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TAEBC: educating leaders about advanced energy

By Abbey Lerner What: The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council is a member-driven organization that champions advanced energy as a job creation and economic development strategy. TAEBC educates public officials and business leaders about Tennessee’s advanced energy assets, establishes strategic partnerships to connect assets with opportunities and informs policy that expands and strengthens the industry. […]

Q1 2023 Tennessee Deal Report

By Evan Prislovsky, Capital Analyst In Q1 of 2023, venture capital funding for Tennessee startups was a notable bright spot in the industry — with a dramatic 325% increase from the previous quarter and a 211% increase from the same quarter the previous year. This was especially unexpected considering the downward trend of venture funding […]

Pinnacle Financial receives national recognition

Firm leads on environmental, social and governance issues Our friends at Pinnacle Financial Partners have recently received national recognition for its work around environmental, social and governance issues. International market research firm Coalition Greenwich named Pinnacle as a Standout Commercial Bank for Demonstrated Commitment to ESG Principles and Values. Fast fact: The firm is 1 […]

Sneak peak: 3686 at the Wildhorse Saloon

The event — epic. The crowd — enthusiastic. The location — iconic. That’s what you can expect when you join us at the world-famous Wildhorse Saloon for this year’s 3686. The Wildhorse — by the numbers 29: years in business 66,000: square footage 2,400 people: capacity 3: floors One Fourteen — by the numbers We’ll […]

Mark your calendars: Tennessee Smart Mobility Expo

By Abbey Lerner What: TennSMART is a statewide nonprofit consortium that brings together leaders from the public and private sector to accelerate the development and deployment of smart mobility innovations.  TennSMART serves as a collaborative forum for key stakeholders in the automotive and trucking industries, municipalities, utilities, universities, and research institutions to address intelligent mobility […]

Five EDA Tech Hub proposals

LaunchTN endorsed five U.S. Economic Development Administration Regional Technology and Innovation Hubs (Tech Hub) proposals on behalf of the State of Tennessee. The proposals are designed to reflect the diverse, transformative potential of Tennessee’s tech sectors, which include regional areas of Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and the Tri-Cities.  Check out details about the 5 projects: […]

LaunchTN’s Khrys Hatch talks 3686 connections

By Anna Truss Editor’s note: This series features LaunchTN employees sharing their memories of 3686, as we approach the festival’s 10-year anniversary. The first year LaunchTN senior associate Khrys Hatch attended his first 3686 festival was in 2018, as a new employee. “I joined the team in June, and the event that year was happening […]

BioTN changes lives through science

By Abbey Lerner Featured partner: BioTN What: BioTN is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote STEM education, bioscience innovation and bioscience entrepreneurship across the state of Tennessee to have a positive impact on human lives. Established: 2007 Location: Nashville BioTN’s work: The organization coordinates state-wide programming so that our growing science community has […]

NEC launches Project FinTech accelerator program

By Abbey Lerner Featured partner:  Nashville Entrepreneur Center (NEC) What: The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (NEC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 to connect entrepreneurs with critical resources and to help make Nashville the best place in America to start and grow a business.   In 2022, the EC served more than 2,500 entrepreneurs and walked alongside […]

Three reasons to buy 3686 tickets now 

1. It’s cheaper now.  Tickets cost $199 now, and the cost increases to $399 on June 15. 2. It’s the premier annual entrepreneurial event of the year. Count on connections business founders, investors, venture capitalists and other like-minded folks. 3. You’ll get the best swag. Last year’s yellow, 3686 fanny pack is practically a collector’s […]

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