Upcoming Events

Startup Day 2024

At Startup Day, entrepreneurs showcase their local startup to a panel composed of venture capitalists, angel investors and industry leaders. Pitches are followed by a Q&A from the panel about their business and why they chose to grow their company in Knoxville. Cash prizes are awarded through crowd participation, totaling $15,000. Applications close June 30, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. ET. NEW THIS YEAR: Startup Day will also include a short student pitch competition sponsored by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The student winner will receive $2,500.

Innov865 Event Series

The Innov865 Alliance has created an Innov865 Investor Series to give Knoxville’s entrepreneurs more opportunities to hear from and interact with investors in our region.

At events and mayoral forums hosted by the Innov865 Alliance, Knoxville’s leaders share their ideas and perspectives on entrepreneurship and innovation for the region.

Past Events

Idea to Acquisition: A conversation with Knoxville’s investor community

Moderated By: Brandon Bruce, COO & Co-founder, Cirrus Insight Early Stage Panel Early Stage Panelists: Grady Vanderhoofven Company: TennesSEED, 3Roots Capital Target deal size: $30k-$5M Target industries: Any Type of transactions: Equity Kristina Montague Company: The JumpFund Taget industries: Woman-Owned…

General Election Mayoral Forums

Exploring their positions on critical aspects of Knoxville’s economy, specifically entrepreneurship, innovation and access to capital, the candidates were joined by a panel of local entrepreneurs, supplying questions for lively discussion and debate. The Innov865 Alliance would like to thank…

Innov865 Investor Series 2019 with Cirrus Insight and PerfectServe

We hosted an engaging discussion with former COO Brandon Bruce of Cirrus Insight and former President and CEO Terry Edwards of PerfectServe as they discussed the growth and evolution of their companies and how that helped guide them to successful…

Innov865 Investor Series 2019 with Bill Malkes

The event featured an engaging discussion with Bill Malkes, co-founder and former CEO of GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. and Grady Vanderhoofven, CEO of Three Roots Capital and Managing Partner of Meritus Capital, the lead investor in GRIDSMART. Bill and Grady held…

2020 Webinar with Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon

The virtual event was held on June 24, 2020, via Lunchpool. Mayor Kincannon presented her priorities and vision for supporting Knoxville’s entrepreneurial community and innovation economy, as well as her vision for creating an innovation district.

East Tennessee Capital Call

Building on the momentum established during the July 28 launch event for the Southeast Capital Call, panelists launched a regional sub-group focused on East Tennessee investment via the East Tennessee Capital Call during this event. Panelists were Brandon Bruce and…

Innov865 VIP Reception

The Innov865 Alliance will hold a private reception to kick off Innov865 2021 on Monday, October 4 from 5:30 to 7 pm. ET.

Startup Day 2021

Startup Day will be hosted at the Mill & Mine in Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

Raising + Rising

Join the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center and Three Roots Capital on October 6 as we host a hybrid event of pre-recorded pitches, live Q+A, and round table discussions and networking, as part of Knoxville's Innov865 Week.

Showing Up for Women Entrepreneurs

Join Women in Entrepreneurship - Knoxville (WiE) and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center for a panel discussion on ways we can all show up more for women entrepreneurs and founders. ALL are welcome to this event! This in-person event will be hosted at the BRAND NEW Aught Coworking Downtown Location.

Innovation Crossroads Showcase

Join Innovations Crossroads and the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council for a virtual Innovation Crossroads Showcase at 11:00 a.m. on October 7!

Attracting Industries of the Future to East Tennessee

Please join ETEC for Attracting Industries of the Future to East Tennessee, a panel discussion with Oak Ridge National Lab, the Tennessee Valley Authority and University of Tennessee. This discussion is moderated by Tricia Martinez of Techstars.