Knoxville Start Up Day, a celebration of Knoxville’s startup and entrepreneurial community, has become one of the biggest events of the year for the region.

The event was held at the beautiful Bijou Theatre on Thursday, November 19, 2015 and featured International Entrepreneur Angel Gambino, CEO, Alchemists Collective, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Jon Shieber, Senior Editor, TechCrunch.

Knoxville has developed a great reputation for  excellence in many fields, including Media, Medical and Manufacturing.  Key leaders from those industries  spoke to a packed theatre with over 600 attendees.

The Composite Institute- IACMI’s CEO, Dr. Craig Blue, was featured in the highlights video and shared insights from his career journey.  “Trying a startup was one of the best experience of my career,” said Blue.  Many panelists echoed Blue’s perspective and advised students to define their own career path and consider a start up.

See more in the highlights video, including advice from Randy Boyd, TN Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, Tammy Franklin, Executive Vice President of Scripps Networks Interactive, Terry Douglas, CEO ProNova, Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors, Cathy Vangieri, CEO Childrens Media Studios, Bob Bradley, CEO Newsbreak Media, Uta Preston, Founder & CEO Little Fishkoff, Harvey Abouleta, President Aries Energy.

Knoxville is

  • Home to innovation.
  • Home to the world’s largest movie chain.
  • Responsible for 8% of the US Housing Market and the largest chain of travel centers in North America.
  • A media-hub with tv programming viewed in over 100M homes annually.
  • The birthplace of the pet scanner and a leader in medtech innovation.
  • Driving the world’s first 3D printed cars.