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Empowering Tennessee’s
entrepreneurial ecosystem

Tennessee is home to a deeply connected network of resources. Find out what our statewide entrepreneurial ecosystem has to offer.

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A Statewide Collaborative Network

LaunchTN empowers Tennessee’s bustling entrepreneurial ecosystem by facilitating capital formation, market building and resource connection through our Network Partners.

Our Network Partners

Through collaboration with our Network Partners, entrepreneur organizations across the state, we’re able to make resources easily accessible to investors and entrepreneurs. Together, we aim to strengthen Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and activate sustainable economic growth throughout the state. Click on the name of each Network Partner on the map below to learn more.

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We are the front door for entrepreneurs in West Tennessee. A resource, collaborative community and support system for everyone from the serial entrepreneurs to those taking their first plunge into business ownership, problem solving and innovating.

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Sync Space is the regional entrepreneurial hub in Northeast Tennessee with locations and partnerships throughout the Tri-Cities and Appalachian Highlands. Our programs provide early stage startups and growing businesses connectivity to regional partners for mentorship and pilot program opportunities, all designed to help entrepreneurs be successful in Northeast Tennessee and beyond. For more information, visit us at syncspace.org.

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The Biz Foundry helps businesses start and thrive in the Upper Cumberland. We know that entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration are intrinsic to economic and social vitality, so we foster these values through business resources, community programs, and one-on-one work with local businesses. If you have an innovative idea and a desire to strike out on your own, we’re here to help.

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The Company Lab (CO.LAB) is a nonprofit startup accelerator that supports entrepreneurial growth in southeast Tennessee. We work with companies ranging from Main Street businesses to tech startups scaling into major markets.

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The EC became the front door for entrepreneurs aspiring to create companies in Nashville with the opening of its flagship facility at 105 Broadway in August of 2010. In June of 2013, the EC moved to its current location in one of the many Trolley Barns on Rolling Mill Hill.

Originally a vision of the Partnership 2010 initiatives of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the EC began in 2007 with the mission of raising the quality of resources available to Nashville’s entrepreneurial and small business communities. The EC represents a partnership of local and state government support, private interests and the Nashville business community at-large.

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Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is a nonprofit business accelerator located on Market Square in downtown Knoxville. The mission of KEC is to serve as the front door for entrepreneurship in East Tennessee, and a resource for anyone looking to start or grow a business here. Knoxville Entrepreneur Center exists to help entrepreneurs and startups at every stage of the process. If you’re a mover, shaker, or risk taker, you’ve come to the right place.

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As a nonprofit hub organization, Epicenter leads the Memphis region’s connected and collaborative entrepreneurship movement. Using a systems approach, Epicenter drives strategy and measures impact among a network of economic development, academic, corporate, and government partners to increase support to new and existing tech startups, creative and community-based businesses, student entrepreneurs, and others across multiple industries and stages of growth. Epicenter and its partners connect these entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas to programming, capital, customers, and talent in order to create a just, inclusive, and growing economy that accrues to all Memphians. More information is at epicentermemphis.org.

Our Statewide Network Partners

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Built by veteran entrepreneurs for veteran entrepreneurs. We believe veterans are America’s greatest human asset. We aim to inspire, educate, and connect them to fulfill their potential. Our mission is to catalyze the entrepreneurial potential of the military experience to lead innovation in the American economy. Our vision is that every person who served in the military will have the community, the requisite network, and the resources to realize their full entrepreneurial potential.

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Since 2007 BioTN, a 501c(3) organization, has been a leader in life science and STEM-related economic and workforce development programs, partnerships and advocacy efforts. BioTN’s mission is to promote, within the state of Tennessee, the Southeastern US and beyond: 1) Knowledge of, and education in, STEM and the biosciences, 2) Innovation and entrepreneurship in STEM and the biosciences, and 3) The positive impact of STEM and the biosciences on human health. We believe that through investment in those three critical areas — education, workforce development, and entrepreneurship, our state will continue to grow into a major hub of research and development that will change lives.

