36|86: Entrepreneurs, innovation, checkbooks welcome

Posted on: 6/29/17

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Our excerpt from a recent news story on The Tennessean:

“These events help highlight how great a place Tennessee is for innovation and early stage companies,” Smith said. “The word is getting out that Tennessee is one of the best places in the country for startups, and that makes it a lot easier for companies like Aspire to attract investment from world-renowned investors like GV.”

That state-funded Launch Tennessee hosts the event, with the help of corporate sponsors, also sends a powerful message to entrepreneurs outside Tennessee, said Nashville investor Jim Phillips, CEO of XMI business and investment firm.

“It shows to the world that our state government is behind capital formation and thinks that is important for economic development,” Phillips said. “You want to have public policy leaders to understand why business creation and job creation is important.”

Read the full story at The Tennessean