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Entrepreneurship and Technology Conference
Nashville, TN

36|86: Student Edition

Student founders are a crucial component of a healthy startup ecosystem, and 36|86 is excited to host the inaugural Student Edition on June 4, 2017. The day-long event celebrates student entrepreneurship with programming tailored to the unique needs of young founders interested in taking an idea to market or growing an existing business.

Catch a student pitch competition, a fireside chat with inspiring names in student entrepreneurship and a networking reception with corporate partners, investors, potential mentors and more.

Winners receive cash prizes totaling $60,000, exposure at 36|86, on-going growth support from Launch Tennessee and eligibility to apply for the TENN Master Accelerator.

Sponsored By:
Global Action Platform


Social Enterprise

Ed Pack Global (Lipscomb University: Kittrell Business Plan Competition)
Leaf (Vanderbilt: Social Ventures Summit Pitch Competition)
Eco-floater by Eco-enterprises (UT Martin: Skyhawk Venture Challenge)

Consumer Goods/Services

Gigamunch (Tennessee Tech University: Eagle Works)
In With The Old (University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Undergrad Pitch Competition)
Bloom Brightly Paper Co (Belmont: Business Plan Competition)

Technology Enabled

The Sorority Guide (University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Undergrad Pitch Competition)
With The Band (Belmont: Business Plan Competition)
AM Optics (Tennessee Tech University: Eagle Works)

Commercialized Technology

GeoAir (UTK: Vol Court)
PATH EX (Vanderbilt: Tech Venture Challenge)
GPS-911 (Vanderbilt: Owen Venture Challenge)
SimPath (UTK: Boyd Venture Challenge)


Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). As a connector, and networking expert, Kelly has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“25 Smartest Women On Twitter”). She has appeared on CNBC’s Power Pitch, keeps a column on Inc.com, blogs on myturnstone.com and tweets frequently (@jkhoey).

Jonathan Sexton

Jonathan Sexton

Jonathan Sexton is a musician turned entrepreneur. After touring the country playing concerts from coast to coast including music festivals like SXSW and Bonnaroo, Sexton switched focus in 2011 to co-found his first startup Artist Growth in Nashville, TN. In 2014, he joined the team at Knoxville Entrepreneur Center as Entrepreneur-In-Residence where he launched one of the first media accelerators for content creators in the country while launching his 2nd musictech company Bandposters. Sexton is now COO at KEC, still CEO of Bandposters, and spends lots time helping creators and media brands build business models that work.


Aidan Cuniffee

Aidan Cunniffe began tinkering with computers at an early age and discovered a love for designing virtual worlds and starting businesses. He found in himself a passion for empowering creative people to bring their ideas to life and has started multiple companies with that as a focus. While a sophomore in college, Dropsource, which turned visual app designs into working source code, raised money and he left to school to build out their team and platform. Today Aidan is working on a his next startup to help creatives called onKnack which is launching publicly in Q4. Aidan is a prolific writer whose commentaries have been featured on the front page of Techcrunch, Medium and other publishing platforms. He’s also spoken on stage at two TedX conferences in the Northeast.


Nick Macco

Nick is a Designer, Internet Entrepreneur, and Founder of Southtree and Legacybox. The two brands represent the largest online consumer company in the world serving to digitize analog and outdated media. The organization has grown to a team of over 100 and digitizes over 1-million home movies, and countless photos, for families across the country and Canada. Southtree and Legacybox have been featured on The View, Public Radio, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, USA Today, and countless others. As a self-taught designer, Nick’s work has been featured by Behance’s 99u and SwissMiss. Nick’s blood runs green and gold, he’s ridden chair lifts since the age of 4, and he made a valiant attempt at surfing off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. In his increasingly limited free time Nick enjoys reading philosophy and history. Nick lives in Downtown Chattanooga with his beautiful wife Ashley and twin boys.

Tom Stern

Tom Stern is the co-founder and CEO of The Spoke, an API connected platform allowing users to search for, store and surface lifestyle recommendations from friends and influencers with the information needed to make a decision. Before co-founding The Spoke, Tom ran the inbound sales team at zlien, focusing on helping construction workers get paid. Originally from Westchester, New York, Tom attended Tulane University, where he co-founded his first startup Threadix – the first collegiate venture to be named as a finalist in New Orleans Entrepreneurship Week’s The Big Idea.



Jeremy King

Jeremy King is executive vice president and chief technology officer for all U.S. Walmart stores and eCommerce. His organization consists of U.S. retail technology, @WalmartLabs, and Jet technology – including a global presence in infrastructure, cloud, and data platforms. Their charter is to create a seamless shopping experience so customers can save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices.

Stephen Culp

Stephen Culp

A former U.S. Navy Reserve Officer, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, attorney, and NCAA Division I fencer, Stephen is co-founder of PriceWaiter, Delegator, Smart Furniture, Chattanooga Renaissance Funds I & II, and the non-profit ventures Causeway and CF Smackdown.

