Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center, a nonprofit that acts as the city's technology hub, has picked a venture capitalist with strong ties to the healthcare industry as its new CEO.
Stuart McWhorter is co-founder of a Brentwood investment firm, Clayton Associates, that works with early-stage companies. The firm runs an investment fund which operates in the Entrepreneur Center.
McWhorter — who also founded OrthoLink, a management company for orthopedic doctors — acknowledges that healthcare is a cornerstone of the technology industry in Nashville.
“When healthcare is mentioned and entrepreneurship in the same sentence, I want people to think of Nashville," he says. "That’s happening, but we can all do better, and I think the Entrepreneur Center can play a part of that.”
But the future of technology in Nashville is broader than just healthcare, he says. "With the growth we’ve seen in Nashville, and the people moving to the city working with companies who aren’t healthcare-focused, I think we’re diversifying.”
McWhorter is also on the board of Jumpstart Foundry, a tech accelerator now focusing on healthcare startups. He’ll be taking the helm of the Entrepreneur Center from Michael Burcham, who is stepping down to start — you guessed it — a healthcare company.