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Launch Tennessee to Host Game-Changing Grant Funding Workshop in Memphis

In partnership with Epicenter, the workshop will walkthrough landing a federal grant opportunity

NASHVILLE – November 8, 2021 – Launch Tennessee, the statewide organization empowering Tennessee’s entrepreneur ecosystem by providing capital and supportive resources is hosting a Small Business Innovation Research workshop on November 17. This workshop will be held in partnership with Epicenter Memphis as part of their outreach efforts to increase the number of federal innovation awards made to the Memphis area. Attendees will get an in-depth walkthrough of the federal SBIR/STTR grant funding opportunities while learning more about state resources available to assist Memphis-based businesses in bringing their innovative ideas to market.

In 2021, LaunchTN matched $700,000 of the $3,00,000 in SBIR awards made to Memphis based startups, totaling 60% overall for the state since program inception. This event is poised to help increase federal dollars and awards significantly in Memphis. “Memphis is a world class city with significant innovation assets, that is uniquely equipped and has an incredible opportunity to think about many of the problems the world faces in new ways, particularly in the development of life sciences, logistics and transportation, and smart city or civic solutions”, shares Charles Layne, Innovation Manager at LaunchTN and a University of Memphis alum.

What: Accelerating Memphis Innovation: A Deep Dive into SBIR/STTR Research Grants

Who: LaunchTN and Epicenter Memphis

When: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 9:00am – 10:30am est

Where: Epicenter Memphis, 150 Peabody Place, Memphis, TN 38103

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About LaunchTN

LaunchTN is a public-private partnership with a vision to make Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation. Our mission is to empower a high-functioning network of resources focused on core priorities that support Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Through our network of Entrepreneur Centers and partner organizations across the state, LaunchTN fosters collaboration among entrepreneurs, the private sector, capital sources, institutions, and government to offer entrepreneurs what they need to succeed and stay in Tennessee to build companies and create jobs.

About Epicenter Memphis

As a nonprofit hub organization, Epicenter leads the Memphis region’s connected and collaborative entrepreneurship movement. Using a systems approach, Epicenter drives strategy and measures impact among a network of economic development, academic, corporate, and government partners to increase support to new and existing tech startups, creative and community-based businesses, student entrepreneurs, and others across multiple industries and stages of growth. Epicenter and its partners connect these entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas to programming, capital, customers, and talent in order to create a just, inclusive, and growing economy that accrues to all Memphians. More information is at www.epicentermemphis.org

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