Nashville Ranked 2nd for Best Startup Cities Nashville Ranked 2nd for Best Startup Cities

By Kelsy Harms on September 7, 2012


Nashville No. 2 of 12 “Startup Paradise” Cities in America

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite only non-profit comprised of the world’s leading young entrepreneurs, released a report last week naming Nashville No. 2 of 12 “startup paradise” cities in America, second to Vegas. Other U.S. cities counted among the 12 include, Los Angeles, NYC, Orlando and Boulder.

Sam Davidson, president and co-founder at Cool People Care Inc., wrote:


“Nashville may be a bit new to the startup game, but it’s growing quickly. Having been known for primarily launching music or health care companies, it’s now growing tech companies, consumer products, and entertainment ideas.”

So what makes Nashville such a great place for startups?

  • Access to venture capital – read highlights of the recent report published by Nashville Capital Network and the Nashville Health Care Council
  • Initiatives dedicated to serving Nashville’s entrepreneurs such as the Nashville Capital Network, Entrepreneur Center, Jumpstart Foundry, and TNInvestco, INCITE Co-Investment Fund, and StartupTN
  • Entrepreneurship programs at Vanderbilt, Belmont and Lipscomb University equipping the next generation of talent
  • Awards such as the NEXT Awards, recognizing Middle Tennessee companies and individual entrepreneurs making the most significant impact on our local economy
  • Mild climate and affordable living conditions


E|SPACES provides professional, technology-rich work and meeting space for startups in the city. Just last week we celebrated the official launch of Wealth Access and a ribbon cutting for Guardian Financial. Hear from our own Phil Gibbs, CEO of E|SPACES, why he believes Nashville is a good place for small businesses on Channel 2 News.

Interested in shared co-working space? Or a place to hold your company’s off-site meetings? Contact a concierge today to set up a tour at E|SPACES in Nashville or Franklin and learn how our month-to-month memberships can meet your work and meeting space needs.

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