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Built on the belief that big ideas and the entrepreneurs behind them deserve to be celebrated, the award show will raise a glass to all Nashville’s top entrepreneurs, visionaries, disruptors, and game-changers, accelerating Middle Tennessee’s economy. 


November 6 | 6-8:30pm
at Rocketown


2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

Nashville's entrepreneur community is thrilled to honor three trailblazers that have paved the way in
Middle Tennessee for the young entrepreneurs of today:

Beth Chase   Founder and CEO of c3/consulting

Beth Chase
Founder and CEO of c3/consulting

Charlie Martin   Founder and Chairman of Martin Ventures

Charlie Martin
Founder and Chairman of Martin Ventures

Dolly Parton   Eight-time Grammy Award winning artist and founder of The Dollywood Foundation

Dolly Parton
Eight-time Grammy Award winning artist and founder of The Dollywood Foundation



2019 NEXT Award Finalists

ENTERTAINMENT, SPORTS, AND MEDIA

Startup Finalists
Bviral
RootNote
Soundstripe

Market Mover Finalists
Jammber
Snapshot Interactive
Taillight

TECHNOLOGY

Startup Finalists
BOS Framework
Core10
GreenLight Medical

Market Mover Finalists
Kindful
Quore
XOI Technologies

PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Startup
Elevation Search Solutions
Instruction Partners
NoBaked Cookie Dough

Market Mover
RAE/Quad-R
REED Public Relations
TechnologyAdvice

HEALTHCARE

Startup Finalists
Ancore Health
CaredFor
Vision Care Connect

Market Mover Finalists
American Physician Partners
EnableComp
Healthcare Bluebook

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Startup Finalists
Cumberland Kayak
Project Return PROh 
Tennessee Educators of Color

Market Mover Finalists
Corner to Corner
Pathway Lending
REBOOT Recovery

CORPORATE AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR
Country Music Association
Petra Coach
UBS

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF 2019
Megan Feeman
Stephen Richards
Sam Saideman

ENTREPRENEUR OF 2019
Marcus Cobb
Meg Epstein
Tammy Hawes



2019 Award Categories

INDUSTRY AWARDS

  • Entertainment, Sports, and Media: Businesses operating in any areas of the entertainment, sports, and media industries.

  • Healthcare: Businesses operating in any areas of the healthcare industry.

  • Products and Services: Businesses offering goods and services that target a consumer or business market. From main street retail to wall street business services, your company is driving growth.

  • Social Enterprise and Sustainability: Businesses that address a basic unmet human need, solve a social problem, or prioritize reducing environmental impact through a market-driven approach. Nonprofit, Not-For-Profit, and For-Profit social enterprises qualify.

  • Technology: Businesses whose primary offering is a technology product, service, or tech-enabled service. Hardware and software offerings qualify.

All of the above categories have two awards given:

  1. Startup: Businesses 5 years old or younger

  2. Market Mover: Businesses older than 5 years

Other Award Criteria:

  • Business must be headquartered in Middle Tennessee

  • Prior Year Finalists may apply for any applicable category

  • Prior year winners are ineligible to apply in the same category as prior year

  • Both quantitative and qualitative information will be used in judging


ADDITIONAL AWARDS

  • Entrepreneur of 2019: Awarded to an entrepreneur for their contribution to the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. This award considers both past entrepreneurial success and efforts cultivating the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem.

  • Young Entrepreneur of 2019: Awarded to an Entrepreneur under 30 running a business in any industry. This award utilizes the same criteria as the industry awards.

  • Corporate Ambassador of the Year: Awarded to a business for its cultivation of the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem. Such activities include, but are not limited to: supporting entrepreneurial education and training for their own employees; running entrepreneur-friendly business practices such as pitch events, pilot programs, or other activities; committing time and resources to supporting entrepreneurs or organizations that support entrepreneurs.

  • Navigation Partner of the Year: Awarded to an Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO) for their contribution to the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. ESO’s are organizations whose primary purpose is to help entrepreneurs succeed. The Nashville Entrepreneur Center cannot qualify for, or win, this award.



2019 Chairs and Committee Members:

EVENT CHAIRS

Max Goldberg, CoOwner of Strategic Hospitality
Dee Anna Smith, CEO of Sarah Cannon
John Zarling, Music industry Executive


Committee Chairs

Marketing/PR:
Damon Whiteside

Honoree:
John Cantu


Sponsorship/Table Host
Angela Humphreys

Programming:
John Zarling


Community Engagement:
Kevin Roddey
Mignon Francois

Guest Experience:
Lisa Morrissey



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About the NEXT Awards + EntrepreneurS’ Hall of Fame

The NEXT Awards recognize the entrepreneurs, startups, and entrepreneurial-minded businesses who make a significant impact on the economy in Middle Tennessee. All stages of companies, from emerging startups to well-established market movers, are celebrated during this event as contributors to making Nashville one of the best cities in the U.S. to start a business.

Each year the Nashville Entrepreneur Center inducts a new class into its Entrepreneurs' Hall of Fame. This honor celebrates visionary business leaders and companies who have laid a foundation of support and helped foster entrepreneurship in Nashville. These innovative leaders have made an indelible mark on Music City and represent both the great past and bright future of Nashville.

 
The 2018 NEXT Awards + Entrepreneurs' Hall of Fame, held November 7, 2018, at Rocketown celebrated the rebels, visionaries, and game changers who have made a significant impact on the economy in Middle Tennessee. All stages of companies, from emerging startups to well-established market movers, were celebrated by over 500 attendees during this  SOLD OUT  event as contributors to making Nashville one of the best cities in the U.S. to start a business.

The 2018 NEXT Awards + Entrepreneurs' Hall of Fame, held November 7, 2018, at Rocketown celebrated the rebels, visionaries, and game changers who have made a significant impact on the economy in Middle Tennessee. All stages of companies, from emerging startups to well-established market movers, were celebrated by over 500 attendees during this SOLD OUT event as contributors to making Nashville one of the best cities in the U.S. to start a business.