In 2022, the State of Tennessee will receive $117M in capital as part of the reauthorized State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Program totaling $10B from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Launch Tennessee joins the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) as applicants, with $70M to be administered by LaunchTN for equity investments.


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A Statewide Collaborative Network

#BuildTN shares Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem story. It’s about how, as a statewide community, we collaborate and provide the resources founders need to build, scale, and execute their businesses. It’s the power of LaunchTN’s statewide network and boots-on-the-ground startups that Build Tennessee. 

Nashville Entrepreneur Center

The Biz Foundry


Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council


Sync Space


Knoxville Entrepreneur Center


Bunker Labs

Building on Foundations of Entrepreneurship in Nashville

Situated as a front door for entrepreneurs, Nashville Entrepreneur Center has created a physical hub for energy and activity for anyone looking to start their business and add to the legacy of business and community builders in Music City.

The Biz Foundry on Fostering Rural Entrepreneurship

The Biz Foundry in Cookeville provides a space for idea generation, entrepreneur services, and coworking for both local employees or telecommuters taking advantage of the city’s lifestyle and amenities while keeping jobs elsewhere.

CO.LAB on Creating Community-Supported Entrepreneurship in Chattanooga

CO.LAB helps to take entrepreneurs from idea to business, and connect investors, community partners, and universities together to forge a city-wide pulse that encourages entrepreneurship.

TAEBC on Creating High-Quality Jobs and High-Quality Life in Tennessee

Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council, based in Knoxville, wants to deliver on its mission of increasing the innovation, growth, and quality of advanced energy companies and programs.

Community + Connection in Memphis

Whether it’s in the collaboration and support for local entrepreneurs at Epicenter or reclaiming public spaces to create welcoming gathering grounds, the city of Memphis is a prime example of how working together helps spark innovation and solve challenges.

How Sync Space is Sparking Entrepreneurship in Northeast Tennessee

In the Northeast corner of Tennessee, Sync Space not only helps entrepreneurs get started but connects them with each other to grow together — with lower costs, too.

How theCO Scales Community Impact with Mobile Innovation Buses

theCO in Jackson puts entrepreneurs, designers, and creatives all under one roof. Whether it’s maker spaces, mobile learning buses to serve rural entrepreneurs and students, or running an in-house coding program, here’s how they’re making tech and innovation more accessible.

A Spirit of Starting Things with the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center

Amidst major research institutions, employers, and new businesses, the KEC bridges resources across entrepreneurship in East Tennessee. Whether you’re an impact organization or a venture-backed startup, the community in Knoxville wants to help you succeed and transform ideas into companies.

Supporting an Industry Statewide with Life Science Tennessee

Innovation ecosystems result from intentional collaboration between established companies, industry disruptors, and expert mentors. Life Science Tennessee, through BioTN, serves as the link between these important groups and illustrates just how important a network of mentorship can be to enhance an industry.

Bunker Labs on the Volunteerism Behind Supporting Veteran Entrepreneurship

Bunker Labs connects and launches veteran entrepreneurs across the country, including right here in Tennessee. Executive Director Sumeet Chahal shares how the network and mindset of service help to create supportive infrastructure for veteran-founded companies like Creativets.

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