Nashville Entrepreneur Center Announces Finalists, Tickets Available for 2021 NEXT Awards

September 8, 2021 / Share:

Annual event, scheduled for Oct. 25, celebrates Middle Tennessee entrepreneurs for their impact on the greater Nashville area


Nashville, Tenn. (Sept 8, 2021)The Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s NEXT Awards (NEC) has announced finalists for the 2021 NEXT Awards, an annual ceremony recognizing entrepreneurs who are transforming industries and strengthening the Middle Tennessee community.  NEC has also announced tickets are now available for the event which will be hosted at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Oct. 25 from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Attendees can purchase tickets–VIP or Balcony–and find more details at


2021 NEXT Awards winners will be announced the night of the event. Two winners in each category– Emerging companies with less than $1 million in annual revenue and Market Mover companies with $1 million or more in annual revenue–will be recognized in these categories: Products, Services and Retail; Healthcare; Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction; Music, Sports and Entertainment; and Technology. Finalists for this year’s awards are: 


Emerging Companies

Market Movers


  • Advocatia – Ryan Brebner and Laura Robbins
  • Care Sherpa – Jessica Walker
  • Healing Innovations, Inc. – Luke Benda, Braden Davidson and Scott Benda

Music, Sports, and Entertainment:

  • Bauer Entertainment Marketing – Brian Bauer
  • Gild Creative Group, Inc. – Tiffany Hardin
  • Grayscale Marketing – Tim Gray

Products, Services and Retail:

  • Granite Test Prep – Grantly Neely
  • people3, Inc. – Candace Warner
  • Fancy Sips – Sam Remboldt

Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction:

  • BirdNest – Veteran Benefits Corporation – Joshua Byrd and Molli Byrd
  • Pillars Development – Edward Henley
  • Real 3d Space – Shane Atwell, Matt Booker and
    Preston Stutzman


  • Cloud Range – Debbie Gordon
  • CodeX Academy – Phil Henry, Christian Morsing
    and Byron Sommardahl
  • MinTech Agency – Karen Williams


  • Darvis – Jan Schlüter and Jan-Philipp Mohr
  • MediCopy – Elliott Noble-Holt
  • Thalamus – Jason Reminick and Suzie Karan

Music, Sports, and Entertainment:

  • mtheory Nashville – Cameo Carlson
  • Single Music – Tommy Stalknecht and Taylor O’Connor
  • Songfluencer – Johnny Cloherty and Sean Pace

Products, Services and Retail:

  • Ethnix Group – Johan Madriz and Merari Villatoro
  • Studio Bank – Aaron Dorn and Harry Allen
  • Thistle Farms – Becca Stevens
  • Yoshi – Bryan Frist

Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction:

  • Certified Construction Services – Jared Bradley, Ashley Bradley, and Scott DeLano, Principal
  • Richland Building Partners -Chris Barnhizer
  • The Clear Blue Company – Nick Ogden


  • Possip – Shani Dowell and Christine Fisher
  • Silex Data Solutions – Ryan Smith
  • Stratasan – Jason Moore and Brian Dailey


Additionally, the NEXT Awards will honor  two innovative founders across all industries with the Emerging Entrepreneur of 2021 Award (less than $1M revenue) and Entrepreneur of 2021 Award (more than $1M revenue) and the 2021 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame inductees for their life-long contributions to Nashville’s entrepreneurial community.  The evening is supported by its major sponsors Fourth Capital, EY and Lisle Parham Wealth Management. To learn more about Nashville Entrepreneur Center and its programs, click here.


About Nashville Entrepreneur Center

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (NEC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 2010 by business leaders who wanted to support the next generation of entrepreneurs and to celebrate the spirit and tenacity of the entrepreneurial community. The NEC serves as Nashville’s center for entrepreneurship, supporting visionaries—from every background, in any industry, and at all phases—by connecting them to critical resources and championing their desire to change the world. Learn more about the NEC by following @entrecenter on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and at


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