Tennessee APEX Accelerator

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APEX Accelerator

Tennessee APEX Accelerator (formerly TN PTAC) assists businesses in competing successfully in federal, state and local government contracting. 

In 2022, our Tennessee APEX Accelerator counselors had 854 active clients that received a total of 1,206 contracts awards totaling more than $300 million.

The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services has provided these services since 1986.This APEX Accelerator is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense. Tennessee APEX Accelerator services are delivered to you at no charge. 

Since calendar year (CY) 2000, our Tennessee APEX Accelerator counselors have worked with more than 500 companies in Tennessee annually. Overall, since CY 2000, Tennessee APEX Accelerator counselors have assisted in more than 25,000 contract awards which have generated more than $9.4 billion in contract dollars. 

Watch this video to learn more​ and Watch a recent Webinar on the All Small Business Mentor Protégé Program​​

This APEX Accelerator is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense. For more information, contact apex@tennessee.edu


About Tennessee APEX Accelerator

Tennessee APEX Accelerator is powerful because it connects small businesses with the federal government. The Department of Defense funds the program to increase the number of vendors capable of performing on government contracts. Learn more about what Tennessee APEX Accelerator does to assist businesses in competing successfully in federal, state and local government contracting. 

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Tennessee APEX Accelerator Training

Training courses available through Tennessee APEX Accelerator occur throughout the year in three distinct Tennessee regions and cover a variety of relevant topics for businesses seeking government contracts, from cyber security to doing business with certain branches of government, to general info sessions.

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The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program encourages small businesses to engage in federal research and development (R&D) and commercialization, while the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program includes joint ventures with research institutions.

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Cybersecurity is a growing threat to businesses in today's day and age. Our Tennessee APEX Accelerator team has the resources you need to stay safe and secure while increasing your company's resilience against cyber threats.

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Tennessee APEX Accelerator Advanced Topics

Advanced Topics

Click here to learn more about the specialized procurement services that Tennessee APEX Accelerator offers as well as rules, regulations and forms.

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Meet Our Experts

The Tennessee APEX Accelerator team is here to serve every region of Tennessee. Click the button below to learn more about our team members and how they are here to serve your organization.

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Getting Started

Learn more about how to become a new client, register in federal databases and start selling to state government.

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