Welcome to the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ACEI)! We are a university-based resource for entrepreneurship across the region and the State of Tennessee.
The importance of entrepreneurship to our economy has never been more apparent than it is today. Over the past decade, there has been an average of 600,000 new businesses started per year in the United States. There are over 26 million small firms in America today that employ about half of all US workers. Employees in these firms produce 13 to 14 times more patents per employee than those in larger firms. A recent study indicated that over 400,000 people take at least one university course in entrepreneurship annually, and a recent survey of 447 UT business majors found that 57% wanted to be in business for themselves within the next 5 years.
Recent studies by the Kauffman Foundation highlight the importance of entrepreneurship and its impact on the economy. At UT, we couldn’t agree more, and that’s why we are striving to help increase innovation in the state of Tennessee.
What are our goals?
How do we do this?
Learn more about the ACEI:
Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation ~ 418 Haslam Business Building
Knoxville, TN ~ 37996-4140 ~ Phone: (865) 974-5126 ~ Email: ACEI@utk.edu
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 | 865-974-1000
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