Resource Guide



Nashville Entrepreneur Center

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC), a not-for-profit 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 advisers, a 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.

Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance

The Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance engages the resources, skills, and assets of SEA, our Nashville community partners and chapter members, including our network of investors, educators, mentors, philanthropists, non-profits, businesses, and policymakers to accelerate innovative sustainable solutions to social problems in the Middle Tennessee area.

Launch TN

Launch Tennessee is a public-private partnership that supports entrepreneurs from ideation to exit. We’re guided by a vision to make Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation.

Student founders are core to Tennessee’s strong tech talent pool. LaunchTN and our partners offer resources such as events, programs, business support and more to catalyze campus-based innovation. Student Programs >

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36|86 entrepreneurship Festival

36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival brings together the best innovators and difference-makers for two days of networking, programming, and entertainment on the latest in technology and entrepreneurship. By design, 36|86 is a launching point to greater things for you and your business.



Freshmen Founders

A high-level take on specific business topics for first time entrepreneurs. The hardest part is getting started, but Channing + Makenzie provide resources, anecdotes, and lessons learned to ease that process.



Navigate, powered by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, is a podcast dedicated to shining a light on Nashville’s entrepreneur ecosystem. EC team members and hosts Brynn Plummer and Clark Buckner interview entrepreneurs, business experts, investors, local government officials and organizations that support entrepreneurs across the city.


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36|86 Student Edition

36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival’s student entrepreneur showcase and pitch competition, 36|86: Student Edition, gives students a platform to access funding, marketing support and community and corporate resources. The goal of the pitch competition is to support the launch of viable student businesses.

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Sigma nu Tau Video Pitch Competition

A national program to recognize & reward the value & impact of entrepreneurship education on student success in academic business plan competitions! More on our Sigma Nu Tau Chapter



The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university. Nominees compete against their peers from around the world in a series of local and/or national competitions in hopes to qualify for GSEA Finals.

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