Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) just announced 12 winners from the Southern Series events in Arlington, VA, Atlanta, GA and Columbia, SC. The winners will go on to participate in LaunchTN’s upcoming conference, 36|86, this June. 36|86 will host 36 companies total. Those competing have the chance to win cash prizes, including a grand prize of $36,000 to the winner. LaunchTN still has open slots for 24 companies through an open application process.
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Kevin Kragenbrink, the recently named CEO of Tech2020, says the 20-year-old organization has a pivotal role to play in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge entrepreneurial system, and he views that system as steadily developing and “increasingly collaborative and cohesive.”
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Entrepreneurs who are forging new businesses within Nashville’s ‘Project Music’ may also help locals see Music City with fresh eyes. Take the case of Jammber, the performance-, production- and business-oriented social network and digital marketplace for the Music industry, which will present during the Project Music Showcase in Nashville, Thursday, April 23.
Chattanooga’s RootsRated has been chosen to participate in Nashville’s upcoming 36/86 conference. The website, which connects users to the best outdoor experiences across the country, was one of 12 startups picked after participating in pitch events, called the 36/86 Southern Series.
For years, company founders have moved to Silicon Valley and San Francisco to build their business and take advantage of the depth of resources there — investors, tech talent and fellow entrepreneurs. So, it’s significant that founders of a San Francisco startup are looking to Nashville as their next home. The allure includes $100,000 and a network of health care experts through Jumpstart Foundry.
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