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An update on COVID-19 and 36|86 Fest 2020.

We empathize with conferences across the US and internationally who’ve had to make the difficult decision to cancel or postpone events. As of today, 36|86 Festival will take place as planned, Aug. 25-27, 2020.

The health and safety of our attendees and partners, along with that of the greater community, is and will remain our highest concern in making future decisions about the festival. We’re closely monitoring guidance from the WHOCDC, and the Tennessee Dept. of Health.

If circumstances are such that we must postpone 36|86 Festival, all registrants will have the option to transfer the registration to the new date or receive a full refund.

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LaunchTN is a public-private partnership with a vision to make Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation.

Our mission is to empower a high-functioning network of resources focused on core priorities that support Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Partnering with Entrepreneur Centers in seven regions, LaunchTN creates collaboration among entrepreneurs, the private sector, capital sources, institutions, and government to offer entrepreneurs what they need to succeed and stay in Tennessee to build companies and create jobs.

Ready to tackle your next milestone?

We have partnered with Bundled to connect select East Tennessee startups with the expertise to conquer the task at hand.
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Are you looking to raise capital for your startup?

Our equity initiatives support for-profit startups by investing LaunchTN funds alongside private sector matching dollars.
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Learn entrepreneurship virtually — anywhere!

The LaunchTN Virtual Entrepreneurship Program is an adult education initiative for entrepreneurs or people interested in entrepreneurial careers in Tennessee.
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Tennessee’s entrepreneurial landscape

With funding support from the Kauffman Foundation, TEConomy conducted a study to analyze Tennessee’s entrepreneurial landscape and identify opportunities to support our state’s startups.
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Get hands-on acceleration

Tennessee has Entrepreneur Centers across the state where you can get advice and support to launch your startup. Walk-ins and back-of-napkin ideas welcome!
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COVID-19 Resources

Click here for information, webinars, links to our statewide partner network, and ongoing support updated in real-time.

Click here for the Tennessee Innovation Crowdsource Platform, our initiative in partnership with Gov. Bill Lee’s COVID-19 Unified Command, inviting all companies, including entrepreneurs and startups, to propose solutions to the challenges now facing our state.