Nashville Has Enticed Another Growing Company to Relocate Its Headquarters to Town, This Time from The Sunshine State
Health-tech startup Bridge Connector moved its base of operations into the Fifth Third Center last month, occupying 17,000 square feet on the building’s 24th floor. The company plans to fill that space by hiring more than 50 new employees this year, adding to its existing 35 local employees.
Bridge Connector founder and CEO David Wenger said the company will be hiring positions in its sales, product and tech, account management and marketing departments.
The move is another sign that out-of-market health care companies see Nashville as an appealing location to attract talent and grow their business. In recent months, emerging companies such as VisuWell, GoCheck Kids and CarePayment LLC have all moved their base of operations to Middle Tennessee.
Founded in 2017, Bridge Connector’s software connects two separate systems, such as a customer-relationship management platform and an electronic medical record, so data can automatically be shared between the two.
Wenger came up with the idea when a behavioral health client from his previous marketing business couldn’t link its Salesforce platform to its electronic medical records, leaving potentially valuable data unused.
“I started doing a lot of research and I realized that Salesforce is an extremely fast-growing company so this has got to be an issue for more than just the drug rehabs — this has got be an issue that affects all of health care,” Wenger said. “Even other technologies that come out can’t connect to other disparate systems.”
With financing from himself and his father, a physician, Wenger recruited a team to build a platform that could connect Salesforce and any other type of technology systems together. He said he wanted a system that could be easily duplicated and that the user wouldn’t need to interact with