Google adds tech hub in Nashville - WKRN News 2

Google adds tech hub in Nashville

Posted: Updated: Sep 25, 2013 05:56 PM

The world's largest search engine and Web site is making a new home in Nashville.

Google is partnering with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

Under the partnership, Google will be working with the Entrepreneur Center, sharing best practices with the center's leaders and connecting startup companies to mentors and resources at Google offices.

Sam Lingo, Chief Executive Officer of Nashville's Entrepreneur Center, told News 2 the partnership proves the nation is beginning to realize the growth of entrepreneurial businesses in Nashville.

"What this means to Nashville, in particular, is resources to the center, access to Google experts, so we can bring them here on a regular basis and have them talk to the community about different experiences they've had and ways to use Google tools," he said.

As a "tech hub," the Entrepreneur Center will offer local entrepreneurs access to a wealth of information and tools offered by Google.  The company will host events and training workshops in Nashville.

The search giant, worth $200 billion, will also provide technical content, and infrastructure upgrades for their startups.

Lingo told News 2 Google launched the Google Entrepreneur program just to be helpful.

"Tthey've been a tremendously successful tech company and they want to make sure if there's a way for them to extend some resources to some targeted areas and help entrepreneurs grow their businesses better and faster and get more products and better profits, then that's what they want to do" he said.

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center currently has more than 200 members.  It provides work space, workshops, mentors with professional services and access to venture capitalists and angel investors.

Membership is $150 per year.

Other tech hubs will be located in Chicago, Minneapolis, Durham, North Carolina, Denver, Waterloo, Ontario and Detroit.

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