Women Wow Again in Launch Tennessee’s 36 86
Launch Tennessee’s fourth annual 36 86 event highlighting entrepreneurialism and southern culture, like its predecessors, was a huge success. More than 950 attended this years event. In addition to the 36 companies who pitched, 100 investment firms joined the proceedings in search of opportunity. They were not disappointed!
As was the case with it’s predecessors, the program offering was outstanding,
As was the case with it’s predecessors, the presenting startups, which came from across the southeast, were excellent,
As was the case in it’s predecessors, Nashville and the local entrepreneurial community rolled out the “Red Carpet”,
and, as was the case with last year’s event, female entrepreneurs were well represented this year.
In fact, as was the case with last year’s event, a female entrepreneur won the event walking away with the $ 50,000 Prize! Torch, which offers a smart, wi-fi router with user-friendly parental features so parents can manage their kids’ technology simply and effortlessly, was the winner of the non-equity cash prize. Founded by Shelley Prevost, the Chattanooga company was a clear favorite of the audience and the leader of a female contingent of companies. The event included at least ten presenting companies with women founders or who otherwise serve in executive positions. Twenty eight percent of this years companies had females in the “C” suite as opposed to approximately twenty percent last year. A noticeable 40% + increase!
In addition, the conference kicked off with a Keynote address by Joanne Wilson, a “Super-angel” investor out of New York City and follow-on panel discussion led by Ms. Wilson which Focused on the female experience in the entrepreneurial world. As a bonus, last year’s winner, Jewel Burks, participated on the pa