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  • Memphis-Based Jades Elevation Is Bringing Craftsmanship and Education To The Hemp Industry
    Memphis-Based Jades Elevation Is Bringing Craftsmanship and Education To The Hemp Industry

    A LaunchTN Founder Story: Danielle Buntyon, the CEO and Founder of Jades Elevation, departed from corporate America to join the hemp industry as a processor in 2018. With the mission to bring craftsmanship to the hemp industry, Jades Elevation has since become an AgTech pioneer in Tennessee and was accepted into AgLaunch’s 2022 Cultivate Appalachia…

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  • The Top Tennessee Wellness Startups to Know in 2022
    The Top Tennessee Wellness Startups to Know in 2022

    In honor of National Wellness Month, get to know the Tennessee-based startups who are leading the way when it comes to innovative approaches for the wellness industry. With roots from Memphis to Middle Tennessee, these Launch Tennessee portfolio companies and SBIR Matching Fund recipients are providing incredible outcomes with their products and services far beyond…

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  • Good Batch Mama is Serving Up Quality Time with Quality Meals in East Tennessee
    Good Batch Mama is Serving Up Quality Time with Quality Meals in East Tennessee

    One of two founder stories from LaunchTN’s recent partner trip to Johnson City, Tennessee. Special thanks to our friends at Sync.Space for connecting our team with these local companies. Good Batch Mama, based in Kingsport, is a family-owned and operated company that is passionate about helping others get back around the table for quality time…

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  • Kingsport’s RPL is Paving a New Path to Professional Mentorship
    Kingsport’s RPL is Paving a New Path to Professional Mentorship

    One of two founder stories from LaunchTN’s recent partner trip to Johnson City, Tennessee.  RPL University, a startup based in Kingsport, has a mission to help students and recent alums create meaningful connections. In a time when many feel intimidated by the professional world, RPL pulls back the curtain and displays the most positive realities…

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  • High Gas Prices Impact Workforce, Drives Employers To Use Hytch App
    High Gas Prices Impact Workforce, Drives Employers To Use Hytch App

    A LaunchTN Portfolio Company: Hytch Rewards is a cash incentive management platform employers use to recognize and reward employees for some of the cost of their fuel and valued time in a daily commute. Users gain access to cash incentives in sponsored areas and plant trees as they drive. Hytch helps employers expand their available…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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