The 21 projects that make up CPP cohort 2 were selected from 38 submissions.
Among other areas of interest, resources for food entrepreneurship emerged as a prominent need within the applications, prompting LaunchTN to allocate funding toward four food and beverage accelerator programs.
Funding for Proof Restaurant Resiliency Food and Beverage Entrepreneur Ecosystem Services:
- Fayetteville Main Street
- Hickman County Economic & Community Development Association
- Giles County Chamber of Commerce Inc.
- Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Austin Peay State University (TSBDC)
CO.STARTERS’ cohort-based programming for community-based entrepreneur support will be funded for two CPP awardees:
Additional funding will support projects ranging from courses to help military veterans start and grow successful businesses to a traveling series that provides free workspace and event space for startups, investors, coders, creatives, and community builders in tech.
- Bunker Labs: supporting veterans in their entrepreneurial journeys statewide.
- Plain Sight’s Tech Tuesdays: Launching in two new locations, Nashville and Chattanooga, Tech Tuesdays provide free workspace and event space for startups, investors, coders, creatives, and community builders in tech.
- Lawrence County Economic Development Foundation’s Female Entrepreneur Summit: a one day seminar to provide local women in business with tools, resources, and actionable advice.
- UT Southern Turner Center’s Small Business Mentoring Network Guidebook and Southern Middle Tennessee Regional Training Summit: a new Guidebook for the UT Southern Business Mentoring Network Program and a Regional Summit Train-the-Trainer opportunity for economic development leaders across Southern Middle Tennessee.
- Corner to Corner’s Academy: a ten-week training program that equips new entrepreneurs with tools to plan, start and grow a small business.
- Chattanooga Business Elite’s Chattanooga Black Business Month Level Up Business Summit and Business Development Resources: a business summit covering a range of topics relevant to African American entrepreneurs and business owners. Educational resources and a comprehensive resource guide will be supplied, providing valuable information and support for aspiring and existing African American business owners.
- The Innov865 Alliance’s Innov865 Week and Startup Day: a weeklong celebration of Knoxville’s entrepreneurial spirit that brings together startups, entrepreneurs, makers, investors, business leaders, students, and community leaders from across East Tennessee for a week of educational panels, pitch competitions, investor roundtables, and social events.
- Capacity “Funding that Fits” online workshop: Translated from the existing Capital Strategy Workshop, this online, self-guided, four-part workshop will educate entrepreneurs on all capital options, helping them understand the specific funding that aligns with their business objectives.
- Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce’s Avanzando (Advancing) Entrepreneur Training: an 8-week course in Spanish for small business owners from primarily Davidson, Rutherford, and Sumner counties which provides an overview of best practices for establishing a new business in TN, or scaling up a business.
- Create Appalachia’s Arts@Work Economic Development Summit: a conference designed to share knowledge, identify regional challenges and opportunities and connect entrepreneurs and small entertainment media and related businesses so that they can work together to create jobs as the motion picture and entertainment media industry grows in Northeast TN and Southwest VA.
- The Chattery’s Bloom Creative Summit: a one-day conference in Chattanooga designed to hold space for Black women and non-binary entrepreneurs.
- Kaifa Events’ The Visionary Series: a series of events that will provide East Tennessee SEDI business owners with information to successfully run a service business.
- Chattanooga Technology Council’s CD Techies: bi-monthly event supporting individuals who are interested in becoming techpreneurs and learning more from mentors and peers.
- BrainTrust’s BrainTrust LIVE: annual conference in Nashville that focuses on learning from the mistakes of business owners, featuring speakers who’ve built very successful companies and are willing to share their mistakes and failures so we can learn from them.
- Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville’s Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training: a year-long intensive training opportunity that empowers working artists to see their creative practice through an entrepreneurial lens.