- Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
ACEI enables the development of entrepreneurial talent through both coursework and events, many of which include the entrepreneurial community. ACEI also supports economic development by assisting with the creation of new businesses launched by students and faculty.
- UTRF Business Incubator
The UTRF Business Incubator provides entrepreneurs with an environment that encourages learning, growth and self-sustainability. Located on the Knoxville campus, participants learn from both experts and each other as they navigate the complex path of starting and building a technology-based business.
- Tech 2020
Tech2020 is a local organization that seeks to create and enable knowledge-based enterprises within the Innovation Valley and Tennessee Valley Corridor. Its Center for Entrepreneurial Growth provides strategic planning assistance and entrepreneurial training for technology-based businesses. A Tech Council provides a networking venue to help businesses and entrepreneurs grow and prosper in the region.
- Meritus Ventures
Meritus Ventures, L.P. (Meritus) is a $36.4 million venture capital fund formed to make equity investments in private, expansion-stage companies in predominantly rural areas in central and southern Appalachia.
Solidus is a Tennessee venture capital fund that pursues investment opportunities in Healthcare Services, Applied Technology and Information Services/Media.
- Fairview Technology Center
Fairview Technology Center supports the creation and success of growth-based businesses by providing affordable office and lab spaces, allowing new companies to maximize their limited start-up capital.
- Innovate Knoxville
Innovate Knoxville is a regional group coordinating the vast range of entrepreneurial resources that exist in the Innovation Valley. Their first project is a web-based portal that provides information on upcoming entrepreneurial events across the region.
- Entrepreneurs of Knoxville
Comprised of entrepreneurs, inventors, investors and business owners, Entrepreneurs of Knoxville is a group that meets weekly to share ideas and provide support to each other.