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Entrepreneurs, lawmakers come together during Innovation Week

NASHVILLE, TN – January 24, 2023 – People connected to Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem — from startup founders and lawmakers to investors and nonprofit leaders — will soon gather for five days of innovation, advocacy and connection. 

LaunchTN’s Innovation Week is slated for March 27-31. 

The week, which showcases the state’s entrepreneurship successes, grew out of LaunchTN’s annual effort to increase the visibility of startups and innovation in the Volunteer State. 

“Tennessee is unique because we have a really strong, state-wide entrepreneurial community,” LaunchTN CEO Lindsey Cox said. “Innovation Week is a great time to have everyone involved in that community together. The value of getting all these great minds in one place can’t really be overstated.”  

The free event will: 

– showcase the state’s innovators and innovation assets

– include advocacy for Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

– connect lawmakers, startup founders, investors, mentors and other leaders in the entrepreneurial space 

The week will include some invite-only events for LaunchTN’s Network Partners, while other events are open to the public. 

March 29 is LaunchTN’s annual public meeting. 

During the Innovators Summit, on March 30, there will be lab tours that showcase the work scientists do in the hopes of commercializing it, as well as educational sessions and networking opportunities. 

Friday will see popup events across the state at regional entrepreneur centers.

Last year’s event drew more than 700 people to the area.


About Launch Tennessee

Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) is a public-private partnership that supports entrepreneurship and economic development with a goal to make Tennessee the most startup friendly state. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit we are uniquely positioned to provide direct investment, while also supporting collaboration among founders, investors, researchers, the private sector, institutions, and government. We foster entrepreneurship, technology advancement and workforce development through capital access, commercialization, mentorship, marketing and partnerships. 


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