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December 17, 2020 | Tom Ballard

Three more winners named in the seventh edition of the EC’s “Pitch for Good” series

The seventh and final edition of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s (EC) “Pitch for Good” series for 2020 was held yesterday and featured six start-ups including two focused on education for high school graduates and two in very different aspects of the healthcare sector.

All six had one thing in common: they were based in Nashville and/or solving Nashville centric problems, according to Jane Allen, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the EC. In addition, two of the start-ups had pitched in previous editions of the “Pitch for Good” series.

As has been the case with previous competitions, there were two categories – “Launch” phase where the three participants had revenues below $25,000 and the “Up and Running” group that had revenues of at least $25,000.

The winners were:

  • Expected Value, founded by Vanderbilt University medical student Emily Thomas, in the “Launch” category. She has developed algorithms that predict candidates for likely readmission to a hospital at a time that an intervention is possible to avoid that fate.
  • Work Life Success, founded by Domonique Townsend, won the “Up and Running” category. Townsend has developed an all-inclusive solution to help businesses improve engagement, productivity, and well-being success of working moms, parents and caretakers. The company was named We Optimize Work when it was presented during the “Pitch for Good: Black Founders Edition.”
  • CollegeLeaps, co-founded by Angie Allen, captured the “Audience Favorite” prize. It is a customized college admissions mobile app designed to take the bewilderment out of college admissions by helping build application information, actually apply to college, find and apply for scholarships, and have support in the process.

Other participants in the competition were:

  • MediQuest (“Launch” phase), founded by April Watson to address the challenges that travelling nurses face in finding housing for their temporary assignments.
  • Magnolia Family Medicine (“Up and Running” category), founded by Kymberly Moyer, a Primary Care Physician who is focused on providing more affordable, more accessible care. She won the “Audience Favorite” prize during the sixth edition of “Pitch for Good” that focused on healthcare.
  • Persist Nashville (“Up and Running” category), presented by Scott Campbell, is focused on empowering Nashville high school graduates to pursue their college degrees and, in so doing, reverse the six-year graduation rate of 26 percent for graduates of Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Judges were: (1) Jerry Bostelman, CEO and Founding Partner at Vaco; (2) Honorable John Cooper, Mayor of Metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County; (3) Brian Heinrichs, President and Chief Banking Officer of Fourth Capital; and (4) Sean Henry, President and CEO of the Nashville Predators.

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