2020 Best Tech Startups in Knoxville

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Knoxville, Tennessee. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Lirio


Founded: 2016

Also honored in: 2019 Best Tech Startups in Knoxville

“Lirio applies the psychology of human behavior and the power of advanced machine learning to help healthcare and energy enterprises drive individuals toward positive behavior change at scale. Lirio delivers mass personalization by harnessing behavioral intelligence to surface the right message to the right person to drive the right action at the right time. To learn more about how Lirio helps close the engagement gap, drive action, and change consumer behavior, visit”

2. Survature


Founded: 2013

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Knoxville

“Every year companies run millions of surveys to inform strategic decisions. How do you know the information collected is the true picture?

Founded in 2013 and developed by expert Data Scientists, Psychologists, and Designers at the University of Tennessee – Survature’s unique platform and behind-the-scenes data science gives your organization an edge to gain insights into what your customers and employees really think. Whether you are getting feedback on a new workplace environment, a new product design, or customer experience – our tool will ensure you capture not just what a person says, but how they said it based on their behaviors.”

3. Smart RIA Ventures, LLC

Smart RIA Ventures, LLC

Founded: 2016

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Knoxville

“SmartRIA is a powerful, cloud-based software solution designed to meet the specialized needs of compliance consultants, investment advisors, and CCOs.

There’s no need to completely change the way you perform state and federal compliance tasks. SmartRIA simply lets you conduct your own processes more effectively – saving time and money, keeping you better organized, more productive, and able to form stronger client relationships – through one centralized platform.”