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 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


9feb9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
15feb8:00 am- 9:00 amFounders CoffeeA Meetup for Local Founders
16feb11:00 am- 12:00 pmEntrepreneur Overview - February 16th
16feb7:00 pm- 9:00 pmKnoxville CocoaHeads
19feb - 21feb 196:00 pmfeb 21What's the Big Idea? 48 Hour Launch
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1mar1:00 am- 1:00 amThe Works Application OpensApply for Knoxvilles Premier Startup Accelerator
1mar11:00 am- 12:00 pmEntrepreneur Overview - March 1st
1mar7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup
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5apr7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup
12apr9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
12apr11:00 am- 12:00 pmEntrepreneur Overview - April 12th
19apr7:00 pm- 9:00 pmKnoxville CocoaHeads
26apr11:00 am- 12:00 pmEntrepreneur Overview - April 26th
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From Our Blog:

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...
SUD 15 Unsung Heroes of the Local Startup Community (and Why I’m So Grateful to Sing Their Praises) - We all saw last week that the Startup Scene in Knoxville is alive, well, and thriving. No single person is responsible for this, or even one organization; it’s the spirit...
Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 12.04.29 PM What Would Global Entrepreneurship Week Be without a Good Ol’ Fashioned Hackathon? - Holy Global Entrepreneurship Week, Batman!   And what would GEW be without a good ol’ fashioned hackathon?  Our 6 CodeWorks teams are planning to spend the weekend coding their brains out,...
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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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