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Tuesday, August 28
 

3:00pm

36|86: Student Edition
36|86: Student Edition is an opportunity for student entrepreneurs to network and learn about what is happening in the startup world. The main event is the student pitch competition where 13 companies will compete for a total of $60k!
The finalists include:
  • Zeno Power Systems, Vanderbilt University, Category: Other
  • PredictionHealth, Vanderbilt University, Category: B2B Software
  • Allinwon, University of Memphis, Category: Commercialized Technology, B2B Software, B2C Platform
  • College In Color, Belmont University, Category: Social Enterprise, Consumer Goods/Services
  • Greenleaf Solutions, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Category: Commercialized Technology, Consumer Goods/Services, Social Enterprise
  • Flo+ Co., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Category: Consumer Goods/Services
  • Synchro Motion, LLC, Vanderbilt University, Category: Commercialized Technology
  • Fathom, Vanderbilt University, Category: Social Enterprise
  • Before We Begin, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Category: B2B Software Platform, Social Enterprise
  • ATS Innovations: Tennessee Technological University, Category: Consumer Goods/Services
  • Clu Technologies, Rhodes College, Category: B2B Software
  • Swarm Solutions, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Category: B2B Software
  • Studious Freelancing, Belmont University, Category: B2B Software


6:00pm

Entrepreneur Kickoff Party
Join us to kick off 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival at Launch Pad's new East Nashville location. Enjoy food, drinks and music at this can't-miss block party in Music City's hottest neighborhood. Network with fellow entrepreneurs before the festival programming starts on Wednesday. With food by POP! Ramen.

Launch Pad is a creative coworking + private office space in East Nashville. LP is a friendly, collaborative workspace that's yours to use how YOU like to work. Our mission is to create the world’s strongest community of entrepreneurs, creatives, and professionals working together to build our shared future. With locations in Nashville, New Orleans, Newark, and soon Memphis, we're helping people love where they work by bringing together people with pride in cities with soul. 

Tuesday August 28, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Launch Pad 604 Gallatin Ave suite 206, Nashville, TN 37206
 
Wednesday, August 29
 

8:30am

Badge Pickup
Welcome to 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival in Nashville. Grab your badge and get ready for an amazing two days!

Wednesday August 29, 2018 8:30am - 4:00pm
Wildhorse Saloon (Main floor) 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

9:00am

VIRAL Pathfinder Startup:Investor Networking (Level 1-3)
36|86 uses a proven tool, the VIRAL Pathfinder, to match startups with VCs looking for deal flow in a specific stage and sector.

The VIRAL (Venture Investment-Readiness and Awareness Levels) Pathway is a framework developed by our friends at Village Capital, a Washington, D.C.-based VC, to help entrepreneurs and investors use the same language to find common ground and mutual opportunity.

For 36|86, we’ve turned this framework into a fun interactive quiz to help startups discover how ready they really are for investment, using the same yardstick as investors.

To begin, startups answer questions like “are you more like Steve Jobs selling Apple II out of his garage or Steve Jobs when he launched the iPhone,” and you’ll get a number that corresponds to the growth phase of your company, from idea to exit. These questions are designed to get to the core of your team’s experience, product or service value proposition, target market size and business model, among other categories.

Did we mention this works? As Ross Baird, CEO of Village Capital, explained, 92% of startups who have used VIRAL said the framework made them better prepared for investment.

The VIRAL Pathfinder quiz uses the same language and measurements as VCs to determine where you are in your path and how the right investor can help move your business forward. No need to swipe right.

Once you’re in Nashville for 36|86, we’ll create networking opportunities with investors, based on your VIRAL number. Since investors take the quiz, too, you’re guaranteed to have no-fuss matchmaking.


Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
The George Jones - Comcast Recharge Lounge (3rd floor) 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

9:00am

Asurion Work Lounge
Power up, take meetings or kick back at the Asurion Work Lounge, open all day for your networking needs.

Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
Wildhorse Saloon - (3rd floor) 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

9:00am

The JumpFund Women's Lounge
We partnered with the Southeast’s first female-led venture firm to bring you The JumpFund Women’s Lounge, open all day.

Ditch your heels for slippers and network with fellow founders and top female investors like Arlan Hamilton and Rei Wang over a glass of rosé. This curated space is geared toward women, but it’s open to all attendees to foster equal deal-making. You can schedule meetings, recharge devices, work between sessions or hang out and relax. So power up, kick back, or both -- it’s your space after all!



Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
Wildhorse Saloon (2nd floor) 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

9:30am

Build your brand smarter
Here's why busy founders MUST care about getting their name out there and how to MVP your brand development using paid, owned and earned media. Discover insider tips from blue-chips brands, social marketing pros and content gurus who know how to get it done.

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Epstein

Stacey Epstein

CEO & Cofounder, Zinc
Stacey Epstein is CEO and Cofounder of Zinc, an enterprise communication platform for deskless workforces. Stacey is a passionate advocate for the advancement of women in the workplace and has extensive experience generating demand, fueling growth and building companies from stealth... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Litton

Shannon Litton

CEO & President, 5by5: A Change Agency
Bringing experience from both technology and nonprofit management, Shannon builds strategies that lead organizations to new levels. She is president and CEO of 5by5 (5by5agency.com), a marketing and digital agency that serves change makers, those who work where life change happens... Read More →
avatar for Dooley Tombras

Dooley Tombras

President, The Tombras Group
Dooley is the third Tombras to lead this 75+ year old agency (a FastCo “Most Innovative Company” 2018, AdAge’s Small Agency of the Year 2015, 76-150 employees), and in just a few years has taken his agency’s growth farther than ever before.Named to Adweek Creative 100 in 2018... Read More →
avatar for Tania Yuki

Tania Yuki

Founder & CEO, Shareablee
Tania Yuki is Founder and CEO of Shareablee, the leading provider of actionable competitive intelligence for social media. She began her career as a media and internet attorney, specializing in digital rights management, IP and film financing. Since moving to the US, Tania has run... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am
The George Jones 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

9:30am

Inclusion pays: Here's how diverse teams execute smarter
Top investors from across the nation discuss their consistent returns when backing minority-led teams.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Armor

Kim Armor

Managing Director, CFO, Comcast Ventures
Kim has a knack for launching and scaling profitable businesses in new technologies and media. She oversees finance and strategic partnerships for Comcast Ventures, cultivating business development opportunities with Comcast NBCUniversal. Before Comcast Ventures, she was CFO and... Read More →
avatar for Kate Brodock

Kate Brodock

CEO, Women 2.0
Kate Brodock is CEO of Women 2.0, a global for-profit, for-good working at the intersection of gender, inclusion and the tech industry. She's long been involved in women in tech issues.Outside of Women 2.0, Brodock has played an active leadership role in the tech and startup ecosystems... Read More →
avatar for Sutian Dong

Sutian Dong

Partner, Female Founders Fund
Sutian Dong is a Partner at Female Founders Fund, an early-stage fund investing in the exponential power of exceptional female talent.  Founded in 2014, the fund has built the most recognized brand focused on leading female-run opportunities in internet and software startups. Alongside... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Mitchell

Andrew Mitchell

General Partner, Brand Foundry Ventures
Andrew is the founder of Brand Foundry Ventures and will lead its strategy as Managing Partner.A successful entrepreneur with dual experience as an operator and investor, Mitchell has sourced, monitored and executed over 60 early stage investments in the consumer and retail technology... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Walker

Aaron Walker

Founder & CEO, Camelback Ventures
Aaron is on a journey to live in the spirit of his baseball hero, Jackie Robinson, who said “a life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” With this ethos, Aaron taught ninth grade English in West Philadelphia, put together deals for companies large and... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am
BB King's Blues Club 152 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

9:30am

When technology meets government (regulations)
Tech-enabled change is happening faster than ever before, but what happens when innovation collides with potentially show-stopping regulations on a city, state and national level? Find out in this panel with leading policy pros.

Speakers
avatar for Dustin Brighton

Dustin Brighton

Policy Lead, ofo
Mr. Brighton is a highly skilled State Government Relations Professional with more than 22 years of consulting, advocacy, public sector sales, trade association management and administrative management experience. His experience includes working with federal and state legislators... Read More →
avatar for Matt Curtis

Matt Curtis

Founder, Smart City Policy Group
Very few have the insights and know-how on the Emerging Technology Economy like Matt Curtis. A former right hand to a couple of Austin mayors, Matt has extensive experience in municipal government and local politics, working on a broad variety of initiatives and best practices in... Read More →
avatar for Carmen Palafox

Carmen Palafox

Partner, MiLA.vc
Carmen Palafox is a Partner at Make in LA (MiLA.vc), an accelerator and venture capital fund that invests  in tech-enabled hardware (IoT, robotics, wearables, industry 4.0, frontier tech). Carmen’s focus at MiLA is coaching entrepreneurs on finance and developing investor relationships... Read More →
avatar for Baylor Bone Swindell

Baylor Bone Swindell

Founder & CEO, Baylor Company
Baylor Bone Swindell is a lawyer and lobbyist in Nashville with an expertise in technology advocacy. She helps organizations connect with government - specifically with the City of Nashville and the Tennessee General Assembly. She has helped shape the regulatory framework locally... Read More →


10:30am

Student Winners Live Pitch
Preview some of the country's most promising student startups in this showcase! The winners of 36|86: Student Edition and Student Startup Madness pitch live on stage.

