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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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  • 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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  • Startup Snapshot: SOMAVAC

    Get to know the companies and entrepreneurs changing the Tennessee landscape — designing innovative solutions, creating jobs, and building communities. This week, we chatted with SOMAVAC CEO Esra Roan. Give us your elevator pitch. SOMAVAC creates solutions that improve the post-op recovery experience and reduce healthcare costs. SOMAVAC’s flagship system, SOMAVAC® 100, is a powered,…

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  • A parable of the King

    As Tennesseans #TitanUp with the team’s riveting playoff run, we take a look at the success of Derrick Henry as a business tale: how to devise a strategy that reacts to changes in cyclical markets — and utilizes an uncommon asset in a 250-pound bruiser to capture the attention of the nation. As we enter…

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  • Startup Snapshot: StoragePug

    Get to know the startups and entrepreneurs changing the Tennessee landscape — designing innovative solutions, creating jobs, and building communities. This week, we chatted with StoragePug’s Tommy Nguyen. Give us your elevator pitch: StoragePug helps self-storage owners and operators grow their business and simplify operations. We make it easy to find space, rent space, and…

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  • Learning to walk again

    For people living with paralysis, access to therapy is critical. Nashville-based medical device company Healing Innovations has developed the Rise&Walk, neurorehabilitation technology to help patients get back on their feet. Imagine losing the ability to move. You’re completely reliant on medical professionals and family for round-the-clock care, and your rehabilitation depends upon expensive machines and…

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  • Survey says … Possip makes history

    After a conversation about difficult communication, Possip founder Shani Dowell created an easy, survey-based method for parents and schools to share info. Today the edtech company is growing — and Dowell has hit a historic milestone. A conversation with her husband lit the spark that led Shani Dowell to Possip. Both educators, the couple were chatting…

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  • Startup Snapshot: SecondKeys

    Our new Startup Snapshot series helps you get to know the companies and entrepreneurs changing the Tennessee landscape — designing innovative solutions, creating jobs, and building communities. First up, we chatted with SecondKeys CEO Amber Hayes. What’s your elevator pitch? SecondKeys is a property management platform for improving tenant retention and cash flow by automating maintenance…

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  • Making it to market

    From Martin to Murfreesboro, 28 companies across Tennessee are set to receive a total of $3 million — double the amount awarded last year — from the LaunchTN SBIR/STTR Matching Fund. More Tennessee researchers and scientists are getting a bigger boost this year toward making it to the marketplace, thanks to the LaunchTN SBIR/STTR Matching Fund….

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  • On an entrepreneurial mission

    As the first cohort of our Virtual Entrepreneurship Program gets set for spring kickoff, meet Dr. Jeff Cornwall, inaugural director of Belmont’s Center for Entrepreneurship and author of the Entrepreneurial Mind curriculum. This year marks Jeff Cornwall’s sixteenth as Jack C. Massey Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Belmont University and as author of the Entrepreneurial…

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