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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.

  • Q1 2023 Tennessee Deal Report
    Q1 2023 Tennessee Deal Report

    By Evan Prislovsky, Capital Analyst In Q1 of 2023, venture capital funding for Tennessee startups was a notable bright spot in the industry — with a dramatic 325% increase from the previous quarter and a 211% increase from the same quarter the previous year.  This was especially unexpected considering the downward trend of venture funding…

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  • Partner feature: theCO celebrates, promotes Jackson entrepreneurship
    Partner feature: theCO celebrates, promotes Jackson entrepreneurship

    Featured: theCO What: theCO is a regional innovation hub focused on building a culture of opportunity. The organization is a pipeline to attract and retain the next generation of community leaders. theCI has three primary areas of focus: entrepreneur support, STEM education and community placemaking. Location: Jackson Mission: theCO provides the resources needed to start and grow…

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  • Q&A with Logical Limit founder
    Q&A with Logical Limit founder

    Company: Logical Limit Founder + CEO: Dilafruz Shamsieva Company overview: Logical Limit is a startup company that offers a unique solution to help parents manage their children’s screen time in a healthy and effective way. We believe that technology has the potential to enhance children’s education and development, and it is our mission to promote…

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  • Medical device startup plans for SBIR application

    Company: Euapanous Inc. Founder: Karrie Dudek Company overview: The medical device startup has developed a novel hydrogel technology that promotes the growth of large blood vessels, which allows for the restoration of blood flow to systemic tissues. The technology can help with peripheral artery disease, which causes the loss of blood flow to the lower…

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  • SBIR Matching Fund entrepreneur success stories
    SBIR Matching Fund entrepreneur success stories

    Over the past five years, LaunchTN has worked to bolster startup activity and increase participation from Tennessee entrepreneurs in what’s colloquially known as America’s Seed Fund. Every year, 11 participating federal agencies allocate capital totalling $4 billion to SBIR/STTR programs. The programs are the country’s biggest source of early-stage funding for research and development. LaunchTN…

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  • A week of innovation, commercialization and advocacy
    A week of innovation, commercialization and advocacy

    Innovation was on display this week as LaunchTN invited leaders from across the state to gather in Nashville. While LaunchTN’s annual 3686 Festival is the state’s premier entrepreneurship conference, Innovation Week focuses on areas where innovation, commercialization and advocacy intersect. Announcement  Wednesday evening at the Legislative Reception, LaunchTN leadership announced this year’s dates for the…

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  • Overcoming bandwidth, growth challenges 
    Overcoming bandwidth, growth challenges 

    Featured: Sync Space What:  Sync Space is an entrepreneur center and economic ecosystem builder that is based in the Tri-Cities of Northeast Tennessee. Location: Tri-Cities of Northeast Tennessee Mission: Support and promote all entrepreneurs through the provision of leadership, programs, resources, and connections The news — Sync Space is currently leading visioning sessions around the…

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  • The Biz Foundry grows Cookeville one startup at a time
    The Biz Foundry grows Cookeville one startup at a time

    What: Nonprofit entrepreneur development center and coworking space  Established: 2013 Location: Historic Westside of Cookeville The work: The Biz Foundry is dedicated to strengthening the economic growth of the Upper Cumberland region, one startup at a time. The organization provides affordable and free business support services to entrepreneurs in the 14 counties of Tennessee’s Upper…

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    Community Partner Program guidelines

    AWARD OPPORTUNITY LaunchTN announces Community Partner Program to support TN entrepreneurial activity SUMMARY AND GUIDELINES LaunchTN supports entrepreneurship and economic development with a goal to make Tennessee the best state in the country for startups. LaunchTN strategic priorities include 1) the commercialization of technologies and products, 2) increasing the availability and accessibility of capital, and…

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