The Next Awards for entrepreneurship, sponsored by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC), with presenting sponsor Lipscomb University College of Business, were announced Nov. 17. Here are excerpts from the sponsors' subsequent press release:
"There is tremendous energy in Nashville in starting new companies and taking small businesses to the next level," said Nashville Mayor Megan Barry. "We see that energy in the wide range of companies honored by the Next Awards and in their willingness to share the lessons they've learned along the road to success."
"Nashville has really gotten the attention of organizations that measure entrepreneurial activity, like the Brookings Institution," said Ralph Schulz, president and CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. "They recognize the region's business community understands and assesses risk and really supports entrepreneurs with viable ideas."
"I never fail to be amazed by the willingness of these successful business people to share their stories and help other startups trying to follow the same path," said Michael Brody-Waite, president and CEO of the EC. "Even large companies understand the important role entrepreneurs play in keeping our region's economy growing and vibrant."
Next Awards are given in five business categories at two stages of development -- startup and market mover -- in addition to nine specific awards for contributions to the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The winners of the 2016 Next Awards are:
Nashville's Choice Award - Groups360
Entrepreneurial Partner of the Year - UBS
Young Entrepreneur of 2016 - Matt Cheuvront, Proof Branding
Entrepreneur of 2016 - Dan Hogan, Medalogix
Mentor of the Year - Julia Polk, New Ventures Consulting
Game-Changer Award - Jammber, Inc.
Business Culture Award - DSi
Intrapreneurial Culture of the Year - Edgenet
Funder of the Year - InCrowd Capital
Startup (digital media and entertainment) - Made In Network
Startup (health care) - Stratasan
Startup (products and services) - Inflammo
Startup (social enterprise and sustainability) - REBOOT Combat Recovery
Startup (technology) - iCitizen
Market Mover (digital media and entertainment) - SnapShot Interactive
Market Mover (health care) - Bernard Health
Market Mover (products and services) - A Head For Profits
Market Mover (social enterprise and sustainability) - Knowledge Academies, Inc
Market Mover (technology) - Edgenet
Additional information and photos will be available at www.nextawardsnashville.com. [###]