Earlier this month, Robert McMullan, a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone’s Investor Relations and Business Development Group, and Tony Tolentino, Vice President of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to participate in Launch Tennessee’s 36|86 Conference. The conference, hosted by Blackstone Innovation Grant recipient Launch Tennessee, brings together emerging startups, established business leaders, and strategic investors for a celebration of entrepreneurship and southern culture. This year, it featured 34 southern startups and attracted a national audience.
Founded in May 2012 by Governor Bill Haslam, Launch Tennessee is a public-private partnership dedicated to cultivating high-growth companies in Tennessee. Its key program areas include: promoting entrepreneurship, commercializing intellectual property, promoting capital formation, corporate engagement and outreach to key stakeholders. The Blackstone Charitable Foundation has awarded Launch Tennessee $450,000 over the past three years through the Blackstone Innovation Grants program.