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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 rebels, visionaries, and game changers accelerating Middle Tennessee’s economy. 


November 6, 2019
at Rocketown

 
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.

 


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
Shawn Glinter

Sponsorship/Table Host
Angela Humphreys

Programming:
John Zarling


Community Engagement:
Kevin Roddey
Mignon Francois

Guest Experience:
Lisa Morrissey



2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

In 2018, Nashville's entrepreneur community honored three trailblazers that have paved the way in
Middle Tennessee for the young entrepreneurs of today:

Scott Borchetta,    President, CEO and Founder of the Big Machine Label Group

Scott Borchetta,
President, CEO and Founder of the Big Machine Label Group

Tom Cigarran,    Co-Founder of AmSurg Corp and HEALTHWAYS and Chairman of the Nashville Predators

Tom Cigarran,
Co-Founder of AmSurg Corp and HEALTHWAYS and Chairman of the Nashville Predators

Ron Samuels,    Founder of Avenue Bank and Vice Chairman of Pinnacle Financial Partners Board of Directors

Ron Samuels,
Founder of Avenue Bank and Vice Chairman of Pinnacle Financial Partners Board of Directors



2018 NEXT AWARD WINNERS:

ENTREPRENEUR OF 2018
Michael Burcham, Narus Health

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF 2018
Josh Durham, Weighting Comforts

FAMILY BUSINESS market mover
Advance Financial

HEALTHCARE market mover
axialHealthcare

MUSIC/MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT market mover
MOO TV

PRODUCTS & SERVICES market mover
Music City Tents & Events, LLC.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE & SUSTAINABILITY market mover
Soles4Souls

TECHNOLOGY market mover
Campaign Monitor

GAME CHANGER
IQuity, Inc.

INTRAPRENEURIAL COMPANY OF 2018
Vaco

FAMILY BUSINESS startup
312 Pizza Company

HEALTHCARE startup
GreenLight Medical

MUSIC/MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT startup
Hurdl Inc

PRODUCTS & SERVICES startup
JumpCrew

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE & SUSTAINABILITY
startup
Hytch

TECHNOLOGY startup
Acumen Technology



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Visionary Sponsors
 
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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.