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Entrepreneurship and Technology Conference
 Nashville, TN


Fireside Chat: Steve Case with John B. Rogers on “The Third Wave”

Newsflash: Startup ecosystems outside NY and CA are thriving. Discover why they're uniquely positioned to build the innovative companies of tomorrow, and how Tennessee is leading the way. Case is the Co-Founder of AOL, Chairman & CEO of Revolution and author of "The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future." Rogers is Founder & CEO of Local Motors, the world's first 3-D printed car manufacturing company, with a microfactory in Knoxville, Tennessee and a technical partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

12:40 pm - 1:20 pm

Village 36 Startup Pitch Competition: Round 1

Startups take the stage to pitch their company for two minutes each, competing for enough audience votes to carry them to the finals -- and a chance to win $50,000!

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm

Featured Panel: How Corporates Can Be A Startup’s Secret Weapon

Corporate venture capital invested in Southeastern companies has increased 41% since 2013; CVC is one of many ways corporates partner with startups on growth that moves the bottom line. Learn how corporates do entrepreneurship, from being early customers to accelerating to acquiring and everything in between. Founders will get actionable takeaways on how to tap into this important source of early business support.

1:40 pm - 2:15 pm

Featured Panel: Surprising Trends In Sports Tech

Sports is an increasingly tech-oriented game. From Moneyball analytics to wearables tracking every movement and commercialized sports IP coming out of institutions like MIT, technology is transforming sports as we know it. Find out how pro athletes, investors and entrepreneurs are plugging into the action. Plus, emerging opportunities in e-sports.

2:35 pm - 3:10 pm

Village 36 Startup Pitch Competition: Round 2

Startups take the stage to pitch their company for two minutes each, competing for enough audience votes to carry them to the finals -- and a chance to win $50,000!

3:10 pm - 3:25 pm

Featured Panel: How to Use Geography As A Growth Asset

With skyrocketing overhead in hubs like New York and San Francisco, location is no longer an either/or proposition. Learn how fast-growing startups not based on the coasts leverage place to grow smarter and scale faster--without crushing culture.

3:25 pm - 4:00 pm

Village 36 Startup Pitch Competition: Round 3

Startups take the stage to pitch their company for two minutes each, competing for enough audience votes to carry them to the finals -- and a chance to win $50,000!

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Fireside Chat: Walmart CTO Jeremy King on Scaling Tech Globally Without Crushing The Customer Experience

Walmart has been redefining how customers shop since it was founded in 1969 in Bentonville, AR. Today, the Fortune #1 is laser-focused on leveraging technology to offer seamless customer experiences that span in-store to online – because not only is Walmart the world’s largest retailer, it’s also the most powerful player in eCommerce.

Recent acquisitions include Jet.com for $3.3B and specialty product sites Shoebuy, Moosejaw, Hayneedle and ModCloth. Walmart also recently launched 2-day free shipping and Pickup Discount for customers while spinning up Store No. 8, the corporate venture arm that partners with entrepreneurs in emerging fields, underscoring the retailer’s commitment to innovation.

Driving the technology of Walmart is Chief Technology Officer Jeremy King, a Silicon Valley thought leader with a background in corporate innovation, global tech operations and leading organizations that foster a startup culture. King is responsible for U.S. retail and eCommerce technology – including Walmart.com and Jet.com – with a global presence in infrastructure, cloud and data platforms.

Find out how King is building the store of tomorrow and delivering a seamless consumer experience across brick-and-mortar, online and mobile, while leading an organization of thousands of technologists from Bentonville to Silicon Valley.

4:15 pm - 4:55 pm

Ask Me Anything: Techstars & Slack on Ecosystem

Techstars Entrepreneur-in-Residence Chris Heivly and Leslie Miley, Slack's head of product who moonlights as Venture for America's first "Executive in Residence," will take questions from the floor @ Founder's Hall.

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Workshop: How to Dodge a Growth Stall

Starting a company is hard, and leading a growing one is infinitely more so. Even serial founders get stuck in the delta where they’re too big to be small and too small to be big. Join Doug Tatum, author of No Man’s Land: Where Growing Companies Fail, for cocktails, Q&A and candid conversation on common growth challenges smart founders have to learn to avoid.
Sponsored by Insperity, beer and wine provided @ Mike Curb Hall.

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Party: 36|86 Street Fair

Open-air block party with local food, live music from Rodney Crowell, Lilly Hiatt, and Randall Bramblett provided by New West Records, Tennessee-distilled craft cocktails, boutique makers and more. Are you ready for your most fun evening of 2017?!

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Women Investing in Women Networking Reception

Join The JumpFund, iFundWomenNashville, Frazier & Deeter and Insperity for a reception with female investors and high-growth entrepreneurs at the West Courtyard of the Schermerhorn. With featured guest Heather Cabot, coauthor of "Geek Girl Rising."

