Events are a great way for entrepreneurs to learn, build their networks and have a little fun. The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship hosts ongoing activities that encourage and educate entrepreneurs seeking real-world advice, funding opportunities, and developing a start-up. Here are a few opportunities for entrepreneurs to get involved:

Kentucky Innovation Network Pitch Competition

Do you have the best business plan idea in Kentucky? Register for the second annual entrepreneur pitch competition to earn the opportunity to pitch your business idea to local angel investors. Winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to present their business plans to the entire Kentucky Angel Investors Network (Kentucky Angels) in November. kyinnovation.com/pitch/


SPARK is the premier networking event in Central Kentucky for entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship and Commerce Lexington co-lauched SPARK in 2015. Click here to get involved in SPARK events.

UK Venture Challenge

University of Kentucky students show off their innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and get real world experience by competing in UK Venture Challenge. Undergraduate and graduate teams develop their ideas into potential startup ventures, prepare a written proposal, and pitch their venture to judges from the local entrepreneurial community. To get involved, or learn more visit their website.

Idea State U

Kentucky’s statewide business plan competition is designed to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship by rewarding student teams from the Commonwealth’s colleges and universities. Winning teams will be those judged as having the best new business concepts and business plans for proposed new ventures. The contest is open to a wide-range of products, services or charitable activities a proposed for-profit or non-profit venture would offer. To get involved, or learn more, visit their website at ideastateu.com.