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The Capital Unconference Succeeds at the EC
The Nelson Mullins Capital Unconference began bright and early yesterday morning when around 50 investors and 100 companies met at theNashville EC for a series of consecutive 30 minute meetings. Investors and companies were matched based on industry and amount of capital to be raised, based on four tracks ranging from <$500,000 to >$5m.
The day kicked off with remarks by event organizer Jason Epstein of Nelson Mullins Aaron Lyss and Michael Burcham of the EC, about the goals, logistics, and sponsors of the Unconference. Companies then met with investors until 6 o’clock in offices spread throughout the EC.
CEO of the Nashville EC, Michael Burcham, said of the event, “The Unconference is a unique way that entrepreneurs raising capital and investors can interact. This model of engagement provides an opportunity for multiple entrepreneur-to-investor conversations and investor-to-investor collaborations — all in a single day. The Nashville Entrepreneur Center is delighted to be hosting this event to further grow our entrepreneurial and investor ecosystem here in Nashville and throughout the Southeastern US.”
Why Google picked Nashville
At 15 years old, Google's days as a garage-based startup aren't that far removed. Although valued at $200 billion, the company has a passion for entrepreneurs and small business, which attracted it to Nashville.
"Entrepreneurship is very much a part of our DNA, and now it's our mission to empower startups across the country," said Mary Grove, Google's director of global entrepreneurship outreach. "A few years ago we saw a real opportunity to establish a team and really double down on entrepreneur programs."
Two years ago, the company created Google for Entrepreneurs, a global program that spans 110 countries, and has now landed a permanent location in Nashville as part of the company's new Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network.
But from the program's start, Nashville has been involved and at the forefront.
Glimpses of the EC's Flugtag craft
The Nashville Entrepreneur Center will this week send the "Entrepreninjas" to Miami to compete Saturday in the national Red Bull Flugtag competition. The EC's five-man team comprises staff members Sam Lingo, Robbie Goldsmith, Jared Marquette, Ryan Carter and John Murdock. Their craft, designed by local engineer and precious metals broker Chris Laborde, will try to break the Miami Flugtag record of 138 feet. It is 20 feet long, has a wingspan of 28 feet and weighs 135 pounds.
Support for the project came from Flo Thinkery, Ted Atwood's crew at Polar Technology, SilverTrading.net, Nashville.net and many others. Looking to do your part to help the Entrepreninjas? On Friday and Saturday, you can text "MIA24" to 72855 to help the Nashville team win the people's choice award.
Healthbox selects first class of health tech entrepreneurs
Healthbox, the health tech business accelerator that opened a Nashville program this fall, has selected its first class of companies, which are already working out of the Entrepreneur Center.
Of nearly 30 companies interviewed, seven were selected for the program. Of the seven, five are from Nashville.
THE NASHVILLE ENTREPRENEUR CENTER FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH .CO
Upgrades URL to Innovative .CO Domain
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 3, 2013) – The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) has formed a strategic partnership with .CO Internet, the company behind the fast-growing .CO domain, and as a result has moved its website to the coveted two-character EC.co URL.
The organizations have plans to develop a co-branded learning series for entrepreneurs to be broadcast internationally and to provide startups in the Nashville EC accelerator with additional support to help them succeed.
In the three years since its launch, the .CO domain has become one of the most successful top level domain extensions in the world, with more than 1.5 million Web addresses registered by people and companies in more than 200 countries. Leading organizations such as Twitter, UP Global, Founder Institute and Google use a .CO domain to support their online presences.
“We are always looking for opportunities to partner with the best,” said Michael Burcham, CEO of the Nashville EC. “The .CO domain has become the emerging domain for innovative companies and startups around the globe, and our strategic partnership will allow us to connect with more startups and entrepreneurs through the growing .CO network.”
The Nashville EC and .CO partnership will continue to evolve and create resources to help Nashville startups succeed in developing investable business models. “We select our partnerships carefully,” said Lori Anne Wardi, vice president of .CO Internet. “Our new partnership with the Nashville EC is an ideal collaboration. The organization’s mission and vision are exactly in line with our values at .CO, and we look forward to working together to support the ideas that entrepreneurs at the Nashville EC accelerator are bringing to life.”
The Nashville EC recently moved into its new location in the historic trolley barns at Rolling Mill Hill near downtown Nashville, nearly tripling its size and increasing its ability to connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to be successful. The digital move to EC.co adds to the momentum of the physical move.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 20, 2013-- The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (NEC) today opened the doors of its new home, more than tripling its size and enhancing its ability to launch new companies and further position Nashville as a national center of entrepreneurial activity.
The Entrepreneur Center in Nashville Tennessee is a pretty awesome space as it is right now. It sits directly across the legendary Broadway street in Nashville, from the Hard Rock Cafe. The entire second floor serves Nashville’s startups and entrepreneurs.
Matt Urmy, founder of Nashville start-up Artist Growth, toured the country for years as a singer-songwriter with zero idea of how to increase or manage his earnings.
“Someone with a little industry depth and knowledge can talk for twenty minutes and put together a pretty structured conversation,” says Burcham, who also runs a local nonprofit accelerator called the Entrepreneur Center (EC). “Someone who’s mostly veneer and has no depth, within five or six minutes, they’ve run out of something to say.”
Scott Case (Startup America, Priceline) and Ingrid Vandervelt (Dell) both attended the grand opening of Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center. They stuck around after all the hand shaking and kind words to talk to the entrepreneurs in the Jumpstart Foundry Cohort discussing real problems their startups face day to day. One of the things Scott touched on was that it’s hard to start a startup anywhere whether it’s Silicon Valley or Nashville, TN, there are several problems and road blocks that every entrepreneur faces in his/her journey.
Lately, Nashville is in the national spotlight for several events and programs including the recent Southland Conference. Just yesterday, Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center opened with several huge statements by Ingrid Vanderveldt (Dell), Scott Case (Startup America, Priceline) and Mayor Karl Dean. The general consensus at the Grand Opening was that it is one of the best spaces in the country for entrepreneurs to start a business.
Last night, a host of Nashville movers and shakers who have helped guide and grow the Nashville Entrepreneur Center gathered in its newly-opened home to celebrate the continued ascension of the Nashville startup community.
In light of National Small Business Week, it’s worth noting who’s doing small business right. Thanks to a deliberate effort to foster economic growth and local attitude, Nashville, Tenn., and its quickly expanding entrepreneurial ecosystem are regularly making news.