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Nashville Entrepreneur Center Announces 2019 NEXT Awards Finalists & Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame Inductees

Applicants for NEXT Awards represent $1.33B in local revenue and 6,608 jobs.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 4, 2019 — The ?Nashville Entrepreneur Center? today announced the 2019 NEXT Awards finalists and Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame inductees. Both groups will be celebrated and category winners will be announced at the NEXT Awards + Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame event, held on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 at Rocketown. Tickets for the event are now on ?sale?. This is the second annual event celebrating both awards; last year’s sold-out event was attended by more than 550 people.

The Hall of Fame celebrates visionary business leaders and companies who have laid a foundation of support and helped foster entrepreneurship in Nashville. This year’s inductees are: Dolly Parton, eight-time Grammy Award winning artist and founder of ?The Dollywood Foundation?; Beth Chase, founder and CEO of ?c3/consulting (acquired by Ankura)?; and Charlie Martin, founder and Chairman of ?Martin Ventures?.

The NEXT Awards recognize entrepreneurs, startups and entrepreneurial-minded businesses who make a significant impact on the economy in Middle Tennessee. Applicants for this year’s industry categories represented a combined $1.33B in annualized revenue and 6,608 full-time jobs. Eight different award categories are represented: five industry-focused awards, and three individual awards.

2019 NEXT Awards finalists:
Entertainment, Sports, and Media
Startup finalists


Market Mover finalists: 

Snapshot Interactive
Taillight TV


Startup Finalists:

Ancore Health
Vision Care Connect

Market Mover Finalists:

American Physician Partners
Enable Comp
Healthcare BlueBook


Startup Finalists:

BOS Framework
GreenLight Medical

Market Mover Finalists:

XOi Technologies

Social Enterprise

Startup Finalists:

Cumberland Kayak

Project Return PROh

Tennessee Educators of Color

Market Mover finalists

Corner to Corner

Pathway Lending

REBOOT Recovery

Product and Services

Startup finalists

Elevation Search Solutions

Instruction Partners

NoBaked Cookie Dough

Market Mover finalists


REED Public Relations


Corporate Ambassador of the Year finalists

Country Music Association

Petra Coach


Young Entrepreneur of 2019 finalists

Megan Feeman

Stephen Richards

Sam Saideman

Entrepreneur of 2019 finalists

Marcus Cobb

Meg Epstein

Tammy Hawes

Statements from Hall of Fame inductees:

“I am so thankful to be named a 2019 inductee into the Nashville Entrepreneurs’ Hall ofFame,” said Dolly Parton . “It is important that we all follow our dreams and work hard to see them through. I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to pursue my dreams in many areas of my life, and I encourage anyone with a dream to never lose their passion and to create a legacy that positively impacts others.”

“It is a great honor to be inducted into the 2019 Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame,” said Beth Chase . “Starting and building a business is hard work, and incredibly rewarding. I am excited to celebrate our collective success with my fellow inductees, as well as with the NEXT Awards winners who are the Hall of Famers of the future! The Nashville Entrepreneur Center is very special to me and I am both honored and humbled to have been selected to this incredible group.”

“Nashville is truly a city built by entrepreneurs and risk takers, so to be part of a group that includes past Hall of Fame inductees like Jon Yarbrough, Sherry Deutschmann, Kix Brooks, Richard Boyd, Cal Turner and Darrell Freeman is a true honor,” said Charlie Martin . “While my career has been built on healthcare, Nashville offers so much for entrepreneurs in all industries. Nashville is the best place in America to start or grow a business and I am thrilled to be part of this celebration.”

The 2019 NEXT Awards + Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame event is chaired by Max Goldberg, co-owner of Strategic Hospitality; Dee Anna Smith, CEO of Sarah Cannon; and music industry executive John Zarling. Sponsors include Google for Startups, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, LBMC, Petra Coach, Dell, KraftCPAs, Big Machine Vodka, DEX Imaging, EO Nashville, Pinnacle Financial Partners, and Sarah Cannon.

About the Nashville Entrepreneur Center

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC), a nonprofit 501(c)(3), was founded in 2009 as an initiative of the Nashville business community with a vision to be the front door to entrepreneurship in Nashville. The EC’s mission is to connect entrepreneurs with the critical resources to create, launch and grow businesses. Supported by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, the organization offers membership, access to advisors, an entrepreneurial community, startup curriculum and industry-immersive experiences in healthcare (Project Healthcare) and music (Project Music). EC programs are built on a foundation of navigation to resources and diversity & inclusion. Learn more about the EC at www.twitter.com/entrecenter and www.instagram.com/entrecenter