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. The FIRST Entrepreneurial Collective chapter!

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:  We use multiple tools to identify where each member needs assistance. We connect mentors/resources/capital with members. We provide accountability and support for reaching goals.

What:  Members focused on helping each other build successful startups.  

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: Rodefer Moss 608 Mabry Hood Road, Knoxville, TN 37932



Holiday party December 16th

EOK Holiday Party

Join us 5:30 pm Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 for our end of year celebration!

Blog Posts

Private Equity - Angels, VCs, and Funds...Oh my!

Posted by Leonard Knight on September 5, 2015 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

As many of you know, in addition to founding Entrepreneurs of Knoxville and Entrepreneurial Collective, I serve as the President of ACG Knoxville Chapter. As Chapter President, my responsibilities include educating the Knoxville area about Early Stage Investing. I also recruit new Angels to the membership and look for Entrepreneurs to pitch to the Angels for capital.

So, here's a crash course in equity investing to help you know what you don't know.

  1. Angels are accredited investors - They are wealthy individuals with a Net Worth in excess of $1M (excluding their personal residence) or they make more than $250K per year.
  2. Angels are savvy. They have diversified their assets. They have Companies, Real-Estate, Brokerage accounts, Whole Life Policies, etc. So, the funds they are investing are designated for these HIGHER RISK/HIGHER REWARD opportunities.
  3. Angels need to invest in…

Congratulations to Nanomechanics for continued success

Posted by Thierry V Sommer on August 14, 2015 at 11:05am 1 Comment

Nanomechanics, Inc. is proud to announce that the Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Roane State Community College has presented Nanomechanics with theTennessee 2015 Rising Star Award.


 “We were surprised and pleased that Nanomechanics was been recognized by Tennessee’s Small Business Development Center,” said Chairman and CEO John Swindeman.  “We have enjoyed working with Jutta Bangs and TSBDC as we have grown our business, and found the services offered by TSBDC to be very helpful.”


Nanomechanics was also recognized in 2014 by the US Department of Commerce with an Export Achievement Award, and in 2015 with the Small Business Administration’s Exporter of the Year Award for Tennessee.



Job Skills Instructors Needed

Started by Stan Johnson in General. Last reply by Joe M. Hamby Sep 16. 2 Replies

Hey EoK!SEEED’s Career Readiness Program starts up next week with the mission of equipping young adults with life and job skills to get on the pathway out of poverty. You all have excellent business experience that our students desperately need to…Continue

Sponsor an Entrepreneur...

Started by Leonard Knight in General Aug 28. 0 Replies

Fellow EC member,We have an opportunity to sponsor two awesome Entrepreneurs and their Startups to help them reach their dreams. I was contacted by Doug Minter of the Chamber asking that EOK sponsor two of his Protege Entrepreneurs. Doug runs the …Continue

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