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.

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.

What’s the Big Idea? Finale + Pitch Competition

What’s the Big Idea 48 Hour Launch is a weekend-long business start-up summit designed to inspire entrepreneurial action. The competition will bring together bright minds March 1-3 to participate in an intensive period of prototyping, community building, planning, incubation, and launching.

The teams participating will be announced mid-February.

On Sunday, March 1st, the teams will participate in a public pitch competition at Scruffy City Hall. RSVP HERE!

The winning idea will be advanced to the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center’s CO.STARTER Program and will be eligible for up to $10,000 in business-launch reimbursement costs after completing the program.

Come on out on Sunday, March 1st to witness the growth of these teams over the weekend as they pitch their big ideas!

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!

Applications open for What’s The Big Idea? 48-Hour Pitch Competition

It’s that time of year again – applications are now open 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!

LaunchTN Startup Policy Workshop: Knoxville

Join LaunchTN for a workshop to learn from industry experts on navigating government-business issues and meet with policymakers!

RSVP Here!

Join LaunchTN and our partners at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center for a workshop focused on startup policy. You’ll get an overview of what qualifies as a local, state, or federal issue; learn how to engage with policymakers to advocate for your business; and meet with regional policymakers to tell your story.

1 p.m.  Introductions: What do you hope to gain from today?

1:15 p.m. – Issues identification: What challenges can policy help solve? What level of government do these issues relate to?

2 p.m. – How to engage: What do you do when you’ve got a policymaker’s ear?

2:45 p.m. – Break

3 p.m. – Policymaker roundtables: Small group discussions with regional policymakers, rotating every 20 minutes.

4 p.m. – Closing remarks