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Launch Tennessee Building Out All-Star Lineup for 3686 Conference

June celebration of southern culture and entrepreneurship adds Paul Singh, Kelly Hoey, John Rich and more

Nashville, Tenn., March 6, 2015 – Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) announces the addition of  hit singer/songwriter John Rich, Paul Singh (Disruption Corporation), Paul Santinelli (North Bridge Venture Partners), Kelly Hoey, Jared Nixon (Shark Branding), Greg Lok (Konica Minolta) and Kristina Montague (The JumpFund) to the roster for 36|86, LaunchTN’s flagship event highlighting the best in southern culture, entrepreneurship and investment.

“I, along with the entire team at Disruption Corporation, am proud to not only be a partner on the 36|86 Southern Series but to also participate at the main event in June,” says Singh. “This region has so much to offer in terms of tech and innovation and 36|86 will be a perfect place to celebrate that. I am excited to be a part of the discussion and entire experience.”

Tickets for 36|86, June 8-10, 2015 at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, are available at www.thirtysixeightysix.com. In addition to access to hundreds of investors and media, 36 southeastern startup companies will compete for a $36,000 non-equity grand prize. The selection process is ongoing including the 36|86 Southern Series of events in Atlanta, Columbia, SC, and Arlington, Va.

“I am thrilled to be a part of 36|86,” says Hoey. “I look forward to sharing my experiences and expertise while getting to see all the ways in which the Southeast is building a diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

These 36|86 participants join Julia Hartz, Co-founder and President of Eventbrite, Jonathan Shieber, Senior Editor at CrunchBase/TechCrunch, John Biggs, East Coast Editor at TechCrunch, and Andy Weissman, Partner at Union Square Ventures.

John Rich is a hit songwriter, entertainer and “Celebrity Apprentice” winner.

Paul Singh is the founder of Disruption Corporation and general partner of Disruption’s venture capital arm, Crystal Tech Fund.

Paul Santinelli is a General Partner for North Bridge Venture Partners and focuses on investments in open source, enterprise software, networking and security.

Kelly Hoey is recognized for her leadership in supporting and investing in women. In 2011, she co-founded the first startup accelerator focused on early-stage mobile technology ventures with gender-diverse founding teams. Hoey is the Chief Technology Ambassador for the YWCA of NYC’s Geek Girls Club. She regularly appears on CNBC’s Power Pitch.

Jared Nixon is a partner at Shark Branding where he manages various projects in the company’s portfolio including acquisitions, business development, entrepreneurship and more.

Greg Lok is a corporate venture capitalist at Konica Minolta’s Business Innovation Center directing the company’s ecosystem strategy, investments and customer-driven innovation.

Kristina Montague is managing partner of the JumpFund, an angel investment fund focused on providing startup and growth capital to women entrepreneurs.

About 36|86 – A LaunchTN production, the 3686 Conference gathers startups, business leaders, media and investors for a celebration of entrepreneurship and southern culture. 36|86 connects the “doers,” “makers,” and “innovators” in the southeast, around the country, and across the globe.



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