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February 26, 2014 | Tom Ballard

Vendor Registry takes top prize, Survature places third in “The TENN” finale

The TENNIt could not have been a better ending to “The TENN” for the two Knoxville-based start-ups that participated in the six-month event.

Vendor Registry won the top prize – a $25,000 convertible note – in the final “non-pitch” event held last night at The Standard at the Smith House in Nashville. It was billed by Launch Tennessee as “The TENN – End of Program Celebration.”

And, just for good measure, the other participating company from Knoxville – Survature – won third place in an event where many of the judges who participated in the August 26 down selection to the 10 companies again evaluated the start-ups, this time on the progress that they made in the six-month period.

Second place went to Screwpulp.

The Standard was filled to capacity for the event that featured comments by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam; Bill Hagerty, Commissioner of Economic and Community Development; and Charlie Brock, President and Chief Executive Officer of Launch Tennessee.

The $25,000 convertible note was a joint contribution from XMi Capital, Start.Co Angels, Crunch Fire Ventures, BIP Early Stage Fund, and Chattanooga Renaissance Fund.

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