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What is The TENN program all about?

In its fourth year, this one-of-a-kind program is designed to propel some of the most promising emerging companies in Tennessee to the next level through highly-focused mentorship, access to functional expertise, and investor introductions across the state, region and country.

What are some of The TENN program components?

Learning Days – LaunchTN brings in experts with topical knowledge (tech, marketing/sales, finance, etc.) to dive in on an individual level with each team, creating a unique and valuable learning experience. These Learning Days will also provide deeper engagement opportunities with key staff members of LaunchTN.

Master Mentors – Teams will have the opportunity to be paired with one or two master mentors.  These mentors have domain and/or functional expertise specific to the individual teams’ needs. Mentors will be matched with teams after the first month of the program based on articulated needs, geographical proximity and cultural fit.

LaunchTN Office Hours – Teams will have 1:1 access to key LaunchTN staff on a weekly basis, leveraging each director’s specific expertise.

Tennessee Roadshow – The Tennessee Roadshow is a statewide tour to meet with senior corporate executives and investors, as well as successful entrepreneurs and technologists.  Teams get access to feedback and networks that can significantly accelerate their business growth.

California and New York Travel – LaunchTN schedules trips to the Bay Area and New York for targeted meetings with potential investors, customers and strategic partners.  These trips will be toward the end of the TENN program and will be by invitation only. Each team will need to satisfy agreed-upon milestones in order to remain in the program and be invited on each trip.  These include adherence to the Rockefeller Habits, LaunchTN staff calls, mentor calls/meetings, key metric growth, etc.  Milestones  will be covered in greater detail during the November 15-16 kick-off with key metrics developed and updated each week and in more detail during the Learning Days.

Alumni Support – TENN graduates are eligible for on-going support, leveraging the LaunchTN network and expertise to meet the business development, fundraising and human capital needs of growing companies.

Is my company eligible?

Eligible startups are those that have participated in the following programming between 9/1/14 and 8/31/16:

-Launch Tennessee programming, i.e. 36|86’s Village 36 (must be TN-based) and University Venture Challenge

-Programming provided by the statewide entrepreneur center network or other Tennessee-based accelerator program

-Priority will be given to high-growth companies

What is The TENN program timeline?

9.12.16 Applications Open

9.30.16 Applications Close

10.19.16 TENN cohort announced

11.15.16 – 11.16.16 The TENN Kick-Off in Nashville

12.13.16 – 12.14.16 Learning Days #1 in Nashville *

1.10.17 – 1.11.17 Learning Days #2 in Nashville *

1.24.17 – 1.25.17 Learning Days #3 in Nashville *

Week of 2.6.17 Statewide Roadshow *

Week of 2.27.17 California Trip *

Week of 3.20.17 New York Trip *

3.30.17 TENN Finale in Nashville

* Dates tentative

What is the time commitment of The TENN program?

This is not a traditional (65-75 hour/week) accelerator.  The TENN is virtual and will require between two to three hours per week dedicated to LaunchTN team calls, mentor meetings and metrics tracking.

As it relates to the in-state and out-of-state travel outlined in the timeline above, the expectation is that each team has the appropriate member present and engaged at 100% of the events and activities.

What does The TENN program cost for startups?

The TENN teams will not be required to pay for expenses during required travel for the program. LaunchTN will pay for transportation, food, lodging and other travel-related expenses during the various trips, either directly or through a stipend given to the teams.

Are there opportunities to get more information and ask questions of the LaunchTN team?

LaunchTN will host three information calls for eligible companies to learn more about the TENN.

9.13.16 3pm ET / 2pm CT

9.20.16 11am ET / 10am CT

9.27.16 2pm ET / 1pm CT

The call-in details for all three calls is (641) 715-0700, passcode 397939#.  RSVP for a call to

Questions about The TENN program and these FAQs can also be directed to  

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We look forward to reviewing your application!

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