Von Allmen Center Recruiting for Fall 2018 Entrepreneurs Bootcamp

The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship (VACE), part of the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, is preparing for the next edition of its popular Entreprenuers Bootcamp. An information and recruitment session for fall 2018 will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 23, in Woodward Hall, Room 307 in the Gatton College building. The event is free and open to the public. Pizza will be provided. [ read more ]

UK Center Issues Report Showing Education Important to Kentucky's Economic Future

Identifying education as the most important factor affecting Kentucky’s economic future, the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) — the applied economic research branch of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky — released its 46th Kentucky Annual Economic Report today. [ read more ]

UK Students Continue to Demonstrate Their Entrepreneurial Spirit

Recently, two teams of UK students, Team Fluxomics, from the Markey Cancer Center and the College of Medicine, and Team Sustainable Products, from the College of Engineering, represented the university at the Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge held at the University of Louisville. These teams are a part of the Bootcamp program in UK’s Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship (VACE), housed within the Gatton College of Business and Economics. [ read more ]

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

May 11

Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest tour visits KY

America Online co-founder Steve Case must like Louisville, because he's bringing his Rise of the Rest tour back to town. After moving on from AOL, Case co-founded Revolution LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based venture-capital firm where he is chairman and CEO.