LaunchTN Looks to Put Tennessee VC Scene on the Map
February 13, 2014
Big things get started in Tennessee. Memphis, for one, is the home of Sun Records, the label that helped launch the careers of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison. Five hours east of Memphis sits the "Secret City," Oak Ridge, which was established in 1942 as a production center for the newly formed Manhattan Project. Fast-forward to today, and a new public-private partnership, tucked away in the Wells Fargo building in downtown Nashville, has high aims to continue that tradition well into the 21st century.
Established by Gov. Bill Haslam in 2011, Launch Tennessee is behind nine regional accelerators that are trying to make Tennessee “the No. 1 place in the Southeast to start and build” high-growth businesses. Spearheading the effort is Charlie Brock, Launch Tennessee’s president and CEO, who is criss-crossing the country to raise attention for the Volunteer State and its startup community.
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