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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


5dec5:30 pm- 7:00 pmKEC Liftoff at Night
5dec7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup
10dec9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
19dec12:30 pm- 1:30 pmKEC Lift-Off
19dec7:00 pm- 9:00 pmKnoxville CocoaHeads


2jan7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup
10jan9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
16jan7:00 pm- 9:00 pmKnoxville CocoaHeads
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From Our Blog:

Knox Starts at Meadowsweet - Written by Tala Shatara | Video by Maranda Vandergriff & Tala Shatara   Meadowsweet Massage + Wellness is downtown Knoxville’s main source of meditation, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Meadowsweet has been open...
KEC Holiday Gift Guide: Home Goods & Decor - With the holidays right around the corner, we thought we’d put together a series of gift guides for all the important people in your life. This first guide features home...
How to Start a Business: KEC’s Top 5 Tips - How to Start a Business: Top 5 Tips For more tips like these and inspiration for business ideas, sign up for our weekly email newsletter! Thought about starting your own...
Entrepreneurs Figuring Out IT - Entrepreneurs figuring out IT Guest post from Tech Nav   IT is an important consideration for any entrepreneur. Some portion, if not all, of the work will be done in...
Knox Starts at Wild Love Bakehouse - Written by Tala Shatara | Video by Maranda Vandergriff & Tala Shatara   Knoxville bakeries have cracked the code on what we all call “delicious,” and Wild Love Bakehouse is...
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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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