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.

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Internship Program

This program offers hands-on startup experience where students will learn entrepreneurship from some of the best in the state during a 14-week internship.

Become an Intern

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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EPIcenter Memphis President and CEO Joins Inaugural Center for American Entrepreneurship Board of Directors

Nashville, Tenn., (November 6, 2017) – Leslie Lynn Smith, president and CEO of EPIcenter, has joined the Board of Directors for the Center for American Entrepreneurship (CAE), a nonpartisan policy, research, and advocacy organization. CAE’s mission is to engage policymakers in Washington, and at the state and local level across the nation, regarding … read more

How to be a Better Business Owner: 3 Tips to Increase Productivity and Happiness

Written by Rebekah Collinsworth, Marketing Director at Accountfully   There’s a lot that goes into running a business. For even the most realistic of entrepreneurs and business owners, it ultimately ends up being more work than they ever imagined it would be at the outset. And unfortunately, because many of them try … read more