Student Startup Madness winner:
36|86: Student Edition Finalists will be narrowed down to four winners on 8/28:
  1. Zeno Power Systems, Vanderbilt University, Category: Other
  2. PredictionHealth, Vanderbilt University, Category: B2B Software
  3. Allinwon, University of Memphis, Category: Commercialized Technology, B2B Software, B2C Platform
  4. College In Color, Belmont University, Category: Social Enterprise, Consumer Goods/Services
  5. Greenleaf Solutions, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Category: Commercialized Technology, Consumer Goods/Services, Social Enterprise
  6. Flo + Co, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Category: Consumer Goods/Services
  7. Synchro Motion, LLC, Vanderbilt University, Category: Commercialized Technology
  8. Fathom, Vanderbilt University, Category: Social Enterprise
  9. Before We Begin, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Category: B2B Software Platform, Social Enterprise
  10. ATS Innovations, Tennessee Technological University, Category: Consumer Goods/Services
  11. Clu Technologies, Rhodes College, Category: B2B Software
  12. Swarm Solutions, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Category: B2B Software
  13. Studious Freelancing, Belmont University, Category: B2B Software


Speakers
avatar for Rei Wang

Rei Wang

Director, Dorm Room Fund
Rei is the Director of Dorm Room Fund, the largest student-run venture firm in the nation and backed by First Round Capital.Rei leads a team of 40+ investment partners and manages a portfolio of 200+ startups. Together, we’ve built the strongest community of entrepreneurial students... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am
The George Jones 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

10:30am

View from the C-suite (picture yourself here)
Ever wonder what a day in the life of a CEO is like? Are you on track to become CTO of your startup? Learn from these experienced tech executives from across the country who will offer insight on their day-to-day, such as how they use emerging tech to solve complex business challenges to the best ways to scale.

Speakers
avatar for Uli Becker

Uli Becker

Founder/Advisor, Reebok / Aegle Gear
Uli Becker has 25 years experience in the sporting goods industry, having worked for adidas and Reebok, two of the best global sports brands. He worked primarily in front office functions, on the product creation, product management and business unit side, in brand and marketing roles... Read More →
avatar for Chase Gilbert

Chase Gilbert

CEO, Built Technologies
In 2013, Chase joined the initial Built Technologies founding team that would explore ways to leverage technology to alter and improve constructing lending. Today, Chase has adopted the position of CEO at the FinTech company.Chase launched his first business enterprise as an owner/operator... Read More →
avatar for J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Author, Build Your Dream Network
Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am
Wildhorse Saloon (Main floor) 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

10:30am

Want to bypass traditional VC?
Only 1% of startups take venture money. Here's the 411 on alternative capital sources you can use instead to build your business—think ICOs, equity crowdfunding and more.

Speakers
avatar for Bianca Caban

Bianca Caban

Director of Partnerships & Business Development, Republic
Bianca Cabán is Director of Partnerships and Business Development at Republic, a fintech platform that runs investment campaigns for tech startups and blockchain projects to raise capital from retail investors. Before Republic, she worked on Wall Street for 5 years, including at... Read More →
avatar for Karen Cahn

Karen Cahn

Founder & CEO, iFundwomen
Karen Cahn is the Founder & CEO of iFundWomen, and is on a mission to increase access to capital for female entrepreneurs, empowering women to start and grow better businesses. iFundWomen drives funding to startups and small businesses through a flexible crowdfunding platform with... Read More →
avatar for Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan

General Partner & CEO, Start100 Fund
Tom is an experienced startup founder, investment professional, and distinguished coach and mentor to entrepreneurs worldwide. Prior to founding Start100, he was the Executive Director of the Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneur-in-Residence program for WNC, one of only four Entrepreneur-in-Residence programs selected by the Kauffman Foundation nationwide. There, Tom delivered one-on-one advisory services to over 50 regional high-growt... Read More →
avatar for Ken Staut

Ken Staut

CEO & Cofounder, GrowthFountain
Ken Staut is the CEO of GrowthFountain and one of America’s leading authorities in equity crowdfunding.  Ken has extensive experience in capital markets and asset allocation, having co-founded, scaled and sold event-driven hedge fund manager Tiburon Capital Management.  He has... Read More →
avatar for Geri Stengel

Geri Stengel

President and Founder, Ventureneer
“A baby boomer with the heart and soul of a millennial” describes Geri Stengel best. She grew up believing that dedicated, thoughtful people can change the world by working together. She is still a believer. She is even more committed to the possibility of meaningful change because... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am
BB King's Blues Club 152 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

10:30am

Workshop: Foolproof formula for finding product-market fit
Limited Capacity full

Products and markets are unique but the path to product-market fit is formulaic. In this workshop, you'll get the secret sauce for achieving this holy grail so you can start to generate predictable, profitable and scalable revenue.

Spots are limited. Add this to your schedule to count as an RSVP.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Goldner

Andrew Goldner

Cofounder, GrowthX
Andrew is a Founding Partner of GrowthX. He has been in the technology sector since 1998, based in New York City, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Palo Alto.Andrew began his career in technology as a lawyer for early Internet pioneers such as Alta Vista, Yahoo, and Salesforce while practicing... Read More →
avatar for Sean Sheppard

Sean Sheppard

CoFounder, GrowthX
Sean is a Founding Partner of GrowthX. Sean has over 20 years of experience bringing new products to market, including as a five-times sales founder. Sean’s deep expertise has been codified into a proprietary market acceleration program and entrepreneurial sales training curriculum.In... Read More →


11:00am

Innovation Alley by Nissan
Preview Nissan's latest and greatest in intelligent mobility in this highly hands-on event that will showcase hardware and technology from the world's biggest auto manufacturer. Also tour Tennessee's Driving Innovation buses, tricked out with 3D printers, coding stations and more to get kids in rural areas interested in careers in tech. Open to the public.

Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Innovation Alley 1st Avenue at Broadway 37201

11:30am

The future of intelligent mobility
Hear the latest trends in autonomous vehicles and intelligent mobility from Maarten Sierhuis, chief technology director of Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley. Sierhuis leads multiple teams of researchers working on the development of future autonomous vehicles, connectivity and human-machine interaction and interface.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Rolfe

Bob Rolfe

Commissioner, Tennessee Dept. of Economic and Community Development
Bob Rolfe was sworn in on March 1, 2017 by Gov. Bill Haslam to serve as the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The department is responsible for recruiting business and industry to the state as well as Tennessee’s overall economic growth... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Maarten Sierhuis

Dr. Maarten Sierhuis

Chief Technology Director, Nissan Research Center, Nissan USA
Dr. Maarten Sierhuis is Chief Technology Director, Silicon Valley. This role has oversight of technical innovation with responsibility to connect Silicon Valley internal research outcomes and external technology intelligence to the Alliance research and advanced engineering functions. Previously... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Wildhorse Saloon (Main floor) 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

11:45am

Lunch, brought to you by Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce
Limited Capacity seats available

Come meet fellow attendees and enjoy discussion on impact efforts in your community. Also, hear from Ross Baird of Village Capital and Ken Staut of Gross Fountain.

Open to the first 150 who RSVP.
(Adding this to your schedule counts as an RSVP.)


Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
The George Jones 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

11:45am

V36 Execute Award Luncheon, brought to you by Insperity (By Invitation Only)
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for an exclusive lunch to celebrate 36|86 Village Alum sponsored by Insperity! Cherry Bekaert will present the V36 Execute award to five pitch competition alum who have seen the most significant growth since 2013. This event is by invite only. 

Sponsors
avatar for Insperity

Insperity

For nearly 30 years, Insperity has been an industry-leading HR services provider. Through our partnership with Launch Tennessee and 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival we invested in helping develop tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.  “It’s all about having the right people in the right... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
BB King's Blues Club 152 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

12:00pm

VIRAL Pathfinder Startup:Investor Networking (Level 4-6)
36|86 uses a proven tool, the VIRAL Pathfinder, to match startups with VCs looking for deal flow in a specific stage and sector.

The VIRAL (Venture Investment-Readiness and Awareness Levels) Pathway is a framework developed by our friends at Village Capital, a Washington, D.C.-based VC, to help entrepreneurs and investors use the same language to find common ground and mutual opportunity.

For 36|86, we’ve turned this framework into a fun interactive quiz to help startups discover how ready they really are for investment, using the same yardstick as investors.

To begin, startups answer questions like “are you more like Steve Jobs selling Apple II out of his garage or Steve Jobs when he launched the iPhone,” and you’ll get a number that corresponds to the growth phase of your company, from idea to exit. These questions are designed to get to the core of your team’s experience, product or service value proposition, target market size and business model, among other categories.

