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Entrepreneur Programs

We offer support tailored to the unique needs of entrepreneurs with high-growth-potential startups. Whether you’re a serial entrepreneur, a researcher commercializing IP, or a student building your first venture, Launch Tennessee and our statewide Entrepreneur Centers can help you reach your next milestone.

Training & workshops

Translating research from institutions and universities into the marketplace is key to a strong startup ecosystem. We offer a portfolio of resources for entrepreneurial researchers to accelerate their commercialization efforts.

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Mentor Networks

The Mentor Networks support entrepreneurs in life sciences and energy, industry verticals core to Tennessee’s economy, by pairing them with subject-matter experts and offering customized stage-gate curriculum.

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Resource Workshops

Resources for Entrepreneurial Researchers Workshops include curricula covering SBIR/STTR federal grant programs and the full portfolio of resources available to early-stage companies commercializing technology in Tennessee. Workshops can be tailored for audiences with all levels of grant-writing expertise.

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Virtual Entrepreneurship Program

The LaunchTN Virtual Entrepreneurship Program is an adult education initiative for entrepreneurs or people interested in entrepreneurial careers in Tennessee. 

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Technology Transfer Offices

Tennessee’s seven technology transfer offices help turn research into business. Partners include Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Tennessee Research Foundation, University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology, Vanderbilt University’s Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization and more.

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Funding Sources

We work with entrepreneurs to engage venture dollars from across the state, region, and nation. We also provide access to alternative funding sources to serve entrepreneurs who follow a non-traditional venture model, administer matching-grant programs at the state level, and facilitate microgrants for entrepreneurs to enlist professional grant-writing assistance.

Equity Initiatives

The LaunchTN Innovation Capital Continuum includes three equity initiatives: the Impact Fund, the Blended Capital Fund, and the Follow-on Fund. The LaunchTN Capital Program Team helps ICC applicants find the appropriate resources. Funding from each ICC initiative requires a match of private dollars, a thorough diligence process by LaunchTN, and approval from the ICC Investment Committee.

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SBIR/STTR Matching Fund

This matching program is aimed at early-stage Tennessee companies commercializing technology with assistance from federal grant programs.

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Microgrants

The Microgrants program is available to qualifying Tennessee-based early-stage companies that are developing technology with a plan for advancing it into the marketplace. Microgrants support grant-writing assistance for an SBIR/STTR award, grant-writing assistance for a commercialization-oriented research grant outside of SBIR/STTR, and engaging technical expertise.

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