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Big Ideas Matter

KEC helps turn them into big companies


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 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


13oct6:00 pm- 8:00 pmGame Night: Women in Entrepreneurship & Knoxville Women in Technology
20oct7:00 pm- 9:00 pmKnoxville CocoaHeads
27oct6:00 pm- 8:00 pmVARDnet Meetup


3nov7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup Group
17nov7:00 pm- 9:00 pmKnoxville CocoaHeads
19nov2:00 pm- 6:00 pmStartup Day 2015
24nov6:00 pm- 8:00 pmVARDnet Meetup


1dec7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup Group
15dec7:00 pm- 9:00 pmKnoxville CocoaHeads
22dec6:00 pm- 8:00 pmVARDnet Meetup
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From Our Blog:

intern video snapshot Meet the Newest Members of the KEC Team - The summer has come and gone, which means that it’s time for another fantastic crew of interns.  Meet the 2015 Fall Interns below!    
Screen shot 2015-09-23 at 11.55.32 AM “Startup Success” Looks Like This - This is What “Startup Success” Looks Like by Jonathan Sexton Startup Success, for better or for worse, is usually measured by “amount of funds raised.”  I’m not here to contradict...
Top 5 Perks of Living in Knoxville for Media Startups: A Guest Blog by Olivia Vangieri - The Vangieri’s have become local legends in Knoxville’s entertainment industry after relocating their business here a few years ago.  Joe Vangieri kicks off KEC’s new video series on local entrepreneurs,...
NorthSouth Productions – Mark Hickman: A Guest Blog by Kelly Hastings - NorthSouth Productions – Mark Hickman: A Guest Blog by Kelly Hastings Located in the quaint Emory Place Historic District of Knoxville, Tennessee, NorthSouth Productions’ role in the media industry 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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