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Launch Tennessee ramps up momentum to 3686 Conference with “Southern Series”

Partners Including Paul Singh (Disruption Corp.) and David Cummings (Atlanta Tech Village) and ConvergeSE/The Iron Yard to Co-Host Regional Series


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Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 5, 2015 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announces today the selection of three partners for its 3686 Conference Southern Series.

  • April 2, 2015 – Atlanta Tech Village, Atlanta, GA
  • April 7, 2015 – Disruption Corp., Arlington, VA
  • April 15, 2015 – ConvergeSE & The Iron Yard, Columbia, SC

Each event provides an opportunity for regional startup celebration and to identify the very best entrepreneurs located throughout the Southeast. Ten startups will be selected to pitch at each stop on The Southern Series, where winners will advance to LaunchTN’s inaugural 36|86 conference in June for the opportunity to win cash prizes, including $36,000 to the winner.  All Southern Series winners selected to attend 36|86 will receive a travel and lodging stipend.

“We are seeking the top southeastern entrepreneurs, pure and simple,” says LaunchTN CEO Charlie Brock. “The Southern Series winners coming to 36|86 will experience the center of southern entrepreneurship and culture connecting the doers, makers, innovators and investors from across the country.”

Startups can apply to pitch at these events by visiting https://app2.pitchburner.com/s1/site/36_86

“Our mission is to support and inspire entrepreneurs to achieve success through a community that promotes faster connections between talent, ideas and capital,” says Atlanta Tech Village Founder David Cummings. “The 36|86 Southern Series is an opportunity to strengthen regional connections and create valuable opportunities for Atlanta’s startup community.”

Before founding the 103,000 s.f. Atlanta Tech Village, Cummings engineered a $95 million exit from the sale of marketing automation startup Pardot, now part of Salesforce, in 2013.

“We see great teams and great tech coming out of the southeast, says Paul Singh, Disruption Corp. founder and CEO.  “Launch Tennessee has helped put this region on the map in the startup and investment world and for Crystal Tech Fund that means more visibility into the most investable high-growth opportunities here.”

Previously a partner at David McClure’s 500 Startups, Singh left Mountain View, Ca. to establish Disruption Corp. in Arlington, Va. Singh currently serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and DHS/USCIS.

Says Peter Barth, Co-Founder and CEO of The Iron Yard in Greenville, SC, “Supporting entrepreneurs locally is essential to our economy, but it does not live solely within our state lines. Partnering with LaunchTN expands the horizons and collective learning of regional entrepreneurs and investors. We expand our opportunities by collaborating on a regional level.”

For more information on 36|86, visit www.thirtysixeightysix.com.

About Launch TennesseeLaunch Tennessee (LaunchTN) is a public-private partnership dedicated to supporting high-growth entrepreneurs with the goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 state in the Southeast for entrepreneurs to start and grow a company.


For all 36|86 details, visit www.thirtysixeightysix.com

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