Launch Tennessee supports startups from ideation to exit in capital formation, talent development and retention, access to markets and commercialization of technology in an effort to become the most startup-friendly state in the nation.
To serve this mission and to reinforce their regional position of thought leadership, Launch Tennessee produces an annual event, 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival, for entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and ecosystem developers from across the country. In 2018 they hosted their sixth conference, attracting more than 1,200 attendees from the Southeast and beyond. The agenda featured workshops, panels and fireside chats aimed at helping startups build, scale and execute on their businesses. The 2018 event featured over 100 speakers and included U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton, a father-son fireside chat featuring Governor Haslam and his dad, Jim Haslam, founder of Pilot Flying J, and Maarten Sierhaus, Chief Technology Director for Nissan.
Key Performance Indicator: 500 in-person entrepreneur/investor 1:1’s at the 36l86 2023 Conference.