Launch Tennessee Kicks Off Blackstone Specialist Program

Within State’s Startup Accelerator Network

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The Blackstone Specialist Program – presented by The Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Launch Tennessee – officially opened applications Wednesday. The program is seeking talent from across the country to come to Tennessee to be “specialists” in the state’s 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 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.

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