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June 23, 2020 | Tom Ballard

Seven local start-ups participating in KEC’s “The Works 2020” accelerator

The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center’s “The Works 2020” start-up accelerator is underway with seven participants – several previously spotlighted in

The seventh edition of the program, which runs through August 17, is focused on early stage technology, media and consumer goods companies. It was launched as “Media Works” in 2014 and has seen almost four dozen start-ups graduate including fast-growing local companies like RDI Technologies, Reviewbox, and Smart RIA.

Participants in the latest edition of the 10-week program are:

  • Compass Knox, the online news source focused on local government, politics and business;
  • Lunchpool, the company co-founded by Alex Abell that expanded from helping co-workers connect over lunch to being a rapidly growing virtual platform;
  • Lean Smarts which provides lean manufacturing training solutions;
  • Luxury LLC, a wholesaler of health and beauty products that also has launched a private label brand;
  • PowerUp Fitness, Stacey Bauges’ company focused on youth fitness programs for schools, fitness centers, and childcare facilities;
  • SailAway Learning + Academy, a provider of online academic and diagnostic assessments, homeschool programs, learning academies, and specialized literacy and learning workshops; and
  • SimpleLife, a HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant platform that simplifies work for medical practices and firms.

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