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  • Van Tucker: Economic impact of fashion in Tennessee

    Tennessee makes a fashion statement Nashville Fashion Alliance founder Van Tucker on the economic impact of our statewide couture culture. Fashion is big business in Tennessee. Statewide, the industry contributed nearly $27 billion to the economy. Middle Tennessee’s impact alone accounts for $6 billion and more than 16,000 jobs. The numbers have convinced former CEO…

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  • Launch Tennessee commends lawmakers for grant increase

    Additional funding for SBIR/STTR Matching Program will provide much-needed capital for qualified TN-based startups Nashville, Tenn. – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN), a public-private partnership that fosters entrepreneurship across the state, applauds the Tennessee General Assembly and Lee Administration for passage of the 2019-2020 budget that includes increased funding for the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer…

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  • Stephanie Cummings: Overcoming inequalities as an entrepreneur

    Overcoming inequalities as an underestimated entrepreneur Stephanie Cummings, CEO of Please Assist Me, shares how access to startup resources accelerated her company’s success. You’re crushing it at work right now, impressing both your colleagues and clients with your dedication to the job. While your career may be headed for huge success, let’s face it, things…

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  • Tom Ballard: Tennessee collaborates for statewide success

    Leveraging the collaboration of communities for statewide success Board member Tom Ballard weighs in on how to support Tennessee entrepreneurs, and how technology is connecting them to needed resources Tennessee may have earned its “Volunteer State” nickname in the early 19th century, but listening to Tom Ballard describe our state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, it’s clear the title has…

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  • Capital, 36|86, and the benefits of doing business in Tennessee

    How LaunchTN is leading the state’s entrepreneurs to success New CEO Margaret Dolan talks capital, 36|86, and the benefits of doing business in Tennessee She’s only been LaunchTN’s president and CEO for six months, but already Margaret Dolan has traversed the entire state, meeting with local business leaders and entrepreneurs eager to turn Tennessee into the most startup-friendly…

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  • Preview: Disrupt the Continuum Powered by LaunchTN

    When it comes to successful startups, Tennessee is quickly becoming one of the country’s most popular points of convergence — particularly in the tech sector. Part of that is due to the work we’re doing at LaunchTN. We’re dedicated to helping high-growth-potential businesses across the state navigate what is often a complicated entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our vision…

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  • Launch Tennessee, TEConomy Release New Report on Tennessee’s Startup Ecosystem

    New report outlines roadmap for eliminating barriers and expanding opportunities for Tennessee entrepreneurs Nashville, Tenn. – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN), a public-private partnership that fosters entrepreneurship across the state, today released a new report, “Analyzing Tennessee’s Entrepreneurial Landscape,” in partnership with TEConomy Partners, a global leader in research, analysis and strategy for innovation-based economic development. The purpose of the…

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  • Launch Tennessee bolsters offerings for entrepreneurs with two new hires

    State’s innovation-based economic development organization adds commercialization and capital managers NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN), a public-private partnership that fosters entrepreneurship across the state, recently added two new hires, Allie Potter and Shaun Randolph, to its team, enabling the organization to provide increased programming and resources to founders of all stages. Potter joins LaunchTN…

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  • The future is bold and bright in Memphis

    Written by Leslie Lynn Smith, President and CEO, Epicenter Epicenter is the Memphis region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem hub and part of Launch Tennessee’s statewide network of Entrepreneur Centers. Our team drives strategy and measures impact among collaborative partners to increase support to new and scaling tech startups, creative and community-based businesses, student entrepreneurs, and others across…

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