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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. 

 
 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.

 


2018 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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MATCHING DONATION OPPORTUNITIY:

An anonymous donor has pledged to match $50,000 in donations.
Please help us in unlocking this matching gift by becoming a Matching Patron.

2018 Matching Patrons

The Dee Anna and Hubie Smith Family Foundation • Tom Cigarran
Dr. and Mrs. Turner Nashe Jr. Family Advised Fund

 
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2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Nashville's entrepreneur community will honor 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 FINALISTS:


Entrepreneur of 2018

Andy Bailey, Petra Coach
Michael Burcham, Narus Health
Chris Hefley, LeanKit


Family Business
Market Mover

Advance Financial
Edley’s BBQ
R.C. Mathews Contractor


Healthcare
Market Mover

axialHealthcare
Emids
Pharos Funds


Music and Media/Entertainment
Market Mover

Moo TV
Penalty Box Radio
TNDV


Products and ServiceS
Market Mover

Infinity Hospitality Group
Lee Company
Music City Tents & Events, LLC.


Social Enterprise and Sustainability
Market Mover

Knowledge Academies, Inc. 
Project 615
Soles4Souls


Technology
Market Mover

Absolute Wireless
Campaign Monitor
RJ Young



Young Entrepreneur of 2018

Emily Arrow, Singalong Shop
Josh Durham, Weighting Comforts
Liz Rogers, Anacrusis


Family Business
STARTUP

312 Pizza Company
Libra Business Solutions
I See You Company


Healthcare
Startup

GreenLight Medical
RyMed Technologies, LLC
Upperline Health


Music and Media/Entertainment
Startup

EvaMore
Hurdl Inc
Hustle Media


Products and Services
Startup

Ancient Nutrition
JumpCrew
Scout Properties


Social Enterprise and Sustainability
Startup

Hytch
Nashville Classical
Project Return


Technology
Startup

Acumen Technology
Ciblee Solutions
Mitech USA 


Game Changer

A Head For Profits
Hirebotics
IQuity, Inc. 

Intrapreneurial Company of 2018

Bass, Berry & Sims
Trilliant Health
Vaco


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.


 
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