Launch Tennessee provides opportunities and resources for students to ensure Tennessee develops and retains the entrepreneurial talent to help it the #1 place in the Southeast to start a business.

University Venture Challenge

University Venture Challenge, launched in 2015, increases the number of student-led entrepreneurial ventures across the state and exposes them to the our portfolio of resources.

Apply to the UVC

The Specialists Program

The Specialists Program, launched in May 2014, is a paid summer internship program that takes college students from around the country and embeds them in Entrepreneur Centers for 13 weeks each summer.

Become a Specialist

SBIR|STTR Microgrants

We support Tennessee student researchers and early-stage companies that are interested in or already applying for SBIR/STTR Phase I, Phase II or Fast-Track Microgrants.

Apply for Microgrant

Co.Starters for Researchers

CO.STARTERS is a 9-week program that targets graduate-level research and MBA students who are looking to commercialize their research and turn it into a viable business.

Become a Co.Starter

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LaunchTN Announces Promotions, Role Changes Among Staff

Launch Tennessee staffers Jill Van Beke and Lindsey Cox move into newly defined roles, Brittany Burgess and Jami Creel receive promotions. NASHVILLE (July 27, 2017) – Launch Tennessee announced a refresh to its organizational chart which includes Jill Van Beke taking on a new role as Chief Program Officer. Van … read more

5 Reasons Tennessee is a Startup-Friendly State

Here at Launch Tennessee, we are honored to contribute to the energy around the entrepreneurial movement in the state, which has been growing exponentially each year. Given that Launch Tennessee just celebrated its fifth anniversary, I thought now would be a good time to talk about how far the state … read more