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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 for $60,000 in total prizes, a fireside chat with inspiring names in student entrepreneurship and a networking reception with corporate partners, investors, potential mentors and more.


15 Winners of University Partner Competitions will be chosen to compete in one of five categories:

  • Commercialized technology developed out of university- or laboratory-based research (such as  medical devices or ag tech)
  • Software or application (such as SaaS /CRM products, apps)
  • Consumer goods and services (such as a brick-and-mortar bakery or cleaning service)
  • Social enterprise that could be categorized as 501c3 not-for-profit or B-corp (such as Warby Parker or Nisolo)
  • Idea stage, with no existing prototype

To be eligible to compete in Student Edition, students must have participated in a University Partner Competition at their school.
Contact brittany@launchtn.org to find out if your school has an upcoming competition.

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.

36|86: Student Edition is open to both non-students and to students who don’t participate in the competition.
Tickets are free!

Sponsored by:Global Action Platform

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 May Apply:

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.


  • Applications open from March 15 to May 3
  • Finalists announced May 20
  • Student Edition June 4 at OneCity in Nashville, TN from 2:00-6:00pm CT

More questions? Brittany@LaunchTN.org