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March 20, 2013 | Tom Ballard

Get ready for “Southland”!

SouthlandLaunchTN announced plans yesterday to hold a first-of-its-kind conference in mid-June in Nashville.

The event, called “Southland,” will involve a mix of Southern culture, including music, and early stage companies. It will be held June 12 and 13 in Nashville,

The two-day conference will “focus on earlier stage companies than other events in the Southeast,” according to Jill Van Beke, LaunchTN’s East Tennessee Director. She added that eligibility is open to companies that have raised either $250,000 or are cash flow positive AND have raised less than $5 million in capital and have less than $3 million in revenues.

“We are planning to have a maximum of 75 companies attend the event, and up to 25 companies will have the opportunity to present in front of the attendees,” she said. Those not selected to present during a program session will be exhibiting in a “Start-up Village” area. 

“I would love to see companies we know apply to be part of the event as it will offer great exposure to investors and connectors who can help our area companies succeed,” Van Beke said.

Part of “Southland’s” mystique is the fact that it is slotted between the Country Music Association’s 42nd Annual Fan Fair (June 6 through 9) and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (June 13 through 16). In fact, two of the bands performing at Bonnaroo will perform at “Southland.”

The official LaunchTN release announcing “Southland” can be viewed here (SL Press Release). Additional information can be found at

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