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 […]

AgTech Industry Experts Support Up-and-Coming Entrepreneurs

The Tennessee AgTech Mentor Network kicks off with three startups and thirteen mentors The Tennessee AgTech Mentor Network, a partnership between the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, AgLaunch, and Launch Tennessee, is the latest addition to the thriving ecosystem focused on supporting AgTech startups and companies in Tennessee. The goal of the network is to create a […]

Made for Knoxville: Eugenia Almeida

Creator and Visionary: Meet Eugenia Almeida, Founder of A New Hue https://youtu.be/i5enpOULJMo Eugenia Almeida sparks joy. You can feel it when you’re around her, and you can hear it in her voice when she speaks about what it means to build a successful business, life, and community around her craft. Born and raised in Argentina, […]

Made for Knoxville: Dale Mackey

Pie Slinger and Dynamo: Meet Dale Mackey, Founder of Dale’s Fried Pies + Co-Founder of Central Collective https://youtu.be/mesISo9wuzA Dale Mackey set out with the simple goal of having a food truck to share her love of pies with the world. Dale’s Fried Pies began  in Knoxville in 2013, and soon her pies would be delighting […]

Made for Knoxville: Tanika Harper

Maker and Change Maker: Meet Tanika Harper, Founder of Harper’s Naturals Tanika created an entire skin care line by hand just to keep her own skin healthy, and in the process realized that she could help others who wanted pure, chemical free, handcrafted products.  But helping others didn’t stop with skin care. Tanika is a […]

Made for Knoxville: Brandon Bruce

Connector and Risk-taker: Meet Brandon Bruce, co-founder of Startup Knox and Cirrus Insight Brandon Bruce’s fascination with entrepreneurship began in high school. His journey has taken him through being an entrepreneur himself, to now acting as a community and ecosystem builder for the next generation. For Brandon, entrepreneurship is an opportunity to do a little […]

Made for Knoxville: Samantha Lane

Balance-seeker and Guide: Meet Samantha Lane, Founder of Origami Day Life is short, and Samantha Lane is determined to make the most of it – but not in the typical “always on” 24/7 culture that people like Steve Jobs made famous. After a life-changing surgery, Samantha Lane made the difficult decision to leave the corporate […]