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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


11dec9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
13decAll DayLynda Blankenship Office Hours
13dec1:30 pm- 4:00 pmJonathan Sexton Office Hours
18dec12:30 pm- 2:00 pmKEC LiftOff
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3jan6:00 pm- 7:30 pmSEO Course with Frank Ramey
8jan9:00 am- 10:00 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
8jan12:30 pm- 2:00 pmKEC LiftOff
17jan12:00 pm- 1:30 pmMake. Learn. Grow.
22jan5:30 pm- 7:00 pmKEC LiftOff at Night


5feb12:30 pm- 2:00 pmKEC LiftOff
6feb6:00 pm- 8:30 pmGoogle Analytics Course with Frank Ramey
19feb5:30 pm- 7:00 pmKEC LiftOff at Night
21feb6:00 pm- 8:00 pmMaker Meetup
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From Our Blog:

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...
SWARM Wins What’s The Big Idea 2018 - What’s The Big Idea 48-Hour Launch: Congratulations SWARM!   Well folks, one of our favorite weekends of the year has come and gone. The KEC team is so proud of...
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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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