Did we mention this works? As Ross Baird, CEO of Village Capital, explained, 92% of startups who have used VIRAL said the framework made them better prepared for investment.

The VIRAL Pathfinder quiz uses the same language and measurements as VCs to determine where you are in your path and how the right investor can help move your business forward. No need to swipe right.

Once you’re in Nashville for 36|86, we’ll create networking opportunities with investors, based on your VIRAL number. Since investors take the quiz, too, you’re guaranteed to have no-fuss matchmaking.


Wednesday August 29, 2018 12:00pm - 3:00pm
The George Jones - Comcast Recharge Lounge (3rd floor) 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

1:00pm

Convert a free user base to recurring revenue (yes you can!)
You've got your first 10k customers, hooray! Now learn how to monetize your user base and take your business model from free to paid with minimal user attrition.

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Epstein

Stacey Epstein

CEO & Cofounder, Zinc
Stacey Epstein is CEO and Cofounder of Zinc, an enterprise communication platform for deskless workforces. Stacey is a passionate advocate for the advancement of women in the workplace and has extensive experience generating demand, fueling growth and building companies from stealth... Read More →
avatar for J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Author, Build Your Dream Network
Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100... Read More →
avatar for Keith Putnam-Delaney

Keith Putnam-Delaney

Founder & Head of Growth, Eden Technologies
Keith is a customer acquisition expert. He started his career in brand and marketing strategy for Fortune 100 companies (Harley Davidson, Cigna, JPMorgan, etc.), before helping build out the Dropbox for Business marketing team. Most recently he scaled a startup, Eden Technologies... Read More →
avatar for Tania Yuki

Tania Yuki

Founder & CEO, Shareablee
Tania Yuki is Founder and CEO of Shareablee, the leading provider of actionable competitive intelligence for social media. She began her career as a media and internet attorney, specializing in digital rights management, IP and film financing. Since moving to the US, Tania has run... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
The George Jones 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

1:00pm

Startup ecosystems done right
Hear real experiences from leaders on the front lines of developing startup scenes in their communities and walk away with actionable tips that will help fuel growth in your region.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Grove

Mary Grove

Partner, Rise of the Rest Seed Fund
Mary Grove is a Partner at Rise of the Rest Seed Fund where she is focused on investments as well as managing the engagement platform to support the Rise of the Rest portfolio. She is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Prior to joining Revolution, Mary spent 14 years at Google in Silicon... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Lea

Wendy Lea

CEO, Cintrifuse
Having delivered business solutions in 30 countries, Wendy Lea brings a worldly point of view to digital innovation and her entrepreneurial pursuits. OnTarget, Stratify and Get Satisfaction are three of her many leadership successes.  She is currently the CEO of Cintrifuse, a public... Read More →
avatar for Rich Maloy

Rich Maloy

Engagement Director, Established
Rich's mission is to transform the world through innovation and entrepreneurship. His first career was in finance, his second in sales, and startups are his third career. He's engaged with thousands of startups in his work as a community leader and as the North America Manager for... Read More →
avatar for Bianca Oudshoff

Bianca Oudshoff

Deputy Consul General, Netherlands Consulate General Chicago
Bianca Oudshoff is the Deputy Consul General at the Netherlands Consulate in Chicago. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of entrepreneurship, innovation and startups. Bianca can best be described as: a great connector and networker, a positive enthusiast and a people... Read More →
avatar for Marcus K. Shaw

Marcus K. Shaw

CEO, CO.LAB
Marcus K. Shaw is the Chief Executive Officer of The Company Lab (CO.LAB). CO.LAB supports entrepreneurial growth in southeast Tennessee by working with entrepreneurs to refine their business models, test their ideas with customers, pursue capital and partnerships, and connect with... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Wildhorse Saloon (Main floor) 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

1:00pm

What you need to know about impact investing (hint: it pays)
Here's why focusing on social issues can uncover high-value investment opportunities for your portfolio.

Speakers
avatar for Ross Baird

Ross Baird

President, Village Capital
Ross Baird is an entrepreneur and investor who is best known for finding, developing, and investing in entrepreneurs in places and industries where most people aren’t looking. He founded Village Capital in 2009 and has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs in over fifty countries... Read More →
avatar for LaToya Marc

LaToya Marc

Principal, Catalyst Fund, Comcast Ventures
LaToya Marc is a Principal at Comcast Ventures’ Catalyst Fund, focusing on Seed and Series A investments in diverse founding teams. Catalyst’s portfolio has over 70 companies including Ross Intelligence, Cuyana, and Jopwell. With repeat entrepreneurs and start-up experience across... Read More →
avatar for Cain McClary MD

Cain McClary MD

Founder & Managing Partner, KdT Ventures
Cain McClary, MD is the founder and Managing Partner of KdT Ventures a seed stage venture capital firm focused at the intersection of computation and biology across the verticals of chemicals, agriculture, and medicine.Over the past 10 years, Cain has been at the forefront of the... Read More →
avatar for Sandra Moore

Sandra Moore

Chief Impact Officer & Managing Director, Advantage Capital
Ms. Moore has more than three decades of experience in urban planning, economic development and community revitalization. As Chief Impact Officer at Advantage Capital, she guides the design and strategy of investments to maximize community impact, assists the investment team in growing... Read More →
avatar for Adam Sansiveri

Adam Sansiveri

Managing Director, Bernstein Private Wealth Management
Adam Sansiveri is a Managing Director at Bernstein Private Wealth Management, a serial entrepreneur, Broadway producer, and a founding partner in a renewable energy company.  He has dedicated his passions and expertise to helping like-minded individuals, companies and non-profits... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
BB King's Blues Club 152 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

1:00pm

Workshop: Early-stage brand building for lean startups
Limited Capacity full

Especially in the early days, startups don't have runway to build marketing departments and hire big-name CMOs. Here's how to leverage your existing team and hard-won brand equity to build awareness and connect with customers.

In this workshop you'll learn:
  • how to get the attention of a journalist
  • easy ways to use social media  
  • other low-cost tricks to grow awareness of your product

(Adding this to your schedule counts as an RSVP.)

Speakers
avatar for Kelly K. Mayes

Kelly K. Mayes

Founder, KKMC Group
Kelly Mayes is a seasoned Marketing Communications Consultant with experience working with fast-moving, high-growth companies. She was previously the Vice President of Marketing at Lightspeed Venture Partners where she oversaw the marketing, communications and social media for the... Read More →


2:00pm

SEC Address Live From 36|86
Small businesses are the engines of job creation, and no one knows that better than SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. In this keynote he'll discuss the SEC’s efforts to remove obstacles and reduce regulatory burdens to facilitate capital formation. After the keynote, Chairman Clayton will do a fireside chat with William Hinman, Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the SEC.



Speakers
avatar for Jay Clayton

Jay Clayton

Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Jay Clayton was nominated to chair the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on January 20, 2017 by President Donald Trump and sworn in on May 4, 2017.Since joining the Commission, Chairman Clayton has focused on the long-term interests of America’s retail investors, a perspective... Read More →
avatar for Bill Haslam

Bill Haslam

Governor, State of Tennessee
On November 4, 2014, Bill Haslam was re-elected Tennessee’s governor with the largest victory in modern Tennessee history.Under his leadership, Tennessee is recognized as a national leader in education, economic development, efficient and effective government and fiscal strength.Since... Read More →
avatar for William Hinman

William Hinman

Director, Division of Corporation Finance, United States Securities and Exchange Commission
Prior to joining the SEC, William H. Hinman was a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he was a recognized leader in advising public and private companies in corporate finance matters. He has advised a wide range of issuers and underwriters... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Wildhorse Saloon (Main floor) 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

3:00pm

I’m SEC Chairman Jay Clayton: AMA
Limited Capacity seats available

Following his keynote, catch Chairman Clayton in an intimate Ask Me Anything session. This is your chance to learn more about the inner workings of the Securities and Exchange Commission and how the group works to remove obstacles to capital formation.

Spots are limited. Must RSVP to the exclusive to attendee Eventbrite link that will be sent Aug. 10.

Speakers
avatar for Jay Clayton

Jay Clayton

Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Jay Clayton was nominated to chair the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on January 20, 2017 by President Donald Trump and sworn in on May 4, 2017.Since joining the Commission, Chairman Clayton has focused on the long-term interests of America’s retail investors, a perspective... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
BB King's Blues Club 152 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

3:00pm

Bootstrap or VC, what’s right for you?
Bootstrapping is not for the faint of heart. And neither is taking venture money. Learn the pros and cons of both paths to find out which may be right for your startup.

