Connecting Founders to Funders

We are on a mission to increase the likelihood of success for entrepreneurs. 

And for far too long, entrepreneurs seeking capital have been on a confusing, tedious, and time-consuming journey as they search for resources to start, grow and scale their ideas.

The EC now offers a dedicated resource that maps the local capital landscape, saving both entrepreneurs and investors time and energy so entrepreneurs become capital ready faster and vital capital doesn’t stay on the sidelines longer than it should.

Connecting Founders to Funders

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How it works

For Founders

The EC’s Capital Connector is available to meet with Nashville-based entrepreneurs one-on-one and via office hours. During the initial meeting, our Capital Connector will assess the entrepreneur’s capital readiness and provide constructive feedback.

For entrepreneurs who are capital ready, our Capital Connector will make relevant introductions to capital providers. And for those entrepreneurs who are not ready, our Capitol Connector will help guide them to the next best resource, whether that is a mentor, an accelerator program, capital educational events, or other helpful tools.

To schedule your intake, please contact Capital Connector Haley Zapolski.

For Funders

In order to make the most relevant matches between entrepreneurs and capital sources, we are compiling a detailed database for internal use by our team.

If you are an active investor looking to deploy capital, please contact Haley Zapolski. Be prepared to share details such as average check size, industry focus, past successes, and the size of your fund. All information is kept confidential and if we see an opportunity, we’ll connect you with a qualified entrepreneur.

Additionally, the EC is mapping debt and other non-dilutive capital resources, such as grant, need-based, or other award money. If you are a source of these types of funds, please also share with us any pertinent deadlines or parameters for application.

Success to date

60+ funding sources mapped

160+ connections made

$975k investments raised


Upcoming capital events

In an effort to help entrepreneurs become capital ready, the EC is hosting a capital event once a month. All events are free and open to any local entrepreneurs.

Visit Our Events Page


Invest TN

Nashville Entrepreneur Center is proud to be one of InvestTN’s Regional Seed Fund (RSF) partners in its efforts to deploy capital to qualifying Pre-Seed and Seed stage startups.

RSF is a $28M Tennessee-focused initiative investing in startups served by 7 Regional Entrepreneur Centers across all 95 counties. Initial investments range from $25,000 to $250,000, with a target round size of $100,000 to $750,000.

Startups interested in applying for the Regional Seed Fund can click here to apply.

The team at Nashville Entrepreneur Center, including our Capital Council, are eager and willing to provide tailored application support to applicants in our area.