Program Overview

LaunchTN Networks offer early-stage companies in Life Sciences and Energy access to expert mentors through a systematic program proven to deliver results.

The program is modeled after San Diego’s successful CONNECT Springboard. Over 20 years, 725 companies have graduated from CONNECT Springboard, and alums have raised $1.4 billion since 2005.

The CONNECT Springboard model came to Tennessee in 2014, when Launch Tennessee and industry association Life Science Tennessee piloted a statewide Mentor Network for early-stage life sciences companies. The effort was so successful that Launch Tennessee expanded the model to other industry verticals.

Program Features

Launch Tennessee seeks early-stage companies in Life Sciences and Energy to join the program. Participating companies receive expertise from mentors on topics including:

  • Business model
  • Marketing plan
  • Financial model & projections
  • Intellectual property
  • Valuation
  • Due Diligence
  • Financing
  • Industry feedback
  • Introductions to potential clients or strategic alliances
  • Companies that graduate will have a sharp, informative pitch ready to present in front of investors.

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