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Launch Tennessee Community Partner Program celebrates success of second cohort

By Morgan Beam

Launch Tennessee’s Community Partner Program is celebrating the success of the second cohort serving entrepreneurs across the state.

LaunchTN created the Community Partner Program (CPP) to provide funding to organizations implementing entrepreneurial support programs and resources in their communities. 

CPP Cohort 2’s collective impact reached 44 Tennessee counties and served more than 1,400 entrepreneurs from July to December of 2023. 

LaunchTN received 38 submissions from non-profits, businesses, and academic institutions statewide. 

After a rigorous review process, the organization selected 21 awardees and distributed a total of $196,400. 

Funded projects included four food and beverage accelerator programs, two CO.STARTERS cohort-based programs for community-based entrepreneur support, and a range of other projects, including monthly tech-based coworking and events, speaker series and summits, educational resources for founders, and other creative initiatives to support entrepreneurs.

One funded program was the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce’s Avanzando (Advancing) Entrepreneur Training, which is an eight-week course, conducted in Spanish, for small business owners. The training provided an overview of best practices for establishing a new business or scaling up a business in Tennessee.

“As a result of Launch Tennessee CPP funding, we were able to host 20 Latine entrepreneurs in our fall cohort,” Chamber President and CEO Delfine Fox said. “These leaders were all very thankful for the program and gained so much insight into the start up of a business.” 

CPP Cohort 2 included a portion of funding dedicated to Tennessee’s Southern Middle region, a deliberate effort to increase LaunchTN’s impact in this region by connecting entrepreneurs in the area with startup resources. Of the 21 awardees, seven were Southern Middle organizations. 

Participants in Turner Center for Rural Vitality at University of Tennessee Southern’s “Building a Small Business Mentoring Ecosystem in Southern Middle Tennessee”

One of the Southern Middle CPP awardees was the Turner Center for Rural Vitality at University of Tennessee Southern, which organized an event titled “Building a Small Business Mentoring Ecosystem in Southern Middle Tennessee.”  

An attendee of the event said, “This is the first time in my life I have ever heard anyone celebrate and encourage the economy of the small towns and rural regions.  This could be a very positive revolution for our way of life…..and all the newcomers who are moving here to join in.”

Click HERE to learn more about CPP Cohort 2 awards.

LaunchTN is proud to support the amazing work of organizations serving entrepreneurs in their communities. CPP funding is one of many ways the organization bolsters the entrepreneurial ecosystem statewide.  

CPP Cohort Three is currently underway, with projects coming to a close June 30. Stay tuned to LaunchTN blog posts to learn more about our CPP awardees! 

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