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Village 36


Launch Tennessee, along with a host of partners, scoured the Southeast to build Village 36 — a portfolio of the brightest early-stage companies in the region. Each startup pitched on-stage at 36|86 in front of 1,000+ attendees in June 2017, for a chance at the $50,000 FedEx Innovation Prize.

These are rising leaders in the Southeast, innovating in industries that have been core to the region’s economy. As of June 2017, they have raised $49.1M and work across multiple sectors including healthcare IT, fintech, cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, music tech and more. Village 36 companies hail from 9 Southeastern states and Washington, DC; and embody a range of demographics that are underrepresented in American entrepreneurship, including 15 female founders.

Village 36 startups get unparalleled access to the largest gathering of early-stage investment firms in the Southeast via curated Speed Dating sessions and dedicated exhibit time, plus insights from thought leaders, innovators and fellow entrepreneurs.

Village 36 Pitch Competition
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Acivilate is a for-profit SaaS social enterprise. We improve productivity for courts, jails and community supervision, help leverage community resources, and help ex-offenders demonstrate they are on the right track. (Atlanta, GA)
Apto is the first on-demand culture and language community, which simulates real-life scenarios in order to help internationals and their families successfully transition to regional life in the US. (Nashville, TN)
BlueCart, Inc.
BlueCart saves restaurants and suppliers time and money, without sacrificing their hard earned relationships. By streamlining the ordering process, restaurants place orders with suppliers, and suppliers receive orders in real-time. (Washington, DC)
Brydge4Schools is a web and mobile platform that better connects parents and teachers through daily questions and activities designed to reinforce the material their student learned in class that day. (Jackson, MS)
Brytecore, Inc.
Brytecore applies machine learning behavioral intelligence from collective sources to predict the timing of home buyer purchase decisions. Clients see an average 300% increase in lead conversion. (Atlanta, GA)
cathedral leasing
Cathedral Leasing is a specialty finance company using a cloud-based platform for a quick, easy application process for instant credit decisions on commercial and heavy equipment. (Durham, NC)
CloudTags is the creator of the Connected Store. We work with digitally native brands and retailers to power data-driven pop-ups. We track all browse-data, sales and customer identification online afterward. (Atlanta, GA)
Collider makes Orchid, a proprietary machine that produces production quality parts in traditional manufacturing materials. Our fully automated process eliminates costly tools and machinery for volumes <2000 parts. (Chattanooga, TN)
Curu is a robo-advisor for credit. The web and mobile app find opportunities to improve your credit score and automates them. (Charlotte, NC)
DevCon Detect
Adtech cyber security software that eliminates advertising fraud, saving advertisers and publishers billions, annually. We are the Nortons of AdTech. (Tampa, FL)
EVAmore is an online platform that automates the process of booking live entertainment for private events. (Nashville, TN)
Jammber is a pioneering platform serving the creative industries with simplified, intuitive ways to track credits, payments, and paperwork in one single, handy place. (Nashville, TN)
Med+Proctor's immunization network saves time for students, their parents, and school administrations. Additionally, it diminishes outbreak and PR risk on campuses. Its core market - 70 million people. (Nashville, TN)
MomSource Network
The MomSource Network platform connects women to professional development, networking and flexible employment. (Knoxville, TN)
NourishWise is the most expansive & accurate nutrition solution in the $340B local restaurant industry. We remove the guilt and guesswork for our users trying to dine healthfully. (Nashville, TN)
permit zone
We provide contractors and do-it-yourself pros visibility into municipal knowledge and permitting requirements, and the ability to pull construction permits online for over 19k building departments, nationwide. (Myrtle Beach, SC)
RevBoss is a venture-backed SaaS company based in Durham, NC. Our mission is to help our customers get more customers through outbound sales. (Durham, NC)
Reveal Mobile
Reveal Mobile turns the location signals coming out of mobile phones into money. Our patent-pending technology sits inside over 400 mobile apps, converting location data into valuable audience segments. (Raleigh, NC)
We're a health technology company created by clinicians to attack chronic disease. Our SaaS leverages real-time biometrics to automate pharmacy benefits and empower world class clinicians for more meaningful intervention. (Lexington, KY)
Savii, Inc.
Savii is a female-owned, Raleigh-based tech company that supports in-home care companies with mobile-first platforms, empowering more effective collaboration with caregivers, patients, family members, and the agency. (Raleigh, NC)
ScriptDrop is the first in-workflow prescription delivery and medication reminder service. (Nashville, TN)
Signal Vine
With our advanced text messaging platform, Signal Vine enables higher education institutions and nonprofits to communicate effectively and efficiently with students. (Alexandria, VA)
Skopos Labs
Skopos Labs has built a proprietary artificial intelligence software platform that translates text into actionable insights for citizens, companies, financial institutions, and law firms. Our software platform accurately predicts whether legislation and regulation will be enacted and subsequent implications, providing significant value to all those affected by law-making. (Nashville, TN)
Smart RIA
Smart RIA is a fast-growing SaaS company well-positioned in the hot RegTech market. Our software automates and significantly simplifies the management of regulatory compliance for investment advisors. (Knoxville, TN)
Solar Site Design
Solar Site Design is a collaborative, cloud-based marketplace platform that connects sales-ready solar projects to leading solar companies to drive down customer acquisition costs. (Nashville, TN)
Surgiorithm’s proprietary predictive algorithm helps ophthalmology practices identify candidates for premium cataract surgery. Using an intuitive iPad App, Surgiorithm has been proven to significantly increase patient satisfaction and practice revenue. (Nashville, TN)
Trust Stamp
Personal Digital Identity and Biometric based Identity & Trust as a Service for FinTech and the P2P & Sharing Economies. (Atlanta, GA)
Wyp Aviation
Passionate, inspired, with just a touch of crazy. Wyp Aviation is taking human flight to new levels, bringing all new meaning to the phrase "Surf the Cloud." (Huntsville, AL)
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• Chance to compete for $50k in total prize money
• $500 travel stipend plus free three nights lodging
• Pitch time on the Main Stage
• Investor speed-dating
• Dedicated exhibit space
• Two complimentary 36|86 conference passes
• Invites to Welcome Party
• Exclusive Village 36 Investor Brunch


