RVL® works with many clients who have great business ideas —  but we find that they often don’t utilize (or even know about) the network and resources available to them in our state. Luckily, there are a variety of TN entrepreneur centers, incubators, and accelerators that work to pair these entrepreneurs and founders with mentors and investors to help Tennessee ventures grow and thrive.

We compiled this list to (1) show the sheer amount of entrepreneur-assistance that exists in our state and (2) to best connect you with a mentor/business resource located close to where you live and work. Feel free to access the websites listed below to get a better idea of the resources in your area and how you can get involved.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. Please let us know in the comments if you have another entrepreneur center or resource in mind; we’ll periodically add updates as our TN startup community continues to grow.

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Middle Tennessee

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East Tennessee

  • Enterprise Center
    • Ken Hays (President)
    • 1100 Market Street, Suite 500, Chattanooga, TN 37402
  • CoLab
    • Marcus Shaw (CEO)
    • 1100 Market Street, Suite 100, Chattanooga, TN 37402
  • Chattanooga Center | ChSCC (a Tennessee SBDC)
    • Lynn Chesnutt (Director)
    • 100 Cherokee Blvd. Suite 202, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37405
  • LAUNCH Chattanooga
    • Hal Bowling (Executive Director)
    • 100 Cherokee Boulevard, Suite 201, Chattanooga, TN 37405
  • INcubator (through Chattanooga Chamber)
    • Alexis Willis (Director)
    • 100 Cherokee Blvd # 102, Chattanooga, TN 37405
  • Oak Ridge Center | RSCC (a Tennessee SBDC)
    • Jutta Bangs (Director)
    • 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830
  • Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
    • Jim Biggs (Executive Director)
    • 17 MARKET SQUARE, SUITE 101, KNOXVILLE, TN 37902
  • Knoxville Center | PSCC (a Tennessee SBDC)
    • Bruce F. Hayes (Director)
    • 17 Market Square Suite 201, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
  • Kingsport Center | ETSU Affiliate (a Tennessee SBDC)
    • Aundrea Wilcox (Senior Business Counselor)
    • 400 Clinchfield Street Suite 100, Kingsport, Tennessee 37660
  • Johnson City Center | ETSU (a Tennessee SBDC)
    • Mark Bays (Director)
    • 2109 West Market Street, Johnson City, Tennessee 37604
  • ETSU Innovation Laboratory
    • Dr. Audrey Depelteau (Director)
    • 2109 West Market Street  Johnson City, TN 37604
  • Cleveland Center | ClSCC (a Tennessee SBDC)
    • Jennie DeCook (Director)
    • 3535 Adkisson Drive, Cleveland, Tennessee 37320
  • Cleveland Bradley Business Center
    • Hurley Buff (Executive Director)
    • 3505 Adkisson Drive, Suite 102, Cleveland, TN 37312

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West Tennessee

  • Emerge Memphis
    • Carlton Crothers (CEO)
    • EMERGE MEMPHIS, 516 TENNESSEE STREET, MEMPHIS, TN 38103
  • Memphis Center | SWTCC (a Tennessee SBDC)
    • Rory Thomas (Executive Director)
    • 8800 East Shelby Drive, Maxine A. Smith Center, Suite 112, Memphis, Tennessee 38125
  • AgLaunch
    • Pete Nelson (President & Executive Director)
    • 88 Union, Floor 6, Memphis, TN 38103
  • Epicenter Memphis
    • Leslie Smith (Pres & CEO)
    • 902 S. Cooper St. Memphis, TN, 38104
  • Bioworks Business Incubator
    • Steven J. Bares, PhD, MBA (President and Executive Director)
    • 20 South Dudley St, Suite 900, Memphis, TN 38103
  • Start Co.
    • Eric Mathews (CEO & Founder)
    • 88 Union Ave, 2nd Floor, Memphis, TN 38103
  • ZeroTo510
    • Chris West (President)
    • 20 S. DUDLEY ST., MEMPHIS TN 38103
  • Martin Center | UTM (a Tennessee SBDC)
    • Landy Fuqua (Director)
    • 406 South Lindell Street, Martin, Tennessee 38237
  • Jackson Center | JSCC (a Tennessee SBDC)
    • Ron Acree (Director)
    • 197 Auditorium Street, Jackson, Tennessee 38301
  • TheCo
    • Lisa Garner (Executive Director)
    • 541 Wiley Parker Rd, Jackson, Tennessee 38305
  • Dyersburg Center | DSCC (a Tennessee SBDC)
    • Van Wylie (Director)
    • 1510 Lake Road, Dyersburg, Tennessee 38024

We do have affiliations with a few of these entrepreneur centers, including serving on the Advisory Board at the Biz Foundry and Chattanooga INcubator and serving as Advisors/Mentors to the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and CoLab entrepreneurs.

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