Stephen earned a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a fellowship from the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation, and graduated with Highest Distinction as a varsity athlete at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Stephen is a multi-patented inventor (the original “Smart Furniture”), black belt, surfer, 1996 Olympic torchbearer, 2010 Marshall Fellow, a 2016 Spirit of Innovation Keynote Speaker, and a 2016 member of Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program. He has also appeared on the cover of Inc. magazine for not paying himself enough money, accidentally suspended a forklift across a drainage ditch, and while in high school in the 80s, created a video game rejected by Microsoft as “tasteless.”

Finally, and more importantly, Stephen is a husband, and father of two beloved children, and is working with researchers from Israel and UAB to put an end to cystic fibrosis.

maggie brickerman

Maggie Bickerman

Maggie Brickerman works for gener8tor, a gold-ranked startup accelerator founded in Wisconsin. Maggie is a Managing Director of gener8tor’s gBETA programs. gBETA is a free, seven-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots. Each program is capped at five teams and requires no fees and no equity. Maggie came to gener8tor after ten years of working for Wisconsin political organizations and campaigns, where she gained extensive experience starting things from scratch, building high-functioning teams and managing big budgets.

Jerald Broussard

Jerald L. Broussard

Jerald has over forty years of experience in structuring, investing in and advising businesses spanning from startups and early stage firms to an IPO with Administaff (now Insperity; NYSE: NSP) where he served as SVP/Business Development. He is widely recognized for his passion, vision and expertise in strategic planning, accelerating business development and for assisting companies arriving in Houston/USA to set up operations and go to market.

He also serves as CEO of ReadyOp Texas which markets ReadyOp software a Unified Communications Platform with full radio interoperability for first responders, Homeland Security and corporations with multiple locations/divisions or large events. Clients include NASA, Amazon, Emergency Management agencies across the country and others.

He is on several boards/Committees including the incoming Chair of the University of Texas School of Nursing Advisory Committee, BBVA-Compass Banks Advisory Directors and is a regular investor in hotel developments.

Scott Massey

Dr. Scott T. Massey is Founding Chairman and CEO of Global Action Platform, the leading university-business alliance advancing scalable, sustainable solutions for abundant food, health, and prosperity. Headquartered in Nashville, Global Action Platform is the think tank and convener for oneC1TY, a 20-acre innovation park.

Dr. Massey is also Managing Partner for the Global Partnership for Sustainable Solutions, an international development organization focused on comprehensive rural development. Dr. Massey also serves as Professor of Strategy and Competitiveness, Massey School of Business, Belmont University, where he is a member of Michael Porter’s Microeconomics of Competitiveness global network. Dr. Massey is a member of the Global Advisory Council of the Diplomatic Courier and a member of the STEM Higher Education Council. Recently Dr. Massey has also served as Strategic Advisor for the 50th Anniversary, Lincoln Center; as a member of the Advisory Board, Council on Competitiveness; and strategic advisor to YouScience, an educational software company.


15 Student Finalists Receive:

• Opportunity to pitch at 36|86: Student Edition on June 4
• Promotion as Student Edition finalists
• 2 complimentary 36|86 badges
• Invitation to Village 36 networking brunch on June 5
• Two nights (June 4-5) lodging for two team members at 36|86 Entrepreneurs’ HQ: Music City Guest House
• $50 gift card to cover gas expenses


Who is Eligible?

• Companies that placed in a Tennessee University Partner Competition in the 2016 or 2017 academic school year
• Companies nominated by a University Partner
• Companies that have raised equity capital below $50,000 from sources other than the founders or their friends and families (excluding SBIR/STTR grants)
• At least one team member must have been enrolled at the University Partners school at the time they won the competition


What is the process?

Step 1: Eligible teams will submit an electronic application to be reviewed by a team made up of LaunchTN staff, board members, entrepreneurs and investors. Applications are due May 3, 2017!
Step 2: Up to 15 finalists will be selected to pitch at the 36|86: Student Edition on June 4 (the day before the 36|86 conference kicks off). Finalists will be notified May 16, 2017.
Step 3: Finalists pitch at 36|86: Student Edition to a panel of seasoned judges who will select winners in five different categories.
Step 4: Winners are announced!


Need to Know

Companies in the University Venture Challenge are encouraged, but not required, to be established as a legal entity to facilitate reception of cash prizes. Winners will have 60 days after their award to establish as a legal entity. Companies ineligible to claim their prize within 60 days will forfeit their winnings to the runner-up.

Judges will evaluate the proposed product or service, technology strength, business model and the team’s ability execute on the business model.


June 4, 2017 | 2:00-6:00pm CT
Global Action Platform Office @ OneCity in Nashville, TN