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2017 'Stand Up for Your Startup' is a Success

This competitive pitch event marks Lexington’s seventh annual GEW pitch competition for early stage entrepreneurs and startups. Various teams presented for a chance to win prize money totaling $1,500, including the $1,000 Furst Award. Judges for the event included successful entrepreneurs, that scored the teams and selected the top prize winners: Tony Augilar, CEO of Student Loan Genius; Mark DeSalvo, certified public accountant with DeSalvo & Company; and Mike Tetterton, CEO of Creative Lodging Solutions. [ read more ]

Can tech from smart homes help run smarter farms? This company thinks so.

Nicholasville-based Smart Farm is part of the wave of companies rapidly changing farming through technology. Tom Martin talked with Smart Farm president and chief technology officer Bob Farinelli. [ read more ]

These Kentucky students are competing to start their own companies

The University of Kentucky has a whole college with classes devoted to business. But when it comes to starting your own company, or developing a new idea and taking a product to market, experience can be the best teacher. That’s why the Gatton College of Business and Economics’ Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship started the Entrepreneurs Bootcamp, an intense 14-week program that in most cases does not come with academic credit. [ read more ]

UK Team Among 13 SEC Squads Set to Pitch Product Ideas at Florida

The University of Kentucky and the other member institutions of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) certainly have placed an enhanced emphasis on creating environments that promote an entrepreneurial spirit in recent years. The SEC Student Pitch Competition builds on those kinds of efforts by giving undergraduate and graduate students from SEC universities a platform to present and develop their innovative product ideas. [ read more ]

UK, Lexington to Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 13-19

It all begins on Monday (Nov. 13) — the University of Kentucky, the city of Lexington and Lexington-based startup entrepreneurs, small businesses, investors and service providers will join in the worldwide celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017. A total of 15 events celebrating entrepreneurship will take place on campus and at venues throughout Lexington throughout the week of Nov. 13-19. The list of events includes educational content for startup entrepreneurs and small business leaders, networking opportunities, and a pitch completion — similar to Shark Tank. All events are open to the public and most events are free. [ read more ]

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