Speakers
avatar for David Cummings

David Cummings

CEO, Atlanta Ventures
David loves startups and entrepreneurship. He’s the co-founder of the Atlanta Tech Village (103,000 sq ft tech entrepreneurship center), Pardot (Inc. 500, sold to ExactTarget/Salesforce.com), Hannon Hill (Inc. 500), Rigor (Inc. 500), SalesLoft (raised over $75M in capital), Terminus... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Shieber

Jonathan Shieber

Senior Editor, TechCrunch
Jonathan is a Senior Editor at TechCrunch where he covers venture capital investment and technology development. Previously, Jonathan spent several years reporting on venture capital, private equity, energy and technology from New York and Shanghai for Dow Jones & Co., and the Wall... Read More →
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Rei Wang

Director, Dorm Room Fund
Rei is the Director of Dorm Room Fund, the largest student-run venture firm in the nation and backed by First Round Capital.Rei leads a team of 40+ investment partners and manages a portfolio of 200+ startups. Together, we’ve built the strongest community of entrepreneurial students... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Wildhorse Saloon (Main floor) 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

3:00pm

Get to know these innovation labs on wheels
Here's how creative ecosystem builders are driving economic development and tech prosperity across the heartland—literally—with tricked-out buses from Tennessee's Driving Innovation initiative and Revolution's Rise of the Rest tour.

Speakers
avatar for India Birdsong

India Birdsong

Chief Operating Officer, WeGo Public Transit (formerly Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority)
India Birdsong is the Chief Operating Officer of WeGo Public Transit (formerly Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority) and the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Birdsong received a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Spanish... Read More →
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Ben Ferguson

CEO & Cofounder, theCO
Ben is CEO and Cofounder of theCO, Jackson's co-working maker space and entrepreneur center. He is passionate about educating our youth for success while creating a thriving ecosystem for entrepreneurs in West Tennessee. Ben is also the President of Personnel Placements Holdings, LLC, a staffing and recruiting fi... Read More →
avatar for Erik Gottfried

Erik Gottfried

Director, Business Strategy and Planning, Nissan North America
Erik Gottfried is director, Business Strategy and Planning at Nissan North America. In his role, Gottfried coordinates business planning activity for Nissan’s North American region, serves as the primary regional business development contact for the company and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi... Read More →
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Mary Grove

Partner, Rise of the Rest Seed Fund
Mary Grove is a Partner at Rise of the Rest Seed Fund where she is focused on investments as well as managing the engagement platform to support the Rise of the Rest portfolio. She is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Prior to joining Revolution, Mary spent 14 years at Google in Silicon... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
BB King's Blues Club 152 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

3:00pm

In venture investing, who wins bigger—the tortoise or the hare?
In this friendly debate among VCs, hear the pros and cons of building a portfolio of patient capital vs. investing for hockey stick growth.

Speakers
avatar for Ross Baird

Ross Baird

President, Village Capital
Ross Baird is an entrepreneur and investor who is best known for finding, developing, and investing in entrepreneurs in places and industries where most people aren’t looking. He founded Village Capital in 2009 and has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs in over fifty countries... Read More →
avatar for J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Author, Build Your Dream Network
Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100... Read More →
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David Hornik

Partner, August Capital
David Hornik is a General Partner at August Capital, where he invests in consumer and enterprise software and services. He has worked closely with startups for the last 20 years. Prior to joining August, David was a litigator at Cravath Swaine & Moore, and corporate and licensing... Read More →
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Jesse Middleton

General Partner, Flybridge Capital
Jesse is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital. His investments include Imperfect Produce, Remote Year, Bulletin, Wethos, Hyr, and Splice. Prior to joining Flybridge in 2016, Jesse was an early executive at WeWork, one of the fastest growing and most valuable startups in history... Read More →
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Marlon Nichols

Founder & Managing Partner, Cross Culture Ventures
Marlon Nichols is the founding managing partner at Cross Culture Ventures (CCV), which finds the entrepreneurs who are building the future for the rest of America. He’s an industry veteran - a former Kauffman Fellow and Investment Director at Intel Capital, where he launched Intel's... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
The George Jones 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

3:00pm

VIRAL Pathfinder Startup:Investor Networking (Level 7-9)
36|86 uses a proven tool, the VIRAL Pathfinder, to match startups with VCs looking for deal flow in a specific stage and sector.

The VIRAL (Venture Investment-Readiness and Awareness Levels) Pathway is a framework developed by our friends at Village Capital, a Washington, D.C.-based VC, to help entrepreneurs and investors use the same language to find common ground and mutual opportunity.

For 36|86, we’ve turned this framework into a fun interactive quiz to help startups discover how ready they really are for investment, using the same yardstick as investors.

To begin, startups answer questions like “are you more like Steve Jobs selling Apple II out of his garage or Steve Jobs when he launched the iPhone,” and you’ll get a number that corresponds to the growth phase of your company, from idea to exit. These questions are designed to get to the core of your team’s experience, product or service value proposition, target market size and business model, among other categories.

Did we mention this works? As Ross Baird, CEO of Village Capital, explained, 92% of startups who have used VIRAL said the framework made them better prepared for investment.

The VIRAL Pathfinder quiz uses the same language and measurements as VCs to determine where you are in your path and how the right investor can help move your business forward. No need to swipe right.

Once you’re in Nashville for 36|86, we’ll create networking opportunities with investors, based on your VIRAL number. Since investors take the quiz, too, you’re guaranteed to have no-fuss matchmaking.


Wednesday August 29, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The George Jones - Comcast Recharge Lounge (3rd floor) 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

4:00pm

Behind the scenes of Pilot Flying J's exit to Berkshire Hathaway
What’s it like to grow your startup to an almost $20 billion business, and then, after 60 years at the helm, sell it to an American icon like Warren Buffett? Find out in this intimate fireside chat with Jim Haslam, the founder and chairman of Knoxville-based Pilot Flying J, moderated by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, his son.

Jim knows a thing or two about growth: He started the company with a single gas station in 1958, and it now has 650 travel centers in 43 states and Canada, along with $19.62 billion in sales and 27,000+ employees. In this intimate father/son conversation, Haslam pere will share how he decided to sell a majority stake and offer advice to fellow entrepreneurs on growing their companies.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Haslam

Bill Haslam

Governor, State of Tennessee
On November 4, 2014, Bill Haslam was re-elected Tennessee’s governor with the largest victory in modern Tennessee history.Under his leadership, Tennessee is recognized as a national leader in education, economic development, efficient and effective government and fiscal strength.Since... Read More →
avatar for James A. Haslam, II

James A. Haslam, II

Founder & Chairman, Pilot Corporation
Jim Haslam is founder and chairman of Pilot Corporation. He founded Pilot in 1958 with one gas station, and today, Pilot Flying J is the largest operator of travel centers in North America. Haslam graduated from University of Tennessee in 1952.  He played on the 1951 national championship... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Wildhorse Saloon (Main floor) 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

4:00pm

Make strategic investing work for you
Here's how to scale with the investor who's right for your startup, with tips on finding the best partners and how to evaluate whether to take their money.

Speakers
avatar for Diishan Imira

Diishan Imira

Founder & CEO, Mayvenn, Inc.
Diishan Imira is the founder and CEO of Mayvenn, Inc., a technology company that re-shapes how sale retail products are distributed.Graduating from Georgia State’s business school in 2010, Imira has a vast background in international trade, logistics and investment. Straight out... Read More →
avatar for Marlon Nichols

Marlon Nichols

Founder & Managing Partner, Cross Culture Ventures
Marlon Nichols is the founding managing partner at Cross Culture Ventures (CCV), which finds the entrepreneurs who are building the future for the rest of America. He’s an industry veteran - a former Kauffman Fellow and Investment Director at Intel Capital, where he launched Intel's... Read More →
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Rodney Williams

CEO & Cofounder, LISNR
Rodney Williams is CEO and Cofounder of LISNR, the global data-over-sound leader. LISNR is a secure local proxy for data transmission using sound with over +40 industry awards and powering almost 30 million devices across numerous industries.  Williams in a seasoned innovator with... Read More →


Wednesday August 29, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
BB King's Blues Club 152 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

4:00pm

Innovation Happy Hour Powered by Dell
Catch the sponsor trade show, browse the swag store and meet the teams at Entrepreneur Centers across the state. Oh, and enjoy a cocktail or two!

Sponsors

5:00pm

Opening Night Afterparty
Join us after Innovation Happy Hour for this no-holds-barred opening night extravaganza. Featuring DJ Lt. Dan from Lightning 100 and the Best/Worst Unicorn this-is-not-your-average-startup-pitch competition. You don't want to miss it!

Wednesday August 29, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Acme Feed & Seed Rooftop 101 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201, USA

6:30pm

WeWork x Bunker Labs: Nashville Veterans in Residence Launch Party
As part of Launch Tennessee's 36 | 86 Entrepreneurship Festival, WeWork and Bunker Labs have teamed up to celebrate the launch of Nashville's inaugural Veterans in Residence chapter. Come check out the Residence, meet Nashville's very first cohort of Veterans in Residence entrepreneurs and learn how you can get involved. Throughout the launch party, we'll hear from leadership from WeWork and Bunker Labs, Pilot Flying J and special guest elected officials. You won't want to miss this inaugural chapter celebration with an official ribbon cutting to commemorate the Residence, followed by a private show and live music to cap off the evening.

RSVP: https://virnash.splashthat.com/

Sponsors

Wednesday August 29, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
WeWork One Nashville Place (floor 22) 150 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
 
Thursday, August 30
 

8:00am

Badge Pickup
Welcome to day two of 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival in Nashville. If you haven't already, grab your badge and get ready for an amazing final day!

