The acting board of the Greater Nashville Venture Capital Association is excited to announce Judith Byrd as the inaugural executive director of the new member association effective April 8. 

Byrd is a seasoned executive with experience in business, government, trade association, health policy and journalism. Most recently, she was director of Community and Government Relations for Ardent Health Services.

GNVCA is seeking an Executive Director who will play a critical and unprecedented role in shaping the GNVCA for future growth and impact.  The ideal candidate is a visionary leader with a passion for community engagement and experience in non-profit administration and management; serving an eclectic client base; working at the intersection of industry, non-profit, and government; and working collaboratively with a non-profit board of directors, committees, and other stakeholders. While VC experience is not required, a proven track record of building sustainable member-focused organizations and delivering value for member stakeholders is essential.

The rise of Nashville's health-tech startup scene is gaining significant momentum, spurred on by the city's long-standing reputation as a healthcare hub. CNBC spoke with industry experts who emphasized the unique advantages that Nashville provides for the development of innovative healthcare solutions. These advantages include a strong healthcare infrastructure, a highly-skilled workforce, and a collaborative, supportive business environment. The consensus is that Nashville is quickly emerging as a major player in the health-tech space and the GNVCA launched at a critical point in this growth.

Article published by Ashley Capoot on CNBC on Nov 30, 2023

Middle Tennessee's startup scene is on the rise! The Greater Nashville Venture Capital Association (GNVCA) just launched, uniting players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem for a new era of innovation. The invite-only event featured insights from speakers and a social hour for attendees to mingle. Guests left feeling energized about the GNVCA's mission, which includes bringing together investors and entrepreneurs to spur growth and development in the region. Vanderbilt is playing a key role in this initiative, supporting the mission with its expertise and connections. 

Article published by Lacie Blankenship on VU Owens Graduate School of Management's website on Nov 17, 2023

Vanderbilt is proud to support the newly created Greater Nashville Venture Capital Association (GNVCA), a non-profit member organization whose mission is to make middle Tennessee a great place to launch, grow and invest in companies. The GNVCA will act as a convening organization for the local investment and entrepreneurship community, and will host a variety of networking events for the VC community. More information is provided about the GNVCA on its website:

GREATER NASHVILLE Venture Capital Association is emerging from stealth and advancing toward formal kickoff a month from now.

At the outset, in-kind support is being provided the organizers by Vanderbilt University, which is also likely to be among the group's future grantors, according to a source who responded to VNC's query.

Article published by Milt Capps in Venture Nashville Connections on Oct 13, 2023