Epicenter’s goal is to ensure that entrepreneurs have access to the professional networks, ideas, people, capital and customers they need to thrive locally.
Focus Area: Network
Epicenter works with organizations and programs in which entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and partner organizations connect.
Entrepreneurial Programming and Networking
The following partners offer programs and host events to support entrepreneurs
Focus Area: Ideas
Epicenter works with organizations and programs in which entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and partner organizations connect. We collaborate with programs and organizations dedicated to fostering innovative companies and products linked to our regional strengths
College & Universities
Higher education partners that feature entrepreneurial curricula, research, and/or technology transfer offices.
Focus Area: People
Institutions, organizations and programs focused on developing, attracting, and retaining talented and passionate entrepreneurs
Focus Area: Capital
Epicenter is leveraging public and private investments as a force for equitable entrepreneurial growth
Business-Friendly Banks and Lending Institutions
Financial resources and technical assistance for small businesses and scale-ups
Memphis Small Business Opportunity Loan Fund
Epicenter and Pathway Lending, a regional nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), have partnered to launch the Memphis Small Business Opportunity Loan Fund, a $15 million fund intended to improve access to capital, particularly for minority- and women-owned businesses.
Initial capitalization of the fund is being provided by Pinnacle Financial Partners, First Tennessee, and Regions Bank.