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Fast-track Your Growth!

Don’t miss the Southeast’s premier gathering of founders, investors and ecosystem builders

Aug. 29-30, 2018 | Nashville

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Aug. 29-30, 2018

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Startup Culture Has Gone Mainstream 

You know where you need to go; 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival is on your fast track to success. It’s a must-attend for entrepreneurs at any stage to tap into the resources they need to grow.

Against the exciting backdrop of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, thought leaders nationwide convene for this two-day, high-impact event to tap into the resources, knowledge, connections and capital that are crucial to maintaining and expanding a competitive position in today’s globalized marketplace.


Video: Hear from A-list speakers, entrepreneurs who found solid leads on customers and capital, investors who came to scout deals and more. Watch now!


Content (And Speakers) To Move You Forward

The 2017 lineup featured Fortune 500 decision-makers, global tech titans, blue-chip investors and high-growth startup successes, such as:

  • AOL Cofounder Steve Case
  • Walmart CTO Jeremy King
  • Sen. Bill Frist, MD
  • FedEx CEO Fred Smith
  • Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam
  • Karen Kerr, Executive Managing Director of GE Ventures
  • Derrick Morgan, Impact Investor and Tennessee Titan
  • Techstars EIR Chris Heivly
  • Victoria Fram, Cofounder & Managing Director of VilCap Investments, LLC
  • UPGRADED Founder & CEO Sandy Khaund
  • Tim Hayden, Cofounder & Managing Director of Stadia Ventures
  • And so many more

If you think this was a strong lineup, just wait until you see what’s in store for 2018–full festival agenda coming soon!


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Build, Scale, Execute − From Wherever You Are

36|86 offers customized tracks for entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem builders with high-impact, immediately actionable programming to help them grow. 

Expect a heavy dose of the entrepreneur-focused growth workshops you loved in 2017, like quick ways to dodge a growth stall, how to use Rockefeller Habits to be a more effective CEO, winning the inbox with smarter email marketing and the foolproof formula to product-market fit.

Other program highlights from 2017 include

  • Why Corporate VC Is A Startup’s Secret Weapon
  • Surprising Trends in Sports Tech
  • Leveraging Geography As A Growth Asset
  • How to Maximize Unfair Advantages in Diversity

Plus we brought you industry-specific content like How the 3D-Printed Car Can Redefine Manufacturing; VIP-only events; live AMAs with Techstars, Slack and Sen. Bill Frist, MD; women investing in women networking events and so much more.

For 2018 you’ll get compelling keynotes, hands-on panel sessions and real-time events like Reverse Pitch to help you tackle all aspects of growing a business, from how to build a go-to-market strategy and scale a sales organization, to executing on your mission Every. Single. Day.


Full festival agenda coming soon!


Hot New Venues For 2018!

Downtown Nashville’s hottest locales will host 2018’s multi-track, multi-venue festival. Think BB King’s, Wildhorse Saloon, Acme Feed & Seed and more of Music City’s best.

Plus, for the first time ever, the 36|86 VIP Afterparty is at Nashville’s favorite outdoor music festival, Live On The Green. With exclusive backstage access you won’t want to miss!


Find The Venture Capital You Need

In 2017, 36|86 attracted investors from 102 firms across the country. More than a third of all attendees were investors looking for their next big deal. These capital partners consistently rank 36|86 among their favorite opportunities for meaningful networking with potential new investments. Join us in August and find out why!

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