Knoxville Entrepreneur Center Announces ‘MediaWorks’, A Business Accelerator For Digital Media Startups

Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is excited to introduce MediaWorks, the center’s inaugural digital media accelerator. 

April 11, 2014


Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is excited to introduce MediaWorks, the center’s inaugural digital media accelerator.

MediaWorks is a selective, highly immersive instructional and mentorship driven program for startups in the digital media sector, which includes digital video, augmented reality, digital signage, digital audio, or digital art. Ten startups will be selected to participate in the MediaWorks program, which will guide these early stage companies through customer discovery, product development, market identification, business development, growth strategy, and seeking to connect the participants with potential strategic and financial partners.

The goal of MediaWorks is to showcase a thriving digital media startup community in East Tennessee, and represents a key element in KEC’s ongoing drive to highlight the region’s leadership in technology, digital media and media content creation.  

MediaWorks provides a great opportunity for some of the most talented and experienced people from the media industry to collaborate with the next generation of media innovators and visionaries,” said Jonathan Sexton, KEC’s entrepreneur in residence.

MediaWorks participants will be mentored by a team that includes industry leaders, investors and veterans of the media and startup world, and led through the accelerator by principals of Back Porch Group, a digital media think tank based in Nashville. BPG’s collective resume includes work for Google, Disney, Microsoft, Warner Bros. Records, and a broad array of startups and consulting clients in the Digital Media + Tech Space.  


 "Back Porch Group is delighted to be leading MediaWorks in its mission to cement Tennessee's growing reputation as a digital media leader and a center of entrepreneurship and innovation," says Shawn Yeager, Back Porch Group partner.

Applications for the MediaWorks program will be accepted from April 9th-23rd at KEC, located on Market Square, or online at program kicks off May 8 and will run for 12 weeks, culminating in a demo day event in early July.

For more information about MediaWorks, please visit

About BackPorch Group:Back Porch Group is a think tank that offers insight, connections and development to creators and disruptive companies building the new music industry. Our approach: break it, change it, make it matter. We tear apart and test ideas, transform them into fundable, viable businesses, and successfully bring products to market.

We’re building a better music industry one idea at a time. More info at:



About Knoxville Entrepreneur Center:  KEC is the front door for entrepreneurs starting a business in East Tennessee. KEC is committed to connecting Entrepreneurs with Mentors, Investors, and the Critical Resources they need to accelerate the launch of startup businesses.