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March 26, 2023 | Tom Ballard

It’s here, “Innovation Week” that is

The celebration of start-ups and the entrepreneurs and innovations behind those new ventures starts in Nashville before expanding later in the week to events and opportunities across the Volunteer State.

March 27 marks the beginning of Launch Tennessee’s “Innovation Week 2023” that celebrates start-ups and the entrepreneurs and innovations behind those new ventures. The first three days are focused on events in Nashville, while the final two days include activities across the Volunteer State.

March 27: There’s an invitation only event for those who are partners with one of Launch Tennessee’s network partners.

March 28: The focus is on meetings with state legislators during the day followed by a reception for legislators, sponsored by Pinnacle Financial Partners, from 4 to 7 p.m. CDT at Hastings Architecture, 225 Polk Avenue.

March 29: Launch Tennessee is hosting its “Innovation Summit” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT at the organization’s offices, 1321 Sixth Avenue North. That will be followed by an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. CDT. Starting at 6 p.m. CDT, a new initiative named INNOVATE Nashville will hold a launch party to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation energy in the Nashville region. It will be held at The Wond’ry, Vanderbilt University’s innovation center (invitation and registration information can be found in this document Nashville Invitation – Final). 

March 30: There are back-to-back morning tours of three facilities in Nashville – Cumberland Emerging Technologies Life Science Incubator, The Wond’ry at Vanderbilt University, and Tennessee State University’s Food Science Research Center – and an afternoon tour in Knoxville of the Spark Innovation Center and University of Tennessee Research Park.

March 31: From Memphis to Kingsport, there are events in six cities that range from open houses to co-working opportunities.

Everything is free, but pre-registration is required. To see the full agenda and register for any of these events, click here.

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