Companies Reshaping Startup Scene on Stage at Tech Conference Hosted By Launch Tennessee

36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival will run Aug. 28-29 in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#entrepreneurship–Attracting more than 1,200 entrepreneurs, investors, students and innovation-ecosystem builders from across the US, 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival offers a rare opportunity to see why innovative companies like are choosing to relocate from coastal hubs to scale in the South. Voices that represent the new startup South will be on stage at 36|86 in Nashville, Aug. 28-29.

At 36|86, festival-goers can access speakers and investors who are driving change in their cities and learn from fireside chats, panels and workshops designed to give attendees tools to grow their businesses. In addition to practical advice, 36|86 also helps build connections, with ample networking and entertainment options.

The festival is hosted by Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN), a public-private partnership working to make Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation.

“36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival puts a spotlight on the innovation and growth in the Southeast,” said Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee. “Thanks to partners like Launch Tennessee, we are building both a technology workforce and the infrastructure needed to continue making our state a destination for the jobs of the future. We welcome entrepreneurs from across the country to see our business-friendly environment firsthand.”

Taking the stage at 36|86 this year are innovators with varied backgrounds, job titles and ways of doing business. From cutting-edge health care executives to rule-breaking investors, speakers will discuss alternative funding sources, policies to grow a more favorable business environment, and tips for navigating venture failures.

Featured speakers include Alex Fenkel, co-founder of SmileDirectClub; Carolyn Rodz, founder of Alice, a free AI-driven website prioritizing women and underrepresented founders; and Seth Bernstein, president and CEO of AllianceBernstein. Click here to see more 36|86 speakers.

The newest feature is the 36|86 Pavilion at Live On The Green, Nashville’s free outdoor music festival. The Pavilion will host a Job Fair open to jobseekers looking to join a fast-growing startup, as well as young startups scouting for talent to scale their businesses.

“36|86 is the culmination of our efforts to spark innovation and collaboration across the state, region, and country,” said Margaret Dolan, president and CEO of LaunchTN. “Our team has built an experience that provides value for all attendees, from students on the cusp of discovery to leading CEOs who challenge the status quo. 36|86 is for innovators everywhere.”

Tickets for 36|86 are available at Tickets start at $279 now through July 31. Attendees have the option for upgrades, such as VIP access to Live On The Green for $80, to further customize the 36|86 experience.

About Launch Tennessee

Launch Tennessee is a public-private partnership that supports entrepreneurs from ideation to exit, guided by a vision of making Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation. Partnering with Entrepreneur Centers in six regions, Launch Tennessee creates collaboration among entrepreneurs, the private sector, capital sources, institutions and government to offer entrepreneurs what they need to succeed and stay in Tennessee to build companies and create jobs. Visit to discover what makes Tennessee a great state for startups.


Sara Pruneski


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