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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.


Pay it forward at KEC: become a mentor and help create the next generation of entrepreneurs.


Don’t quite know how you fit in, but think it sounds like fun? You’re right! Come learn more about how entrepreneurs are creating a buzz in our community.

KEC’s Mission:

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

Upcoming Events


20feb7:00 pm- 9:00 pmKnoxville CocoaHeads
27feb8:30 am- 11:00 amNextUp Business Workshop with Bob Camp
27feb5:30 pm- 7:00 pmKEC Liftoff at Night


1mar6:00 pm- 7:30 pmSEO Course with Frank Ramey
6mar7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup
11marAll DayWhat's the Big Idea? Application Deadline
13mar9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
13mar12:30 pm- 2:00 pmKEC Liftoff
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3apr7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup
5apr6:00 pm- 7:30 pmSEO Course with Frank Ramey
10apr9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
10apr12:30 pm- 2:00 pmKEC Liftoff
13apr - 15apr 135:00 pmapr 15What's the Big Idea? 48-Hour Launch
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From Our Blog:

How to Choose the Right Target Keywords - This is a guest post written by SEO expert and digital marketing consultant, Frank Ramey. You can learn more from Frank by signing up for his SEO Crash Course at...
3 Things a Knoxville Entrepreneur Needs to Know about Order Fulfillment - This is a guest post written by Knoxville-based Red Stag Fulfillment. Entrepreneurs and Fulfillment How many steps does it take from someone clicking a “buy” button on your website to...
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...
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: Looking Good & Feeling Good - The holidays are getting closer and closer, so if you still haven’t started on your shopping, you might want to! Luckily, the second edition of our Holiday Gift Guide 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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