6 Reasons Nashville is the Best Place to Start a Company
BY William Griggs ON Oct 31, 2011
Nashville was recently left off a few “Top Cities to Start a Business” lists (list 1, list 2 and list 3.) and we are not happy about it! Below are 6 things that set Nashville apart and make it worthy of being on any such list.
1. Incredible Small Business Resources
2. Access To Early Stage Capital
In its second year, the JumpStart Foundry brings a unique model to Nashville that combines intense mentorship and seed capital in an effort to start and grow companies.
3. Access To Talent
Being surrounded by Vanderbilt University, Belmont University and Lipscomb University has a variety of perks including an extremely strong talent pool that has a history of staying in the area.
4. Access To Growth Capital
Organizations like the Angel Capital Group and the Nashville Capital Network help to prepare entrepreneurs and put them in front of angel investors. In addition to these organizations, Nashville has a handful of traditional VCs (Mountain Group Capital, Solidus Company and FCA Ventures) that are looking to fund high-growth companies.
5. Educational Opportunities
Orgainzations such as Digital Nashville and events such as Innovation Nashville keep calendars packed with learning opportunities that not only set Nashville apart, but also helps its business leaders stay ahead of the curve.
6. Places To Work
For solopreneurs or startup junkies finding a place to work, in most cities, is a nightmare leaving most cooped up in their home. This is not so in Nashville where both co-working spaces (E|Spaces, CoLab) and coffee shops (Fido, Frothy Monkey, Portland Brew) welcome business owners and encourage community.
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About William Griggs
William Griggs is a product and customer acquisition strategist who has helped numerous startups including companies backed by Andreessen Horowitz, FLOODGATE, & 500 Startups. In addition to his consulting work, he has written for Mashable, VentureBeat, & ReadWrite. You can check out his podcast on iTunes (The Startup Slingshot TV) or follow him on Twitter @william_griggs for Tweets chock-full of delicious knowledge nuggets.
In addition to everything tech startups, William loves breakfast tacos, dogs, short emails, and Amazon Prime. He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his beautiful wife Elizabeth.