Innov865 Week

Celebrating Knoxville’s entrepreneurs Sept 18-21 2017


Maker City Summit

Connect, Collaborate, and Create at The Maker City Summit 2017


The Works Demo Day

Highlighting fast growing high-tech companies



Envisioning Knoxville's vibrant future

Knoxville 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.

WiE Coffee

WiE Coffee

KEC Lift-Off

KEC Lift-Off



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


23oct6:00 pm- 9:00 pmCo.Starters
24oct12:30 pm- 1:30 pmKEC Lift-Off


7nov5:30 pm- 7:00 pmKEC Liftoff at Night
7nov7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup
10nov9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
16nov8:00 am- 9:00 amFounder's Coffee
21nov12:30 pm- 1:30 pmKEC Liftoff
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5dec5:30 pm- 7:00 pmKEC Liftoff at Night
5dec7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup
10dec9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
19dec12:30 pm- 1:30 pmKEC Lift-Off
19dec7:00 pm- 9:00 pmKnoxville CocoaHeads
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From Our Blog:

Knox Starts at Wild Love Bakehouse - Written by Tala Shatara | Video by Maranda Vandergriff & Tala Shatara   Knoxville bakeries have cracked the code on what we all call “delicious,” and Wild Love Bakehouse is...
Innov865 Week Recap - Innov865 Week 2017 is officially in the books! This week-long celebration featured local innovation and technology, summits for young professionals and makers, and a pitch competition with a cash prize...
The Maker City Summit 2017 Feature: Mark Schaefer - The Maker City Summit is extremely excited to announce that Mark is one of our keynote speakers. He will be discussing social media strategy. Schaefer has developed social media marketing...
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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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