Congratulations to our 2014 NEXT Award winners! Click here to see the list.

Excellence in Business & Entrepreneurship in Middle Tennessee

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Welcome to the 2014 NEXT Awards - recognizing what's NEXT in the entrepreneurial landscape of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Nashville is a hotbed for innovators, entrepreneurs and creatives. Join us as we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit that has made Middle Tennessee one of the best places to start a business.

About the awards:

Companies will be awarded across five industry categories: digital media/entertainment; health care; social enterprise/sustainability; technology; and products/services. Corporate eligibility for each stage of growth, regardless of industry, is listed below (click each section to learn more).

Startup

1) Company in operation less than three years
2) Revenue generated or capital raised is greater than $100,000
3) Creating employment opportunities in Middle Tennessee

Growth

1) Company in operation three years or more
2) Annual revenue is greater than $1 million
3) Revenue growth is greater than 10 percent over previous fiscal year
4) Has shown increased employment opportunities in Middle Tennessee

Market Mover

1) Company in operation five years or more
2) Annual revenue is greater than $10 million
3) Sustained growth in revenue over a five-year period
4) Has shown increased employment opportunities in Middle Tennessee

Entrepreneurs will be scored by a panel of their peers. Judges will look to how each candidate:

• Demonstrates an outstanding entrepreneurial spirit
• Has launched a new product or service that has created jobs and added value for stakeholders
• Serves as a mentor and advocate for other local entrepreneurs
• Continues to enhance their product or service