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

Blog

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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