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 ]

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

Jan 30


Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero application deadline for Federal due dates starting April 2017

Feb 24

SPARK: Women in Entrepreneurship Luncheon

Spring 2017

Spring 2017 Business Plan Competitions

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Spring 2017

Spring 2017 Lunch & Learn Series

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Spring 2017

Spring 2017 Workshops

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