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 […]

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 […]

SWARM Wins What’s The Big Idea 2018

What’s The Big Idea 48-Hour Launch: Congratulations SWARM!   Well folks, one of our favorite weekends of the year has come and gone. The KEC team is so proud of all of the awesome work done this weekend by the six teams and their mentors.   On Friday evening all of the teams gathered together […]

Finalists Selected for What’s the Big Idea 48-Hour Launch

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KEC Holiday Gift Guide: Home Goods & Decor

With the holidays right around the corner, we thought we’d put together a series of gift guides for all the important people in your life. This first guide features home goods & decor from shops and artists in Knoxville area. We’re all for supporting our local businesses! Stay on the lookout for the next gift […]

Innov865 Week Recap

Innov865 Week 2017 is officially in the books! This week-long celebration featured local innovation and technology, summits for young professionals and makers, and a pitch competition with a cash prize of $10,000 (plus much, much more). KEC was proud to be a part of making this week happen and supporting the thriving entrepreneurial community in […]

Paradigm Challenge Photo Gallery

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][vc_column_text]On Saturday, June 17th, the Paradigm Challenge took place at the Eternal Life Harvest Center in East Knoxville. Eight entrepreneurs in three categories competed for the chance to win $10,000 for their business. The Paradigm Challenge is a place-based competition that challenges […]