We exist to help people with ideas become people with companies and increase the viability of early stage companies in Knoxville and East Tennessee by connecting them with the resources they need, from mentorship to capital.
KEC’s physical space and ongoing events provide a collaborative environment for entrepreneurship, networking, and collaboration to take place.
Absolutely,If you’re a coder, designer, writer, strategist, attorney, MBA etc. we often have possibilities to join startup teams during our programs, and we have all sorts of interesting events for you to attend, network, and learn. We refer to you as our Technical Mentors. Tell us more about you here.
Short answer, no. Long answer, we help hundreds of companies every single year. If we started signing NDA’s, it would stop us from being able to help everyone that walked in the door. We won’t steal your ideas, most of us are too busy working on our own side businesses to even have time to consider starting a new one!
Yes! We’re happy to say that we’re a 501c3 Non-Profit that is here to help the community kickstart new businesses. Our funders are 100% on-board with that mission. You can view all of our sponsors here.
Yes. You have to be an entrepreneur or be someone who is interested in and cares about supporting entrepreneurs.