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June 15, 2020 | Tom Ballard

#BuildInSE *Beta* initiative launched with focus on 10 states

Two Tennessee entrepreneur centers at opposite ends of the Volunteer State are among the five listed as founding participants in a new initiative named the #BuildInSE Alliance.

CO.LAB in Chattanooga and Start Co. in Memphis are listed along with the Atlanta Tech Village, Embarc Collective (Tampa), and HQ Raleigh as the first Alliance members committed to leveraging “the collective resources from neighboring ecosystems to support founders as they launch and scale their businesses.”

At least for now, the geographic focus is on 10 states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.”

The new initiative was formally announced in an email blast last Wednesday where the #BuildInSE Alliance *Beta* was described as “a curated network of the Southeast region’s leading start-up organizations that share a common mission to increase the number of start-up success stories in the Southeast.”

The website also lists a six-person team that includes Monique Villa of Nashville, one of the Co-Founders. We spotlighted the then fairly new resident of Music City in this article from a year ago.

In addition to listing the key players, the website also includes what is presented as a manifesto that describes “Who We Are” and “The Future We Want” for the 10-state region. In addition, there is an open invitation for like-minded organizations to join the effort. Qualifying criteria include “high-quality programming, office space, and community.”

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