Q: What are the dates and deadlines I need to know about 36|86?

A: 36|86 is June 4-7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. Applications are open from January 4 to March 15, 2017, and Village 36 companies will be announced April 6.


Q: What industry sectors are eligible to apply?

A: All tech-enabled businesses within these focus areas: Advanced Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Clean Tech, Consumer Products, Digital Media, E-Commerce, Education, Environment, Financial Services, Healthcare IT/Services, Internet of Things, Logistics, Marketing, Mobile, SaaS and Virtual Reality


Q: Are medical devices and/or biopharmaceutical companies eligible?

A: No.


Q: What is the fundraising cut off?

A: $5 Million at the time of application

Q: Does non-equity financing count towards the $5 Million threshold (grants, loans, etc.)?

A: No

Q: Does convertible debt from private investors count toward the $5 Million threshold?

A: Yes


Q: How long can my company have been in business and still qualify as a “startup?”

A: Your company formation date must be no earlier than March 2012.


Q: Where does my company need to be based in order to be eligible for Village 36?

A: Your headquarters (i.e. primary place of business) must be based in one of the following Southeastern states or in Washington, DC: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.


Q: If I have previously applied or participated in Village 36, can I apply again?

A: Yes, if you fit the eligibility criteria listed in these FAQs.



Q: What criteria are the judges using in reviewing my application?

A: The judges will score your application by considering these areas:

Market – size, current trajectory, scalability, potential for disruption

• Solution – product/market fit
• Model – business model and go-to-market strategy
• Validation / Traction – capital, revenue, customers/users
• Management – the right expertise on the team
• X Factor – this company will be an outstanding representative for the SE region


Q: Why should I want to come to the 36|86 event in Nashville?

A: We will provide unparalleled education, awareness and networking for our entrepreneurs. In addition to pitching on-stage in front of 900+ people for a cash prize, the 36 companies will be part of an investor speed-dating session and have the opportunity to network with some of the country’s and region’s leading venture capital firms. We had 168 investors attend in 2016, representing 100 different firms. The potential media exposure will be terrific, as we had over 30 different media outlets in 2016 and we expect a similar number in 2017.


Q: What prizes are available?

A: A total of $50,000 in cash awards and other prizes


Q: Do these prizes require equity?

A: No, these are cash and in-kind donations awarded to the winners.


Q: What is the stipend for the 36 teams accepted into Village 36 and how/when do we receive it?

A: Each team will receive a $500 check upon arrival in Nashville for the 36|86 conference, as long as LaunchTN has received the company’s Form W-9 in advance. Village companies also have free access to three nights’ lodging (June 4th-6th) for two team members at the Music City Guest House.


More questions? Jill@LaunchTN.org

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