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KEC helps entrepreneurs in Knoxville start and grow successful businesses. If you’re an entrepreneur looking for advice, guidance or assistance on how to move forward, we want to know you.


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KEC’s Mission:

To build a community where entrepreneurs have access to the capital, customers, and talent they need to be successful.

Upcoming Events


26sep5:45 pm- 7:15 pmIIBA East TN Chapter Meeting


2oct11:30 am- 1:00 pmGoogle Analytics Course with Frank Ramey
5oct11:30 am- 1:00 pmSEO Course with Frank Ramey
9oct9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
11oct7:00 pm- 9:00 pmWordpress Meetup | 2nd Tuesdays
13octAll DayLitUp Teen Literacy Festival


5nov11:30 am- 1:00 pmSEO Course with Frank Ramey
9nov9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
11nov7:00 pm- 9:00 pmWordpress Meetup | 2nd Tuesdays
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From Our Blog:

2019 What’s The Big Idea?! 48-Hour Launch- What’s The Big Idea?! 48-Hour Launch Hear about KEC’s annual competition straight from previous contestants and mentors.   KEC talked with previous WTBI contestant, Samantha Lane of Origami Day, and...
December Mentor Spotlight: Cliff Caudill- Everyone meet Cliff Caudill! Cliff has extensive experience in product development for John Deere and currently serves in a dual capacity as a KEC and SCORE Mentor. Check out Cliff’s answers...
November Mentor Spotlight: Haseeb Qureshi- Haseeb is a Tennessee licensed attorney and technical founder with roots in music and design. He is currently an Attorney at Morehous Legal Group, where he counsels and advises numerous businesses. He is also...
How to Survive a Busy Season- This is a guest post by Origami Day’s Samantha Lane.    Many of us have busy lives year-round, but almost all of us have busy seasons. Whether this is a...
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We owe everything to KEC and its staff, mentors, and community. KEC knows how to kick-start businesses, and Audiohand is living proof.

Haseeb Qureshi, CEO of Audiohand

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