It started with 36 competitors, was reduced to five finalists, and ultimately ended with Torch capturing the top prize and $50,000 as Launch Tennessee’s “36|86 Conference” wrapped-up late Tuesday afternoon in Nashville. The Chattanooga company bested another East Tennessee start-up – Vendor Registry of Knoxville – and three Atlanta competitors. Each of the finalists won a preliminary round in two-minute pitches that pitted start-ups participating in “Village 36” against each other.
Memphis Business Journal
Launch Tennessee’s 36|86 conference in Nashville drew record attendance this year. The conference, which was held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center June 7-8, attracted more than 950 people. “We could not be more pleased with the engagement, participation and enthusiasm demonstrated at this year’s event,” said Courtney Corlew, director of 36|86. “In its four years, 36|86 has grown to be a must-attend event for entrepreneurs and investors across the Southeast and beyond.”
Until a couple of weeks ago, we didn’t know much about equity crowdfunding. (Thanks to Startup Southerner contributor Alexander Davie for fixing that.) And thanks to an informative session at 36|86 yesterday, we now know even more. The rules recently changed, opening up the opportunity for more and smaller startups to leverage this funding mechanism, so here’s what you need to know…
Atlanta companies dominated in this year’s 36|86 conference earlier this week in Nashville. Split, Kevy and RightPatient took three of the top five spots.36 – 86 is an annual startup conference bringing about a hundred investors from around the southeast and d-c area. About a thousand attendees voted on the finalists and a panel of v-c judges picked the ultimate winner.
Venture Nashville Connections
New York- and Austin-based Mitchell served on a panel of startup pitch judges during last week’s 36|86 conference in Nashville last week. Chattanooga startup Torch (VESTA Technology) won, taking home the $50K cash prize. Torch offers a wi-fi router to help parents curate media content accessible to their children.
Nashville Business Journal
Bringing one of the largest venture capital firms to Nashville is par for the course for Launch Tennessee’s 36|86 Conference. The annual two-day event on Southern culture and entrepreneurship was held this week at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. See who and what you missed by clicking through the photos with this story.
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