Marcus Whitney

• Entrepreneur on how to inspire change by embracing innovation.

Marcus Whitney is Founding Partner of Jumpstart Health Investors, the most active venture capital firm in America focused on innovative, healthcare companies with a portfolio of over 100 companies. He recently launched Jumpstart Nova, the first Black healthcare venture fund in America.

Marcus is also co-founder and minority owner of Major League Soccer team, Nashville Soccer Club.

Marcus has been listed in the Power 100 by Nashville Business Journal, and has been featured by Inc., CNBC, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and The Atlantic.

Marcus is the author of the best selling book Create and Orchestrate, about claiming your Creative Power through entrepreneurship.

Marcus is a member of the board of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, Instruction Partners and Launch Tennessee.

Speech topics

The Winds of Change are Blowing

It is clear that change is upon us. There will be great value that will shift in the next 5-10 years in healthcare, and this provides great opportunity for the leaders of the industry if they choose to turn headwinds into tailwinds. In this talk, Marcus will talk through the high level trends that are driving meaningful change, and offer proof that now, more than ever, disruption is at the door of our industry.

Create and Orchestrate

This talk is for economic development leaders, chambers of commerce, civic engagement groups and others focused on evolving their towns / cities into vibrant ecosystems for the future.

The original talk from TEDxNashville 2014, updated and with a shot of adrenaline. This is the manifesto for the ambitious, creative rebels. For those who believe in doing good. For the Davids seeking to take on the Goliaths. There is a code for us. Creativity, empathy, hustle, hacking and being our own heroes are the stuff of modern day fairy tales. It’s also what the most dominant forces in the free market do everyday. No matter what level you operate at, you can be inspired to do more when you hear Marcus drop the philosophy of Create and Orchestrate.

Innovation is Undefeated

This talk is for trade organizations, incumbent corporations, educational institutions and others focused on understanding how to embrace innovation rather than be displaced by it.

The dilemma is real. It’s obvious that nothing is going to stop the breakneck pace that technology is going at, as it changes every thing we know and understand for better or worse. And still, the same human emotions are allowing organizations to hide in plain sight, ignoring this reality while new entrants eat their lunch from the bottom. It doesn’t have to be this way. In this talk, Marcus helps organizations understand the opportunities they have to treat innovation like a tailwind, and also the very cultural biases that will almost always cause them to behave like innovation is a headwind.

Be a City of the Future

This talk is for economic development leaders, chambers of commerce, civic engagement groups and others focused on evolving their towns / cities into vibrant ecosystems for the future.

When Amazon came to town, Marcus sat between their head of the HQ2 search and Gov. Haslam for dinner. Over the past 15 years, Marcus has played an integral part in the evolution of Nashville. From helping the city build a technology brand, to infusing innovation into its healthcare market to bringing professional soccer to town, Marcus knows, and can share with your team, how to keep your city authentic, yet make real change and evolve towards the future.


Create and Orchestrate: The Path to Claiming Your Creative Power from an Unlikely Entrepreneur

Marcus walks you through his unlikely journey from waiting tables to building companies. He demystifies much of what keeps people from pursuing entrepreneurship and explains why it's the only vocation that allows you to control your time by using your creativity.

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