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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


16jan12:30 pm- 2:00 pmKEC Liftoff
16jan7:00 pm- 9:00 pmKnoxville CocoaHeads
30jan5:30 pm- 7:00 pmKEC Liftoff at Night


1feb6:00 pm- 7:30 pmSEO Course with Frank Ramey
6feb7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup
13feb9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
13feb12:30 pm- 2:00 pmKEC Liftoff
20feb7:00 pm- 9:00 pmKnoxville CocoaHeads
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1mar6:00 pm- 7:30 pmSEO Course with Frank Ramey
6mar7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup
13mar9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
13mar12:30 pm- 2:00 pmKEC Liftoff
20mar7:00 pm- 9:00 pmKnoxville CocoaHeads
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From Our Blog:

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...
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...
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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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