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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.

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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.


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


13jun9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
15jun8:00 am- 9:00 amFounder's Coffee
20jun5:30 pm- 6:30 pmKEC Lift Off at Night


11jul9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
18jul5:30 pm- 6:30 pmKEC Lift Off at Night
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From Our Blog:

10 Reasons to Join CO. Starters - CO. Starters is a nine-week business development program that helps aspiring entrepreneurs put ideas into action to turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving small business. If you still...
Meet Etsy Program Instructor, Alaina Smith - Mariah had a chat with the Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship instructor, Alaina Smith, and here is what she had to say: Mariah: What’s your background? Alaina: I grew up in Nashville,...
Meet the WTBI Finalists - What’s The Big Idea? is this weekend! Watch the video to get to know the finalists who will be competing for the $10,000 prize. The finale event is this Sunday, February...
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...
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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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