Welcome to E.O.K.

Who:  We are a very diverse group of successful business owners and entrepreneurs and those working to achieve their goal of becoming an entrepreneur.

Why:  We believe we all learn something from each other...no matter if you're on your 1st startup or your 101st.  We believe no one person has all the answers...it is impossible to build a company without help.

How:  Weekly tech talks published via YouTube, Ustream, and iTunes.  Monthly Lunch-n-Learn events; Scheduled crowd-sourcing; Peer Groups; Pub Nights.

What:  A non-profit focused on helping each member build successful startups through peer education and support.  

Please check the FAQ section if you have Questions. Your Board of Directors is made up of volunteers with a passion for seeing entrepreneurs succeed!

When:   Every 2nd Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Where: Our monthly Wednesday meetings are held at Rodefer Moss 608 Mabry Hood Road, Knoxville, TN 37932

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Entrepreneurial Collective/EOK 3.0

We're doing a new thing! EOK started in 2008 and has been great for a large number of members but it's never taken off like Leo envisioned. Leo presented his ideas to his Rotary club last week! We are rolling out the official plan on March 12th at 11:30 a.m. to all EOK members and guests!

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This is why Google Glass is Dead

Posted by Walter Lounsbery on January 21, 2015 at 5:25pm 0 Comments

I would be the last person in the world to say Microsoft is an innovation company.  They have squashed a lot of their best ideas, or bought out companies and made them a ho-hum part of the Microsoft Borg.  And that goes for Nokia, a has-been major cell phone manufacturer.  The new CEO, however, seems to have kicked things into gear.  And the product announced today, Microsoft HoloLens, is revolutionary.  It puts 3D objects into your field of view, sometimes integrated with physical objects like walls, tables, or other things (one demo shows designing a virtual fuel tank on an actual motorcycle chassis).  It has cameras to detect your hand gestures, to know what you are looking at.  It supplies "spatial sound" to your ears.  NASA will be using it to walk around images from Mars as if it were the holodeck.

Check out the demo videos.  If they don't get your tech mojo going, nothing will.…

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Cirruspath acquires Knoxville startup OpenCore

Posted by Jason Roberts on December 10, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

BY: Carly Harrington

POSTED: 6:01 AM, Dec 10, 2014

TAG: business

Brandon Bruce, co-founder of Cirruspath

Cirruspath, a software development company whose primary product integrates Salesforce with email and mobile devices, has acquired Knoxville data analytics startup OpenCore.

The company, which has offices in Tennessee and California, had been targeting big data as an opportunity to grow its portfolio of applications under its Cirrus Insight product. OpenCore provided a solution, said Cirruspath co-founder Brandon Bruce, who heads up the East Tennessee office.

"There were a lot of variables that just fit together — the right place, the right time, the right people. We felt this was a unique opportunity to take the expertise and skill sets that James brings to address some of the challenges…

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My Favorite Meme

Posted by Walter Lounsbery on November 2, 2014 at 9:58pm 0 Comments

Great article by Tom Ballard in Teknovations featuring Carl Papa

Posted by Carl Papa, Jr on October 6, 2014 at 12:02pm 0 Comments

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a two-part series on local inventor Carl Papa.)

By Tom Ballard, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C.

“I’m truly a bogey golfer,” Knoxvillian Carl Papa says in describing the game that he has played since the eighth grade.

“I muscled the ball,” he adds in describing his swing. “When I shifted my lower body the way you’re supposed to, I would murder it (the ball).”

That reality led the retired federal Chief PreTrial Services Officer to develop a device designed to improve his golf swing and the swing of others by establishing the muscle memory to repeatedly shift weight to their front foot.

Today, Papa is Chief Executive Officer of Pin High Pro, a company whose latest product iteration is something called the “…

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Events

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EOK to host investors, business pitch competition By Carly Harrington


Picture: Inside the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center if you haven't made it down to 17 Market Square.

Carly wrote another amazing article for EOK and our events!  Check it out here.

Here's a link to the E.O.K. event so you can "REGISTER" if you're planning to pitch!

Everyone needs to RSVP for the event here: https://eokpitch100113.eventbrite.com/

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Started by Leonard Knight in General Nov 27, 2014. 0 Replies

Fellow Entrepreneur!We have much to be thankful for! 2014 has been a great year for Entrepreneurs of Knoxville! We've partnered with Bearden Rotary club to provide real mentors, we've setup Entrepreneurial Collective and the structure for chapters,…Continue

Looking for an Entrepreneur with International Experience

Started by Nastaran Simarasl in General Sep 4, 2014. 0 Replies

Hi, My name is Nastaran (Nassi) and I am an instructor of Business Strategy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). I am looking for an entrepreneur or a manager with international business experience to give a talk to my students at the…Continue

Email to speech?

Started by Steve Drevik in General. Last reply by Steve Drevik Sep 4, 2014. 3 Replies

I'm looking for a service to Dev tool that can take an incoming email, and will dial a phone number and read that email. Does anyone know of such a thing?

Please join us at the Line12 Launch event

Started by Jonathan M Patrick in General Mar 4, 2014. 0 Replies

Join us for a Launch Party / Pitch Contest Announcement / Entrepreneur Appreciation / Networking Uber Event . . . and, hear from Mark Schaefer, an internationally-known blogger, consultant, speaker, and best-selling author.Schaefer will be debuting…Continue

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