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36|86: Student Edition 2019

Student pitch competition and networking opportunities

36|86: Student Edition features a pitch competition — open to 36|86 attendees and the public — that gives next-generation Tennessee founders a platform to access funding, marketing support, and community and corporate resources. Each of our 12 finalists pitched before a live audience and panel of judges for the $50K grand prize.

 

And the 2019 Student Edition winners are …

1st Place ($25K): Quantum Lock, University of Tennessee – Knoxville
2nd Place ($15K): eLab Repairs, University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
3rd Place ($10K): Qardian Labs, University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Crowd Favorite ($10K): Cogentis Therapeutics, Vanderbilt University

Special thanks to …

Our judges: Amy Nelson (Venture for America); Kwaku Osei (Cooperative Capital); Charlie Brock (Brock Partnerships); Hadiyah Mujhid (HBCUvc); and Justin Tysco (AllianceBernstein)

Our MC: Courtney Hale (KnowledgeBank)

And of course all of our student finalists! We’re proud to have hosted such a quality group of competitors — a testament to the Tennessee entrepreneurial spirit and the next generation of innovative leaders across our state. Get to know all 12 companies here:

2019 Finalists

ARMS Cyber

Vanderbilt University

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Chito-Armor

University of Tennessee Memphis and University of Memphis

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Cogentis Therapeutics

Vanderbilt University

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Compass

University of Memphis

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eLab Repairs

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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HeroWear, LLC

Vanderbilt University

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Intelligent Systems

Vanderbilt University

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Mímoma

University of Memphis

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Qardian Labs

University of Tennessee

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Quantum Lock

University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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QuikFix

Rhodes College

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Winter Innovations

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Student Edition Details

  • Teams must have one member currently or recently enrolled (December 2018/May 2019 graduates are eligible) at a Tennessee university or college. Full-time and part-time students are eligible.
  • Teams must have a written reference from a representative of their college or university.
  • Companies must fall under one of these categories: Social Enterprise, Consumer Goods/Services, Commercialized Technology, or Software.
  • 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 are encouraged, but not required, to be established as a legal entity, which winners will have 60 days following notification of their award to establish, 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 a LaunchTN-assigned partner prior to 36|86: Student Edition.
  • Former prize winners are not eligible to apply in subsequent years.
  • 1st Place – Up to $25,000
  • 2nd Place – Up to $15,000
  • 3rd Place – Up to $10,000
  • Crowd Favorite – Up to $10,000

The top four winners will also be eligible for the LaunchTN PortCo Program, which provides them access to strategic planning support, investor connections, corporate connections, talent recruitment, and bundled services.

  • March 4 – Applications open
  • May 31 – Applications close
  • June 27 – 12-15 total companies will be selected
  • July 1 – Finalists paired with Entrepreneur Center/mentor for pitch prep
    Each finalist must arrange for two pitch prep sessions with assigned EC or mentor (finalists are welcome to schedule more if desired)
  • August 28 – 36|86: Student Edition in Nashville, TN
  • Exposure as a finalist before, during and after 36|86: Student Edition
  • Two free 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival tickets
  • Connection to a mentor
  • Travel stipend for companies traveling from outside of Middle TN
  • Potential to engage in LaunchTN PortCo Program

Each company will have three minutes to pitch with time for a few questions from the judges. Judges will evaluate the proposed product or service, as well as the team’s ability to execute on the business model. Companies will be scored on the following categories:

  • Problem
  • Solution
  • Customer
  • Progress
  • Roadmap
  • Team
  • Gut feel

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