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The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council champions advanced energy as an economic development and job creation strategy. No other entity in the state concentrates specifically on this robust sector. We educate public officials and business leaders about Tennessee’s advanced energy economy, establish strategic partnerships to connect assets with opportunities, and inform policy that expands and strengthens the industry. TAEBC partnered with Launch Tennessee to lead the Energy Mentor Network and foster the growth of Tennessee advanced energy technologies and startups by connecting entrepreneurs with mentors and industry specific expertise.

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TennSMART is a public-private consortium encompassing Tennessee and regional organizations working together to develop and deploy new intelligent mobility innovations that could change how America transports people and goods. Our members include stakeholders in the automotive and trucking industries, software and hardware suppliers, municipalities and utilities, universities, and research institutions. We serve as a forum for organizations to share knowledge of innovations related to connected and autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, cybersecurity, freight efficiency and multi-modal commuting and work closely with government and industry to ensure we are leveraging scientific resources from our academic and research institutions to solve relevant, complex problems in intelligent mobility.

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We connect entrepreneurs with farmers to create innovative agricultural solutions and forge farms of the future capable of meeting the needs of the ever-growing population.

Twitter: @AgLaunch
Facebook: AgLaunch
Instagram: AgLaunch
LinkedIn: AgLaunch

Tennessee AgTech Mentor Network is the latest addition to the thriving ecosystem focused on supporting agtech startups and companies in Tennessee. The goal of the network is to create a meaningful feedback loop for startups engaging industry veterans, startup experts, and farmers that will lead to additional investment and create more viable companies right here in Tennessee. With support from LaunchTN, the network will focus on supporting new entrepreneurs in the agtech space as well as startups led by seasoned entrepreneurs who are new to the agriculture industry. Through its annual bootcamps, KEC and AgLaunch have worked with multiple Tennessee teams focused on building successful companies in agriculture. We are looking to build on that experience by developing a network of mentors and farmers that will work with Tennessee agtech startups to bring their product or service to market.

 

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Resources

LaunchTN empowers a statewide network of resources supporting Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Community. Culture. Connection.

Connecting innovators, pioneers, investors & visionaries to shape the business community of the future.

Impact Fund

Through the Impact Fund, LaunchTN administers state-owned funds for equity investment, providing in-demand capital solutions for Tennessee based startups.

Making #Tennessee the most #startup friendly state in the nation. #BuildTN | Host of @3686fest

May 19
#ThrowbackThursday to the LaunchTN strategic planning session! We enjoyed coming together as a team last week to #celebrate wins from the last quarter and map out #initiatives for the next quarter and beyond. We can't wait to see what next year holds as we move toward our #goals. https://t.co/GjXxmAFLiL
May 18
Get to know the #innovators in #Tennessee leading the charge in #HealthTech for the future. With the potential to positively impact millions of lives, these #LaunchTN #portfolio companies & #SBIR Matching Fund recipients are making waves #BuildTN. https://t.co/APrPCdHgsk
May 17
#TuesdayTips: When you get to the point of building your #team, hire for #character and #values. You can always train someone on #skills, but one thing you can't do after the fact is make a person's values fit your #company. https://t.co/iZg5iOOlMT
May 16
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. @UTSparkInno's Spark Cleantech Accelerator announced the six companies that will participate in its inaugural cohort! 🎉

The accelerator hosted at @utresearchpark is sponsored by @ORNL, @CityKnoxvilleTN, @LaunchTN, @TVAnews and @UTRF.

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May 16
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Nashville EC @entrecenter
Calling all Founders - Take the stage this fall at the NEXT Awards & Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame! Often referred to as the “Oscars of entrepreneurship,” don’t miss out on your chance to apply for an industry award. Learn more here: https://t.co/4rIMfU3au7 https://t.co/0dE6zOxCKX
May 16
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May 16
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Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council @TNAdvEnergy
. @GM has been working with @ENERGY to achieve its energy efficiency goals. ⚡️

GM is investing $27 billion in electric and autonomous vehicles in the next five years, and plans to build a second plant in Tennessee.

Read more on @ELDaily! ⤵️
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May 16
Save the date! 3686 Festival is back once again. 🙌

September 27-29, 2022: #Tennessee will welcome #founders and #investors from across the #Southeast and beyond. Will you be there?

Early-bird ticket registration and details coming soon. 🥳 #3686fest https://t.co/QrrzK0eCFa

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