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March 30, 2020 | Tom Ballard

LaunchTN, State’s COVID-19 Unified Command announce major initiative focused initially on coronavirus

Launch Tennessee and the State of Tennessee’s COVID-19 Unified Command have announced a major initiative that is focused on helping address challenges related to the coronavirus sweeping across the globe and impacting the lives of Tennesseans.

Called the “Tennessee Innovation Crowdsource Platform,” the effort is designed to “leverage the collective power of creative problem-solvers, innovators, and industry experts to rapidly solve critical issues facing communities at scale,” according to the new addition to Launch TN’s website. “We are seeking proposals from companies that have an existing solution or one that can quickly pivot to address immediate challenges due to COVID-19.”

Margaret Dolan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Launch Tennessee, said the effort is drawing on the expertise of Knoxville’s Vendor Registry which works to connect government procurement administrators and those wanting to provide goods and services. Initially, the effort will be seeking proposals in two areas:

  • General COVID-19 needs with focus areas including healthcare system demand management/planning, resource mapping, mental health, and consumer engagement with local businesses; and
  • Medical materials including masks, gowns, shields, swabs, testing kits, sanitizer, and gloves.

Those interested in being considered for either of these or other potential upcoming solicitations are asked to register at this link.

“We’re honored that Governor (Bill) Lee, Director (Stuart) McWhorter, and the COVID-19 Unified Command have placed their trust in LaunchTN and the creative power of our statewide ecosystem, and we’re eager to put that power to work to expedite solutions to the critical needs our state faces right now,” Dolan said.

Here’s the news release (LaunchTN COVID-19 Announcement) on yesterday’s announcement.