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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ARC’s POWER Grant

This week we were thrilled to learn that Launch Tennessee was selected to receive a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). We have had a five year partnership with ARC and piloted many new entrepreneurial programs which have led to job creation, capital investment and workforce development in … read more

7 Videos To Inspire Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs looking for a place to start their businesses are often told their choice is binary: New York or California. At Launch Tennessee, we’re determined to break that assumption. We are proud to announce an inspiring video series featuring national business leaders and entrepreneurs discussing the thriving startup scene in … read more