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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.

What’s The Big Idea

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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


21feb7:00 pm- 9:00 pmKnoxville CocoaHeads
27feb6:00 pm- 9:00 pmCo.Starters
28feb6:00 pm- 9:00 pmVARDNet Meetup


6mar6:00 pm- 9:00 pmCo.Starters
7mar11:00 am- 12:00 pmKEC Lift Off
13mar6:00 pm- 9:00 pmCo.Starters
14mar9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
16mar8:00 am- 9:00 amFounder's Coffee
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3apr6:00 pm- 9:00 pmCo.Starters
7apr11:00 am- 12:00 pmKEC Lift Off
10apr6:00 pm- 9:00 pmCo.Starters
11apr9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
17apr6:00 pm- 9:00 pmCo.Starters
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From Our Blog:

Got Money… And Now You Know It - Here’s how two local businesses are making a killing in the Knoxville start-up scene.   Spill-be-Gone   Southeastern Packaging Technologies is changing the way we pour our liquids. SPT just...
Finalists Selected for 2017 What’s the Big Idea 48-Hour Launch - “What’s the Big Idea is an amazing opportunity to make months of progress in one weekend,” said Jonathan Sexton, entrepreneur in residence at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center. “We give these...
Innov865: TENN Statewide Roadshow - Launch TN’s TENN Statewide Roadshow hit Knoxville last night at the Scruffy City Hall. The TENN is an accelerator program that provides the top startups of Tennessee coaching with mentors...
Introducing KEC Liftoff - KEC’s Entrepreneur Overview has always been the starting point, and jumping off point for getting involved at KEC and kicking off your business dreams. EO is where you start. EO gives...
New Year, New Team by Tess Waibel - Last week, seven new faces joined the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center team. With policy, software development, and marketing backgrounds, they look forward to bringing you the latest information on KEC events, programs,...
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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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