Our Model


Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur.

We are dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with the resources to create, launch and grow a business, and we do so using the “Entrepreneur Lifecycle.” The lifecycle is a tool for determining the needs and crucial milestones associated with each step of starting a business.

Customized tools for every stage of the lifecycle.

Our suite of programs is designed to give entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed where they are on their entrepreneurial journey, whether that’s introductory entrepreneurship education, a community of fellow founders to grow with, or introductions to partners, investors and customers.

Community-driven support.

Our curriculum is supported by our community of mentors and business partners, who provide crucial mentorship to our entrepreneurs every step of the way.

Competitive program cohorts.

We have highly competitive programs that require an application process to ensure a good fit for the entrepreneur and our community. Your time is your most precious asset and we want to maximize it by ensuring that your business connections with Nashville’s business and investment community are as valuable as possible. We take applications throughout the year and create cohorts with entrepreneurs who are similar stages seeking entrepreneurs who are driving innovation and impact, who will put in the time and energy to reach success and who are coachable and good stewards of the resources provided in the program.

Financial accessibility for entrepreneurs.

We take no equity in your business and, in fact, we work with you on financial strategies so that you understand different options and make the best decision for you. Should investment be a goal for your business, we help you get ready to meet with potential investors and make those introductions. The same is true for potential customers. We work to elevate you and your business and expand your network to those who can help you on your journey.

As a non-profit, we make learning and connections accessible financially. We are able to charge a small fee because of generous business partners and individuals that help us deliver programming to anyone. Our hope is for you to be a successful entrepreneur who gives back to the EC – the circle of giving that keeps the EC moving forward.

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