The Nashville area built a reputation and an economy on health care, music, and higher education, and now that reputation is expanding thanks to an influx of innovative startups and a network of resources that nurture, support and promote entrepreneurship.
Nashville’s growing reputation as an entrepreneurial hub is reflected through events like the annual 36/86 entrepreneurship and technology conference, an event that brings together founders, investors and ecosystem builders from across the Southeast. The event is organized by Launch Tennessee, a public-private partnership that promotes entrepreneurship across the state.
Yet another valuable resource is the NashPreneur program, a digital resource that helps connect entrepreneurs to resources and other local thought leaders, as well as the business community’s events calendar.
“The NashPreneur platform [also] offers businesses the opportunity to post social media content in a searchable, shareable, categorized framework using their existing channels,” says Chris Cotton, director of business growth initiatives at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.
And there’s the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (NEC), one of just 11 North American tech hubs in the Google for Entrepreneurs network, which provide a venue for developers and the wider tech community to engage directly with companies and training partners, while also hosting events and workshops and providing co-working space for entrepreneurs. To date, 155 companies have graduated from the center’s programs, and NEC companies have raised more than $32 million in venture funding.