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Launch Tennessee announces some speakers, sponsors for upcoming “36|86 Conference”

36-86 v2The organizations that have already committed to playing a key role in this year’s “36|86 Conference” are impressive – Delta Air Lines, Dell, Andreessen Horowitz, and GE Ventures.

Launch Tennessee, the organizer of the third annual event, announced yesterday some very significant speaker and sponsor commitments. Delta and Dell join the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Softlayer, and Pinnacle Financial Partners as key sponsors. In addition, the speaker line-up includes Scott Kupor of Andreessen Horowitz;  Karen Kerr with GE Ventures; Joanne Wilson, a regional super-angel investor; entrepreneurial influencer Kelly Hoey; and media personality Jon Shieber with TechCrunch.

“The response from top tier investors and sponsors for this year’s event has been tremendous,” says Courtney Corlew, Launch Tennessee’s Conference Director. “We are looking forward to producing the best conference in the region and showcasing the finest in southeastern entrepreneurship and culture.”

This year’s event is set for June 6 and 7 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville.

Last year, the “36|86 Conference” drew more than 900 attendees, including more than 120 investors representing 86 venture firms and 34 start-ups from the Southeast and Washington, D.C.

Launch Tennessee also reported that start-ups at last year’s conference have collectively raised $33.7 million, nearly half of that being coming after the event.

A limited supply of early bird tickets is now available at www.3686South.com. The conference is expected to sell out.


Tom Ballard

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer,
Pershing Yoakley & Associates. P.C.

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