Tennessee celebrated entrepreneurs, inventors and investors at its first annual Southland Conference, held in Nashville’s Historic Cannery Row District.
50 of the most promising early-stage companies in the South were chosen by a committee of investment professionals and entrepreneurs from the South and Silicon Valley to present their ideas during Southland. Companies presented to a panel of “encouragers”, who offered product feedback, connections and business advice, and help to the entrepreneurs.
Chattanooga-based startup Variable, Inc. was named Most Innovative Startup for the NODE wireless sensor for iPhones, and awarded a $10,000 prize from presenting sponsor Nissan. The iPhone-based sensor has apps that allow it to measure temperature, color, pressure, humidity and other variables.
- Over 650 attendees hailing from 25 states
- Over 60 startup companies representing 11 Southeast states
- Over 50 investment firms from across the country in attendance
- 30 media outlets on-site covering Southland
- 1,100 press release pickups on Business Wire/PR Web
- Over 100 stories generated about Southland
- Over 43 million total print and online media impressions.
Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) is a public-private partnership focused on supporting the development of high-growth companies in the State of Tennessee with the ultimate goal of fostering job creation and economic growth.
“LaunchTN is another piece in our plan to make Tennessee the no. 1 location in the Southeast for high-quality jobs. This initiative will help set Tennessee apart as a state where entrepreneurship and innovation are valued as key economic development tools in our effort to make our state even more business-friendly.” – Governor Bill Haslam