2018 Best Tech Startups in Tennessee

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Tennessee. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Skuid


Founded: 2013

Also honored in2018 Best Tech Startups in Chattanooga

“Skuid is the world’s first and leading no-code cloud platform for rapid digital innovation. With Skuid, hundreds of companies quickly design and deploy enterprise apps that more than 5 million users love to use—all with no code required. Skuid’s customers easily connect to existing data sources and create unmatched user experiences. The result is business agility and continuous innovation through improved applications for CRM, HCM, and ERP.”

2. Bellhops


Founded: 2012

Also honored in2018 Best Tech Startups in Chattanooga

“Bellhops is a modern company that combines technology with a team of talented workers to provide a fun, friendly, and professional moving experience.

Bellhops began in 2011 as a simple solution for college students looking for help moving in and out of their dorms. After early success, the company expanded its services to include customers of all ages, with homes of varying sizes. To meet this demand, it developed the nation’s first tech-enabled platform, which not only streamlines the move-day process but also ensures customers are matched with the most-qualified movers and professional drivers in their area.”

3. MDsave


Founded: 2012

“Don’t wait for someone to fix healthcare. Do it yourself.

Shopping online for healthcare has arrived. Compare local prices, save money and buy your procedure — all in one place. Feels better already.™

Co-located in Brentwood, Tenn. and San Francisco, Calif., MDsave is the world’s first online healthcare marketplace, bringing together patients seeking affordable, reliable care with providers offering high-quality services at fair prices.”

4. Axial Healthcare

axial Healthcare

Founded: 2012

Also honored in2018 Best Tech Startups in Nashville

“axialHealthcare is the leading pain medication and pain care solutions company and partners with health insurers nationwide. axialHealthcare was founded in 2012 by a group of physicians, scientists, pharmacists, and operators in the field of pain management to map a clear, evidence-based view into pain and its causes, drive pain medication best practices, and innovate the most effective solutions.

axialHealthcare’s pain management solutions engage physicians, pain clinics, and patients with coordinated care by applying advanced analytical insight, unmatched proven clinical evidence and highly effective consumer support.”

5. Built Technologies, Inc.

Built Technologies, Inc.

Founded: 2014

Also honored in2018 Best Tech Startups in Nashville

“Built Technologies is a Nashville-based FinTech company bringing construction lending into the digital age. Built’s software streamlines the collateral monitoring and draw process associated with servicing construction loans – a process widely recognized as highly cumbersome, costly, and fraught with risk. By digitizing the process, lenders can now use data to make more informed decisions on their loans and simultaneously provide their borrowers a convenient, digital experience with faster access to money to push projects forward.”

6. FreightWaves


Founded: 2016

Also honored in2018 Best Tech Startups in Chattanooga

“The #1 Source for Navigating the Freight Markets.

FreightWaves is the leading provider of market data and analytics for the North American freight market.

Inspired by commodities markets data providers like Bloomberg, Reuters, Platts, and Morningstar- we are creating the independent source of actionable data and commentary to help freight market participants navigate the impact of economic, technology, and regulatory changes on their business.”

7. YouScience


Founded: 2012

“YouScience® is a provider of online career guidance and workforce development solutions for consumers and industry. YouScience has developed proprietary techniques for career and educational decision support based on the assessment and analysis of scientifically validated personal ability and personality attributes. These techniques create a unique self directed exploration of personal career and educational decisions for individuals, as well as early talent identification and management solutions for government and industry.”

8. cicayda


Founded: 2012

Also honored in2018 Best Tech Startups in Nashville

“Experts In Cloud-Based Software and Services, Experts Helping Experts.

We orchestrate elegant simplicity in everything we do, with a focus on superior design, ultimate user experience, accelerated discovery, and powerful results.

Using tomorrow’s technology, coupled with a design goal of zero training, Cicayda is faster in performance, superior in usability, and powerfully analytical. Our services team never sleeps, and handily manages all your data and project needs.”

9. GoNoodle


Founded: 2013

“Launched in 2013, GoNoodle gets kids moving to be their smartest, strongest, bravest, silliest, bestest selves. Short, interactive movement videos and games make it awesomely simple and fun to incorporate movement into every part of the day with dancing, stretching, running and mindfulness activities. At school, teachers use GoNoodle to keep students energized, engaged, and active inside the classroom. At home, GoNoodle turns screen time into active time, so families can have fun and get moving together. Currently, more than 14 million kids and over 675,000 teachers worldwide use GoNoodle each month. GoNoodle is used in 82% of US public elementary schools in all 50 states and in schools around the world in 186 countries. GoNoodle users have generated over 6 billion minutes of physical activity in the past year. GoNoodle customers include more than three dozen leading health systems, health plans, and fortune 500 companies, along with school districts, schools and teachers.”