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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.


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KEC’s Mission:

To build a community where entrepreneurs have access to the capital, customers, and talent they need to be successful.

Upcoming Events


14oct - 18oct 149:00 amoct 18TN Code Academy: Code Camp
15oct12:30 pm- 2:00 pmKEC LiftOff
17oct6:00 pm- 8:00 pmMaker Meetup: Mighty Mud
29oct5:30 pm- 7:00 pmKEC Liftoff at Night


6nov11:30 am- 1:00 pmSEO Course with Frank Ramey
12nov9:00 am- 10:30 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
12nov12:30 pm- 2:00 pmKEC LiftOff
12nov7:00 pm- 9:00 pmWordpress Meetup | 2nd Tuesdays


4dec11:30 am- 1:00 pmGoogle Analytics Course with Frank Ramey
10dec9:00 am- 10:30 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
10dec12:30 pm- 2:00 pmKEC LiftOff
10dec7:00 pm- 9:00 pmWordpress Meetup | 2nd Tuesdays
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From Our Blog:

LitUp Teen Literature Fest is Taking Over Downtown Knoxville!- On Sunday October 13th Knox County Public Library’s LitUp Festival will be taking over downtown Knoxville! All day long there will be free activities that explore creativity and thinking for teens ages...
2019 What’s The Big Idea?! 48-Hour Launch- What’s The Big Idea?! 48-Hour Launch Hear about KEC’s annual competition straight from previous contestants and mentors.   KEC talked with previous WTBI contestant, Samantha Lane of Origami Day, and...
December Mentor Spotlight: Cliff Caudill- Everyone meet Cliff Caudill! Cliff has extensive experience in product development for John Deere and currently serves in a dual capacity as a KEC and SCORE Mentor. Check out Cliff’s answers...
November Mentor Spotlight: Haseeb Qureshi- Haseeb is a Tennessee licensed attorney and technical founder with roots in music and design. He is currently an Attorney at Morehous Legal Group, where he counsels and advises numerous businesses. He is also...
How to Survive a Busy Season- This is a guest post by Origami Day’s Samantha Lane.    Many of us have busy lives year-round, but almost all of us have busy seasons. Whether this is a...
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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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