Entrepreneurial Support Organizations

Entrepreneurial Support Organizations

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

Local:

  • 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

Regional/State:

  • 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

National:

  • 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