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  • Supporting startups of all sizes

    Marcus Shaw, CEO of CO.LAB, explains why Chattanooga is known as a great place to grow a business. Even as COVID-19 creates new challenges for entrepreneurs, Shaw remains confident that innovation will grow out of the struggle. “When the buildings fall, the artists arise,” he said, sharing a saying he learned while traveling in Nepal….

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  • Stimulating entrepreneurship in rural Tennessee

    Jeff Brown and Tiffany Anton of The Biz Foundry unpack the unique opportunities and challenges faced by the entrepreneurs they work within the mostly rural Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. When Jeff Brown set out to create The Biz Foundry — an entrepreneur center in Cookeville, Tennessee — he discovered that most people in the area didn’t…

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  • How Nashville became a city built on entrepreneurship

    Jane Allen and Brynn Plummer of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center share how they’re helping entrepreneurs find the resources they need. Brynn Plummer and Jane Allen believe the city of Nashville was built on a foundation of entrepreneurship, and through their work at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, they hope to make it even easier for people…

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  • Disrupt the Continuum returns for Season 3

    This season, we’re taking a deep dive into Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. With Disrupt the Continuum, we bring you conversations about how, as a statewide community, we collaborate and provide the resources founders need to build, scale, and execute their businesses. This season, you’ll hear from leaders at each of the entrepreneur centers across the state,…

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  • SecondKeys and ARMS Cyber Win 36|86 Festival Pitch Competitions

    NASHVILLE – Aug. 27, 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 SecondKeys has won the LaunchTN Pitch Competition and ARMS Cyber has been awarded first place in the 36|86: Student Edition Pitch Competition. The winning companies were named this week at 36|86 Festival, LaunchTN’s…

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  • LaunchTN Introduces Agricultural and Automotive Mentor Networks

    Tennessee-based agriculture and automotive companies will receive expertise from mentors and partners on a wide range of business topics NASHVILLE – August 24, 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 agricultural and automotive mentorship opportunities for Tennessee businesses. These new…

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  • Bundled Together Success

    It’s likely your feeds have been filled with small businesses, entrepreneurs, and startups facing the dismaying effects of COVID-19. In February 2020, LaunchTN partnered with ItsBundled, a Tennessee-based startup founded by Courtney Jones, to expand the Bundled Initiative that connects startups to immediate resources that can help them accomplish their next milestone. The Appalachian Regional Commission funded the…

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  • Garth Brooks Joins 36|86 Festival Lineup to Discuss Career

    NASHVILLE – Aug. 5, 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 country superstar Garth Brooks will speak at the 36|86 Festival, its entrepreneur-focused event taking place digitally Aug. 17-28. Brooks will take part in 36|86’s “36 Questions,” a series in which…

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  • 36|86 Festival Goes Global: Entrepreneurship Festival Announces Digital, Fully-Interactive Format Connecting a Worldwide Audience

    Rooted in Tennessee while highlighting global solutions, 36|86 celebrates community, culture and connection, bringing together the brightest minds across industries NASHVILLE, Tenn. – 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 36|86 Festival, its yearly event empowering entrepreneurship, is going global. The fully…

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