• 36|86 Student Edition finalists announced

    Tennessee student entrepreneurs pitch to win $60K in prizes at annual entrepreneurship festival Nashville, Tenn. – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN), a public-private partnership that fosters entrepreneurship across the state, today announced 12 finalists competing in the Student Edition Live Pitch at 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival. The Student Edition Live Pitch is a showcase and pitch competition that gives Tennessee student founders a…

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  • Arlan Hamilton: Entrepreneurs of the future

    Why the entrepreneurs of the future are coming from the margins Backstage Capital founder Arlan Hamilton takes us inside her revolutionary VC and explains why ‘underestimated’ founders are on the cutting edge of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Anyone with their finger on the pulse of the entrepreneurial landscape knows Arlan Hamilton is a force to be reckoned with….

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  • 7 companies converge for HealthTech Demo Day

    Chattanooga’s Co.Lab hosts inaugural event for healthcare innovators from Salt Lake City to Nashville. by Morgan Dent, Talent Program Manager, LaunchTN The atrium at Unum’s Chattanooga headquarters hosted more than 100 attendees for HealthTech Demo Day in June, capping Co.Lab’s inaugural 10-week HealthTech accelerator. Among the guests were corporate partners Erlanger and Unum, along with a variety of ecosystem…

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  • Tennessee receives three federal EDA Regional Innovation Strategies grants

    LaunchTN, AgLaunch, and Epicenter to receive funds to help TN startups Nashville, Tenn. – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN), a Nashville-based public-private partnership that fosters entrepreneurship across the state, along with Memphis-based nonprofits AgLaunch and Epicenter, were announced today as winners of the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Regional Innovation Strategies competition. AgLaunch, a multi-state organization headquartered in Memphis, and…

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  • i6 grant awarded to LaunchTN

    Along with Tennessee partners AgLaunch and Epicenter, LaunchTN recognized for Regional Innovation Strategies i6 proposal. LaunchTN is thrilled to be recognized by the US Economic Development Administration with a grant award for our Regional Innovation Strategies i6 proposal to expand and enhance our Mentor Networks program. We’re particularly excited that this year two of our…

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  • Tennessee startups compete in new LaunchTN Pitch Competition at 36|86

    Gov. Lee will offer remarks as innovative companies compete for $50K grand prize Nashville, Tenn. – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN), a public-private partnership that fosters entrepreneurship across the state, today announced the finalists for the LaunchTN Pitch Competition, held in Nashville at Ole Red on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. CT as part of 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival. Tennessee Gov….

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  • 2 weeks on the road with Allie

    The LaunchTN team spends lots of time traveling around the state — hosting workshops, connecting with our partners, and sharing the Tennessee entrepreneurial story. Here’s a taste of what our intrepid commercialization manager Allie Potter has been up to. Dotted with security checkpoints, a desolate stretch of road leading deep into the hills of East…

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  • Companies reshaping startup scene on stage at tech conference

    36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival, hosted by Launch Tennessee, will run Aug. 28-29 in Nashville Nashville, Tenn. – Attracting more than 1,200 entrepreneurs, investors, students and innovation-ecosystem builders from across the US, 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival offers a rare opportunity to see why innovative companies like Pilot.com are choosing to relocate from coastal hubs and scale in the South. Voices that…

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  • Lindsey Cox: 36|86 connects a community of innovators

    36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival connects a community of innovators 36|86 Director Lindsey Cox takes us behind the scenes of LaunchTN’s upcoming festival to highlight what makes 36|86 vital for entrepreneurs of all stages and backgrounds. One of the most anticipated events for entrepreneurs across the Southeast is right around the corner. From Aug. 28–29, founders, innovators, and…

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