Launch Tennessee Kicks Off Blackstone Specialist Program Within State’s Startup Accelerator Network

Now accepting applications for this summer’s cohorts

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--()--The Blackstone Specialist Program – presented by The Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Launch Tennessee – officially opened applications today. The program is seeking talent from across the country to come to Tennessee to be “specialists” in the state’s unique network of nine regional startup accelerators.

The specialists will either work directly with an accelerator’s executive director on business planning, early-stage financing, marketing, event planning and other key strategic focuses or be paired with one or more startups in the program to work on UX, UI, development research and other areas. Specialists will receive a $2,000 stipend from Launch Tennessee along with location-specific offers from each program.

“Tennessee’s accelerator programs are already recruiting the brightest entrepreneurs to solve tomorrow’s problems, so we created the specialist program to expand these efforts,” said Launch Tennessee CEO Charlie Brock. “Our accelerator programs cover a wide variety of industries, which will give specialists an expansive range to choose from. We expect this to be a very valuable experience for the specialists and the startups participating in the accelerator programs.”

Current college students and recent graduates can apply for the program at http://launchtn.org/specialist-program. Applications are due by May 9.

Specialists will be placed in the following upcoming programs: GIGTANK in Chattanooga; ZeroTo510 in Memphis; autoXLR8R in Tullahoma; Start Co., including the Seed Hatchery, Upstart, SparkGap and Sky High cohorts in Memphis; and Jumpstart Foundry in Nashville. For additional program details, visit http://launchtn.org/specialist-program.

About Launch Tennessee

Launch Tennessee is a public-private partnership focused on supporting the development of high-growth companies in the state of Tennessee with the ultimate goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 place in the Southeast to start and grow a company. Launch Tennessee focuses on four key areas: entrepreneurship, commercialization, capital formation and outreach. Launch Tennessee is in part funded by a grant from the State of Tennessee. Please friend Launch Tennessee on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/LaunchTN), Twitter (www.Twitter.com/LaunchTN), YouTube (www.YouTube.com/LaunchTN) and Flickr (www.Flickr.com/LaunchTN).

About The Blackstone Charitable Foundation

The Blackstone Charitable Foundation was founded at the time of The Blackstone Group’s Initial Public Offering in 2007 with substantial commitments from the Firm’s employees. Influenced by the enterprising heritage of the firm and its founders, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation is directing its resources and applying the intellectual capital of the firm to foster entrepreneurship in areas hardest hit by the global economic crisis. Through its investment expertise across several asset classes and geographies, Blackstone has a unique perspective on the global economy and a heightened understanding of how entrepreneurial activity is often the crucial catalyst in the growth of successful businesses, industries and communities. (For more information, see www.blackstone.com/CharitableFoundation.htm)

Contacts

The Bradford Group
Caitlin Varley, 615-515-4888
caitlin@bradfordgroup.com

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Contacts

The Bradford Group
Caitlin Varley, 615-515-4888
caitlin@bradfordgroup.com