EC Startup Holiday Gift Guide 2019

December 11, 2019 / Share:


‘Tis the season for hot chocolate, holiday lights, and buying presents for your friends and family. Are you really going to trek to Opry Mills and shop in that metropolis? Us either. There are hundreds of amazing startups and small businesses in Nashville that would make the perfect present – we wish we could include all of them on this list. Re-invest in Nashville’s economy and check out a few on the EC Startup Holiday Gift Guide!

Mike Butera
EC Alumni

Artiphon is designing a future where musical expression is ubiquitous and accessible to all. Everyone loves music, and they’re here to create beautiful, intuitive technologies that empower sonic expression, creation, and fascination. They just launched their second product – the Orba – on Kickstarter!

Hansel for Boys
Yasha Morehouse
Advisor Program

Hansel for Boys was made to make cool tees as interesting as the boys who wear them. In a market saturated with the same old designs, they present fresh and fun alternatives. Childhood’s not boring – kids’ clothes shouldn’t be either.

Honeytree Meadery
Matt Loch and Ross Whelbon
PreFlight Alumni

Honeytree Meadery is Nashville’s premier craft meadery, where they strive to update the ancient beverage for the modern consumer while retaining the age-old spirits of kinship and reverence for nature. It’s their mission to produce quality meads through environmentally sustainable processes, enlighten and educate their patrons, and contribute to the betterment of Nashville’s economy and ecology. Forget the wine – stop by the Meadery and pick up a bottle of meade!

The I See You Company
Ashley Beckham
Advisor Program

The I See You Company was inspired in 2015 when Ashley’s father gave a coworker a cup of tea to say thank you. He wanted to celebrate her with a candle, but there was no way to attach it to a cup, so he gave her the tea and said “I See You.” She started crying and said “no one sees me”. The I See You Company set out to provide a solution with an experiential product, I See You® Candle. Whether it’s to recognize life’s milestones, say ‘Thank you and I See You,’ empower or celebrate a birthday, with the I See You® Candle Candles Aren’t Just for Cake Anymore!

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Knowledge Bank
Courtney Hale
InFlight Alumni

Keeping true to its commitment to design engaging financial literacy resources, knowledgeBANK launched the Super Money Kid Bank. The Super Kid Money Bank is a 3-part “piggybank” designed to initiate money talks with young kids around foundational money concepts: Saving, Spending and Sharing.

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Moore Suds
Andreall Moore
Twende participant

Moore Suds, is an artisan soap company curating collections repping the heart of urban culture: tv, music, and film. They have a specific focus on organic, soy and phthalate free, sustainable products.

Eric Fishman
Preflight Alumni

At MONQ, their mission is to blend the ancient and the modern—nature with technology—to improve your life one breath at a time, helping you feel better, do better, be better. MONQ’s family of extended aromatherapy products can help you do just that.

Noka Supply Co.
Lauren Egge
InFlight alumni

Noka Supply Co. is a company that is building everyday accessories to help people manage their health and wellness in style, starting with a reimagined pill organizer. Their name, “noka”, is inspired by the Angonoka Tortoise of Madagascar whose shell is not only the tortoise’s home, but also an exceptionally stylish, protective camouflage. Blending elegance with utility, noka pays homage to a solution that nature already perfected.


Ryan Reisdorf
InFlight Participant

Change it up this year and give the gift of an experience. Placemat is a nutrition-focused, in-home casual dining platform. When a guest makes a reservation with Placemat, they’re not only receiving a handcrafted wholesome meal made in the comfort of their own home, they’re receiving personalized hospitality, unlike traditional dining experiences.

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RedG Children’s Studio
Itzel Gonzalez
Twende and PreFlight participant

REDG Children Photography captures the natural joy, imagination & unique personality of children by creating customized photography sets/sessions that are fun, interactive & flexible depending on a child’s needs/wants.

Southern Mug
John Murfree
InFlight Participant

Southern Mug knows what it’s like to drink mediocre coffee that is a product of mediocre industry practices. They wanted a better way so they created Southern Mug Coffee. They’re a new kind of coffee company, partnering with coffee growers dedicated to bettering their local communities, and we join them in that effort by donating one meal to the hungry for every bag of coffee we sell.

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Craig Margolius
PreFlight Alumni

SYPCOFFEE exists to help you confidently gift those special people in your life. They are single-origin, specialty coffee roasted on demand and handcrafted to stun. From the available, branded wood gift boxes, to the stationery, to the uniquely paired sugars and syrups, SYPCOFFEE may end up being one of your most beautiful gifts ever.

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Twisted Corks
Jasmine Dary
Preflight Alum

Twisted Corks is revolutionizing wine tastings one home at a time. Simply choose the package that best fits your party and select a date and time. You can book a phone consultation before or after booking to talk to one of their team members live to walk you through any questions and ensure that you’re ready to have an amazing time.

Amy Cotta
PreFlight Alum

ValorBANDS are a combat veteran and military family owned for-profit social enterprise and fashion brand. They are hand-crafted bracelets and wrist cuffs made from retired, donated military uniforms and give Americans the opportunity to show their gratitude for military past and present by owning a piece of the service member’s history. Every ValorBAND acts as a patriotic reminder that freedom isn’t free. Because of the textiles they use every ValorBAND is unique, beautifully flawed and one-of-a-kind.

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Nick Duckwall
Advisor Program

ZaanU is providing the world’s first earbud enhancing headphones on the market. They set out to disrupt the overpriced luxury headphone market by making their headphones just as luxurious, just as comfortable, and just as stylish, but at a fraction of the cost by using and amplifying your earbuds. Use the code NEC15 for 15% off and free shipping!

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