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Updated: Community Partner Program guidelines and application

AWARD OPPORTUNITY LaunchTN announces application for Cohort 3 of the Community Partner Program to support TN entrepreneurial activity SUMMARY AND GUIDELINES LaunchTN supports entrepreneurship and economic development with a goal to make Tennessee the best state in the country for startups.  LaunchTN strategic priorities include 1) the commercialization of technologies and products, 2) increasing the […]

Get the highlights — a recap of 2023’s 3686 Entrepreneurship Festival

Last week, LaunchTN hosted its 10th annual 3686 festival in Nashville, showcasing Tennessee entrepreneurship at its finest. The fest was at Wildhorse Saloon and One Fourteen, with additional events taking place at Bearded Iris Brewing, SOHO House, Frist Art Museum and 1 Hotel. 3686 brought together over 840 founders and investors from across the Southeast, […]

KEC boosts Knoxville’s thriving entrepreneurial community

Featured partner: Knoxville Entrepreneur Center What: Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is a business accelerator located in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, dedicated to changing lives through entrepreneurship. Their mission is to create a thriving entrepreneurial community that is accessible, diverse, and sustainable to make Knoxville the most founder-friendly city in America. Location: Knoxville The latest from the team:  […]

LaunchTN Community Partner Program celebrates success of first cohort

LaunchTN created the Community Partner Program (CPP) to provide funding to organizations implementing entrepreneurial support programs and resources in their communities.  The CPP cohort 1 collective impact reached 28 Tennessee counties and served more than 1,500 entrepreneurs during the first half of 2023. Those numbers will grow as numerous projects continue through completion.  In its […]

Save the date: Project FinTech First Look

Featured partner: The Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Project FinTech What: The ~ 9 month accelerator, Project FinTech, kicked off on 8/02, and will culminate with a Demo Day showcase in late March. The vision is to help make Tennessee the best place in the country to launch and scale a Fintech startup. Location: Tennessee The latest […]

LaunchTN’s Ashlin Smith talks 3686 memories

By Anna Truss *Editor’s Note: This series features LaunchTN employees sharing their memories of 3686, as we approach the festival’s 10-year anniversary.* Ashlin Smith, LaunchTN’s partnerships & development Manager, has been involved with 3686 for the past six years. Memory lane Ashlin’s first year participating in the festival was in 2017, when she was in […]

TAEBC: educating leaders about advanced energy

By Abbey Lerner What: The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council is a member-driven organization that champions advanced energy as a job creation and economic development strategy. TAEBC educates public officials and business leaders about Tennessee’s advanced energy assets, establishes strategic partnerships to connect assets with opportunities and informs policy that expands and strengthens the industry. […]

Mark your calendars: Tennessee Smart Mobility Expo

By Abbey Lerner What: TennSMART is a statewide nonprofit consortium that brings together leaders from the public and private sector to accelerate the development and deployment of smart mobility innovations.  TennSMART serves as a collaborative forum for key stakeholders in the automotive and trucking industries, municipalities, utilities, universities, and research institutions to address intelligent mobility […]

LaunchTN endorses five EDA Tech Hub proposals for State of Tennessee

For immediate release July 18, 2023 LaunchTN endorses five EDA Tech Hub proposals for State of Tennessee Nashville, TN — LaunchTN endorsed five U.S. Economic Development Administration Regional Technology and Innovation Hubs (Tech Hub) proposals on behalf of the State of Tennessee. The proposals are designed to reflect the diverse, transformative potential of Tennessee’s tech […]

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