Networking in San Francisco helps Knoxville startups

Guest blog by Charlie Brock, CEO of Launch Tennessee.
As you may have read in my posts earlier this week, Launch Tennessee has taken The TENN – our inaugural master accelerator program for 10 of Tennessee’s top startups – to California this week to network with entrepreneurs, investors and media.
It’s already been a busy week. The TENN founders have visited two San Francisco co-working spaces and had a tour and meeting at Google. Wednesday, we gave the teams a chance to experience San Francisco on their own with a free day for them to set up networking meetings with investors, entrepreneurs and thought leaders in Silicon Valley – a chance to begin fostering relationships that could prove very valuable in the coming months and years.
Wednesday night The TENN teams will reunite at Barrel House, an invitation-only venue catering to the creative community, for “Southland in San Francisco,” which will bring together Silicon Valley investors, entrepreneurs and tech media for a Southern-flavored event celebrating a great year in Tennessee entrepreneurship, as well as the recent announcement about Southland 2014. Complete with BBQ and Tennessee whiskey, this is the perfect chance for The TENN founders to show some of San Francisco’s startup leaders what Tennessee is doing.
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 fostering job creation and economic growth.  Brock can be reached at or @cebrock on Twitter.