Entrepreneurial Business Resources

ETEC partners with many organizations working to better East Tennessee. Below is a brief listing of available resources for those interested in and/or working to build a new business in this great region.

For a more complete list and more information visit StartUp Knox. Listen to one of their podcasts below.

Startups are essential for our region to thrive. Two entrepreneurs have committed to help startups launch and grow here. So far, they’ve created a Startup Ecosystem Guide, a Startup Directory, an Investor Directory, a curated Startup Events calendar, and a Newsletter Collective.

“I believe it is our time in East Tennessee. It is a season when East Tennessee is becoming an entrepreneurial epicenter. I promise the atmosphere in Knoxville has never been as hot to crush paradigms, disrupt the status quo, and launch new business as it is today. The foundation is set; what will we do with it?” – Bill Malkes, co-founder and former CEO of GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc & CEO of NellOne.

The assessment report, a recording of the virtual town hall, a short Techstars video about its accelerator program, and more info is available at the link above. Also, view Joe Hoagland’s slides from his presentation to ETEC about the findings of the survey and the next steps here.

Supported by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and Tennessee Valley Authority, leverages Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s unique scientific resources and capabilities and connects the nation’s top innovators with experts, mentors, and networks in technology-related fields to take world-changing ideas from research and development to the marketplace.

Stories of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship published and emailed daily. Authored by Tom Ballard and powered by PYA.

Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is focused on changing lives through entrepreneurship. We serve as the front door for entrepreneurs in our region, and a resource for anyone looking to start or grow a business here.

The Knoxville Technology Council (KTech) connects, develops, promotes, and advocates for the technology industry in the Greater Knoxville region. We believe the technology industry is essential for our community to thrive. KTech unites the region’s technology leaders and empowers businesses and entrepreneurs through networks, events, resources, and more.

LaunchTN is a public-private partnership with a vision to make Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation. Our mission is to empower a high-functioning network of resources focused on core priorities that support Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

For over 30 years, the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) network has been empowering small business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals with a business idea to innovate new products and services that compete in the global marketplace.

The Innov865 Alliance develops, supports, and promotes the Knoxville region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. It is a collaborative effort to celebrate and showcase Knoxville as a great place for entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses and increase access to capital.

KNOXVILLE IS THE MAKER CITY. We are artists and crafters, creators and hustlers, hobbyists and tinkerers, movers, and shakers – makers.