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

Upcoming Events


1decAll DayWhat's the Big Idea Applications (Until Feb. 3)
23jan6:00 pm- 9:00 pmCo.Starters
24jan11:00 am- 1:30 pmEntrepreneur Overview
24jan11:00 am- 1:30 pmEntrepreneur Overview
24jan6:00 pm- 9:00 pmVARDNet Meetup
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1decAll DayWhat's the Big Idea Applications (Until Feb. 3)
6feb6:00 pm- 9:00 pmCo.Starters
7feb11:00 am- 1:30 pmEntrepreneur Overview
7feb7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRuby on Rails Meetup
13feb6:00 pm- 9:00 pmCo.Starters
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6mar6:00 pm- 9:00 pmCo.Starters
7mar11:00 am- 1:30 pmEntrepreneur Overview
13mar6:00 pm- 9:00 pmCo.Starters
14mar9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
20mar6:00 pm- 9:00 pmCo.Starters
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From Our Blog:

_K8A8552 One Year and $10,000 Later, (how “Big Idea” changed my life) by Douglas McDaniel - Farm Spotter: 2016 What’s the Big Idea Competition By Douglas McDaniel, CTO, Farmspotter  Click here to apply to What’s The Big idea 2017 Now! (Deadline is Feb 3, 2017.) It...
game-boy-modded Nostalgia for Christmas anyone? - Put this on on wishlist! Please Santa, I’ve been good this year I swear. All the epic new tech in the world is no replacement for some good old fashioned...
Why Would Anyone Want to Intern at KEC? - Well, I’ll give you seven reasons why you should intern here. My name is Alex Sodemann, and I am a senior at the University of Tennessee studying business analytics with...
8 Events You Can’t Miss During Innov865 Week - Startup Day 2015 was such a success that it only seemed right to turn it into a week long celebration in 2016.  Innov865 Week is celebrating Knoxville’s entrepreneurial spirit by...
MediaWorks: Creators Gonna Create - This post is a part of a series about the MediaWorks 2016 program. To read the first post in this series, click here. To learn more about The Works program,...
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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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