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Launch Tennessee


Nashville, TN

Build to Scale Program

Venture Challenge

Project Name

LaunchTN Industry Networks Expansion

Award Amount

Federal Share

Local Match

$2 million

$2 million

This EDA investment will support implementation of the Industry Networks Expansion to achieve greater results across the Tri-Cities, Greater Knoxville, Greater Chattanooga, Cookeville, Greater Nashville, Jackson, and Greater Memphis regions. This project’s objectives are to:

  • further Tennessee's technology assets and prior work with the advanced energy, agricultural technology, automotive/mobility, and life science industry sectors, and to add new industry sectors: consumer products/advanced manufacturing and financial technology, bolstering an already proven Industry Networks model, increasing Tennessee’s commercialization programs, and furthering job creation;
  • expand a statewide implementation of entrepreneurs-in-residence (EIR) programs, leading to further connectivity in targeted regions; and
  • ensure founders and companies in key industries have support accessing early-stage capital.

Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE)

Build To Scale (B2S)
formerly Regional Innovation Strategies Program (RIS)

SPRINT Challenge

STEM Talent Challenge

Accelerate R2 Network Challenge

National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE)

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