Tennessee University Business Showcase

Global Action Platform leads the regional showcase to connect university research, investors, and business leaders.


Tennessee University-Business Showcase is a program to connect university research, investors, and business leaders in order to accelerate the innovation economy of Middle Tennessee. With twelve regional colleges and universities and over $4ooM AUM, Middle Tennessee is poised to become a leading regional innovation economy.


Tennessee University-Business Showcase is a collective impact initiative facilitated by Global Action Platform to connect the leading regional universities, LaunchTN, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and over fifty local investors and business leaders in Middle Tennessee in activities to build the innovation ecosystems critical for long term economic stability and prosperity.


Tennessee University-Business Showcase launched in 2017 with a series of forums.  The first  focused on the investment landscape of Middle Tennessee; the second, conducted in partnership with LanuchTN, was a business-pitch competition for Tennessee college students; the third focused on the research and workforce capacities of the universities of the region. The annual agendas focus on innovation hub modedls and strategy, cluster development, investment, regional ecosystems, policy, and other key topics.

Programs, such as the showcase, have proven successful around the country in fostering new, profitable and innovative business ventures and increasing investment in local innovation. 

Tennessee University-Business Showcase

Connecting and mobilzing investors, universities and
businesses to advance the innovation economy of Middle Tennessee

The Tennessee University-Business Showcase is a series of events curated by Global Action Platform in partnership with the major universities of the region and area businesses. 

The program is designed to connect leaders from three sectors critical to the economic future of the region, but sectors that are traditionally siloed, namely leaders from the region’s 

major investment firms, 
university research institutions, and 
business start-up leaders and communities.  

The program engages the current 64 investment
funds headquartered in the region, over fifty regional businesses, and the
following major R10R3 universities and institutions--

  • Vanderbilt University
  • Belmont University
  • Tennessee Tech
  • Tennessee State University
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Austin Peay State University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Lipscomb University
  • Fisk University
  • Trevecca University
  • Cumberland University
  • University of the South
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities

The goals of the Showcase are to:

  • Increase regional prosperity and economic growth
    through improved university-business engagement, i.e., strengthen the
    innovation economy ecosystem (the university-business-investment matrix) of Middle
  • Increase global market awareness and global
    market share for regional businesses and universities in Middle Tennessee;
  • Increase capture of graduates, IP, and the
    creation of new businesses from local investors and universities
  • Engage regional universities in planning and
    co-presenting with Global Action Platform leadership programs to inform regional
    research and business services;
  • Improve knowledge of local researchers of the
    investment priorities and goals of local investors and businesses to increase
    better alignment of local research with local economic needs/opportunities;
  • Engage region’s leading investors and business
    leaders in development and participation in the showcase events; and
  • Increase investment from regional investors in
    the research and tech transfer opportunities from regional universities to create
    new local companies.


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