The team at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center will on Friday unveil IdeaFrame, an application that promises to tell budding entrepreneurs in less than 10 minutes if their idea is worth pursuing. The software, which was created and designed by EC boss Michael Burcham and entrepreneur-in-residence Scott Rouse, has been used by EC mentors and advisors to vet the ideas that land on their desks. Check out more here.
According to a post on the Entrepreneurs’ Organization website, Nashville Entrepreneur Center head Michael Burcham is being recognized as a "Champion of Change."
EO Nashville member Michael Burcham has been selected as a “Champion of Change” as part of President Obama’s “Winning the Future” initiative. On March 7, he will be honored at the White House for his leadership in mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs.
This is such a huge honor, congratulations Michael!
Longtime Sony Music Nashville boss Joe Galante has been tapped by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center to be its newest entrepreneur-in-residence. Galante, who stepped down from his Sony post almost two years ago, already is working with several young business, including Nicholas Holland's populr.me, which lets business quickly build one-page websites.
Keith Gregg of Brentwood private-equity firm JRG Ventures has been named entrepreneur-in-residence for health care companies at the Entrepreneur Center. Gregg was a member of the large group that more than three years ago helped shape the thinking that led to the EC's creation.
“The health care startups that are coming out of the EC are positioned to lead the health care service sector across the country and drive Nashville’s growth as a global leader in the industry,” said Keith Gregg, “and working out of the EC with these innovative entrepreneurs is an exciting and an excellent opportunity.”
The Nashville Entrepreneur Center appears to have worked itself into a bit of a social media soup with some tweets referencing the Occupy Wall Street protests that are now in their fourth week. Joey Garrison reports on how a local blogger's commentary on tweets with the hashtag #iamthe53 apparently led EC officials to delete those postings.
Mike Byrd on Monday wrote that he found it very odd, to say the least, that the EC, whose stated goal is to help entrepreneurs grow businesses and create jobs, is "taking sides in social protest through social media while promoting conservative Republican attempts to torpedo Occupy Wall Street." (See his full post here.)
EC Marketing Director Clay Jackson said there was no big political statement being made.
“The [Entrepreneur Center] stands behind people who are trying to create jobs and build companies,” he said. “I don’t know if there’s a side for us to fall on within that debate. If you see us as weighing in, it’s weighing in on the side of people who are trying to create jobs, to build great companies.”
Later on Tuesday, the Center's feed featured further discussion with Byrd and other about its goals and also linked to, "Protest the status quo! Entrepreneurs unite!" a blog post about social entreprenership published earlier in the day.