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36|86: Student Edition — $35K in prizes!

36|86: Student Edition is a launching point for student entrepreneurs — providing access to funding, marketing support, networking, and community and corporate resources.

Get your 36|86 pass now to watch these startups pitch Aug. 24.

2020 Finalists

ARMS Cyber leverages moving target defense to proactively prevent vulnerability discovery in the first place.

ARMS Cyber
Vanderbilt University

BrantleyMarie Medical Devices, Inc. is an innovative medical device company whose goal is to get life-saving products in the hands of practitioners across the country.

BrantleyMarie Medical Devices, Inc.
Tennessee Technological University

Metris is an algorithmic job-matching program that boosts job satisfaction, productivity, and reduces turnover by matching complementary pairs of students and employers.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Shades’ allows people to virtually try on makeup.

Vanderbilt University

The Beachy Clean creates affordable, non-allergenic home cleaners, with sustainable packaging and distribution to protect you and the planet.

The Beachy Clean
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

veva.ai is a browser plugin to help you learn the emerging technologies and trending topics using simple AI-enabled assessments and provide personalized bite-sized content based on user learning style and their current level of understanding.

The University of Memphis

WhatNxt provides a social, confident, and effortless way for travelers to create, optimize, and share travel experiences through our content-sharing platform, so they can enjoy planning their trips as much as the trips themselves.

Vanderbilt University

Working Women Design Co. is a trendy and functional brand for working women.

Working Women Design Co.
Tennessee Technological University


May 15: Applications open
June 20: Application deadline
July 10: Finalists announced
10-12 companies will be selected
July 10-17: Finalists paired with mentors
Finalists must arrange for at least two pitch prep sessions
August 24: 36|86: Student Edition competition

Pitch Format

Each company will pitch for 3 minutes, followed by 4 minutes of Q&A with judges. Judges will evaluate each company’s proposed product or service, and the ability to execute, calculating the overall score with the following categories:

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


1st Place: $20,000
2nd Place: $10,000
3rd Place: $5,000

  • Exposure as a finalist before, during, and after 36|86: Student Edition 
  • Complimentary 36|86 Festival passes for your team
  • Connections to individualized mentorship and pitch prep
  • At least 50% of each company’s founders and/or leadership team must be students currently enrolled and pursuing a degree at a university or college (or recent graduate(s) – December 2019 or later)
    • Full-time and part-time students are eligible
    • At least one team member must be either currently enrolled at a Tennessee university or college or recent graduate(s) (December 2019 or later)
    • Teams with higher percentages of student members will receive preference 
  • Teams must have a written reference from a representative of their college or university
  • Teams are encouraged, but not required, to be established as a legal entity. Winners will have 60 days following notification of their award to establish as a legal entity in order to be eligible to receive their cash prize. Should winning teams not be eligible within 60 days, they will forfeit their winnings to the next highest-scoring team.

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