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36|86: Student Edition

Join us for 36|86: Student Edition

36|86: Student Edition, part of 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival, is an opportunity for student entrepreneurs to network and learn about what is happening in the startup world. The main event is the student pitch competition where 13 companies will compete for a total of $60k!


36|86: Student Edition applications are now closed.

Meet The Judges

Sara Brand

Founding General Partner, True Wealth Ventures

Rebekah Sharpe

Founding Partner, Transparency Health

Rob Urstein

EIR, Entangled Ventures

Dan Watkins

Partner, Mercury Fund

Meet The Emcee + Panelists

Jonathan Sexton

COO, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center & CEO, Rads

Makenzie Stokel

Co-Founder, EVAmore & Host, Freshmen Founders

Alexandra Bacchus

Nisolo & Venture For America Fellow

Sinead Miller

Co-Founder and CEO, PATH EX

Khrys Hatch

Capital Formation Research Coordinator, Launch Tennessee

Participation Benefits

  • Exposure as a finalist before, during and after 36|86: Student Edition
  • Two free 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival passes
  • Connection to a mentor through LaunchTN
  • Travel stipend for companies traveling from outside of Middle TN
  • Potential to engage in LaunchTN PortCo Program
  • Companies with the top four scores will receive a cash prize totaling $60k. Judges will have the discretion to award cash prizes.


  • Teams must have one member currently or recently enrolled (December 2017/May 2018 graduates are eligible) at a Tennessee university or community college
  • Companies must be in one of these categories: Social Enterprise, Consumer Goods/Services, Commercialized Technology, Software
  • Teams must be comprised of 2+ people
  • Ventures with revenues (excluding SBIR/STTR grants) that exceeded $50,000 in the prior 12 months are excluded, as are ventures that have raised equity capital in excess of $50,000 from sources other than the founders or their friends and families.
  • Teams entering 36|86: Student Edition are encouraged, but not required, to be established as a legal entity. Winners will have 60 days following notification of their award to establish a legal entity, in order to receive their cash prize. If winning teams are not eligible to claim their prize within 60 days, they will forfeit their winnings to the runner-up.
  • Finalists must participate in two pitch practice sessions with LaunchTN assigned partner.

See these startups pitch live at 36|86: Student Edition!

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