100Knoxville Winter 2022 Cohort

December 15, 2021, KNOXVILLE, TN The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) is excited to announce the next cohort of 100Knoxville founders. Five founders will be matched with an all-star team of mentors for a 5-week sprint beginning in mid-January 2022 to clarify strategy, make connections across the entrepreneurial community, improve operations, and, most importantly, increase sales. […]

Courtney Hendricks joins KEC as Director of Maker Initiatives

(January 19, 2022, Knoxville, Tenn.) Courtney Hendricks has been named Director of Maker Initiatives for the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC.) Courtney is a versatile marketing and design veteran with extensive leadership and event planning experience. For more than ten years, she has brought her wide-ranging expertise to a variety of creative businesses, both supporting their […]

Catherine Porth joins KEC Leadership

Catherine Porth

  8.24.2021, Knoxville, TN: Local entrepreneur, research specialist and “Let Her Speak” platform founder, Catherine Porth, has been named Director of Insights and Development at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC).  With more than 12 years working in business consulting, sales development, corporate training and insights research, Porth takes on a full-time role as part of a […]

What’s the Big Idea Pitch Festival 2021

5 BIG IDEAS. 5 BANDS. $10,000 ON THE LINE.  This year’s virtual competition brought together five teams with five big ideas, along with a little help from some of Knoxville’s most loved bands to create a live-streamed experience like none other. Hosted by our own Chris McAdoo (with a few special guests!) via Lunchpool, the […]

Chris McAdoo joins Leadership at KEC

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  Chris McAdoo, well-known professional artist, designer, and nationally-booked corporate speaker, has been named Director of Strategy and Engagement at Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC). A self-professed “recovering advertising agency creative director,” the Sevier County native and Carson-Newman University graduate said his first year priorities include directing a new KEC brand rollout, “and drawing attention to […]