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Supporting Organizations

Our Region Has Some of the Best Supporting Organizations for Entrepreneurs

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AccelNow provides resources to entrepreneurs to help them start up successful businesses and create jobs and wealth in the Northeast Tennessee region. We are called a “business accelerator” because we help you speed up the process of refining your idea and developing it into a viable, investable business model.

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The ETSU Innovation Lab is a high-tech business incubator that assists aspiring entrepreneurs develop emerging technologies from concept through commercialization. With a focus on identifying and generating solutions to global problems, we are committed to championing entrepreneurs and building a cooperative entrepreneurial hub.

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The Holston Business Development Center is a business incubator that helps startups become a reality. We offer business suites on a progressive rent scale with many amenities included, small business counseling, and an array of business-oriented classes. All issues can be addressed and help will be provided as a free service.

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Serving these local communities, the Johnson City, TN TSBDC Office provides small business start-up services including, but not limited to: business plan development, financial planning assistance, marketing plan development, sources of capital, & social media guidance. The TN SBDC is located in the ETSU Innovation Lab and walk-ins are welcome.

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Connect With Government Resources

Entrepreneurs Start Businesses in Their Own Back Yards. Get Connected To Yours!

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Welcome to The Chamber of Commerce serving Johnson City, Jonesborough, and Washington County. We are organized to promote business, enhance economic and community development, and serve as a catalyst for improving the overall quality of life in the community and region.

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The Kingsport Chamber Foundation manages, promotes, supports and assists a number of charitable, educational, environmental, leadership, quality of life and wellness programs that have a tremendous impact on the Kingsport community. The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area.

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We are a technical assistance provider offering assistance including but not limited to: forming a business, how to write business plans, business plan reviews, obtaining capital for start-up or expansion, pursuing government contracts, analyzing financial and management performance, proving business case, developing existing and new business, and planning for succession.

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Co-Working and Startup Office Space

All Inclusive Shared Working Environments are Cost Effective and Create a Culture of Inspiration.

Our region currently has 3 options for co-working and startup office space solutions.

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Spark Plaza is about more than a desk to work at. It’s about an environment that fosters creativity and community. With month to month rental agreements and day passes you no longer have any reason to be distracted while working at home. Come check out Spark Plaza and see how our members create a vibrant community of entrepreneurship.

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Sync.Space is a 3,000-square-foot facility in Kingsport that provides co-working space for entrepreneurs, artists and collaborators as well as corporate workspaces. Sync Space has unique assets such as a VR system, 3D printer, and high-end conference capabilities which make it a great place to get work done and experiment with new technology as well as ideas.

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Local Digital Guidance

FundingSage, a local startup, is helping new entrepreneurs get going on the right foot.

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TurboFunder gives you the tools you need to BUILD, GROW, & FUND your startup. Expert guidance is built into the platform to take you from ideation to a fully funded venture.

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Funding Opportunities

Money Makes the World Go Round. Funding in the Southeast States is Available.

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The Angel Roundtable was founded in 2012 by a group of successful “serial entrepreneurs”, seasoned executives and professionals who invest in early stage companies. The group meets periodically and listens to presentations from entrepreneurs representing candidate companies. Each member acts on their own behalf on investment decisions while leveraging the group’s experiences in due diligence, terms, and investment costs.

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We leverage our unique network of regional Entrepreneur Centers to connect startups with the mentors and investors they need to move from concept to market. Our ECs are public-private partnerships with an ever-evolving roster of high-performing success stories. Each EC provides resources to entrepreneurs as they build the companies of tomorrow, drawing on relationships with thought leaders across the state.

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Asheville Angels is a member-based angel investor network. We invest in and support startups and early-stage, high-growth companies in Asheville and across the Southeast. Asheville Angels currently consists of about 40 angel investors. Asheville Angels is not an investment fund, but rather, an angel investor network with members who make individual investment decisions after working together to evaluate candidate companies.

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Experienced Mentors

Mentorship Can Be a Key To Success. Our Region Has a Wealth of Experience and Knowledge.

