Entrepreneurial Support Organizations

Entrepreneurial Support Organizations

Several local and national organizations provide networking opportunities, support groups, and educational information for entrepreneurs:


  • Entrepreneurs of Knoxville:  entrepreneurial networking group
  • Innovate Knoxville:  online portal to entrepreneurship in the Knoxville area
  • Teknovation.biz:  spotlights and celebrates “all things” related to technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in East Tennessee
  • ETRAC (East Tennessee Regional Accelerator) – a regional start-up accelerator designed to help get a company from idea to prototype/investor-ready pitch in 90 days


  • Start-Up Tennessee:  connects entrepreneurs and startup companies with mentors, advisers, funders, investors, major corporations, business partners, service providers and government organizations to accelerate the startup process and build higher quality startup companies


  • Entrepreneurs’ Organization:  by invitation only entrepreneur’s organization (has local chapters)
  • SCORE - volunteer organization of retired executives that educates entrepreneurs and helps new businesses get started (has local chapters)
  • Under30CEO.com:  covers news, advice, trends & events for the young entrepreneur
  • Kauffman Foundation:  world’s largest foundation devoted to entrepreneurship
  • Coleman Foundation:  supports educational institutions offering entrepreneurship education
  • Small Business Administration (SBA):  government organization that supports development of small businesses