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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.

The Works

The Works



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Techie Tuesday

Event Calendar

Event Calendar


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


28jun6:00 pm- 9:00 pmVARDNet Meetup


5jul11:00 am- 12:30 pmEntrepreneur Overview - July 5th
5jul7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup
12jul9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
15jul - 16jul 158:00 amjul 16CodeStock
19jul11:00 am- 12:30 pmEntrepreneur Overview - July 19th
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2aug11:00 am- 12:30 pmEntrepreneur Overview - August 2nd
2aug7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup
9aug9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
16aug7:00 pm- 9:00 pmKnoxville CocoaHeads
18aug8:00 am- 9:00 amFounder's Coffee
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From Our Blog:

6 ½ Things You Need to Know About “The Works” -   1)What is it? The Works is a 12-week startup accelerator for coders and online video creators who have an amazing business idea and the skills to pull it off....
Create, Create, Create: Knoxville Culture and the People Who Make It. - What makes or breaks your favorite city, community — or more importantly — your hometown? I think it’s culture. Culture is what differentiates all the places we travel and enjoy from each other. There...
A Real-life Entrepreneurs Guide to Getting Customers Part 1: Direct Sales (how it really happens) - My name is Jonathan Sexton and I have a really cool job. I am the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, in Knoxville,Tennessee; a small, but very creative and kick-ass...
Knoxville Media Spotlight – BigSlate Media -   While most of Knoxville stayed at home last Wednesday to avoid the icy roads, local entrepreneur Jonathan Halley braved the winter weather to fly his drone over Neyland Stadium and...
Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 10.31.03 AM Code is the New Black…and You’re Invited! (aka Black-Tie Hacker Holiday Party & CodeWorks Demo Day) - Tryptophan Ramble: Quick read edition:  I’m hitting a lot of topics this week – new month, new format, new event.  If I see any more turkey this week I may...
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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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