How startups are pivoting, preparing for what’s next

36|86 Festival
1 min readApr 21, 2020

Hear messages from 36|86 Festival friends and notables, from practical insight to messages of hope.

What are you hopeful for as your business tackles what lies ahead? What’s one practical thing you’re doing that will help you thrive in the long run?

Those are the two questions we asked 36|86 Festival friends and notables — entrepreneurs, investors, ecosystem builders, speakers, and more — over the past few weeks. We’re eager to share their answers with you as we plan this year’s festival, Aug. 25-27 in Nashville.

We’re all experiencing this time together with shared uncertainty.

But it’s also a time of shared resilience and tenacity, as countless companies adapt to address new community needs.

So as we prepare for 36|86, we’re excited to introduce you to some 36|86 alum and hear what they’re doing through these months of upheaval. For starters, you’ll get practical insight into how businesses are pivoting and preparing for the future.

You’ll also hear messages of determination that our community is strong and resilient, and that we’ll all get through this, together.

Possip CEO and founder Shani Dowell, winner of the 2019 36|86 Pitch Competition Grand Prize + Crowd Favorite
Good Good Good founder Branden Harvey
EVA COO and cofounder Makenzie Stokel + CEO and founder Channing Moreland

Keep an eye on our Instagram for more stories. And then tell us: What have you been doing? How has your business changed? What are you hopeful about? What’s in store for your industry?

We’d love to hear from you. Drop a line to



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