kec logoOur Purpose: Changing lives through entrepreneurship.
Our Mission: To create a thriving entrepreneurial community that is accessible, diverse, and sustainable.
Our Vision: For Knoxville to become the most founder-friendly city in America.


8 years. 1000s of events, classes, & workshops. 1000s of entrepreneurs. 1000s of connections. 

Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is a business accelerator located in Market Square built to serve as the front door for entrepreneurs in East Tennessee. We’ve got classes, events, and cohorts for those of us who are just getting started – all they way to proven companies experiencing exceptional growth – and everyone in-between. Whether you are an investor, attorney, designer, developer, or you just think that entrepreneurs are cool, we love having you around. On the fence about your own idea? Thats ok. Come jump in and see what we are all about. Sign up for our mailing list and stay up-to-date on our event calendar, local startup news, and everything else going on at KEC.

We are The Maker City. We are a hub of world-class technological innovation. We are blessed with talent and natural resources. And we are just getting started. 

We believe strongly in the power of connections – and we want to connect with you. Follow Knoxville Entrepreneur Center on InstagramFacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter to see the latest stories, register for our exclusive email newsletter below, and make sure to tag YOUR stories and posts with #madeforknoxville!


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Your support will help us support our mission of connecting entrepreneurs, encouraging innovation, and building a vibrant community for years to come. Click on the image below and you’ll be taken to an easy-to-use PayPal link for a one-time donation, or if you choose – continued monthly support.
THANK YOU for being a valuable part of our region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

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