Thursday August 30, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am
Wildhorse Saloon (Main floor) 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

9:00am

Building a state that innovates: How I’ll do it
Hear the tech and innovation agendas from the Republican and Democratic candidates for Tennessee Governor in these intimate fireside chats moderated by the Nashville Business Journal.

Speakers
avatar for Karl Dean

Karl Dean

Democratic Candidate, Governor of Tennessee
Karl Dean first held public office as an elected public defender, later serving as Nashville's Law Director and then Mayor of Nashville from 2007-2015. As mayor, Karl led Nashville through the Great Recession and historic flood of 2010, while remaining committed to economic development... Read More →
avatar for Kate Herman

Kate Herman

Market President and Publisher, Nashville Business Journal
Kate is Market President and Publisher of the Nashville Business Journal and has over 24 years with the parent company, American City Business Journals. Kate started her career in media selling radio spots and co-hosting and on-air radio show.  She then worked in advertising at... Read More →
avatar for Bill Lee

Bill Lee

Republican Candidate, Governor of Tennessee
As a seventh-generation Tennessean, Bill Lee’s roots run deep in this state. Bill was born in Franklin where he still resides today with his wife Maria on his family’s farm. He’s the proud father of four adult children (Jessica, twin sons Jacob and Caleb, and Sarah Kate) and... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Wildhorse Saloon (Main floor) 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

9:00am

Is corporate venture right for your startup?
Find out how corporate venture capitalists approach strategic investments that are integrated into a global environment with multiple lines of business—and how you can make CVC work for your startup.

Speakers
avatar for Christian Noske

Christian Noske

Direct Investment Director, Alliance Ventures
Christian Noske is Direct Investment Director of Alliance Ventures, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi’s global investment organization, which manages corporate venture capital investment in open innovation, in support of the Alliance’s strategic objectives.Co-located in Silicon Valley... Read More →
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Geri Stengel

President and Founder, Ventureneer
“A baby boomer with the heart and soul of a millennial” describes Geri Stengel best. She grew up believing that dedicated, thoughtful people can change the world by working together. She is still a believer. She is even more committed to the possibility of meaningful change because... Read More →
avatar for Alex de Winter

Alex de Winter

Managing Director, GE Ventures
Alex de Winter is a managing director at GE Ventures, where he has led investments in Labcyte, RainDance Technologies, Syapse, and Veracyte. Alex joined GE Ventures from Mohr Davidow Ventures, where he served as a board observer for CardioDx, Corventis, Crescendo Bioscience, DVS... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
The George Jones 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

9:00am

The reality of a virtual workforce
Remote working setups, flex hours and distributed teams are becoming the norm. When they work, they're great for everyone. Here’s how to nail collaboration from afar.


Speakers
avatar for Asher Cantrell

Asher Cantrell

Happiness Engineer, Automattic
Asher Cantrell is a Happiness Engineer with Automattic, the makers of WordPress.com, and an occasional freelance writer. He has written two books, about 150 articles, and has made thousands of customers happy. Asher works from home, as do all of Automattic's globally distributed workforce... Read More →
avatar for Chris Hefley

Chris Hefley

CRO, Retrium
Chris Hefley is a software developer and entrepreneur, and co-founder and former CEO of LeanKit, Inc. He's currently Chief Revenue Officer at Retrium, the leader in retrospective facilitation software.  His areas of expertise include SaaS, B2B software, Lean/Agile/Kanban, distributed... Read More →
avatar for Vincent Phamvan

Vincent Phamvan

Head of Growth, Simplr
Vincent Phamvan is the Head of Growth at Simplr, where he helps high-growth companies engineer unforgettable customer experiences through top-notch human + AI powered customer service. He has led customer service operations supporting ten of the Fortune 100 companies.Vincent previously led business development and innovation st... Read More →
avatar for Fran Pomerantz

Fran Pomerantz

Founder, The Pomerantz Group, LLC
Fran Pomerantz is the founder of The Pomerantz Group, LLC. Based in New York City, Ms. Pomerantz focuses on recruiting executives in the Digital space across a broad range of industries and disciplines, including early-stage venture capital, private equity backed firms and public... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
BB King's Blues Club 152 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

9:00am

VIRAL Pathfinder Startup:Investor Networking (Level 7-9)
36|86 uses a proven tool, the VIRAL Pathfinder, to match startups with VCs looking for dealflow in a specific stage and sector.

The VIRAL (Venture Investment-Readiness and Awareness Levels) Pathway is a framework developed by our friends at Village Capital, a Washington, D.C.-based VC, to help entrepreneurs and investors use the same language to find common ground and mutual opportunity.

For 36|86, we’ve turned this framework into a fun interactive quiz to help startups discover how ready they really are for investment, using the same yardstick as investors.

To begin, startups answer questions like “are you more like Steve Jobs selling Apple II out of his garage or Steve Jobs when he launched the iPhone,” and you’ll get a number that corresponds to the growth phase of your company, from idea to exit. These questions are designed to get to the core of your team’s experience, product or service value proposition, target market size and business model, among other categories.

Did we mention this works? As Ross Baird, CEO of Village Capital, explained, 92% of startups who have used VIRAL said the framework made them better prepared for investment.

The VIRAL Pathfinder quiz uses the same language and measurements as VCs to determine where you are in your path and how the right investor can help move your business forward. No need to swipe right.

Once you’re in Nashville for 36|86, we’ll create networking opportunities with investors, based on your VIRAL number. Since investors take the quiz, too, you’re guaranteed to have no-fuss matchmaking.


Thursday August 30, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
The George Jones - Comcast Recharge Lounge (3rd floor) 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

9:00am

Asurion Work Lounge
Power up, take meetings or kick back at the Asurion Work Lounge, open all day for your networking needs.

Thursday August 30, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
Wildhorse Saloon - (3rd floor) 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

9:00am

The JumpFund Women's Lounge
We partnered with the Southeast’s first female-led venture firm to bring you The JumpFund Women’s Lounge, open all day.

Ditch your heels for slippers and network with fellow founders and top female investors like Arlan Hamilton and Rei Wang over a glass of rosé. This curated space is geared toward women, but it’s open to all attendees to foster equal deal-making. You can schedule meetings, recharge devices, work between sessions or hang out and relax. So power up, kick back, or both -- it’s your space after all!

Thursday August 30, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
Wildhorse Saloon (2nd floor) 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

10:00am

Executing your product into high-volume customers
Are you ready to hit the consumer shelf? Or engaging with your first big customer? Here's what it takes to get your supply chain ready to fulfill major corporate orders.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Brodock

Kate Brodock

CEO, Women 2.0
Kate Brodock is CEO of Women 2.0, a global for-profit, for-good working at the intersection of gender, inclusion and the tech industry. She's long been involved in women in tech issues.Outside of Women 2.0, Brodock has played an active leadership role in the tech and startup ecosystems... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Hertz

Matthew Hertz

Managing Partner, Second Marathon Advisors
Matt has been a founding team member and early employee at a number of ecommerce startups including Birchbox, Rent the Runway, and Shyp, while also advising a number of other startups including Harry’s, Barkbox, Lola, Milk Bar, Uber Freight, and Vinebox.Matt has spent most of his... Read More →
avatar for Matt Rogers

Matt Rogers

CEO & Cofounder, Pure Sodaworks LLC
I have been involved in the food industry since working at my sister's ice cream shoppe at age 14. After a stint as a restauranteur at age 23, I focused my career on graphic design and web development. In 2007, my wife and I began designing, developing, and selling high-quality and... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Way

Amanda Way

VP of Pharma Sales and Business Development at ScriptDrop, Inc., ScriptDrop, Inc.
Amanda was the first employee at ScriptDrop where she is the VP of Pharmaceutical Sales and Business Development.  In her role she’s responsible for selling into the large pharmaceutical manufacturers and continuing to drive innovation and product improvement for her customers.Before ScriptDrop, Amanda was the first employ... Read More →
avatar for Josh Wiesman

Josh Wiesman

CEO & Cofounder, Smilo
Josh Wiesman is the CEO of Smilo, the new direct-to-consumer brand for essential baby and child products lovingly perfected by doctors, scientists, and engineers.Josh founded his first company, TWI LLC, as a sophomore in college. Josh successfully led the company to four international... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
The George Jones 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

10:00am

Find out how to use Opportunity Zones in your community
Opportunity Zones are a federal community development tool that aim to drive more capital to low- and moderate-income areas of the country, including 176 tracts here in Tennessee, many of them home to emerging startups, incubators and tech transfer offices. Reinvesting capital gains in Opportunity Zones can earn federal tax benefits. Qualifying investments include startup and growth companies, real estate, retail and a variety of others. At this in-depth workshop, you’ll learn how to make this program work for your community, including guidance on receiving significant tax benefits while investing in the companies of tomorrow.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Driscoll

