming trips to New York and San Francisco in March that will provide critical exposure … read more

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