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 ]

Amazon Best Seller, Alex Genadinik, Provides Free Business Planning Resources to The University of Kentucky

I realize that it isn't easy being a student. In addition to all other challenges, students don't have much money to afford extra training or resources. [ read more ]

Fluent wins BAFT Solutions Showcase at the 26th Annual Conference on International Trade beating IBM and other tech providers

Fintech company Fluent, the financial operating network for global trade, wins the BAFT Solutions Showcase focused on solving major problems in international trade. Fluent competed with IBM, Newgen Software, and LiquidX/Broadridge Financial in front of a panel of expert judges, earning opportunities to present at future International Trade Conferences. [ read more ]

Lexington drug manufacturer undergoing $25 million expansion at Coldstream

Lonny White is chief operations officer at Piramal Pharma Solutions Inc.-Lexington, formerly known as Coldstream Laboratories. The company, part of an international conglomerate, provides sterile drug product development and manufacturing services. [ read more ]

SPARK Summit - October 2016 Highlights with Alejandro Cremades

The members of Kentucky’s “entrepreneurial ecosystem”— investors, company founders, and government policy makers — need increased education to work better, said a nationally known venture capitalist (VC) and author at The Kentucky Angel Investor & Entrepreneur Summit held last Friday. [ read more ]

Including the University of Kentucky, there are 10 universities and colleges within 40 miles of Lexington, as well as an additional five professional and technical colleges

Site Selection magazine named Lexington No. 8 on its list of top U.S. cities with the best business climate and Fourth Economy, a national economic development consulting firm, ranked Lexington the No. 1 midsize community to attract modern investment and managed economic growth. Forbes put Lexington as No. 7 on its list of best mid-sized cities for jobs in 2015. [ read more ]

Local Lexington StartUp, MakeTime, Raises $8M Dollars

MakeTime, the manufacturing platform that monetizes machine capacity, today announced that it has secured an additional $8 million in funding led by Boulder-based Foundry Group with follow-on participation from Almaz Capital and Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation (KSTC). The company will use this investment to scale their ability to automate how things get made. [ read more ]

Lexington Gaming Company, Frogdice, Debuts new game 'STASH' Role Playing Game

If you're an MMO fan who hasn't heard of Stash RPG: No Loot Left Behind before, you might just want to check it out. The latest project from Frogdice -- creators of such games as Tower of Elements and Threshold RPG, Stash is a turn-based, tactical grid combat MMO with a unique table-top style and truly interesting social and housing systems. [ read more ]

Signal Solutions LLC is a private technology company creating both software and hardware applications to perform various digital signal processing tasks

A company founded by two University of Kentucky professors, Signal Solutions LLC, has successfully created a complete system for collecting and analyzing sleep/wake data in laboratory rodents. [ read more ]

Upcoming Events

Nov 15

A New Roadmap: University of Kentucky IP, Technology Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship

Presentations by Ian McClure & Katherine Adams Open Mic Pitch Competition for UK Researchers

Nov 15

Funding your High-Tech Startup

Panelists discuss SBIR/STTR great programs and Investing 101 for High-Tech Startup Companies

Nov 15

Beer & BMC

Business Model Canvas presentation by Christine Wildes, KY Innovation Network

Nov 16

Real Artists Ship

This session will explore prototyping and the transition from prototype to a robust, reliable, market-ready product

Nov 16

Getting Your Food Product To Market

A Conversation with Local Food Entrepreneurs

Nov 17

Understanding Your Business Opportunity

Leveraging customer discovery and pro forma financial models to drive business development

Nov 17

Lunch and Learn #3

"How to Write a Business Plan" with Business planning made Simple!

Nov 18

Startup Weekend LEX

A 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation at this 3-day weekend event

Nov 18

Let’s Talk Small Biz – Accounting

Jim Mike Williams, CPA will discuss Accounting basics for entrepreneurs and small business owners

Nov 18

Mobile App Marketing and Monetization

Open Coffee with author, Alex Genadinik, of "Mobile App Marketing and Monetization"

Nov 18

2016 Stand-Up for Your Start-Up Pitch Competition

Twelve to fourteen companies/individuals from the Bluegrass Region will be selected to make five minute pitches about their idea and/or technology/product to a panel of experienced judges.