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  • Addressing Systemic Racism in Healthcare with Marcus Whitney

    Entrepreneur Marcus Whitney explains why he decided to speak out about the role systemic racism has played in Nashville’s healthcare system and shares his vision for a more equitable future.   Marcus Whitney spent years avoiding conversations about racism in Nashville’s healthcare industry, but when he noticed that healthcare leaders were largely silent about the…

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  • GUEST POST: Tennessee Startups Building for Post-Pandemic Preferences

    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. Interested in submitting a blog article as a guest author? Contact Rory Levine, Marketing and Communications…

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  • Disrupt the Continuum Returns for an All New Season

    Launch Tennessee’s acclaimed Disrupt the Continuum podcast is back this spring for season four, with eight all new episodes recorded with speakers, moderators, and thought leaders at our 3686 Festival 2020, taking a deep dive into the innovators, makers, and game changers powering the entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Tennessee.   Special thanks to our partner…

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  • Integrating Wellness and Inclusion with Ashley Brooke James and Elizabeth Moore

    In the season 4 premiere episode, the TRILUNA co-founders share their story of starting a company to bring a more holistic version of wellness into corporate America. When Elizabeth Moore and Ashley Brooke James first met, they’d just quit their jobs to pursue careers in wellness. Amazed by the transformation that yoga had caused in…

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  • Tennessee SBIR/STTR Matching Fund

    LaunchTN supports renewed funding for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) matching funds, which continues to be one of the state’s most promising ways to support the commercialization of high-value startups in Tennessee. The SBIR/STTR program is a competitive awards based-program whose goal is to transform federally funded research and development…

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  • An Open Letter to the State of Tennessee United States Congress delegation

    (The following letter, supported by numerous stakeholders in Tennessee’s entrepreneurial & innovation ecosystem, was sent to the Tennessee federal delegation earlier this year to bring awareness to the broad spectrum of policy ideas available in the Kauffman Foundation’s white paper, “America’s New Business Plan”. To read more about this initiative and to learn more about…

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  • Launch Tennessee Names Van Tucker President and CEO

    NASHVILLE – Dec 8, 2020 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN), a public-private partnership guided by a vision of making Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation, today announced that Van Tucker has been appointed the organization’s president and CEO. Tucker, who was appointed Interim CEO in July 2020, now steps into the official role. In her time as…

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  • Establishing Tennessee as a hub of entrepreneurship

    In the season 3 finale of Disrupt the Continuum, host Clark Buckner and Launch Tennessee CEO Van Tucker provide an overview of the extensive resources available to entrepreneurs all across the state. Van Tucker believes Tennessee is an ideal place to start and grow a business, and it all comes back to community, connection and…

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  • Connecting veterans to the entrepreneurial ecosystem

    Sumeet Chahal, Regional Executive Director for the Central Region at Bunker Labs, shares the exciting work his team is doing to help veterans create and scale their businesses. Sumeet Chahal wanted to start a business after serving in the Marines, but he struggled to find the network to make it happen. And Sumeet is not…

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