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Serious Health founder reimagines elder care

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of posts about companies LaunchTN has supported through the SBIR/STTR Matching Fund.  Serious Health founder Gideon Thomas is building a business based on her own experiences.  Navigating options for elder medical care left her angry and confused and she knew she wasn’t the only one going through […]

LaunchTN hiring: Technology Advancement Fellows

Position: Technology Advancement Fellow Reports to: Technology Advancement Manager Supports: Commercialization Counselor Introduction: LaunchTN is piloting an effort to create a statewide technology transfer office through the Tennessee Technology Advancement Consortium (TTAC) to stimulate innovation and increase the diversity of the Tennessee intellectual property landscape. Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) is seeking up to 3 highly motivated […]

Q3 2023 Tennessee Deal Report

By Evan Prislovsky, Capital Associate View the full report: TN Deal Q3 ’23 National Trends Quick Hits Venture environment remains down after the 2021 boom. B2B tech weakness indicates a prolonged tech recession. LPs highly selective in VC commitments given weak returns and low liquidity. IPOs/M&A minimal. Valuations stay compressed, especially later stage. Lackluster venture […]

A LaunchTN intern success story — Vandy student finds home at Yaya Scientific

As LaunchTN prepares to hire a new Talent Programs Coordinator, who will oversee the internship program, we’re bringing you a success story from last summer’s internship cohort.  Vanderbilt student Stephan Gorgey turned down other job offers to become Yaya Scientific’s first full time employee in Nashville, thanks to a connection from LaunchTN’s internship program.  “He […]

Updated: Community Partner Program guidelines and application

AWARD OPPORTUNITY LaunchTN announces application for Cohort 3 of the 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 […]

CNBC features LaunchTN portfolio company, PaintJet

LaunchTN portfolio company PaintJet was in the news this week. CNBC highlighted the Hendersonville, Tennessee-based startup, which CEO Nick Hegeman started after his experience running a painting franchise in Nashville.  The industry’s labor shortage he experienced prompted Hegeman to launch PaintJet, which created a fleet of remote-controlled robots to paint buildings that are generally challenging, […]

Request for Proposals — Legal Services for Tennessee Technology Advancement Consortium

Request for Proposals | Legal Services for Tennessee Technology Advancement Consortium October 13, 2023 Re: Patent Application Preparation, Prosecution, and IP-Related Legal Services for TTAC Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) and the Tennessee Technology Advancement Consortium (TTAC) seek proposals for legal services focused on patent application preparation, prosecution, and other IP-related legal services. TTAC seeks to create […]

Get the highlights — a recap of 2023’s 3686 Entrepreneurship Festival

Last week, LaunchTN hosted its 10th annual 3686 festival in Nashville, showcasing Tennessee entrepreneurship at its finest. The fest was at Wildhorse Saloon and One Fourteen, with additional events taking place at Bearded Iris Brewing, SOHO House, Frist Art Museum and 1 Hotel. 3686 brought together over 840 founders and investors from across the Southeast, […]

KEC boosts Knoxville’s thriving entrepreneurial community

Featured partner: Knoxville Entrepreneur Center What: Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is a business accelerator located in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, dedicated to changing lives through entrepreneurship. Their mission is to create a thriving entrepreneurial community that is accessible, diverse, and sustainable to make Knoxville the most founder-friendly city in America. Location: Knoxville The latest from the team:  […]

LaunchTN staff picks — what to do in Nashville while you’re in town for 3686

By Anna Truss From coffee shops and breakfast spots to dancing and shopping, LaunchTN’s staff have the insider info about how to enjoy The Music City while you’re in town for our annual entrepreneurial festival, 3686. Music  Nashvillians know that Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival is the hometown favorite. Happening for nearly a decade now, […]

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