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The Entrepreneurial ecosystem

CREATING A CULTURE AND COMMUNITY OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The Greater Memphis area is home to many organizations dedicated to serving our business owners and entrepreneurs.

Epicenter builds relationships with these organizations in order to meet more entrepreneurs where they are, and thoughtfully connect them to the necessary resources to grow.

 
 
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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.

 
 
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Entrepreneurial Programming and Networking


The following partners offer programs and host events to support entrepreneurs

 
 
 
 
 
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Creative Entrepreneurship Resources


Partners, programs and spaces that support local makers, artisans, and creators

 
 
 
 

Economic Development Organizations 


Government and nonprofit entities that collaborate to grow our regional economy

 
 
 
 

Associations and Membership Organizations 


Membership organizations that support startups and scale-ups through networking and programming

 
 
 
 
 

Spaces to Work


Coworking and meeting spaces for entrepreneurs, creatives, and remote workers

 
 
 

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

 
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Accelerators and Incubators


Partners that offer focused programming and space for tech startups

 
 
 
 

Focus Area: People

Institutions, organizations and programs focused on developing, attracting, and retaining talented and passionate entrepreneurs

 
 
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Talent Pipeline Development


Organizations that help build the local workforce that supports entrepreneurial businesses

 
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Focus Area: Capital

Epicenter is leveraging public and private investments as a force for equitable entrepreneurial growth

 
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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.

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Angel Investment and Venture Capital 


Funding for startups and early-stage businesses

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Focus Area: Customers

Epicenter aims to connect entrepreneurs to institutional buyers for purchasing, licensing, and opportunities for acquisition

 
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Market Access 


Organizations that help connect entrepreneurs to local buyers

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