Anne Driscoll

President & COO, Launch Pad
Anne is a long-time Valley exec turned passionate startup advocate. As head of Marketing & Brand at Google she led the creation of the employment brand, the codification of culture and helped drive the global expansion from 3000 employees to 20,000. Her work with the people analytics... Read More →
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Jeremy Keele

Senior Advisor, Sorenson Impact Foundation
Jeremy Keele is launching an impact investment fund focused on using private capital to improve lives in disadvantaged communities.Until recently, Jeremy was the President & CEO of the Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah, whose mission is to marshal capital for social... Read More →
avatar for John Lanahan

John Lanahan

Director of Capital Formation, Launch Tennessee
As the Director of Capital Formation, John works to grow investment into Tennessee-based startups through entrepreneur development, building investor and corporate networks and leading policy initiatives that help spur private investment across the state. He manages the $30M INCITE... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Reilly

Rachel Reilly

Director of Impact Investing, Enterprise Community Partners
Rachel Reilly is the Director of Impact Investing at Enterprise Community Partners where she raises debt capital from socially-responsible investors through the Enterprise Community Impact Note – a $100 million offering. She also leads public policy efforts to expand private investment... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
BB King's Blues Club 152 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

10:00am

Why cities win when pro teams come to town: a Tennessee case study
Hear leadership from the Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators, Memphis Grizzlies and newly formed Nashville Soccer Club on the economic impact of pro stadiums built in cities. Plus, the surprising reason that strong pro sports and vibrant downtowns are key contributors to startup ecosystems.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Cavarra

Mary Cavarra

EVP & CFO, Ingram Industries Inc.
Mary currently serves as EVP & CFO for Ingram Industries Inc.  She has been with Ingram for over 20 yrs.  Mary also serves as VP for Nashville Soccer Holdings LLC and has been extensively involved with Nashville’s winning MLS bid and start up operations.  She also has leadership... Read More →
avatar for Sean Henry

Sean Henry

President & CEO, Nashville Predators & Bridgestone Arena
In 2016-17, his seventh season in Smashville, Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena President & Chief Executive Officer and Alternate Governor Sean Henry proudly watched the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena complete their most successful season to date. Led by the passion... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Spears

Stuart Spears

Sr. Vice President/Chief Revenue Officer, Tennessee Titans
Stuart Spears is in his 32nd season with the organization and his fourth as the team’s Senior Vice President/Chief Revenue Officer. Previously, he spent six years as Vice President of Business Operations and Sales for the organization.In his current role, he is responsible for the... Read More →
avatar for John Walker

John Walker

EVP Business Operations, Memphis Grizzlies
John Walker is entering his fourth season with the Memphis Grizzlies and FedExForum as executive vice president of business operations. Walker manages day-to-day operations of the business, including ticket sales and service, arena operations, corporate partnerships, and marketing... Read More →
avatar for Rashaun Williams

Rashaun Williams

General Partner at Allstar Fund, Manhattan Venture Partners
Rashaun Williams is a former investment banker turned venture capitalist who works with influencers as an investor and advisor focused on tech, consumer products and media companies. With over 100 investments under his belt and over 20 exits, Mr. Williams is currently a general partner... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
Wildhorse Saloon (Main floor) 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

11:00am

Execution is everything. Here's the key to unlocking your SaaS revenue growth
For early-stage SaaS companies, it's not just about the numbers. In addition to key metrics around MRR, Churn and CAC, investors are looking for teams built for results. Discover insider tips from VC and human capital experts on the keys to building your organizational metrics and making sure you have the right people and culture in place to sustain high performance.

Speakers
avatar for Heath Butler

Heath Butler

Managing Partner, Gestalt Growth Advisors
Heath Butler is an angel investor, serial entrepreneur, seasoned corporate executive, advisor to high-growth companies and mentor to early stage businesses through accelerator and incubation hubs in Houston, Austin, New Orleans and Los Angeles.  Heath has over 15 years of experience... Read More →
avatar for Aziz Gilani

Aziz Gilani

Managing Director, Mercury
Aziz Gilani is a Managing Director at Mercury, where he focuses on investments in enterprise SaaS, Cloud and data science startups. Prior to joining Mercury, Aziz was a Senior Engagement Leader with Infosys Consulting, an early executive at ABB Performance Services, a Senior Consultant... Read More →
avatar for Collin Gutman

Collin Gutman

Managing Partner, SaaS Ventures
Prior to founding SaaS Ventures, Collin co-founded Acceleprise, the world’s first pure enterprise tech accelerator.  Originally based in DC and now with locations in Australia, New York and San Francisco, Acceleprise focused on helping to solve the challenges unique to enterprise... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Mikesell

Michelle Mikesell

Managing Director, HR Operations, Insperity
Michelle applies her extensive experience to helping growth organizations understand their culture gaps and align their people and business strategies. She specializes in executive team benchmarking and leadership development and has led cultural and organizational change across industries... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
The George Jones 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

11:00am

Nashville insider CEOs on what's driving the city's startup boom
Technology is the great global equalizer, and the next unicorns can come from anywhere. Why not Nashville? Hear from the leaders of Music City's hottest industries—fashion, healthcare, music, food, tech—on where we are today and what is on the horizon.

Speakers
avatar for Charlie Brock

Charlie Brock

CEO & President, Launch Tennessee
Charlie Brock has been CEO of Launch Tennessee since January, 2013. Under his tenure, Launch Tennessee has grown 36|86 into the Southeast’s premier entrepreneurship conference; launched seven industry accelerator programs for high-growth startups; passed startup-friendly legislation... Read More →
avatar for Rod Essig

Rod Essig

Music Agent, Creative Artists Agency
Rod Essig is a Music Agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, London, and Beijing.Essig co-heads the Nashville office and represents some of the world’s top musicians, including... Read More →
avatar for Ken Levitan

Ken Levitan

Founder & Co-President, Vector Management
As the founder and co-president of Vector Management, Ken Levitan leads one of the most formidable artist, lifestyle and brand management companies in the entertainment business today.  Levitan has an active role in the successful careers of the company’s diverse list of artists... Read More →
avatar for Van Tucker

Van Tucker

CEO, Nashville Fashion Alliance
Van Tucker is the CEO of the Nashville Fashion Alliance; an organization dedicated to amplifying early stage fashion businesses with an ecosystem of support and resources. Over the last five years, she has led this industry through the formation of the NFA through her collaborative... Read More →
avatar for Marcus Whitney

Marcus Whitney

President & Cofounder, Briovation
Marcus is President and cofounder of Briovation, an Innovation Catalyst company focused on improving health globally. Through Briovation, Marcus is CEO of Health:Further, a community focused on the future of health, and Founding Partner of Jumpstart Foundry, a new kind of venture capital firm focused on innovative and early stage healthcare companies. Jumpstart has a portfolio of over 45 companies including Reemo, Life Detection Technologies and Sightbox (recently sold to Johnson and Johnson).Marcus is also co-founder and co-owner of... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Wildhorse Saloon (Main floor) 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

11:00am

Preview top startups embedded at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (LUNCH PROVIDED)
The Department of Energy partners with national labs around the country to develop the next generation of energy entrepreneurs. These labs work with entrepreneurial scientists and engineers on early-stage R&D that could lead to new energy businesses. Oak Ridge National Laboratory right here in Tennessee is the DOE's biggest science and energy lab.

At 36|86, top startups from ORNL's Innovation Crossroads accelerator and other DOE labs, including Chain Reaction Innovations at Argonne National Lab, will pitch live on stage at this interactive lunchtime event. You don't want to miss this lunchtime pitch event!

You'll hear from:
  1. Yellowstone Energy 
  2. Active Energy Systems 
  3. SkyNano
  4. TCPoly
  5. Nth Cycle
  6. Ascend Manufacturing
  7. Lux Semiconductors 
  8. Eonix 
  9. ClearFlame Engines 
  10. Emergy 

Speakers
avatar for Matt Hunckler

Matt Hunckler

CEO, Powderkeg
Matt Hunckler is an entrepreneur, international speaker, podcast host, and CEO of Powderkeg. Powderkeg is a growing community of more than 10,000 tech entrepreneurs, investors and professionals building innovative companies across America. Powderkeg helps its members connect and scale... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
BB King's Blues Club 152 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

11:00am

VIRAL Pathfinder Startup:Investor Networking (Level 4-6)
36|86 uses a proven tool, the VIRAL Pathfinder, to match startups with VCs looking for dealflow in a specific stage and sector.

The VIRAL (Venture Investment-Readiness and Awareness Levels) Pathway is a framework developed by our friends at Village Capital, a Washington, D.C.-based VC, to help entrepreneurs and investors use the same language to find common ground and mutual opportunity.

For 36|86, we’ve turned this framework into a fun interactive quiz to help startups discover how ready they really are for investment, using the same yardstick as investors.

To begin, startups answer questions like “are you more like Steve Jobs selling Apple II out of his garage or Steve Jobs when he launched the iPhone,” and you’ll get a number that corresponds to the growth phase of your company, from idea to exit. These questions are designed to get to the core of your team’s experience, product or service value proposition, target market size and business model, among other categories.

