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UK Student Entrepreneurs Working Hard and Succeeding

University of Kentucky student entrepreneurs, fresh off of several recent successes, are working hard to build upon that momentum as they prepare for more competitions against students from other schools across Kentucky. [ read more ]

Interiors and Finance and Accounting Student Team Wins UK Venture Challenge

Interiors graduate student Marissa Wilson and finance and accounting December graduate Omer Tariq won the University of Kentucky Venture Challenge with their idea for i-Remember, a website and app to help connect, communicate and form personal relationships with people who have memory problems. They will share $1,500 in scholarship prize money and will represent UK at the state competition in April. [ read more ]

UK Venture Studio to Host 'Hands-on' Prototyping Workshop Feb. 13

The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, part of the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics, will host a hands-on prototyping workshop at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the UK Venture Studio, located in room 124 of the Gatton College building. The event will feature three guest speakers: Todd Hastings from the UK College of Engineering, Doug Clarke from Kre8Now Makerspace in Lexington, and Marissa Wilson from the UK College of Design. [ read more ]

2017 UK Venture Challenge is Open!

Registration is open for this year’s University of Kentucky Venture Challenge, the university-wide competition for student entrepreneurs. The challenge will take place Saturday, Feb. 18, at the William T. Young Library's UK Athletics Auditorium. [ read more ]

Entrepreneurs Celebrated at 2016 UK Venture Studio Bootcamp Graduation

The University of Kentucky’s Venture Studio Entrepreneurs Bootcamp program recently graduated 42 participants from various colleges across campus and the Lexington community. [ read more ]

SPARK Recognizes Entrepreneurial Community for Creating 307 Jobs, Raising Over $65 Million

As part of Lexington’s sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week, SPARK, a Bluegrass Business Development Partnership (BBDP) initiative, held its annual Entrepreneurial Celebration Thursday, Nov. 17, and announced that the Central Kentucky entrepreneurial community created 307 new jobs and raised $65.3 million in capital funds in Fiscal Year 2016. [ read more ]

Lexington celebrates global entrepreneurship with weeklong schedule of events

Lexington again is celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week, from Nov. 14-20, with a host of events scheduled to recognize the strength of the local entrepreneurial community and empower those who are launching or considering their own entrepreneurial endeavors. [ read more ]

Upcoming Events

Apr 18

Lunch & Learn: Kristina Montague

Kristina Montague is Founder of The Jump Fund. In an attempt to answer the challenging question of "where are the women?", the JumpFund provides the capital to create an opportunity for women in Chattanooga and the Southeast to bring their strengths to the table.

Apr 21

Vector Conference

EKU, Richmond, KY

Apr 22

Vector Conference

EKU, Richmond, KY

Apr 26

5 Across

Lexington’s premier startup pitch competition

Apr 29

Lt Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge - Finals

Lexington’s premier startup pitch competition

May 3

Lunch & Learn: Bryce Butler

Bryce Butler is an Adjunct Instructor in the Gatton College of Business & Economics at the University of Kentucky teaching an Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship course.

May 10

Bench-2-Business: Global Best Practices in Technology Transfer

Our guest speaker is Paul Stewart of PASCO Ventures, LLC. Paul will talk about Bench-2-Business models and how to develop strategies to implement licensing. This event will be very educational and insight for those who seek to learn more about taking early stage ideas and/or lab-related studies into the marketplace.

May 15

National SBIR Conference

Washington, DC