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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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  • A parable of the King
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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  • How to be the best public affairs advocate for your business
    How to be the best public affairs advocate for your business

    This fall, LaunchTN is hosting Startup Policy Workshops from Memphis to Kingsport, educating entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders on being politically engaged with lawmakers. Here’s a report from last week’s workshop in Nashville. Last week at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, we heard from a panel of speakers on the how, why, and when of startup policy engagement….

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  • How virtual education is changing the entrepreneurship game
    How virtual education is changing the entrepreneurship game

    Learning doesn’t need to be on someone else’s schedule. Build your Tennessee business on your own time with our new VEP101 + VEP102 courses. When you have a full-time job, it can be tough to find the right program to help guide you through the entrepreneurship journey — whether you’re starting your own business or…

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