2021 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:

“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. AUBO Robotics

aubo robotics

Founded: 2013

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“AUBO Robotics manufacture lightweight collaborative robots (Co-bot). Founded in 2013 as Smokie Robotics had a name change in 2016 to AUBO Robotics. The company was developed in collaboration between three Phd professors from USA and China, to make a lightweight intelligent collaborative robot. This robot arm was specially designed with important functions from the start, combining state of the art technology with user friendliness to make this collaborative robot (Co-bot). The open source architecture enables the robot operating system (ROS) to be supported though API for industrial, research and academia use. AUBO-i5 robot uses the CAN Bus network to communicate between harmonic drives this offers un-parallel versatility to configure this robot from 3 to 7 DOF.”

3. SmartRIA


Founded: 2016

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Knoxville

“SmartRIA is a powerful, easy-to-use 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.

Even better, SmartRIA is mobile-friendly, allowing you to use its wide variety of features whether you’re at home, on the road, or at lunch meeting. Anywhere you’ve got Wi-Fi, you’ve got access.”