Press Releases

Launch Tennessee Continues to Build Out All-Star Lineup for 36|86

Nashville, Tenn., March 24, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announces the addition of Cat Clifford (, David Windley (IQ Talent Partners), Geri Stengel (Ventureneer & Forbes Contributor), Dr. Denise Gosnell (Pokitdok), and Yao Huang (The Hatchery). Matt Ruby, Founder of video startup company Vooza, is also confirmed to serve as … read more

LaunchTN Statewide University Venture Challenge

Launch Tennessee is pleased to announce the launch of the Statewide University Venture Challenge. We have selected 17 entrepreneurial focused competitions which are being hosted by ten Tennessee-based universities The goal of the statewide Venture Challenge is to create a more connected entrepreneurial community by engaging existing university programs. Additionally, … read more

36|86 Announces 2nd Round of Speakers & Sponsors!

Square Co-Founder Jim McKelvey, Google Ventures, SeedInvest, North Bridge Venture Partners, Blackstone and More Make Plans For 36|86 Nashville, Tenn., February 23, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today the addition of Jim McKelvey (Square), Tyson Clark (Google Ventures), Pelli Wang (SeedInvest), Paul Santinelli (North Bridge Venture Partners), and Vijay Balasubramaniyan … read more

Investors Pour $280 Million Into Tennessee Startups

Surges in Growth Stage Investment and Diversification of Business Sectors Validate Maturation of Tennessee as a Startup Mecca

Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today that Tennessee businesses attracted more than $280 million from investors in 2015, bringing aggregate investment in the state’s startups to more than $945 million since the private-public partnership began tracking investment data in 2012. Investment activity last year was marked by a 7% increase in … read more

LaunchTN Announces Plans for Statewide University Pitch Competition

Nashville, Tenn., January 25, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today plans to launch a Statewide University Venture Challenge. LaunchTN plans to partner with existing university competitions, offering financial and programmatic support, as well as the opportunity to compete against other university winners. To complement existing university challenges across Tennessee, … read more

36|86 Announces First Round of 2016 Speakers

Marquee Investors, Influencers and Media Head For LaunchTN’s 36|86 Startup Conference Delta Air Lines, Dell, Nashville Chamber, Softlayer and Pinnacle among early sponsors Nashville, Tenn., January 21, 2016 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announced today new speaker and sponsor commitments. The growing list of confirmed venture capital firms participating in this … read more

LaunchTN Adds Four New Members to its Board of Directors

Nashville, TN – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN), a public-private partnership focused on supporting the creation and development of entrepreneurship throughout Tennessee, announced new members recently added to its Board of Directors. Jack Bailey, Partner & Co-Founder – Bailey Southwell & Co As a partner and co-founder, Mr. Bailey has extensive transactional experience, having served as … read more

Launch Tennessee 36|86 Conference Awards 36|86 Blackstone Award to Jewel Burks, Founder at PartPic

Plus highlights from this week’s regional entrepreneurship conference with Julia Hartz, President of Eventbrite, Warby Parker CTO Lon Binder and more

Pursuing its mission to find and encourage promising startups, Launch Tennessee’s signature conference 36|86 came to a rousing conclusion yesterday, awarding Jewel Burks, the female founder at PartPic, the 36|86 Blackstone Award of $36,000 for best startup overall. “The ecosystem of startups and investors in the southeast is as healthy … read more

Launch Tennessee 36|86 Post-Conference Media Advisory

Thank you, Nashville, for supporting 36|86 and joining us in the celebration of southern entrepreneurship, technology and culture. Our regional conference concluded Wednesday to shouts of approval and applause as our panel of judges awarded the top prize to Jewel Burks, the female founder of PartPic, an exceptional startup among a … read more

Entertainment Lineup Announced for 36|86

June 9th evening concert to feature Marc Broussard and Langhorne Slim

Nashville, Tenn., May 15, 2015 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announces the slated entertainment lineup for 36|86’s evening concert on Tuesday, June 9th. The evening concert will feature Langhorne Slim and Marc Broussard. The Tuesday evening concert is booked through AC Entertainment, the co-producers of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, … read more

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