I’m looking forward to attending my first 38|86 Entrepreneurship Festival this week in Nashville. The event, named for the coordinates of Nashville and run by Launch Tennessee, brings together investors and entrepreneurs for three days of really great programming and speakers. 36|86 is part of Nashville IS which includes Health Further and Live on the Green as well.
36|86 is powered by Launch Tennessee, a public-private organization that supports high-growth-potential startups from ideation to exit in capital formation, talent development/retention, access to markets and commercialization.https://launchtn.org/about-3686/
It’s a big event, with lots to do, and I am going to be easing myself in to get the lay of the land. I could spend three jam-packed days attending everything, but I am picking and choosing carefully this time around. Here are some of the sessions I am looking forward to:
Wednesday, August 29th
Foolproofformula for finding product-market fit.
- Convert a free user base to recurring revenue
Bootstrapor VC, what’s right for you?
Thursday, August 30th
- Is corporate venture right for your startup?
- Execution is everything. Here’s the key to unlocking your SaaS revenue growth
- Live pitch critique
- Building a killer startup team with out-of-the-box solutions
- Go to market right the first time
So much more to see and do
There’s no rhyme or reason to what I picked. In some cases, I know the speaker and want to be there to support their message. In others, the topic (like corporate VC) is new to me and I am looking forward to learning more. I am only going to a handful of sessions this time around, but I could be literally jumping from one to the next from morning till evening. It’s a busy festival with lots of great speakers and topics. The event includes a VIRAL Pathfinder portion that matches startups with investors based on stage and need. Next year, I will probably sign up for that as well.
I am so proud that my newly adopted city is home to such an innovative event. If you talk to some entrepreneurs here they will lament that the city is built on healthcare and music (hey, nothing wrong with that!), with very little going on in tech. But every day I meet exciting tech founders in this city and see a robust startup community with some really interesting companies and products. I am sure this week at 36|86 I will find even more.