Program Helps With Jobs

The Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Centers (SMTEC) is part of Governor Haslam’s Jobs4TN plan and a foundational component of the region’s economic development strategy while creating a network of partnerships and mentors within the local business community, the statewide investor base, higher education, non-profits and government.
Haslam said, “Startup companies have the potential to be a significant source of job creation, and we want to give local entrepreneurs their best chances for success as we work to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Centers TennesSeed Camp™ takes a unique approach to the traditional accelerator program. Utilizing distance learning technology, needs-driven programming, and an organic flow-through, entrepreneurs can focus on their business versus academics. SMTEC also provides seed capital – the third leg of the stool – giving entrepreneurs a “leg up” in bringing their technology, service, or product to the marketplace.
SMTEC’s focus is in the following industry clusters:
• Automotive technology • Aerospace and defense
• Digital media • Bio-agriculture
• Green energy technology • Law enforcement
“Our TennesSeed Camp™ will accelerate the speed in which a young company can enter the marketplace,” stated Dan Marcum, SMTEC executive director, “by connecting entrepreneurs with the resources they need. Our primary objective is to get startup businesses funded so they can create jobs in Tennessee.”
Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Centers serves the counties of Perry, Wayne, Hickman, Lewis, Lawrence, Maury, Giles, Marshall, Lincoln, Bedford, Moore, Coffee, and Franklin; however our TennesSeed Camps™ are open to anyone interested in creating jobs in Tennessee.