Did we mention this works? As Ross Baird, CEO of Village Capital, explained, 92% of startups who have used VIRAL said the framework made them better prepared for investment.

The VIRAL Pathfinder quiz uses the same language and measurements as VCs to determine where you are in your path and how the right investor can help move your business forward. No need to swipe right.

Once you’re in Nashville for 36|86, we’ll create networking opportunities with investors, based on your VIRAL number. Since investors take the quiz, too, you’re guaranteed to have no-fuss matchmaking.


Thursday August 30, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm
The George Jones - Comcast Recharge Lounge (3rd floor) 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

12:00pm

Live Pitch Critique
Come ready with your 60-second elevator pitch to get real-time feedback from VCs and corporate strategy pros. Startups will have four minutes each: two to pitch and two for feedback.


Speakers
avatar for Andrew Goldner

Andrew Goldner

Cofounder, GrowthX
Andrew is a Founding Partner of GrowthX. He has been in the technology sector since 1998, based in New York City, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Palo Alto.Andrew began his career in technology as a lawyer for early Internet pioneers such as Alta Vista, Yahoo, and Salesforce while practicing... Read More →
avatar for Matt Hunckler

Matt Hunckler

CEO, Powderkeg
Matt Hunckler is an entrepreneur, international speaker, podcast host, and CEO of Powderkeg. Powderkeg is a growing community of more than 10,000 tech entrepreneurs, investors and professionals building innovative companies across America. Powderkeg helps its members connect and scale... Read More →
avatar for Amy Zehfuss

Amy Zehfuss

Founder & Principal, Springboard Strategy
Amy Zehfuss is an innovation and strategy leader and principal of Springboard Strategy, LLC. Zehfuss founded Springboard to lead businesses large and small through strategy planning, innovation and product development, and execution that delivers material growth.Zehfuss brings decades... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
The George Jones 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

1:00pm

Building a killer startup team with outside-the-box solutions
With so many tech jobs left unfilled in America, founders are getting creative on sourcing talent. Find out how startups are leveraging unique programs to fill their talent pipeline and how you can do the same.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Hall

Justin Hall

President & CTO, Bit Source
Born in Pikeville, KY in 1974 to J.D. Hall and Sharon Hatfield Hall, Justin Hall grew up in eastern Kentucky. He went to elementary school at Millard Elementary and graduated high school at Elkhorn City High School in 1993. After high school, Hall went to Pikeville College on an athletic... Read More →
avatar for Amy Henderson

Amy Henderson

Board Member, Nashville Software School
Amy Henderson is an executive and entrepreneur who has a passion for improving the technology landscape in Middle Tennessee. She has led a number of different organizational departments over the course of her career, including previous positions at LeanKit, a Franklin, Tennessee based... Read More →
avatar for Disney Petit

Disney Petit

Civic Labs Program Manager, Postmates
Disney Petit is one of the founding members of the Civic Labs team at Postmates, the on-demand company using your local city as a warehouse to get you everything you need, whenever you need it.After joining Postmates in 2013, Disney worked to build Postmates’ customer service team... Read More →
avatar for Fran Pomerantz

Fran Pomerantz

Founder, The Pomerantz Group, LLC
Fran Pomerantz is the founder of The Pomerantz Group, LLC. Based in New York City, Ms. Pomerantz focuses on recruiting executives in the Digital space across a broad range of industries and disciplines, including early-stage venture capital, private equity backed firms and public... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
BB King's Blues Club 152 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

1:00pm

Learn how to really troubleshoot life as a cofounder
Launching a company with the right cofounder is magical when it works, and even in the best of times, there are hard-to-navigate ups and downs. Find out how to show up as your best self in all kinds of tricky situations as a cofounder.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Carter

Chris Carter

CEO & Cofounder, Porter Road
Throughout college, Chris did promotions for a local radio station while also working in restaurants as a bartender and server before leaving Memphis in pursuit of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona. While studying the culinary arts, Chris elected to continue... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Darnell

Ryan Darnell

Managing Partner, Max Ventures
Ryan runs Max Ventures – an early-stage VC fund based in NYC. He co-founded the firm in late 2013 and has made over 40 investments in companies such as Boxed Wholesale, Drone Racing League, Button, Zoomcar, Porter Road, GrubMarket, and Knock.
avatar for Carolyn Lanzetta

Carolyn Lanzetta

CEO & Cofounder, Plum Print
Carolyn Lanzetta began her career as an institutional equity trader at JPMorgan. She then went on to launch her own company, Plum Print, that transforms children’s artwork from unruly piles into coffee-table books and other products. Shortly after Plum Print launched, Carolyn was... Read More →
avatar for James Peisker

James Peisker

COO & Cofounder, Porter Road
James Peisker initially embarked on his culinary career when he was just 14 years old, working as a busboy in the diner that sat just across the street from his St. Louis home. After working his way up to a server, James was eager to continue his culinary education and he spent time... Read More →
avatar for Meg Ragland

Meg Ragland

President & Cofounder, Plum Print
Meg Ragland is the President and Co-Founder of Plum Print. Plum Print transforms your children’s artwork into professional digital galleries, custom coffee table books and a suite of personalized gifts. Ragland founded Plum Print, along with Carolyn Lanzetta, in New York in 2012. The company headquarters were moved to Asheville, North... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Wildhorse Saloon (Main floor) 120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

1:00pm

Learn the ins and outs of Smart Mobility
It’s the future of transportation, and you need to know more about it! This panel, led by TennSMART, Tennessee’s consortium advancing intelligent mobility solutions, will preview how we will be getting around in the future — in our connected and autonomous vehicles, our electric cars, all talking to each other by way of a large transportation system. It’s the wave of the future and TennSMART is leading the pack.

Speakers
avatar for India Birdsong

India Birdsong

Chief Operating Officer, WeGo Public Transit (formerly Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority)
India Birdsong is the Chief Operating Officer of WeGo Public Transit (formerly Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority) and the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Birdsong received a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Spanish... Read More →
avatar for Claus Daniel

Claus Daniel

Director, Sustainable Transportation Program, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr. Claus Daniel is the Director of Sustainable Transportation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and professor in the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Daniel is TennSMART’s first president... Read More →
avatar for Bill Malkes

Bill Malkes

CEO & Cofounder, GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc.
William (Bill) A. Malkes is a serial entrepreneur who has founded multiple companies across diverse product lines. Malkes and his longtime business partner Vig Sherrill founded four companies together, including ASIC International (Ai), that was purchased by Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX... Read More →
avatar for Brad Rutherford

Brad Rutherford

VP of Sales, Local Motors
Brad Rutherford is an Industrial Engineer working on a systems approach to developing transit solutions for freight, passengers and logistics. He's VP of Sales at Local Motors and a founding member and treasurer of TennSMART.He also helped develop technology around communicat... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
The George Jones 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

1:00pm

VIRAL Pathfinder Startup:Investor Networking
36|86 uses a proven tool, the VIRAL Pathfinder, to match startups with VCs looking for deal flow in a specific stage and sector.

The VIRAL (Venture Investment-Readiness and Awareness Levels) Pathway is a framework developed by our friends at Village Capital, a Washington, D.C.-based VC, to help entrepreneurs and investors use the same language to find common ground and mutual opportunity.

For 36|86, we’ve turned this framework into a fun interactive quiz to help startups discover how ready they really are for investment, using the same yardstick as investors.

To begin, startups answer questions like “are you more like Steve Jobs selling Apple II out of his garage or Steve Jobs when he launched the iPhone,” and you’ll get a number that corresponds to the growth phase of your company, from idea to exit. These questions are designed to get to the core of your team’s experience, product or service value proposition, target market size and business model, among other categories.

Did we mention this works? As Ross Baird, CEO of Village Capital, explained, 92% of startups who have used VIRAL said the framework made them better prepared for investment.

The VIRAL Pathfinder quiz uses the same language and measurements as VCs to determine where you are in your path and how the right investor can help move your business forward. No need to swipe right.

Once you’re in Nashville for 36|86, we’ll create networking opportunities with investors, based on your VIRAL number. Since investors take the quiz, too, you’re guaranteed to have no-fuss matchmaking.

Thursday August 30, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
The George Jones - Comcast Recharge Lounge (3rd floor) 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

2:00pm

Go to market right the first time
Abe Minkara, the business development whiz from Mark Cuban Companies, shares go-to-market strategies their portfolio companies use to nail their launch strategies in this fireside chat moderated by First Round's Rei Wang.

Speakers
avatar for Abe Minkara

Abe Minkara

Director of Business Development, Mark Cuban Companies
Abe oversees the portfolio of Shark Tank and CPG companies at Mark Cuban Companies.
avatar for Rei Wang

Rei Wang

Director, Dorm Room Fund
Rei is the Director of Dorm Room Fund, the largest student-run venture firm in the nation and backed by First Round Capital.Rei leads a team of 40+ investment partners and manages a portfolio of 200+ startups. Together, we’ve built the strongest community of entrepreneurial students... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
BB King's Blues Club 152 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

2:00pm

Demystifying the wild world of ICOs
Here's the beginner's guide to initial coin offerings (plus tokens, bitcoin and ether) to help you decide whether you should do an ICO for your next raise.

