Startup Day 2019

Discover the world-changing ideas coming from Knoxville’s entrepreneurs at Startup Day 2019! Register here!

This year’s festivities are bigger than ever: a mayoral forum moderated by WATE 6 On Your Side is planned, where Eddie Mannis and Indya Kincannon (the two candidates competing in the November general election to become Knoxville’s next mayor) will present their vision for entrepreneurship and innovation.

Startup Day’s main event is the annual “Shark-Tank”-style pitch competition for a chance to win up to $10,000 in cash prizes. This year, six of Knoxville’s most investable startups will pitch their businesses on-stage before a panel of expert judges. In addition to the opportunity to spotlight their startup for investors, entrepreneurs will compete for a “crowd favorite” cash prize presented by SunTrust Bank.

Our featured guest is Ted Serbinski, the managing director of Techstars Mobility, the first U.S. startup accelerator program focused on next-generation mobility technologies.

Other activities include a fireside chat with Genera, a local startup affiliated with the University of Tennessee Research Foundation that recently secured a $118 million investment for sustainable packaging and fiber products made from grass. 

Join us for another great event of celebrating Knoxville’s robust entrepreneurial ecosystem!