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We aim to make Tennessee the best state in the nation for startups by empowering a network of resources that support Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

  • 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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  • Job opening – Strategy Coordinator

    Position: Strategy Coordinator Reports to: Director of Strategy Launch Tennessee aims to make Tennessee the best state in the nation for start-ups by empowering a high-functioning network of resources focused on core priorities that support Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Partnering with state-wide Network Partners and other stakeholders, we aim to build an accountable environment of systemic…

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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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  • From lab to market: Meet Purist

    Get to know the entrepreneurial researchers leading the charge in Tennessee’s science- and tech-based innovation. This week, meet Purist. Purist is developing a technology to enable a distributed network of small-scale and underutilized nuclear reactors to produce high-purity radioactive ingredients for nuclear medicine applications. What differentiates Purist is the capability to concentrate the radioisotope product,…

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  • Tennessee Capital Assessment

    To increase available capital for Tennessee companies, we conducted a survey from June-August 2020 to capture information and insight for three primary groups: Investors, Founders, and Ecosystem Builders. Tennessee is one of the few states in the nation that coordinates resources on a statewide basis. LaunchTN connects investors from around the world to our Network…

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  • Tennessee’s strategic investment in SBIR/STTR yields results

    State initiatives take Tennessee to №8 nationwide for the National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR application success rate. Why is our state performing so well? For PreTel Health, the fourth time was a charm. After submitting three applications to the National Institutes of Health for Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer awards, the company sought…

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  • Startup Snapshot: GoCheck Kids

    Get to know the startups and entrepreneurs changing the Tennessee landscape — designing innovative solutions, creating jobs, and building communities. This week, meet GoCheck Kids, an app that detects risks of vision impairments. Give us your elevator pitch. GoCheck Kids is a pediatric iPhone-based app that detects risks of vision impairments, the №1 disabling condition in…

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  • How policy and entrepreneurship intersect

    As we prepare for next week’s kickoff of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Week on the Hill, we revisit our Startup Policy Workshops series. Our Cookeville session explored guidance for relationship-building with policymakers, the intersection of “town and gown,” and how favorable policy impacts universities. Our Legislative Reception to kick off Week on the Hill takes place Feb….

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  • Startup Snapshot: FOOTBAR Walker

    Get to know the startups and entrepreneurs changing the Tennessee landscape — designing innovative solutions, creating jobs, and building communities. This week, meet Paris couple Nancy and Gary Morris, med-device founders and Elvis fans. Nancy and Gary Morris at the June 2019 opening of the FOOTBAR Walker storefront in Paris, TN Give us your elevator…

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  • Startup Snapshot: CPRWrap

    Get to know the startups and entrepreneurs changing the Tennessee landscape — designing innovative solutions, creating jobs, and building communities. This week, meet CPRWrap CEO Felicia Jackson: “We want to empower people to do the most basic, unselfish thing a human can do: Save a life.” Give us your elevator pitch. Did you know that…

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