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Are you NEXT? Calling Nashville’s top entrepreneurs, visionaries, disruptors, and game-changers, transforming the world by turning their ideas into reality. If you are an emerging startup or an up-and-running organization dedicated to challenging the status quo by creating earth-shattering
impact, this celebration is for you.

 

APPLY!

Apply today for the chance to put your brand in the spotlight and celebrate your achievements! To qualify, your company must be based in Middle TN. Your company is only eligible to apply for one industry award listed below. Please select the award that best fits your company. Applications close on July 19, 2018 at midnight. 

INDUSTRY AWARDS:

Healthcare
Your company is focused on developing the future of the healthcare sector.

Music and Media/Entertainment
Your company has set the bar by contributing to the music, media or entertainment industry from
content creation to delivery as well as other methods.

Products and Services
Your company is offering dynamic 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
Your company addresses a basic unmet need, solves a social problem, or prioritizes reducing your environmental impact all through a market-driven approach.

Family Business
Family, in any form, has been a critical part of the establishment, growth and leadership of your successful company. 
*Qualification: The family should own a majority share in the company or there should be at least one family member in company or board leadership. 

Technology
Your company has utilized the benefits of a thriving technology sector in order to solve a problem or make an impact in your respective industry.

Want to apply but not sure which award category fits your company best?
No problem, we're here to help!

 
 

ADDITIONAL AWARDS:

You are eligible to apply for multiple awards listed below in addition to industry awards. 

Game Changer
You are a trailblazer and your company is disrupting the marketplace and creating a new niche in reaction to market demand. This award recognizes an individual.

Intrapreneurial Company of 2018
Your company may not be the hottest new startup, but you value and foster innovation as well as
manifest new ideas internally.

Young Entrepreneur of 2018
Who says age determines entrepreneurial success? You have the hustle and skill needed to start your own endeavor which is impacting Nashville’s startup landscape. *Qualification: Under 30 (birthday must be after 11/1/1988)

Entrepreneur of 2018
You exemplify the ideals of entrepreneurship by starting and successfully managing one or more businesses in a way that demonstrates notable entrepreneurial characteristics, creates jobs and economic impact and contributes to the vibrancy of our community.


SELECTION PROCESS:

The selection of winners for the NEXT Awards is a multistage process.  The first round of judging will be led by Nashville CPA firm, KraftCPAs, with the second round consisting of judges by category. These judges represent Nashville business leaders who demonstrate a strong level of industry expertise, passion for innovation, and exemplary commitment to the startup ecosystem. The deadline for application submissions is July 19th. Award finalists will be announced on August 22nd and winners will be announced at the NEXT Awards + Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame event on November 1st.

Meet the 2018 Judges:

  DR. CARMEN APRIL,   The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center

DR. CARMEN APRIL, 
The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center

  MATT WEST  Dexterity

MATT WEST
Dexterity

  ANDREW GOLDNER  GrowthX

ANDREW GOLDNER
GrowthX

  DAINA STOREY  Social Enterprise Alliance

DAINA STOREY
Social Enterprise Alliance

  DANIEL OPPONG  Briovation

DANIEL OPPONG
Briovation

  MARCUS COBB  Jammber

MARCUS COBB
Jammber

  JILL VAN BEKE  LaunchTN

JILL VAN BEKE
LaunchTN

  GREG LEWIS   Tennessee Center for Family Business

GREG LEWIS
 
Tennessee Center for Family Business

  LIZ ROGERS  Anacrusis

LIZ ROGERS
Anacrusis

  MITCH BALLARD   DevDigital

MITCH BALLARD
 DevDigital

         TARA HOUSTON  Pathway WBC

       TARA HOUSTON
Pathway WBC

  LOGAN CROWELL  Helping Our Music Evolve

LOGAN CROWELL
Helping Our Music Evolve

  DON LEYRER  Former Chair of SEA- Nashville Chapter

DON LEYRER
Former Chair of SEA- Nashville Chapter

 

NOMINATE!

Nominate a fellow entrepreneur or company who embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship. After you submit your nomination we will reach out with a personalized email with details on how they can apply. Thank you for your nomination! 


ABOUT:

The 2018 NEXT Awards + Entrepreneurs' Hall of Fame will take place on November 1, 2018. 

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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.


2018 SPONSORS:

 
 
  2018 PRESENTING SPONSOR

2018 PRESENTING SPONSOR

 
 
      

    

 

Interested in becoming a sponsor of NEXT Awards + Entrepreneurs' Hall of Fame?Please contact:
Anne Elizabeth McIntosh, VP of Community Investment
anneelizabeth@ec.co