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For 50 years, Nashville has been a health care pow­er­house, 1 re­sult­ing in a VC scene dom­i­nated by health and health-tech firms. Ac­cess to cap­i­tal for other in­dus­tries can be chal­leng­ing, says Brian Moyer, CEO of the Nashville Tech­nol­ogy Coun­cil, who strug­gled to raise money for his own tech startup while an ac­quain­tance who started a com­pany to ac­quire hos­pi­tals quickly raised $300 mil­lion.

Health care and mu­sic in­dus­try 6 dom­i­nance also sti­fles the abil­ity to find men­tors and tal­ent in other fields. Some skill sets, such as that of a cloud en­gi­neer, are scarce but in high de­mand. “If you want to start an e-com­merce busi­ness here, you will be a pi­o­neer,” says Jump­start’s Whit­ney.

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