Healthbox Partners with Leading Nashville Stakeholders for New Accelerator

Healthbox, a leading business accelerator focused on healthcare technology and technology-enabled companies, is expanding its accelerator program to Nashville this fall with anchor partner BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Healthbox is strategically building local partnerships in key cities to stimulate a pipeline of new solutions, while creating a global community of leaders passionate about improving healthcare. This is the second new Healthbox location revealed in 2013; another one was launched in Boston in April, preceded by one in Chicago in 2012.

“We have been planning our entrance into this market for the last year,” says Healthbox founder and CEO, Nina Nashif. “Nashville is the Silicon Valley of healthcare and the best place for us as we continue to expand the breadth and depth of our community.”

Healthcare is the largest and fastest growing sector in Nashville, contributing nearly $30 billion to the area’s economy. Known for its presence in hospital management and services, the city is home to 31 hospitals and more than 250 healthcare companies. In addition to hospital management, Nashville’s diverse community includes growth sectors in ambulatory and outpatient care, academic research, health information technology and life sciences.

Passionate entrepreneurs in all phases of growth and development who are eager to be part of the Healthbox community are encouraged to apply. Applications are open on the Healthbox website through August 4th at

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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.
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