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Village 36 Pitch Competition!

Compete for $50k in total prize money!

While at 36|86, Village 36 companies get unparalleled access to the largest gathering of early-stage investment firms in the Southeast,

plus insights from thought leaders, innovators and fellow entrepreneurs

As part of Village 36, you’ll have:

Chance to compete for $50k in total prize money

$500 travel stipend plus free three nights lodging

Pitch session on the Main Stage

Investor speed-dating

Dedicated exhibit space

Two complimentary 36|86 conference all-access passes

Invites to Welcome Party, exclusive Village 36 Investor Brunch & VIP access to Street Fair

Applications are closed.


Village 36 FAQS:

Timeline Questions

Q: What are the dates and deadlines I need to know about 36|86?
A: The 36|86 Conference is June 4-7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Village 36 application period is from January 4 to March 15, and the Village 36 companies will be announced by April 5.

Q: Can I revise my application after I submit it and before judging begins?
A: No. Applications are assigned to judges on a rolling basis as they are submitted.

Eligibility Questions

Q: What industry sectors are eligible to apply?
A: All tech-enabled businesses within these focus areas: Advanced Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Clean Tech, Consumer Products, Digital Media, E-Commerce, Education, Environment, Financial Services, Healthcare IT/Services, Internet of Things, Logistics, Marketing, Mobile, SaaS and Virtual Reality

Q: Are medical devices and/or biopharmaceutical companies eligible?
A: No.

Q: What is the fundraising cut off?
A: $5 Million at the time of application

Q: Does non-equity financing count towards the $5 Million threshold (grants, loans, etc.)?
A: No

Q: Does convertible debt from private investors count toward the $5 Million threshold?
A: Yes

Q: How long can my company have been in business and still qualify as a “startup?”
A: Your company formation date must be no earlier than March 2012.

Q: Where does my company need to be based in order to be eligible for Village 36?
A: Your headquarters (i.e. primary place of business) must be based in one of the following Southeastern states or in Washington, DC: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.

Q: If I have previously applied or participated in Village 36, can I apply again?
A: Yes, if you fit the eligibility criteria listed in these FAQs.

Other Relevant Questions

Q: What criteria are the judges using in reviewing my application?
A: The judges will score your application by considering these areas:

  • Market – size, current trajectory, scalability, potential for disruption
  • Solution – product/market fit
  • Model – business model and go-to-market strategy
  • Validation / Traction – capital, revenue, customers/users
  • Management – the right expertise on the team
  • X Factor – this company will be an outstanding representative for the SE region

Q: Why should I want to come to the 36|86 event in Nashville?
A: We will provide unparalleled education, awareness and networking for our entrepreneurs. In addition to pitching on-stage in front of 900+ people for a cash prize, the 36 companies will be part of an investor speed-dating session and have the opportunity to network with some of the country’s and region’s leading venture capital firms. We had 168 investors attend in 2016, representing 100 different firms. The potential media exposure will be terrific, as we had over 30 different media outlets in 2016 and we expect a similar number in 2017.

Q: What prizes are available?
A: A total of $50,000 in cash awards, with $35,000 for first place and $15,000 for second place

Q: Do these prizes require equity?
A: No, these are cash donations awarded to the winners.

Q: What is the stipend for the 36 teams accepted into Village 36 and how/when do we receive it?
A: Each team will receive a $500 check upon arrival in Nashville for the 36|86 conference, as long as LaunchTN has received the company’s Form W-9 in advance. Village companies also have free access to three nights’ lodging (June 4th-6th) for two team members at the Music City Guest House.


If you have more Questions contact Jill@LaunchTN.org.