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  • A Look Inside the 3686 Venue and Startup Showdown Pitch Competition
    A Look Inside the 3686 Venue and Startup Showdown Pitch Competition

    We are just over four short weeks away from kicking off 3686 in-person for the first time in over two years! As we continue our countdown to the event, taking place September 27-29 in Nashville, take a look into the venue where all of your connections will be made and where our $120,000 pitch competition…

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  • SOMAVAC® is improving post-op outcomes by commercializing novel technology.
    SOMAVAC® is improving post-op outcomes by commercializing novel technology.

    When it comes to the Healthcare and Technology industries, it’s important for new companies to be persistent and present as they seek to innovate and improve upon existing technology. SOMAVAC is working to commercialize novel technology (any technology that has never been used before) and bring it into the mainstream, making it easily available for…

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  • Beast Brands is creating better personal care products in Nashville
    Beast Brands is creating better personal care products in Nashville

    A LaunchTN Portfolio Company: CEO John Cascarano of Beast Brands Inc originally intended that his products would be only for men, but smartly decided to expand into the unisex market with bold branding, literary allusions, and raw, botanical ingredients. This switch, made in 2019, doubled their revenue and expanded their horizons exponentially. Their full line…

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  • Moments From Our #BuildTn Conversations with Percy “Master P” Miller
    Moments From Our #BuildTn Conversations with Percy “Master P” Miller

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22nd 2021: Last Friday, we were proud to present #BuildTN Conversations: Percy “Master P” Miller. The event was held at The National Museum of African American Music. In person, we had an intimate gathering of entrepreneurs and investors we invited. Virtually, the event had over 600 attendees who joined us from all over the…

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  • From Left to Right - Nick Cooper, COO. Luis Blanco, Chief of Technology. John Wilcox, CEO, John Clark Gray, Chief of Science
    Diatech Diabetes is developing life-saving medical technology in Memphis, TN.

    The team at Diatech Diabetes is personally aware of how a diabetes diagnosis can change your everyday life. CEO, John Wilcox, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at a young age. It’s no wonder then that this startup is dedicated to using cutting edge technology to solve life-threatening issues for diabetics all over the world. …

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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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  • 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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