News

2nd Place at 2018 Cardinal Challenge

The Sustainable Products team won 2nd place in the 2018 Louisville Cardinal Challenge. The University of Kentucky was well represented at the 2018 Cardinal Challenge, sending two teams: Team Fluxomics (represented by Markey Cancer Center and the College of Medicine) the and Team Sustainable Products (represented by the College of Engineering) competed on Feb. 16, 2018. Team Sustainable Products won 2nd place and $1,000 in the Fast Pitch competition of the event.

VACE Client in the National News

A company called MosquitoMate, formed to commercialize research done at the University of Kentucky, breeds mosquitoes to help fight a bacteria carrying mosquitoes in the Miami area. [ read more ]

UK Bootcamp Team Member Headed to Innovation Competition in Chicago

The Clean Energy Trust announced eight of the most innovative and promising student-led cleantech companies in the Midwest as finalists for the Cleantech University Prize (UP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. OptiMol Enzymes is represented by doctoral candidate Corey Brizzee, from the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry in the UK College of Medicine. The other team members in support of Brizzee are chemical engineering doctoral candidate Ishan Fursule and chemical engineering senior Patrick Ryan. [ read more ]

2018 Idea State U Competition Guidelines

The Kentucky “Idea State U” Business Plan Competition is designed to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship by engaging students from Kentucky’s postsecondary colleges and universities and providing an opportunity to develop and pursue their business ideas. The Competition will reward business models and plans that are judged by an independent panel as most innovative, complete and most likely to result in successful ventures that would create new jobs for Kentuckians. [ read more ]

Lunch and Learn – “What’s It All About? Working for a Tech StartUp”

The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship (VACE) is hosting it’s first lunch and learn of the 2018 Spring semester in Woodward Hall (Room 307 of the Gatton College). This VACE lunch and learn will feature a panel of current UK Gatton College students, and one recent graduate of the College of Communications ,who will talk about their individual journeys and taking a “leap of faith” to work for one of Lexington’s up and coming tech startups: Foojiy. [ read more ]

It’s not just for hippos. Lexington software firm helps vets manage their business.

Mount Sterling native and University of Kentucky graduate Sam Razor is a co-founder of Hippo Manager, a Lexington-based software company for the veterinary industry. Razor and his company have secured funding from the top three venture capital investment companies in Central Kentucky. [ read more ]

UK Celebrates Fall Entrepreneurs Bootcamp Graduation, Winners

This is the third graduating class of the Bootcamp program, with 60 graduates enduring and successfully completing the semester-long journey for no academic credit in hopes of discovering the true viability of their business ideas. [ read more ]

How Technology-Based Start-Ups Support U.S. Economic Growth

TThe number of technology-based start-ups surged 47 percent in the last decade. These firms still account for a relatively small share of all businesses, but they have an outsized impact on economic growth, because they provide better-paying, longer-lasting jobs than other start-ups, and they contribute more to innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. [ read more ]

Upcoming Events

Feb 28

5 Across. 5 teams, 5-minute pitch

5 Across is an informal gathering of entrepreneurs, investors and service providers from Lexington and Ashland KY. Each Five Across meeting features presentations from local entrepreneurs who pitch their idea to a panel of local judges.

Mar 14

SPARK After Hours