Knox Starts Here.

Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is a business accelerator located in Market Square built to serve as the front door for entrepreneurs in East Tennessee.





What’s The Big Idea?

What’s The Big Idea?

Startup Day

Startup Day


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


1dec7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup Group
8dec11:00 am- 12:00 pmEntrepreneur Overview - December 8th
8dec5:30 pm- 6:30 pmWomen in Entrepreneurship Holiday Party
15dec7:00 pm- 9:00 pmKnoxville CocoaHeads
17dec1:00 am- 1:00 amSave the Date! A Very Codey Christmas!
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From Our Blog:

SUD 15 Unsung Heroes of the Local Startup Community (and Why I’m So Grateful to Sing Their Praises) - We all saw last week that the Startup Scene in Knoxville is alive, well, and thriving. No single person is responsible for this, or even one organization; it’s the spirit...
Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 12.04.29 PM What Would Global Entrepreneurship Week Be without a Good Ol’ Fashioned Hackathon? - Holy Global Entrepreneurship Week, Batman!   And what would GEW be without a good ol’ fashioned hackathon?  Our 6 CodeWorks teams are planning to spend the weekend coding their brains out,...
startup day Believe in Yourself Knoxville (and Why Startup Day Matters) – by Jonathan Sexton - Knoxville is so full of talent, creativity, and ideas. I’ve always THOUGHT I knew that. Being raised a musician here exposed me to that early on, singers, songwriters, poets, painters,...
Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 11.47.49 PM Go Big. Start Here: A Guest Blog by Gareth Aye -   MathLeap is a web-based platform that reimagines math assessments for students and teachers. It all started with a campus job I had grading physics problem sets as a Middlebury...
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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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