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Ask Me Anything: Bill Frist, M.D. on Health Tech

The surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and serial entrepreneur takes questions from the floor. VIP-only event @ Mike Curb Hall, breakfast provided.

7:45 am - 8:45 am


Heavy hitters with a national perspective in healthcare provide advice on how entrepreneurs and investors can leverage the strengths of the southeast region for success. Frist is former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, a heart and lung transplant surgeon and board chair at Nashville private equity firm Cressey & Company; Gillespie is VP of Clinical Strategy at Sharecare and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine; Do leads portfolio development at Partners HealthCare; Gatto is Founder and CEO of JumpStart Foundry, one of the most active healthcare investors in the country.

9:10 am - 9:50 am

Village 36 Startup Pitch Competition: Round 4

Startups take the stage to pitch their company for two minutes each, competing for enough audience votes to carry them to the finals -- and a chance to win $50,000!

9:55 am - 10:15 am

Featured Panel: How To ID–And Maximize–Unfair Advantages in Diversity

Research shows diverse teams perform better, yet traditional ecosystems are still homogenous and not representative of the geographic, industry sector and demographic makeup around them. Learn how to make diversity an asset in community-building and connect to the talent, capital and customers you didn’t know were in your own back yard.

10:15 am - 10:50 am

Village 36 Startup Pitch Competition: Round 5

Startups take the stage to pitch their company for two minutes each, competing for enough audience votes to carry them to the finals -- and a chance to win $50,000!

11:20 am - 11:40 am

Featured Panel: Can The 3D-Printed Car Redefine Manufacturing?

While Silicon Valley heralds self-driving cars as the new normal, Local Motors is building the world's first 3D-printed automobile. Find out why the future of 3D printing is tech-enabled manufacturing (and where to be if this is your industry).

11:40 am - 12:20 pm

Village 36 Startup Pitch Competition: The Finals

You've seen their pitches and flagged your favorites. Now the top five chosen by audience vote get a chance to compete for $50,000!

1:35 pm - 2:10 pm

Featured Panel: How to Raise $ on Main Street (AND Sand Hill Road)

Though many startup ecosystems have emerged across the country (venture funding in the Southeast grew 54% in the last four years), 75% of all VC still goes to CA, NY and MA. Find out how that's changing and what it means for emerging ecosystems.

2:15 pm - 2:55 pm

Fireside Chat: Fred Smith, FedEx CEO, with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam

While the UK Brexits, the Southeast connects to a globalized economy. And ICYMI: Tennessee is a national leader in foreign-direct investment. Memphis-based FedEx was thinking globally long before global was cool and was among the region's first to adapt to a digitized, hyper-connected world. Hear how this local darling built the blueprint for success in a global economy.

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Growth Workshop: How to CEO

Join the Petra team and learn how the Rockefeller Habits can truly take your business - and team - from good to great! You'll define a clear and measurable set of priorities (the most important things to focus on during a given time period), Implement a system to ensure these priorities get done and build a culture of alignment, accountability and purpose – and have fun doing it!


@ Nashville Entrepreneur Center

Nashville EC 41 Peabody St. Nashville TN 37210
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Growth Workshop: Winning the Inbox

Discover how to hit your business goals with email – a marketing channel that generates a staggering 3800% ROI. Jamie Bradley (Customer Marketing Manager at Emma) will show you actionable strategies for implementing an email marketing program and real-life examples from brands that are optimizing their email programs for today’s on-the-go consumers. You’ll even get the opportunity to participate in a live optimization workshop, where Emma experts will give you personalized feedback on your own emails!


@ Emma Bistro

Emma 9 Lea Ave Nashville TN 37210
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Growth Workshop: No-Cost Marketing

Marketing strategies & tactics to grow your business on a budget. VaynerMedia will share the philosophy and methods they use to work with Fortune 1000 companies, high-growth start-ups, and personal brands alike. Walk away with both strategic best practices, as well as tactical concepts for your business you can immediately execute.


@ Butler Snow

Butler Snow 150 3rd Ave S Suite 1600 Nashville TN 37201
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Growth Workshop: Learn the Foolproof Formula for Finding Product-Market Fit

Products and markets may be unique, but the path to finding product-market fit is not. It's formulaic, and during this hands-on workshop you will learn the formula from the Founding Partners of GrowthX, as they share specific and actionable best practices that you can immediately use to grow your company with predictable and profitable revenue. GrowthX is a seed-stage venture capital fund based in Silicon Valley. Select portfolio companies are invited to join their private Market Development Accelerator. GrowthX also operates GrowthX Academy, a 12-week market development bootcamp in San Francisco that trains individuals who want to transition into a career in Sales and Business Development, Growth Marketing or UX Design. Co-hosted by Sean Shepard, Founding Partner at GrowthX.


@ Butler Snow

Butler Snow 150 3rd Ave S Suite 1600 Nashville TN 37201
9:00 am - 12:00 pm