Student founders are core to Tennessee’s strong tech talent pool. LaunchTN and our partners offer resources such as events, programs, business support and more to catalyze campus-based innovation.
36|86: Student Edition
36|86: Student Edition, a dedicated event that’s part of 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival, is a platform for student entrepreneurs to access funding, marketing support and community/corporate resources.
Discover Entrepreneurship Program
The Discover Entrepreneurship Program (DEP) introduces your students to skills critical for success in today’s job market. Students will have an opportunity to flex their creative muscles, engage with the community and explore career paths in the tech and innovation space.
LaunchTN partnered with the Tennessee Board of Regents and Southwest Tennessee Community College to bring the LaunchCode program to Tennessee in 2019. LaunchCode, a nonprofit organization based out of St. Louis, MO, strives to build a skilled workforce by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology.
The Microgrants Program is available to qualifying Tennessee-based early-stage companies that are developing technology with a plan for advancing it into the marketplace. Microgrants support grant-writing assistance for an SBIR/STTR award, grant-writing assistance for a commercialization-oriented research grant outside of SBIR/STTR, and engaging technical expertise.
Mentor Networks: Student Edition
In this eight-month mentoring program for early-stage Tennessee student-founded companies, STEM-focused startups will connect with a network of valuable guidance and resources while the founders continue to pursue their degrees.