Thirty-one companies, including two from East Tennessee, are participants in the largest cohort in the history of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s (EC) “Project Healthcare.”
Knoxville’s Qardian Labs and Chattanooga’s CPR Wrap join seven participants from the Nashville area and 22 companies from 16 other states in a new model based on the “Entrepreneurial Life Cycle.” The revised approach allowed the EC to accept more teams than ever – more than three times the previous cohorts. The 31 participants are divided into two categories – device or service – and stage of development (1 through 4).
In addition, the EC noted in an announcement earlier this week that it had developed a “cutting-edge curriculum that includes support from our network of industry professionals, tailored educational sessions via weekly virtual meetings, and opportunities to pitch their businesses. Teams will also have the chance to form meaningful connections with other entrepreneurs who are on the same journey, and meet with experts perfectly suited for their industry segment, phase and stage.”
Founded by Felicia Jackson, CPR Wrap recently captured first place in the EC’s “Pitch for Good: Black Founders Edition” for its novel way to help individuals perform CPR. Sofia Tomov is the Founder of Qardian Labs that has developed algorithms to improve the speed and accuracy of heart disease diagnosis.
“Through listening closely to the business community, investors and entrepreneurs, it became clear that we all need to work closely to help Nashville be the best place to start and grow a business,” said Jane Allen, Chief Executive Officer of the EC. “We were amazed with the quality companies and entrepreneurs which made this a highly competitive process.”
Other participants from Tennessee include: