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.


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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Mentor Network

LaunchTN Networks offer early-stage companies in Life Science and Advanced Energy access to industry-specific expert mentors.

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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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Access to Capital

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

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Entrepreneur Intake Form

LaunchTN is dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs to the resources they need to start, build and manage their companies. The resources on which we focus are curriculum, capital, customers, mentors, talent and technology. By filling out this form, you will be referred to a specific LaunchTN team member, entrepreneur center or Networks partner, or other member of our network.

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News, Case Studies, Success Stories, Interviews, and More.

Atlanta-Based Tech and Startup Publication Hypepotamus Expands to Tennessee

Written by Muriel Vega, Associate Editor at Hypepotamus   Hypepotamus, the leading startup- and technology-focused news publication in the Southeast, started as a community resource. Born in the basement of a historic building in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, next to top university Georgia Tech, Hypepotamus was created to fill … read more

Why Nashville, Why Now

Written by Heath Butler, Managing Partner of Gestalt Growth Advisors   Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. You put your financial future on the line for a venture that – let’s be honest – is more likely to fail than succeed. Overnight, you become the new kid … read more