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36|86: Student Edition

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36|86 hosted the inaugural Student Edition on June 4, 2017. The day-long event celebrated student entrepreneurship with programming tailored to the unique needs of young founders interested in taking an idea to market or growing an existing business.

36|86: Student Edition was comprised of a student pitch competition for $60,000 in total prizes, a fireside chat with inspiring names in student entrepreneurship and a networking reception with corporate partners, investors, potential mentors and more.

Companies were nominated from 21 pitch competitions across 13 Tennessee Universities to pitch.


Congratulations to the winners: LeafGigamunchWith The Band and PATH EX who have each be awarded $15,000 in cash and access to resources necessary to grow a successful company!

All finalists and winners are detailed below.

36|86: Student Edition

Startups »

Social Enterprise

WINNER: Leaf (Vanderbilt: Social Ventures Summit Pitch Competition)

Ed Pack Global (Lipscomb University: Kittrell Business Plan Competition)
Eco-floater by Eco-enterprises (UT Martin: Skyhawk Venture Challenge)

Consumer Goods/Services

WINNER: Gigamunch (Tennessee Tech University: Eagle Works)

In With The Old
(UTK: Undergrad Pitch Competition)
Bloom Brightly Paper Co (Belmont: Business Plan Competition)

Technology Enabled

WINNER: With The Band (Belmont: Business Plan Competition)

The Sorority Guide (UTK: Undergrad Pitch Competition)
AM Optics (Tennessee Tech University: Eagle Works)

Commercialized Technology

WINNER: PATH EX (Vanderbilt: Tech Venture Challenge)

GeoAir (UTK: Vol Court)
GPS-911 (Vanderbilt: Owen Venture Challenge)
SimPath (UTK: Boyd Venture Challenge)

Judges »

Finalists were scored and winners were selected by a panel of judges.

The event also featured a panel of founders
who launched their company while in school
sharing lessons learned with student entrepreneurs. »



  • June 4, 2017
  • 2:00-6:00pm CT
  • Global Action Platform Office @ OneCity in Nashville, TN


  • Opportunity to pitch at 36|86: Student Edition on June 4
  • Promotion as Student Edition finalists
  • 2 complimentary 36|86 badges
  • Invitation to Village 36 networking brunch on June 5
  • Two nights (June 4-5) lodging for two team members at 36|86 Entrepreneurs’ HQ: Music City Guest House
  • $50 gift card to cover gas expenses


  • Companies in the University Venture Challenge are encouraged, but not required, to be established as a legal entity to facilitate reception of cash prizes.
  • Winners will have 60 days after their award to establish as a legal entity. Companies ineligible to claim their prize within 60 days will forfeit their winnings to the runner-up.
  • Judges will evaluate the proposed product or service, technology strength, business model and the team’s ability execute on the business model.


  • Step 1: Eligible teams will submit an electronic application to be reviewed by a team made up of LaunchTN staff, board members, entrepreneurs and investors. Applications are due May 3, 2017!
  • Step 2: Up to 15 finalists will be selected to pitch at the 36|86: Student Edition on June 4 (the day before the 36|86 conference kicks off). Finalists will be notified May 16, 2017.
  • Step 3: Finalists pitch at 36|86: Student Edition to a panel of seasoned judges who will select winners in five different categories.
  • Step 4: Winners are announced!


  • Companies that placed in a Tennessee University Partner Competition in the 2016 or 2017 academic school year
  • Companies nominated by a University Partner
  • Companies that have raised equity capital below $50,000 from sources other than the founders or their friends and families (excluding SBIR/STTR grants)
  • At least one team member must have been enrolled at the University Partners school at the time they won the competition
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