How 36|86 inspired an unconventional founder

From PR to scaling, relevant content

Wednesday morning I began my day at Ole Red and found out how much the PR landscape has changed since my previous startup. Panelist Ben Kurland of BillFixers was a hoot and shared some practical PR solutions he had discovered as he built his company.

A clearer picture of raising capital

At the Student Pitch Competition I was delighted to hear Chattanooga’s own Chantz Yanagida, founder of eLab Repairs. I had not met Chantz, but as I listened to his animated pitch I realized he might be able to help us solve a problem — a surprise bonus. On top of that, he won second place: $15,000. Way to go, Chantz!

Making the pitch, heading home

Before heading home, I watched 10 founders pitch their companies at the LaunchTN Pitch Competition, a perfect way to wrap up my trip. All of the entrepreneurs were passionate, well-spoken and inspiring. Nashville’s edtech startup Possip took home both the Crowd Favorite and the Grand Prize for a total of $60K, with LaunchTN CEO Margaret Dolan presenting the honors. I love seeing hard-working founders being awarded money!



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