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Four days packed with must see sessions!


Fireside Chat: Steve Case with John B. Rogers on “Rise of the Rest”

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 the co-founder of AOL, Chairman & CEO of Revolution and creator of Rise of the Rest. Rogers is Founder & CEO of Local Motors, the world's first 3-D printed car manufacturing company, with a showroom in Knoxville, Tennessee and a technical partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • 1:20 pm - 2:05 pm

Featured Panel: Corporate Innovation with HCA and The Motley Fool

Small startups aren't the only disruptors in town. Find out how major corporations foster innovation that moves the bottom line, and get actionable strategies for driving meaningful change and impact in any environment, large or small.

  • 2:35 pm - 3:10 pm

Featured Panel: Leveraging Geography to Hack Growth

With skyrocketing overhead in hubs like New York and San Francisco, location is no longer an either/or proposition. Learn how to leverage emerging ecosystems to grow smarter. Plus, get must-know tips on how to maintain culture at scale.


Ken McElrath, CEO & Founder of Skuid

Cynthia B. Kaye, CEO & Founder of Alive Studios

  • 3:35 pm - 4:10 pm

Ask Me Anything: Techstars & Venture For America on Ecosystem

Techstars Entrepreneur-in-Residence Chris Heivly and Leslie Miley, Venture for America’s first “Executive in Residence,” will take questions from the floor. VIP-only event, beer and wine provided.  

  • 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Party: 36|86 Street Fair

This open-air block party features local food trucks, live music, Tennessee-distilled craft cocktails, local boutique makers and more. Prepare for your most fun evening of 2017!

  • 5:35 pm - 7:35 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, breakfast provided.

  • 7:45 am - 8:45 am

Fireside Chat: Bill Frist, M.D. and Trung Do with Darria Long Gillespie, M.D.

Heavy hitters in health tech uncover the secret sauce for innovation, collaboration and coordination in health care, with unique viewpoints from across the country. Bonus: Go deep on the latest must-know policy updates. 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.

  • 9:10 am - 9:55 am

Featured Panel: Techstars, Slack & Geek Girl Rising on Business As Usual Outside the Coasts

As founders embrace emerging ecosystems, investment follows. Hear from pros in entrepreneurial community development on how to access the talent, capital and customers you didn't know were in your own back yard.



Heather Cabot, Co-author and Cofounder, Geek Girl Rising

Chris Heivly, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Techstars

Leslie Miley, Engineering Director at Slack

  • 10:20 am - 10:50 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).

  • 11:30 am - 12:15 pm

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

Venture funding in Tennessee grew 98% in the last four years, from $216M to $428M. Get a reality check from VCs outside of Silicon Valley on where the smart money is going. Hint: It's not where you think.

  • 1:35 pm - 2:20 pm

Fireside Chat: Fred Smith, FedEx CEO & Founder

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.

Growth Workshop: How to CEO

Learn the high-impact trick to setting the right goals for your company and leading a team to major wins

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Growth Workshop: PR Can Be Fun, No Really

How to get the right kind of media exposure that fuels measurable growth

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Growth Workshop: No-Cost Marketing

Guerrilla tactics busy founders can execute (without a CMO on the payroll)

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Growth Workshop: Get Revenue Right

How to build a repeatable and scaleable sales machine … on a shoestring

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm