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  • TNECD Announces Departure of Launch Tennessee President and CEO

    NASHVILLE – August 6, 2021 – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today that Van Tucker will step down from her role as president and CEO of Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN). LaunchTN is a public-private partnership that focuses on supporting the development of Tennessee’s entrepreneur ecosystem, with the ultimate goal of…

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  • 3686 Festival Update

    NASHVILLE – Aug 5, 2021 Due to recent COVID-19 developments and thoughtful deliberation on the part of LaunchTN staff, board and stakeholders, we have decided to postpone this year’s 3686 Festival, scheduled for September 21-23 in Nashville, Tennessee. Every 3686 Festival for the last eight years has sought to provide a high-quality experience for our…

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  • GUEST POST: Helping Restaurants Build Resilience Across Tennessee

    Launch Tennessee sporadically 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.   By Michael Robinson, Co-Founder, Proof Bar & Incubator Just a little over a year ago,…

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  • Building an Innovative Solution with SecondKeys CEO

    Amber Hayes, CEO of SecondKeys and winner of the 3686 Festival 2020 Pitch Competition, describes the process of building a tech startup and continuing to find new clients during COVID-19.   When Amber Hayes was working for a property manager, she realized that the processes used to manage maintenance requests were overly complex and unnecessarily…

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  • Democratizing the Investment Space with Cheryl Campos

    Cheryl Campos, director of growth and partnerships at Republic, explains how equity crowdfunding can create opportunities for both founders and new investors.    Investing in startups has traditionally been an option for only the wealthiest Americans, but Cheryl Campos is excited about new opportunities that are expanding the pool of investors. As director of growth…

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  • Taking Advantage of Underrepresented Markets with 500 Startups

    Amit Bhatti, principal at 500 Startups, explains how COVID-19 is reshaping the world of startups and fundraising, especially in markets like the Southeast.    Amit Bhatti believes that founders from smaller markets have a unique work ethic and creativity that people from traditional startup hubs often lack. As principal at 500 Startups, Bhatti invests in…

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  • Raising Capital in the Southeast with Monique Villa

    Monique Villa, investor at Mucker Capital and co-founder of Build in SE, shares her perspective on the unique advantages founders can access when they build their companies in the Southeast.    Monique Villa wants to help people understand that the Southeast is full of great talent and resources to help founders succeed. As an investor…

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  • Building a Fashion Brand in the South with Savannah Yarborough

    Savannah Yarborough, owner and creative director of SAVAS, discusses the unique experience of growing an in-demand fashion business in Nashville.   Savannah Yarborough knows that fashion is deeply personal, and she’s passionate about working with clients to create their dream pieces. Yarborough is the owner and creative director of SAVAS, a leather goods company specializing…

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  • Leading Through a Crisis with Goo Goo Cluster’s Operations Exec

    Laurie Spradley, vice president of operations and brand development at Goo Goo Cluster, explains how she’s helped her team navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, one candy bar at a time.    When COVID-19 forced Goo Goo Cluster to shut down their retail store off lower-Broadway, Laurie Spradley knew she would need to lean…

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