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LaunchTN announces third cohort of Community Partner Program awardees

For the third cohort of the Community Partner Program, Launch Tennessee provided funding for 10 projects ranging from a daylong summit for marginalized businesses to entrepreneur bootcamps.

“We created the Community Partner Program to provide funding to organizations implementing entrepreneurial support programs and resources in their communities,” Launch Tennessee Development Coordinator Morgan Beam said. 

By the numbers – CPP cohort 3
36: applications received
10: project awarded
600+: entrepreneurs projected to be served
29: counties impacted between January and June 2024

CPP Cohort 3 projects

  • Darrell S. Freeman Sr. Incubation and Innovation Center at Fisk University  – Bankable Business Bootcamp will combine education, individualized mentorship, and pro-bono resources to help minority-owned business owners build the financial knowledge base and foundation they need to increase capital access.
  • Duofounder – The ImpactTN event will convene industry mentors with pre-seed and seed stage founders to foster connections, provide mentorship, and empower Tennessee’s entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into successful ventures.
  • Ayers Foundation Trust – CO.STARTERS at Ayers Entrepreneur Center will provide programming for community-based entrepreneur support throughout the Southern Middle region.
  • ScaleUp Business Conference – The 2024 conference will be a three-day gathering giving business owners the tools they need to scale their companies. The theme of this year’s conference is Utilizing AI to Scale your Business & Mental Wellness for Entrepreneurs.
  • Shora Foundation –  The Roots Collective will include a pitch competition, networking events, workshops, and a one-day summit for marginalized and disadvantaged businesses in Knoxville.
  • Hickman County Economic & Community Development Association  – The Community Leaders Training event will educate Hickman County leadership (as well as leadership from surrounding 13 counties) on the importance of creating an entrepreneurship ecosystem. They will also run a CO.STARTERS Bootcamp supporting entrepreneurs in Hickman and surrounding counties.
  • Bunker Labs and Syracuse University on behalf of its D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families Veterans in Residence & Ambassador Program will provide support within Tennessee — specifically the Veterans in Residence cohort program in Nashville and virtually for all entrepreneurs across TN and the Ambassador cohort program in Nashville and Chattanooga.  
  • Start Co. – Open Innovation Network events and programs in partnership with Ford Next via the Ford Urbanite Challenge will engage startups and innovators in creating solutions to solve urban mobility challenges in the City of Memphis.
  • Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC)  – The Mind Your Business Series will consist of free classes taught by subject matter experts to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs scale and ongoing one-on-one support services and resources including Quickbooks training, grants, and more for Memphis entrepreneurs. 
  • Downtown District Consulting  – The Destination Entrepreneur Summit will engage local entrepreneurs and small business owners to position themselves as a Destination Business to attract more local customers, increase sales and profits, and lower their marketing costs.

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