The Works 2020 Cohort

KNOXVILLE ENTREPRENEUR CENTER ANNOUNCES ‘THE WORKS 2020’, A BUSINESS ACCELERATOR FOR EARLY STAGE STARTUPS Knoxville, Tenn– Knoxville Entrepreneur Center launches The Works 2020, a startup accelerator for regionally-based early-stage technology, media and consumer goods companies.  This year marks the seventh iteration of The Works, which was launched by KEC in 2014 as MediaWorks.  The program […]

A Guide to Tennessee Business Licenses

If you’re in the market to start a new business, you’re probably thinking of a million things – logos, products, names, and more. Unfortunately, there are less “fun” things to think about when starting a new small business. For example, business licenses.   In the midst of all the legal jargon, business licenses can seem confusing […]

10 Great Entrepreneurial Resources in Knoxville

Starting and maintaining a business can be hard, especially during unprecedented times. Support from other entrepreneurs and those who want to see your business succeed can help make everything a little bit easier. At Knoxville Entrepreneur Center we know how important it is to support one another. Check out these ten local entrepreneurial resources that we […]

KEC Accessibility Information

“I want to get to KEC, but I don’t know how?”   The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is located in beautiful, downtown Market Square directly below the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. While the office is within easy walking distance for people downtown, there are other options for getting here that can be accessed by the greater […]

Congrats to our WTBI 2020 Winner: Mike Benn & SongBoarding!

7 teams.. 48 hours.. 3 judges.. Countless Le Croix..   On Sunday, March 1st, the seven teams participating in our annual What’s The Big Idea 48-Hour accelerator and pitch competition got up on stage at Scruffy City Hall to present their ideas to a panel of judges.   While the seven teams all did a […]

2020 What’s The Big Idea Pitch Competition Finalists Announced!

KEC is so excited to announce the seven finalists for our 2020 What’s The Big Idea 48-Hour Pitch Competition! These seven teams of entrepreneurs will spend 48 consecutive hours refining their Big Ideas with the help of mentors and industry experts at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center. They will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges […]

Red Stag Fulfillment Laying Deeper Roots in Knoxville with Fulfillment Center Expansion

Red Stag Fulfillment was founded by two successful entrepreneurs who vowed to give ecommerce businesses the enterprise-level fulfillment solution they wished they’d had for their businesses from the beginning.    It’s been 6 years since then. Today, Red Stag Fulfillment employes over 100 Tennesseans in various positions at our main east coast fulfillment center in […]

LitUp Teen Literature Fest is Taking Over Downtown Knoxville!

On Sunday October 13th Knox County Public Library’s LitUp Festival will be taking over downtown Knoxville! All day long there will be free activities that explore creativity and thinking for teens ages 13-18. A few activities include author talks, writing workshops, live music, and poetry slams – just to name a few.    This free event will kick-off […]

2019 What’s The Big Idea?! 48-Hour Launch

What’s The Big Idea?! 48-Hour Launch Hear about KEC’s annual competition straight from previous contestants and mentors.   KEC talked with previous WTBI contestant, Samantha Lane of Origami Day, and WTBI mentor, Jeff Gotcher of ResQue, to get their takes on the weekend-long accelerator program. Check out what they had to say about their experience […]

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