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April 16, 2023 | Tom Ballard

New accelerator focused on transformational growth coming to Knoxville

The announcement of the 18-month program comes seven months after the city was named as one of the launch cities for the Aspera Life accelerator.

Nearly seven months ago, we reported in that two Nashville entrepreneurs had identified Knoxville as a launch city for a new business accelerator they were founding. Late last week, the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center announced that it was partnering with those two Nashvillians to bring the Aspera Life program to the community.

It is a business accelerator dedicated to transformational growth, specifically for founders, co-founders, owners, or controlling shareholders of a company who are ferocious about growing their businesses. According to the accelerator’s website, Aspera Life’s objective is to afford business owners who operate companies between $250,000 and $2,000,000 in yearly revenue an opportunity to participate in a program with three distinct segments. The three are:

  • Community, defined as the specific metropolitan area for the participants’ businesses and businesses, organizations and customers with whom the participants interact;
  • Crews that are small so that participants – no more than one per industry sector – can confidentially learn and share; and
  • Coaching which includes an in-person certified business coach.

The 18-month Aspera Life program begins with a 12-month curriculum-based program that meets bi-weekly with classes alternating between learning and sharing sessions. In the case of the Knoxville program, the first session is May 9.

To apply, click here.

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