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  • Mobius Is On A Mission To Create A World Where There’s “Wonder In Waste”
    Mobius Is On A Mission To Create A World Where There’s “Wonder In Waste”

    A LaunchTN SBIR Matching Fund Recipient: mobius, based in Lenoir City, is a high-growth CleanTech/Energy company with a vision of building a future where organic waste is not seen as a burden on society or the planet, but instead as a valuable resource. We caught up with the mobius team to hear about the company’s…

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  • Top 3 Things Most Investors Like to See in Pitches
    Top 3 Things Most Investors Like to See in Pitches

    Launch Tennessee periodically 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. Today on the blog, we are joined by Launch Tennessee’s very own Capital Formation Manager. Post…

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  • 5 HealthTech Startups To Watch In Tennessee
    5 HealthTech Startups To Watch In Tennessee

    From Memphis to Knoxville, get to know the innovators in Tennessee who are leading the charge in the state’s tech-based future. With the potential to positively impact millions of lives, these Launch Tennessee portfolio companies and SBIR Matching Fund recipients are all making waves in the Healthcare Technology industry of Tennessee. As we highlight a…

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  • Knoxville-Based Sparkz Is Re-Engineering The Battery Supply Chain For The Future Of Clean Energy
    Knoxville-Based Sparkz Is Re-Engineering The Battery Supply Chain For The Future Of Clean Energy

    A LaunchTN Portfolio Company: Sparkz is a Knoxville-based startup commercializing the only high energy-density cobalt-free, lithium-ion battery made in America. Sparkz was founded in late 2019 and has completed the transfer of 6 patents from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, while continuing its groundbreaking research and development focused on re-engineering the…

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  • Three Stories You Should Know From TNECD
    Three Stories You Should Know From TNECD

    As the month of April comes to a close, we are excited to share three stories of notable achievements facilitated this month by The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). From newly-announced tax credits to grants for enhancing local infrastructure, these wins are vital for the state of Tennessee in continuing to be…

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  • EmpowerLocal Is Bridging the Gap Between Leading Brands and Local Media Sources
    EmpowerLocal Is Bridging the Gap Between Leading Brands and Local Media Sources

    A LaunchTN Portfolio Company: EmpowerLocal, based in Franklin, Tennessee, helps leading brands advertise with trusted local and hyperlocal media anywhere in the U.S. The Middle Tennessee-based startup redirects advertising dollars to local community publishers, creating a more robust and profitable local news and information industry. We caught up with the CEO, Steven Buhrman, about media…

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  • Knoxville-Based Winter Innovations Is Stitching Together Solutions For The Surgical Process
    Knoxville-Based Winter Innovations Is Stitching Together Solutions For The Surgical Process

    A LaunchTN SBIR Matching Fund Recipient: Winter Innovations, based in Knoxville, is a high-growth medical technology company working to improve the surgical process, specifically surgical stitching, for patients who suffer orthopedic injuries. We caught up with the Winter Innovations team to hear about the company’s mission, problems surrounding orthopedic surgery and opportunities for Tennessee to…

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  • GUEST POST: 5 Branding Tips for Startups and Entrepreneurs in 2022
    GUEST POST: 5 Branding Tips for Startups and Entrepreneurs in 2022

    Launch Tennessee periodically 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. We are pleased to provide a guest post today from members of a LaunchTN Network Partner….

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  • Innovation Week: Highlights From The Inaugural Event
    Innovation Week: Highlights From The Inaugural Event

    Last week, LaunchTN hosted the first Innovation Week event in downtown Nashville, showcasing Tennessee entrepreneurship. Portions of the event were held at The Westin Nashville, and the main day of programming was held at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, directly across from the Tennessee State Capitol. With over 700 registered attendees, we were thrilled…

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  • Muzology Uses Music Technology To Improve Performance For All Learners
    Muzology Uses Music Technology To Improve Performance For All Learners

    A LaunchTN SBIR Matching Fund Recipient: Muzology, based in Nashville, is a technology company centered around a digital platform that uses music to make learning fun, engaging and effective. With the understanding that today’s learners need to be engaged, Muzology assembled a team of PhD’s, curriculum experts, and hit songwriters to create the company. We…

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