36|86 is the Southeast region’s marquee event for entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders. The conference highlights the best early-stage companies in the Southeast region while discussing how innovations by Southeastern startups in traditional regional industries are reshaping the region and positioning it to lead the country’s next wave of entrepreneurship.

Nashville, Tennessee and the Southeast are prime spots for new and growing businesses. 36|86 connects all the dots in a four-day event that raises the bar for entrepreneurial excellence every year.

Do, Make, Innovate

In the months leading up to the conference (in June), Launch Tennessee travels across the Southeast in search of top startups. At 36|86 road show events, local entrepreneurs pitch their companies, and the best are selected to join Village 36, a group of the Southeast’s most innovative startups.

The competition heats up during the conference, where Village 36 startups compete for $50,000 in funding and benefit from high-value networking, investor connections and media exposure.

Join us on June 4-7 for 36|86 2017

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Notes from the 2017 TENN Roadshow

Growth-stage startups in TENN Master Accelerator gain critical business development and investor connections

Launch Tennessee’s TENN Master Accelerator cohort of eight companies recently wrapped the Tennessee leg of its annual Roadshow. The startup founders met with investors, mentors and business leaders around the state, providing a warmup for upcoming trips to New York and San Francisco in March that will provide critical exposure … read more

Specialist program preps tomorrow’s business leaders

Launch Tennessee’s paid internship program gives college students real-world startup experience

Want to hear from other Specialists about their experience? Discover how Launch Tennessee’s Specialist Program gave college students a valuable window into entrepreneurship. Launch Tennessee is accepting applications until Feb. 20 for the next Specialists cohort, a 13-week paid summer internship that pairs university students with Entrepreneur Centers and startups, … read more