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Launch Tennessee Begins the 2015 TENN Statewide Roadshow


The TENN set out on the statewide roadshow yesterday afternoon, traveling to Kingsport for the week’s first official event. The TENN are all aboard a logo-wrapped bus showcasing the program’s title sponsor, UBS, as well as the other roadshow sponsors BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Eastman Chemical Company and Patterson Intellectual Property Law Group.


The TENN Roadshow will take place January 26 – 29, where the companies will meet with executives at some of the state’s top corporations. At each corporate visit, The TENN will present short elevator pitches, receive feedback from the executives and have time to network. They will also be participating in public community events throughout the week to pitch, get feedback and meet more investors, business leaders and supporters.

The roadshow schedule includes corporate visits with Eastman Chemical in Kingsport, Pershing Yoakley & Associates and Radio Systems in Knoxville, Emma in Nashville and archer>malmo in Memphis. There will also be public events on the Kingsport, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Memphis stops. To register for the public roadshow stops, click here.

The TENN is a master accelerator program comprised of ten of the Tennessee’s top startup companies. This year’s program is presented in part by Title Sponsor, UBS. Supporting sponsors for this year includes BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Patterson Intellectual Property Law, Eastman Chemical Company, Tennessee Tech University, Tennessee Automotive Manufacturing Association, Parthenon Publishing and Asurion. The TENN is a Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) program.

The TENN is comprised of:

East Tennessee – closeup.fm, Feetz, and Fiveworx.

Middle Tennessee – Healthcare MarketMaker and Stony Creek Colors

West Tennessee – AgSmarts, eDivv, EndoInsight and GraphStory.

Later during the master accelerator program, the members of The TENN will fly to California and the East Coast to network with entrepreneurs, investors and media. Other benefits of The TENN program include access to master mentors from across Tennessee, including investors, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders; office space in the nearest regional accelerator or a subsidy for the company’s existing office space; and events that introduce the companies to high-level, industry-specific Tennessee connections. The end-of-program TENN finale event will be held March 26th in Nashville.

Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) is a public-private partnership focused on supporting the development of high-growth companies in the state of Tennessee with the ultimate goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 state in the Southeast for entrepreneurs to start and grow a company. Follow LaunchTN on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/LaunchTN), Twitter (www.Twitter.com/LaunchTN), YouTube (www.YouTube.com/LaunchTN) and Flickr (www.Flickr.com/LaunchTN).



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