Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Survivors: Nashville Business Plan winners unveiled

The Nashville Business Incubation Center has spawned and-or saved such company's as Zycron Inc., the IT staffing firm founded by entrepreneur Darrell Freeman (at left). Other alumni include Transcender, the tech training firm that sold five years ago to a Washington Post Co. subsidiary for $60 million, plus Christie Cookies, Beacon Technologies and more than 80 other graduates, since NBIC's founding 22 years ago. Yesterday, the Nashville Business Incubation Center unveiled the three companies that emerged with the best business plans in NBIC's Class of '08. Job mentoring, ice cream and a single tech firm took the honors. They bested 17 other firms that made it the end of NBIC's 18-month-long Business Plan University, which is based on the FastTrac New Venture initiative of the Kaufmann Foundation of Kansas City. NBIC chief Mildred Walters told VNC the process is so demanding, NBIC can only produce graduates every other year. No other local institution opens its business-plan contest to the public. As reported here, students at VU's Owen GSM, the University of Tennessee and elsewhere in the state are keen enough to enter competitions that hone their plans for future businesses and give them a leg-up when they leave campus with their parchments. For more on the story, please click here. For an earlier story on Belmont University's business "hatchery," visit here.

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