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Investor Programs

Launch Tennessee encourages private investment at the crucial early stages of a startup’s journey. Capital availability has never been stronger; Tennessee is #2 in the Southeast for growth in venture investment over the last five years. We offer a range of opportunities to catalyze additional capital flow.

Angel Tax Credit

The Angel Tax Credit incentivizes support from new and existing angel investors, thereby providing more early-stage capital for Tennessee startups. Angels can earn up to $50,000 in tax credits against their Hall Income tax liability for their investments in pre-qualified startups.

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Equity Initiatives

The LaunchTN Innovation Capital Continuum includes three equity initiatives: the Impact Fund, the Blended Capital Fund, and the Follow-on Fund. 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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INCITE Fund

The $29M INCITE Co-Investment Fund was established in 2011 as part of Governor BIll Haslam’s initiative to create jobs through investment in small, high potential companies.

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