2021 NEXT Awards

The EC’s NEXT Awards is devoted to recognizing exceptional entrepreneurs transforming their industries, creating opportunities, growing economies and improving lives in Nashville and far beyond.


Meet the 2021 Finalists

2021 NEXT Awards & Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame

October 25, 2021

Nashville Symphony | Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Entrepreneurs are the leaders who are transforming industries and improving lives in Nashville and beyond, and in the wake of a challenging 2020, the entrepreneurial spirit is more important than ever.

After a year of unprecedented change and renewed dedication from Middle Tennessee founders, they deserve to be recognized for their remarkable contribution. The 2021 NEXT Awards will celebrate the achievements of those who dug deep, adapted, and created new opportunities over the last year on October 25 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.


Tickets Now Available

Join us in person on October 25 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center to celebrate Nashville’s entrepreneurs. We are so excited to host you and your party for the 2021 NEXT Awards! We have two available ticket options:

  • SOLD OUT: $250 per VIP Ticket : Includes pre-dinner cocktail party, seated dinner on the floor + dedicated bottle service. (Join our waitlist now!)
  • $50 per Balcony Ticket: Includes served hors d’oeuvres + cash-bar. Seated in the balcony overlooking the symphony center. (Arrive at 6:45 p.m.)

Attire: Nashville Black Tie

Get Tickets

Have questions? Contact Shelby Brown or check out our Attendee FAQ.

Individual ticket prices brought to you with special thanks to the generous underwriters of the 2021 NEXT Awards.

We will be following health and safety guidelines set forth by the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the City of Nashville for this event. These mandates are subject to change, and changes will be clearly communicated to registrants as needed.

NEXT Award Committee Chairs

Sherry Stewart Deutschmann and Mark Deutschmann

Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame

The Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame honors our city’s most iconic entrepreneurs who have built long standing and meaningful careers in Nashville.

As a legacy organization built to support Nashville’s founders for generations to come, our mission is to help entrepreneurs on their journey to create, launch, and grow businesses. We dedicate a special night to recognize our city’s pioneers and today’s up and coming change-makers for their drive, perseverance, and vision.

Past Hall of Fame honorees include:

Hal Cato
Tod Fetherling
John Ingram
Clayton McWhorter
Cordia Harrington
Wayne Smith
Richard Henry Boyd
Dan Crockett
Raymond Louis Danner, Sr.
Sherry Deutschmann
Ken Levitan
Darrell Freeman
Joey Jacobs
Cal Turner
Becca Stevens
Jon Yarbrough
Kix Brooks
Jose Gonzalez
Maria Clara Mejia
Renata Soto
Shannon Terry
Scott Borchetta
Tom Cigarran
Ron Samuels
Beth Chase
Charlie Martin
Dolly Parton







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