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Kingsport’s RPL is Paving a New Path to Professional Mentorship

One of two founder stories from LaunchTN’s recent partner trip to Johnson City, Tennessee.  RPL University, a startup based in Kingsport, has a mission to help students and recent alums create meaningful connections. In a time when many feel intimidated by the professional world, RPL pulls back the curtain and displays the most positive realities […]

Launch Tennessee Names Monique Villa as Chief Investment Officer

The first C-Suite hire to manage organization’s investment portfolio, Villa will lead investments in Tennessee early-stage companies NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 22, 2022) – Launch Tennessee, a public-private partnership guided by a vision of making Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation, has hired Monique Villa as the organization’s first Chief Investment Officer. In this […]

Launch Tennessee Collaborating with Meharry Medical College to Host a Grant Funding Workshop in Nashville

The workshop will be live-streamed and walkthrough how to land federal grant opportunities over lunch NASHVILLE, TN (June 15, 2022) – Launch Tennessee, the statewide organization promoting Tennessee’s entrepreneur ecosystem will host a SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) workshop in collaboration with Meharry Medical College’s ResilienSEED business incubator on Tuesday, June 21. This workshop will […]

High Gas Prices Impact Workforce, Drives Employers To Use Hytch App

A LaunchTN Portfolio Company: Hytch Rewards is a cash incentive management platform employers use to recognize and reward employees for some of the cost of their fuel and valued time in a daily commute. Users gain access to cash incentives in sponsored areas and plant trees as they drive. Hytch helps employers expand their available […]

LaunchTN Announces Date For Much-Anticipated 3686 in Nashville, Tennessee

The two-day event is a major gathering of southeast entrepreneurs and investors NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 31, 2022) – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) calls entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem builders back to Nashville for 3686, the two-day celebration for startups this Sept. 27 – 29. Named for the geographic coordinates of Nashville, 3686 is a unique conference that […]

Top 3 Things Most Investors Like to See in Pitches

Launch Tennessee periodically publishes essays written by entrepreneurs, investors, and supporters of the startup ecosystem here in Tennessee and across the southeast region, sharing thoughtful and unique observations and perspectives on the business landscape and the challenges they’re encountering. Today on the blog, we are joined by Launch Tennessee’s very own Capital Formation Manager. Post […]

5 HealthTech Startups To Watch In Tennessee

From Memphis to Knoxville, get to know the innovators in Tennessee who are leading the charge in the state’s tech-based future. With the potential to positively impact millions of lives, these Launch Tennessee portfolio companies and SBIR Matching Fund recipients are all making waves in the Healthcare Technology industry of Tennessee. As we highlight a […]

Mobius Is On A Mission To Create A World Where There’s “Wonder In Waste”

A LaunchTN SBIR Matching Fund Recipient: mobius, based in Lenoir City, is a high-growth CleanTech/Energy company with a vision of building a future where organic waste is not seen as a burden on society or the planet, but instead as a valuable resource. We caught up with the mobius team to hear about the company’s […]

Knoxville-Based Sparkz Is Re-Engineering The Battery Supply Chain For The Future Of Clean Energy

A LaunchTN Portfolio Company: Sparkz is a Knoxville-based startup commercializing the only high energy-density cobalt-free, lithium-ion battery made in America. Sparkz was founded in late 2019 and has completed the transfer of 6 patents from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, while continuing its groundbreaking research and development focused on re-engineering the […]

Three Stories You Should Know From TNECD

As the month of April comes to a close, we are excited to share three stories of notable achievements facilitated this month by The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). From newly-announced tax credits to grants for enhancing local infrastructure, these wins are vital for the state of Tennessee in continuing to be […]

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