Meet the 2024 The Works Participants!

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Meet the Participants for The Works!   Seven Startups Announced for “THE WORKS”, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center’s Premier Startup Accelerator for early-stage software, technology, and tech-enabled companies poised for rapid growth. The program kicks off June 12th, concluding with a demo day and celebration September 4th.      For media inquiries, please contact: Chris McAdoo, Chief […]

Looking Ahead in 2024 – KEC Events and Resources

Let’s look ahead to Knoxville Entrepreneur Center’s 2024 programming and events! We hope you add some of these dates to your calendar and share with anyone that might be a good fit for the programs! Please take advantage of the resources listed, and let us know if we’re missing anything that would be helpful to […]

KEC’s 2023 Year in Review

2023 has been a BIG year for KEC We kicked off the year with a new team member, Kelsi Walker, who is our new Communications and Marketing Coordinator. We had another great What’s The Big Idea Pitch Competition with six highly engaged and dedicated teams. We celebrated 10 Years of KEC in April with a […]

Raising + Rising 2023

Meet the Raising + Rising 2023 Participants As a special part of Innov865 week, Raising + Rising will showcase seven entrepreneurs’ businesses in a room full of investors, industry experts, and local Knoxville companies.   The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is excited to announce the seven participating companies in the 2023 Raising and Rising showcase! Raising […]

Brandcamp 2023 Recap

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Brandcamp 2023 Recap This past month, 13 entrepreneurs and founders participated in Brandcamp, a KEC program which provides entrepreneurs with the tools and knowledge necessary to develop a successful brand plan. The business owners and founders heard from a variety of guest speakers and panelists, who imparted their knowledge while candidly discussing branding topics with […]

Big Ideas Welcome Season Two!

Season Two of the Big Ideas Welcome Podcast launches today! Since 2022, the Big Ideas Welcome Podcast has shared over 50 episodes of stories from entrepreneurs. Heading into the next season of the podcast, host, Chris McAdoo, wanted to do something different. Up until now, episodes existed as long-form interviews and conversations. The newest season of the […]

Happy 10th Birthday KEC!

Happy Birthday KEC!  As April comes to a close we want to look back on how much fun we had celebrating our 10th birthday earlier this month. It has been 10 years of the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center and team KEC threw a big party to celebrate. So many familiar faces came to say hello as […]

Made for Knoxville: Tommy Nguyen

Problem Solver & Shepherd. Meet Tommy Nguyen – Co-founder of StoragePug. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Tommy to chat about his experience as an entrepreneur in Knoxville, and you can watch the full video below. Tommy started StoragePug to give small business owners a fighting chance, and ended up building a community […]

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 […]

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 […]

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