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June 30, 2013

LaunchTN Southland Conference celebrates successes

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.

Southland Stats:

  • 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.


LaunchTN-rect_smLaunch 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

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