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.