Phil Shmerling on Four Ways to Raise Early-stage Money

Phil Shmerling on Four Ways to Raise Early-stage Money

Phil Shmerling is the founder and CEO of InCrowd Capital, a company that helps early stage entrepreneurs brings in investors. We sat down again to go more in-depth about his work at InCrowd. Check out the interview to hear his thoughts on four ways to raise money -- venture capitalists, crowdfunding, bootstrapping and organized capital - and his main message to entrepreneurs.

Read More

2015 NEXT Awards Winners Announced

Entrepreneur of the Year

Sherry Deutschmann, founder and CEO, LetterLogic



Entrepreneurial Partner of the Year

Launch Tennessee


Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Channing Moreland and Makenzie Stokel, co-founders of EVAmore



Technology

Startup: Overdog

Growth: Rustici Software

Market Mover: Confirmation.com


Digital Media & Entertainment

Startup: Talkapolis

Growth: StyleBlueprint, LLC

Market Mover: Nashville Ballet


Health Care

Startup: MEDarchon

Growth: ProviderTrust, Inc.

Market Mover: Entrada


Social Enterprise & Sustainability

Startup: PRO Employment, a social enterprise by Project Return

Growth: Thistle Farms

Market Mover: Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee


Products & Services

Startup: Batch Nashville

Growth: A Head for Profits

Market Mover: Advance Financial



Still in the Fight

Still in the Fight

This week we celebrated the 240th birthday of my beloved United States Marine Corps.  And, again on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we marked what has now become known as Veterans Day. Unfortunately, the Great War did not end all wars.  In fact, just this week alone there were active strikes in Iraq and Syria.  And, an attack on freedom itself in Paris.

Read More

Partner Podcast Series: Jack Waddey of Waller Law Firm

Partner Podcast Series: Jack Waddey of Waller Law Firm

Jack Waddey was born and raised in Franklin, Tennessee and now makes his home in Nashville as a partner at Waller Law Firm. For more than four decades, he has focused his career on intellectual property law. Jack enjoys working with startups and is a founding member of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center Board. In this interview, Jack talks about his entrepreneurial career, his involvement with startups and gives great insight along the way. You can listen to the full clip here or check out some of the highlights here.

Read More

Partner Podcast Series: Charlie Brock of Launch Tennessee

Partner Podcast Series: Charlie Brock of Launch Tennessee

Charlie Brock is the CEO and President of Launch Tennessee, an organization Making Tennessee the #1 place in the Southeast to start and grow a company. In this interview, he sits down to talk about his background, a few different projects happening at LaunchTN and the future of entrepreneurship in the region. You can listen to the full interview above and check out some highlights below.

Read More

Chris Sloan Shares Essential Nashville Business Advice

Chris Sloan Shares Essential Nashville Business Advice

Chris Sloan is the Chair of the Emerging Companies Team at Baker Donelson, a law firm of 650+ attorneys across 30 practices that has been in partnership with the Entrepreneur Center since day one. He sat down with our very own Blake Hogan, Director of Partnerships, to talk about both his involvement with the EC and with Nashville’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

Read More

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees Jon Yarbrough and Rev. Becca Stevens Share Their Story

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees Jon Yarbrough and Rev. Becca Stevens Share Their Story

In 2014, as the lone stockholder and the company having no debt, Jon Yarbrough sold Video Gaming Technologies (VGT) for $1.3 billion in an all-cash deal. Yarbrough was able to share some of the most pivotal moments at the beginning of his career that led him to success.

Rev. Becca Stevens, founding director of Thistle Farms, shared about staying true to your values and growing a social enterprise business. Below you can read some highlights including her approach to social enterprises and her advice to other entrepreneurs.

Read More

Our Uganda Launch Pad Visit, another Google for Entrepreneurs Hub

Our Uganda Launch Pad Visit, another Google for Entrepreneurs Hub

Recently, the EC’s very own Gradi Ellis, graphic designer, had the opportunity to visit Uganda Africa for The Launch Pad. The Launch Pad, an event similar to a 5-minute TED talk, invites entrepreneurs from around the region to share how their business benefits the people of East Africa. A total of eight companies pitched at the event, and Ellis went in-depth with the startups that stood out. She also had the opportunity to sit down with members of the Outbox team to learn more about their entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

Read More