Each listed mentor is willing to spend 30-60 minutes to get to know you and provide feedback and connections.

However, you must request an introduction from Startup Tri-Cities to receive this benefit!

John Campbell
Exec. Director AccelNow

John Campbell is the Executive Director of AccelNow and can help help you evaluate your business model and connect you to the startup eco-system and local leadership in the community.

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Jose Castillo
Spark Plaza-Think Flavor

Jose is a serial entrepreneur, the founder of Flavor Inc. a marketing firm committed to helping clients share their story by discovering what makes them dramatically different, and Spark Plaza—a thriving co­-working community.

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Arnab Chakraborty
Founder Flow Med-Tech

Flow MedTech, Inc. is developing an innovative therapy to reduce the chance of strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation by preventing clot formation in the left atrial appendage.

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Shelley Crowe
Change Leadership

Leveraging varied experience working with for-profit, non-profit and global businesses, I help leaders and teams discover the future they want and explore the possibilities of how to get there. Shelley is also a Co.STARTERS Facilitator.

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Dr. Audrey Depelteau
Director Innovation Lab

Dr. Audrey M. Depelteau, Director of the East Tennessee State University Innovation Lab, assists faculty, staff, students & community members in the successful establishment and growth of technology-based start-up & spin-off companies that address the needs of the emerging future.

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Heath Guinn
Founder Sync.Space

Heath Guinn is a leader, community advocate, and strategist. Heath is a serial entrepreneur, founder of Sync.Space, and an advocate of entrepreneurship growth in the Tri-Cities. He is also the Creative Director of 5 Points Media, a local brand strategies and design firm.

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Gary Mabrey
CEO Johnson City Chamber

Gary Mabrey is the President and CEO of the Johnson City Camber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote business, enhance economic and community development, and serve as a catalyst for improving the overall quality of life in the community and region.

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Bob Cantler
Founder Internity Development

Freelance consultant and coach with over 30 years of corporate sales and business development experience from organizations such as ConAgra Foods to an Independent Historic Inn as well as business and hospitality skills from Hyatt, Gaylord Opryland, and Marriott Hotels.

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David Nelson
Co-Founder BrewFund, Inc.

David Nelson is a serial entrepreneur with a focus in software and mobile application development. He is also the Co-Founder of BrewFund, Inc. a mobile app platform that allows anyone to give the gift of beer and the Co-Founder of Startup Tri-Cities.

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Keith Nakoff
Executive Director HBDC

Keith Nakoff is the Executive Director of the Holston Business Development Center and the Assistant Director of AccelNow. He has a passion for helping entrepreneurs achieve success. He is also an entrepreneur and Design Engineer with Kre8.

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Dave Clark
Exec. VP at Intellithought

Dave Clark is the Executive VP at Intellithought, a Tri-Cities Tennessee based technology company. Its focus is making essential, complex technologies accessible to everyone. Dave is also the Co-Founder and COO of FundingSage.

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Aundrea Wilcox, MBA
Director at KOSBE

Aundrea Wilcox is the Director at KOSBE, an organization to help small business owners and entrepreneurs navigate the rough waters of small business ownership and management. Aundrea promotes the growth and prosperity of small businesses nationwide.

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Edwin WilliamsFounder - Perserbid, Inc.

Edwin is the founder of Perserbid which allows homeowners to create projects for contractors to bid on. The homeowner can then compare and award the bid to their chosen contractor. He is also a Co-Founder of Startup Tri-Cities.

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Richard Sheehan
Tech Resource of the Southeast, Inc.

Richard Sheehan is the President of Technology Resource of the Southeast, Inc. which works with universities, start-ups and VC’s in evaluating early stage technologies, providing business development and I.P. bundling services.

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Launching a new startup can feel like you are climbing a mountain with a boulder on your back. But you don’t have to go at it alone.

Let’s grab coffee (or a pint!) and discuss your new venture. We can then connect you directly

to some of the best resources in the region to help you succeed.

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