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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.

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    Surprising SBIR Matching Fund Recipients Around Tennessee

    Our LaunchTN team hit the road to surprise a few of our newest SBIR Matching Fund Grant Recipients in Knoxville, Johnson City, Nashville and Chattanooga. This year over 40 businesses were awarded by LaunchTN – more than double the amount from last year. Our newest SBIR Matching Fund grant recipients are announced and we wanted…

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  • Job Opening – Chief Executive Officer
    Job Opening – Chief Executive Officer

    Position: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) is a public-private partnership with a vision to make Tennessee the best place in the nation to start and grow a business. Its mission is to empower a high-functioning network of resources focused on core priorities that support Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Through a network of entrepreneur centers…

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  • Job Opening – Data Analyst
    Job Opening – Data Analyst

    Position: Data Analyst Reports to: Chief Strategy Officer LaunchTN 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 teamwork,…

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  • Job Opening – Marketing Coordinator
    Job Opening – Marketing Coordinator

    Position: Marketing Coordinator Reports to: Marketing & Communications Director LaunchTN 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 teamwork,…

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  • GUEST POST: Helping Restaurants Build Resilience Across Tennessee
    GUEST POST: Helping Restaurants Build Resilience Across Tennessee

    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.   By Michael Robinson, Co-Founder, Proof Bar & Incubator Just a little over a year ago,…

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  • GUEST POST: Tennessee Startups Building for Post-Pandemic Preferences
    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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  • An Open Letter to the State of Tennessee United States Congress delegation
    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
    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
    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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  • Bundled Together Success
    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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