Speakers
avatar for Mayra Ceja

Mayra Ceja

Director ICOs/Equity Crowdfunding, Indiegogo
Mayra Ceja is an experienced investor. Currently, she leads Indiegogo's new ICO and equity crowdfunding platform. Prior, she launched Princeton University's first seed fund and has made over 26 investments. She received her MBA from Wharton and AB from Princeton.
avatar for Tyler Evans

Tyler Evans

CTO of BTC Inc & Cofounder, Po.et
Tyler is the Chief Technology Officer at BTC Inc., an information and infrastructure company devoted to enabling permissionless innovation and democratizing access to financial services. Through its subsidiaries, BTC Inc. runs business units including publisher of the world’s leading digital and print publications dedicated to... Read More →
avatar for Anna Hensel

Anna Hensel

Reporter, VentureBeat
Anna Hensel is a reporter at VentureBeat, covering scrappy tech companies in the "Heartland" of the U.S., a topic near and dear to her heart as a native Minnesotan. She's previously reported for Inc. magazine and ESPN.com. 
avatar for Bryan Myint

Bryan Myint

Managing Director, Republic Crypto
Bryan has been investing in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology since early 2017. Prior experience includes being a strategy consultant for big pharma clients, project manager at early stage startups, and product engineer for medical devices. Bryan graduated from UCLA with... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
The George Jones 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

2:00pm

VIRAL Pathfinder Startup:Investor Networking (Level 1-3)
36|86 uses a proven tool, the VIRAL Pathfinder, to match startups with VCs looking for dealflow in a specific stage and sector.

The VIRAL (Venture Investment-Readiness and Awareness Levels) Pathway is a framework developed by our friends at Village Capital, a Washington, D.C.-based VC, to help entrepreneurs and investors use the same language to find common ground and mutual opportunity.

For 36|86, we’ve turned this framework into a fun interactive quiz to help startups discover how ready they really are for investment, using the same yardstick as investors.

To begin, startups answer questions like “are you more like Steve Jobs selling Apple II out of his garage or Steve Jobs when he launched the iPhone,” and you’ll get a number that corresponds to the growth phase of your company, from idea to exit. These questions are designed to get to the core of your team’s experience, product or service value proposition, target market size and business model, among other categories.

Did we mention this works? As Ross Baird, CEO of Village Capital, explained, 92% of startups who have used VIRAL said the framework made them better prepared for investment.

The VIRAL Pathfinder quiz uses the same language and measurements as VCs to determine where you are in your path and how the right investor can help move your business forward. No need to swipe right.

Once you’re in Nashville for 36|86, we’ll create networking opportunities with investors, based on your VIRAL number. Since investors take the quiz, too, you’re guaranteed to have no-fuss matchmaking.


Thursday August 30, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The George Jones - Comcast Recharge Lounge (3rd floor) 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

3:00pm

Food + Fashion + Impact: Here's how lifestyle startups can leverage tech to scale
Not all successful startups are makers of apps, marketplaces or SaaS platforms. Meet the founders of some of Nashville's hottest high-growth startups that are building lifestyle, sustainable products:

  1. Porter Road
  2. Nisolo
  3. Nashville Fashion Alliance  
  4. Soles4Souls

Speakers
avatar for Uli Becker

Uli Becker

Founder/Advisor, Reebok / Aegle Gear
Uli Becker has 25 years experience in the sporting goods industry, having worked for adidas and Reebok, two of the best global sports brands. He worked primarily in front office functions, on the product creation, product management and business unit side, in brand and marketing roles... Read More →
avatar for Chris Carter

Chris Carter

CEO & Cofounder, Porter Road
Throughout college, Chris did promotions for a local radio station while also working in restaurants as a bartender and server before leaving Memphis in pursuit of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona. While studying the culinary arts, Chris elected to continue... Read More →
avatar for Buddy Teaster

Buddy Teaster

CEO, Soles4Souls
As CEO, Buddy uses a mix of entrepreneurship, C-level leadership skills and extensive non-profit experience to lead Soles4Souls, the largest not-for-profit shoe and apparel social enterprise in the US. In addition to the free distribution of new footwear and apparel, Soles4Souls distributes... Read More →
avatar for Van Tucker

Van Tucker

CEO, Nashville Fashion Alliance
Van Tucker is the CEO of the Nashville Fashion Alliance; an organization dedicated to amplifying early stage fashion businesses with an ecosystem of support and resources. Over the last five years, she has led this industry through the formation of the NFA through her collaborative... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Woodyard

Patrick Woodyard

CEO & Cofounder, Nisolo
Patrick is the Cofounder & CEO of Nisolo, an E-Commerce Footwear & Accessories brand striving to push the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction. He graduated from the Croft Institute and Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at Ole Miss, where he studied Global Business... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
BB King's Blues Club 152 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

3:00pm

Make your beta work harder
Hear real founders' experiences going from beta to full public launch with actionable tips on how to soft-buzz your way into consumers' hearts on a shoestring marketing budget.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Brodock

Kate Brodock

CEO, Women 2.0
Kate Brodock is CEO of Women 2.0, a global for-profit, for-good working at the intersection of gender, inclusion and the tech industry. She's long been involved in women in tech issues.Outside of Women 2.0, Brodock has played an active leadership role in the tech and startup ecosystems... Read More →
avatar for Jon Hyman

Jon Hyman

CTO & Cofounder, Braze (formerly Appboy)
Jon Hyman is the cofounder and chief technology officer of Braze, a customer engagement platform that delivers messaging experiences across push, email, in-app, and more. He leads the charge for building the platform’s technical systems and infrastructure as well as overseeing the... Read More →
avatar for Keith Putnam-Delaney

Keith Putnam-Delaney

Founder & Head of Growth, Eden Technologies
Keith is a customer acquisition expert. He started his career in brand and marketing strategy for Fortune 100 companies (Harley Davidson, Cigna, JPMorgan, etc.), before helping build out the Dropbox for Business marketing team. Most recently he scaled a startup, Eden Technologies... Read More →
avatar for Tania Yuki

Tania Yuki

Founder & CEO, Shareablee
Tania Yuki is Founder and CEO of Shareablee, the leading provider of actionable competitive intelligence for social media. She began her career as a media and internet attorney, specializing in digital rights management, IP and film financing. Since moving to the US, Tania has run... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
The George Jones 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

4:00pm

Investor Reverse Pitch
Are you considering a raise this year? This is the live pitch event for you. All kinds of investors, from early to growth and patient vs hockey stick, will pitch their funds live on stage. Plus enjoy curated networking!

Speakers
avatar for Mayra Ceja

Mayra Ceja

Director ICOs/Equity Crowdfunding, Indiegogo
Mayra Ceja is an experienced investor. Currently, she leads Indiegogo's new ICO and equity crowdfunding platform. Prior, she launched Princeton University's first seed fund and has made over 26 investments. She received her MBA from Wharton and AB from Princeton.
avatar for Collin Gutman

Collin Gutman

Managing Partner, SaaS Ventures
Prior to founding SaaS Ventures, Collin co-founded Acceleprise, the world’s first pure enterprise tech accelerator.  Originally based in DC and now with locations in Australia, New York and San Francisco, Acceleprise focused on helping to solve the challenges unique to enterprise... Read More →
avatar for Arlan Hamilton

Arlan Hamilton

Founder & Managing Partner, Backstage Capital
Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are of color, women, and/or... Read More →
avatar for Matt Hunckler

Matt Hunckler

CEO, Powderkeg
Matt Hunckler is an entrepreneur, international speaker, podcast host, and CEO of Powderkeg. Powderkeg is a growing community of more than 10,000 tech entrepreneurs, investors and professionals building innovative companies across America. Powderkeg helps its members connect and scale... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Middleton

Jesse Middleton

General Partner, Flybridge Capital
Jesse is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital. His investments include Imperfect Produce, Remote Year, Bulletin, Wethos, Hyr, and Splice. Prior to joining Flybridge in 2016, Jesse was an early executive at WeWork, one of the fastest growing and most valuable startups in history... Read More →


Thursday August 30, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
The George Jones 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

4:00pm

Closing Night Happy Hour Powered by Nashville Chamber of Commerce
You learned how to build, scale and execute your way to success at 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival. Now kick back and enjoy some down time with fellow founders, investors and ecosystem builders.


Thursday August 30, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The George Jones - Rooftop 128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

5:30pm

Live On The Green Music Festival + VIP Afterparty
Nashville’s favorite free outdoor music festival, Live On The Green is a celebration of the city’s passion for music and community. Presented by Lightning 100, it’s a highly anticipated annual event to catch hot rising and established artists on stage.

Lineup: The New Respects, Rival Sons, Savannah Conley, The Wild Feathers, Roots of a Rebellion, and Dr. Dog.

For schedule and more info, check out their website.

*If you have a VIP pass, you must get your 36|86 VIP Afterparty wrist band during The George Jones Rooftop Happy Hour from 4-6pm.