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THE NASHVILLE Entrepreneur Center's fledgling InFlight program is in its second yearlong operational cycle, and its 2019-20 cohort of 27 young companies will be showcased in a "First Look" event this Thursday, Dec. 12, beginning 5 p.m. Registration here.

All 27 startups are listed here in alphabetical order:

K. Bazile

80/20 FITNESS LLC (Tenn.) Founder Kevin Bazile. Personal fitness training. For the founder and Co-owner Jade Hooker Bazile, the maxim is incorporating nutrition and exercise into the daily habits of others.

D. Pokowitz

BidCoz (dba for Common Good Fundraising LLC, Tenn.) Founder Donna Pokowitz. The BidCoz fundraising software addresses auctions, raffles, fund drives, donations, procurements, volunteers and more.

T. Rose

Birdie's Frozen Drinks LLC (Tenn.) Founder Toby Rose Managing Partner James Morris. Frozen natural beverages and slush machines.

C. Brandon

BLEE Beauty (blee. LLC, Tenn.) Founder Charles Brandon. BLEE Beauty by Me Device for mixing and dispensing customized color tone of liquid foundation, lipgloss, and nail polish. Patent issued January 2019.

M. Hwen

Chart Optical LLC (Tenn.) Founder May Hwen. Curated eyewear and professional optical referrals.

Comfort Connections - Nashville LLC (Tenn.) Founder-CEO Jeanine Hupy. Trained Golden Retrievers for interaction with those who need support for communications, relationship-building and comfort.

A. Wigton

Curio Coffee Company LLC (Tenn.) Co-founders Alex Wigton and David Morris. VNC research indicates they previously operated 1910 Coffee Roasters, Franklin.

J. Adeola

Fathom Public Benefit Corporation (PBC, Tenn.) Co-founders JoAdel Adeola, Julie Dunlap, Jean Castrillo. Focused on youth-led innovation and personal agency.

Filterjoy (dba for FilterX Holdings LLC) (Tenn.) Founder/CEO Harry Hoover. Startup is e-commerce for HVAC filter supply by subscription for home and tenant (dba Filtersnap).


Global Chi Consulting & Supplier Management (Dela.) (Global Chi Holding Group LLC) Founder Ogechi Anyatonwu. Supply chain consulting and management.

A. Ray

Habitat Yoga LLC (Tenn.) Founder Ashley Drinnon Ray. On-site yoga classes for children and adults. Programs are for children (schools, camps, etc.) or Adults (workplaces, benefits, private classes).

A. Latifi

HaftaHave LLC (Ala.) Co-founder/CEO Amanda Latifi. Offline in-store promotion and cart-building for shoppers, synched to Shopify storefronts.


inFormVRx (Tenn.) (Informer Fitness dba for Joseph's Pilates LLC) Co-Founder Joe Spradley. Professional development materials and support for Pilates coaches, including VR-augmented instruction.


InnerG LLC (Tenn.) Founder Nielah Burnett confirmed that the company is a "juice and yoga business." Burnett has been a digital-platform specialist with Caterpillar Financial Services.


Kontra LLC (Tenn.) Founder Martin Leamon. A provider of water pipes, glassware bongs.

R. Guina

Military Wallet (Ohio, Tenn.) Little King Enterprises LLC. Founder Ryan Guina also previously founded CashMoneyLife.com. The company designs targeted sponsored ad campaigns to reach military veterans.

D. Enright

The Macfarlan Group LLC (Tenn.) Founded by Deb Macfarlan Enright. Management Consulting.

J. Ploof

Mull IT LLC (Tenn.) Founder Justin Ploof. IT and infrastructure. Terrain: MSP, Cybersecurity, Desktop, Server, Cloud, Networks. Founder worked eight years with Paris-based Sogeti, among other stops.

B. Esse

Nashville Bar Pass (in-process Tenn.) Co-founder: Brandon Esse. Creating new revenue streams for Event Leaders by connecting attendees with local food and drink experiences.

R. Long

Parachute Bridge (PBC, TN For-profit Public Benefit Corp.) Co-Founders Rutledge Long and Patrick Schuermann. Company offers a curriculum to help college-bound students graduate career-ready.


Persist Nashville Inc. (PBC, Tenn.) Founder Scott Campbell. City-based approach to students' college persistence. The company aims to increase share of Nashville students going on to obtain college degrees.


Placemat LLC (Tenn.) Founder Ryan Reisdorf. In-home personal chef services. Seeks to inspire community food-sourcing, sustainability and intention of healthy eating. The website indicates they're cuisine agnostic, preparing 'food for everyone'.

T. Willis

Southern Mug Coffee (to be LLC) Founder Trae Willis. For-profit social enterprise coffee purveyor.

R. Bolen

Touchstone Pathway (dba) (Tenn.) Founder Robert Bolen, previously owner of Envision Wealth Planning (now CapitalOne United Income). Client data gathering software as a service for financial advisors. Offering is said to translate client's values, goals, motivations and strategies into firm guidance.


Tour Collective LLC (Tenn.) John Riley Vasquez. A network to help artists, managers and touring entities add experienced crew members.

Uniqat Inc. (Dela., Tenn.) Online furniture retailer. Co-Founders Zeljko Jake Petrovic, Kristijan Šarac, Luka Maljković.


We Optimize Work LLC (Tenn.) Founder Domonique Townsend. Consulting for strategy, management, project management, operations and other process-related functions.

For a similar guide to the the 17 firms that entered the EC's 2018-19 INFLIGHT program, please click here.

EC guidelines say the program's entrants have typically reached no more than $150K revenue runrate, have a full-time founder and a small team. VNC research indicates the latest group includes businesses that have been formally in-business for just a few months, and some that have been in business for more than four years.

The EC published a list of companies, weblinks and one-each principals. All other information for this article was researched and prepared by Venture Nashville.

Please send comments and-or corrections to the author via LinkedIn. VNC

. last edited 1512 10 Dec 2019

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