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Market Access

Curating connections with Tennessee startups

One of the strongest predictors of success for a startup is connectivity with the established business community. Mentorship from an industry leader, for instance, provides insight and lessons-learned precisely when a startup needs guidance.

And likewise, Tennessee businesses have a powerful incentive to engage with startups. As an early adopter, you’re able to capitalize on innovative solutions not yet socialized in the broader business world, gaining instant competitive advantage. As a subject matter expert at workshops and training sessions, you can engage with fresh entrepreneurial talent. 

We offer a number of ways to connect your company with Tennessee’s startup community as first customers, strategic partners, or advisors. Here are a few opportunities for curated connections:

Our mentorship programs focus on creating relationships between established businesses and Tennessee startups. Apply to connect with a new company via one of our nine network partners. 

LaunchTN and our partners invite specialists and subject matter experts to share practical and applicable advice with founders. Get plugged into a workshop and connect with Tennessee entrepreneurs. 

Become a startup customer or strategic partner. LaunchTN will source the appropriate startup for your needs and facilitate an introduction, curate a pitch, or help initiate a pilot.


Lab Share is a statewide network that makes facilities and equipment accessible to early-stage Tennessee companies focused on commercializing research. The platform provides startups access to lab space, for a nominal fee, to build prototypes or products. 

Our capital team can help fill your pipeline with potential strategic investments in high-growth-potential startups in our network. LaunchTN also has capital to co-invest with you where our investment theses align.

Attend the TENNovation Roundtable, a quarterly gathering of your peers who oversee innovation initiatives in a corporate or institutional setting. Roundtables will include facilitated and informal conversations about engaging with startups and developing innovation programs within your team. 

Interested in becoming a Market Access Partner?

Contact brittany@launchtn.org to create a customized roadmap that matches your business needs and interests. 

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