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Seven East Tennessee companies competing in “Village 36”

36-86 v2A total of 36 start-ups from throughout the South were selected to participate in this year’s Launch Tennessee’s “Village 36.” They begin competing this afternoon for $50,000 to be awarded before the “36|86 Conference” ends tomorrow.

Three of the companies are from Knoxville, three from Chattanooga, and one from Johnson City.

In addition to Avrio Analytics, profiled in this lead article in today’s teknovation.biz, other East Tennessee participants are:

  • AudioHand, a Knoxville company helping musicians create and capture more shareable music, turning every musician’s smartphone into the world’s most versatile multi-track recording tool.
  • Branch Technology, the Chattanooga start-up that won top honors in this years “The TENN” organized by Launch Tennessee. The company is 3D printing buildings through its novel method for pre-fabricating full-scale architectural components.
  • BrewFund, based in Johnson City and utilizing its platform to support the more than 4,000 craft breweries by allowing anyone to digitally give the gift of craft beer to a friend.
  • Rapid RMS, a start-up from Chattanooga that is building a comprehensive, cloud-based point-of-sale system developed exclusively for liquor and convenience store merchants.
  • Torch, another Gig City start-up offering a smart, Wi-Fi router with user-friendly parental features so parents can manage kids’ technology simply and effortlessly.
  • Vendor Registry, a Knoxville company that won the inaugural “The TENN” pitch event. The start-up uses its software to efficiently connect local governments and vendors.

And, speaking of the “36|86 Conference,” it received some national visibility with this article that appeared Friday in the Huffington Post.


Tom Ballard

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

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