Raising + Rising | An Innov865 Week Event

An event for local companies looking to raise capital, or on the rise but not quite raising yet. RSVP here

About this Event

Join the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center and 3 Roots Capital as we host a hybrid event of pre-recorded pitches, live Q+A, and round table discussions and networking.

We’re bringing together investors and local Knoxville companies that are either on the rise, or looking to raise some capital, all under the same virtual roof!

This virtual event will be hosted on LunchPool.

More information on participating companies coming soon!

KEC Liftoff at Night

Thanks for your interest in getting your idea started here at KEC! The first step is to attend one of our KEC Lift Off which will allow us to find out more about each other, find out how your idea fits into what we do, and how we can help. These sessions last approximately an hour and a half and include an overview of KEC and a mentor panel to answer any questions you may have. RSVP Here!


Common Questions

Should I bring anything?

Nope, just bring yourself and your idea / business. This session is an introduction for all that we offer. There is no need to bring your business plan.

Where is the best place to park?

We suggest the Market Square Garage as it is close to our office and inexpensive.

What if I have to reschedule?

Perfectly fine! We just ask that you cancel your ticket and then RSVP for another date.

KEC Liftoff

Thanks for your interest in getting your idea started here at KEC! The first step is to attend one of our KEC Lift Off which will allow us to find out more about each other, find out how your idea fits into what we do, and how we can help. These sessions last approximately an hour and a half and include an overview of KEC and a mentor panel to answer any questions you may have. RSVP Here!

Common Questions

Should I bring anything?

Nope, just bring yourself and your idea / business. This session is an introduction for all that we offer. There is no need to bring your business plan.

Where is the best place to park?

We suggest the Market Square Garage as it is close to our office and inexpensive.

What if I have to reschedule?

Perfectly fine! We just ask that you cancel your ticket and then RSVP for another date.

KEC Liftoff at Night

Thanks for your interest in getting your idea started here at KEC! The first step is to attend one of our KEC Lift Off which will allow us to find out more about each other, find out how your idea fits into what we do, and how we can help. These sessions last approximately an hour and a half and include an overview of KEC and a mentor panel to answer any questions you may have. RSVP Here!


Common Questions

Should I bring anything?

Nope, just bring yourself and your idea / business. This session is an introduction for all that we offer. There is no need to bring your business plan.

Where is the best place to park?

We suggest the Market Square Garage as it is close to our office and inexpensive.

What if I have to reschedule?

Perfectly fine! We just ask that you cancel your ticket and then RSVP for another date.

KEC Liftoff

Thanks for your interest in getting your idea started here at KEC! The first step is to attend one of our KEC Lift Off which will allow us to find out more about each other, find out how your idea fits into what we do, and how we can help. These sessions last approximately an hour and a half and include an overview of KEC and a mentor panel to answer any questions you may have. RSVP Here!

Common Questions

Should I bring anything?

Nope, just bring yourself and your idea / business. This session is an introduction for all that we offer. There is no need to bring your business plan.

Where is the best place to park?

We suggest the Market Square Garage as it is close to our office and inexpensive.

What if I have to reschedule?

Perfectly fine! We just ask that you cancel your ticket and then RSVP for another date.

KEC Liftoff at Night

Thanks for your interest in getting your idea started here at KEC! The first step is to attend one of our KEC Lift Off which will allow us to find out more about each other, find out how your idea fits into what we do, and how we can help. These sessions last approximately an hour and a half and include an overview of KEC and a mentor panel to answer any questions you may have. RSVP Here!


Common Questions

Should I bring anything?

Nope, just bring yourself and your idea / business. This session is an introduction for all that we offer. There is no need to bring your business plan.

Where is the best place to park?

We suggest the Market Square Garage as it is close to our office and inexpensive.

What if I have to reschedule?

Perfectly fine! We just ask that you cancel your ticket and then RSVP for another date.

Alicia Edwards Mentor Office Hours

Alicia Edwards is a UX / UI designer that solves visual problems while focusing on creating meaningful experiences through design. She has a passion for user research and building user centered products. Her experience working within higher education, marketing, healthcare, and government agencies makes her a well-rounded UX/UI designer who can dive into any project and develop a successful outcome.

Sign up for an office hours appointment with Alicia Edwards HERE >>

Alicia Edwards Mentor Office Hours

Alicia Edwards is a UX / UI designer that solves visual problems while focusing on creating meaningful experiences through design. She has a passion for user research and building user centered products. Her experience working within higher education, marketing, healthcare, and government agencies makes her a well-rounded UX/UI designer who can dive into any project and develop a successful outcome.

Sign up for an office hours appointment with Alicia Edwards HERE >>

Alicia Edwards Mentor Office Hours

Alicia Edwards is a UX / UI designer that solves visual problems while focusing on creating meaningful experiences through design. She has a passion for user research and building user centered products. Her experience working within higher education, marketing, healthcare, and government agencies makes her a well-rounded UX/UI designer who can dive into any project and develop a successful outcome.

Sign up for an office hours appointment with Alicia Edwards HERE >>

Applications close for What’s the Big Idea? 48-Hour Pitch Competition

Applications will close today for KEC’s annual weekend-long accelerator!

Ever dreamed of being on Shark Tank? Know you’ve got the next big thing? 

What’s The Big Idea is the event for you! Compete to win up to $10,000 in expense reimbursement in a 48-hour weekend business pitch competition.

Work side-by-side with local business mentors to craft the perfect pitch for your new business startup or idea. We have mentors that can help with your business plan from start to finish.

Apply Here!

Who should apply? 

– Applicants with a concept or new enterprise in the seed-capital, start-up, or pre-revenue stage

– Applicants who are at least 18 years old

– Applicants with a concept that could lead to potential growth and job creation in the Knoxville, TN area*

* Defined as being located in Knox County or a contiguous county including: Anderson, Blount, Jefferson, Grainger, Loudon, Roane, Sevier, and Union counties. More info about who should and shouldn’t apply

Important Dates:

  • 1/15 Applications Open
  • 2/3 Applications Close
  • 2/10 Selections Made + Finalists Announced
  • 2/28-3/1 Competition Weekend
  • 3/1 Finale + Pitch Competition

More Information!