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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.


Innovation Capital Continuum

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.



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.


ICC Venture Fellows

The LaunchTN ICC Venture Fellows Program will provide unique exposure to the Tennessee capital landscape. This program is a competitive opportunity to work part-time inside an active fund and learn basic tenets of startup investing.

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