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

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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


13dec9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
15dec8:00 am- 9:00 amFounder's Coffee
20dec11:00 am- 12:30 pmEntrepreneur Overview - December 20
20dec7:00 pm- 9:00 pmKnoxville CocoaHeads
27dec6:00 pm- 9:00 pmVARDNet Meetup


3jan7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup
10jan9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
17jan7:00 pm- 9:00 pmKnoxville CocoaHeads
23jan6:00 pm- 9:00 pmCo.Starters
24jan6:00 pm- 9:00 pmVARDNet Meetup
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6feb6:00 pm- 9:00 pmCo.Starters
7feb7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup
13feb6:00 pm- 9:00 pmCo.Starters
14feb9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
20feb6:00 pm- 9:00 pmCo.Starters
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From Our Blog:

Why Would Anyone Want to Intern at KEC? - Well, I’ll give you seven reasons why you should intern here. My name is Alex Sodemann, and I am a senior at the University of Tennessee studying business analytics with...
8 Events You Can’t Miss During Innov865 Week - Startup Day 2015 was such a success that it only seemed right to turn it into a week long celebration in 2016.  Innov865 Week is celebrating Knoxville’s entrepreneurial spirit by...
MediaWorks: Creators Gonna Create - This post is a part of a series about the MediaWorks 2016 program. To read the first post in this series, click here. To learn more about The Works program,...
_DSC0843 copy MediaWorks: Days 2-3 - The ultra mega super productive MediaWorks sprint week has come to a successful close, thanks to a lot of hard work and gallons of coffee. The four teams have spent...
theworksscreensaver MediaWorks Sprint Week - The Works is officially in full swing at KEC. The 12-week program is an initiative to help coders and online content creators pursue their startup business dreams (to learn more,...
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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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