UK, Lexington set to celebrate business innovation during Global Entrpreneurship Week Nov. 13-19

By Eric Hartman and Carl Nathe Special to KyForward It all begins on Monday — the University of Kentucky, the city of Lexington and Lexington-based startup entrepreneurs, small businesses, investors and service providers will join in the worldwide celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017. A total of 15 events celebrating entrepreneurship will take place on campus and at venues throughout...

Wisdom Tree Technologies awarded contracts to support Kentucky Air National Guard, U.S. Army

Wisdom Tree Technologies LLC (WTT) has been awarded a contract with the Kentucky Air National Guard (KYANG) in Louisville to provide operational management support to the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron (STS). WTT’s work with the 123rd STS will see the company take on the role of coordinating the missions and activities of the 123rd across the Continental United States, requiring a wide knowledge...

On heels of success of UK Venture Studio, another event for entrepreneurs, researchers set for May 25

Close on the heels of another successful semester inside the University of Kentucky Venture Studio, UK’s Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship (VACE) & Lexington office of the Kentucky Innovation Network is hosting another exciting gathering for entrepreneurs and researchers Thursday, May 25. As a part of the ongoing SPARK networking series, the Soiree and Bluegrass Showcase of Emerging...

Princeton Review rates Eastern Kentucky University’s game design program 47th in international survey

At a time of “great growth” in the game industry in Kentucky and beyond, Eastern Kentucky University’s game design program ranks 47th internationally, according to The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review determined its rankings based on a survey it conducted in 2016 of 150 institutions offering game design coursework and/or degrees in the United States, Canada, and other countries. The 40-question...

Entrepreneur Hartman tackling new role as Gatton College Innovation Office director

Eric Hartman, a man with more than 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur himself, is now working full time to help others realize their dreams of turning innovative ideas into profitable businesses. Hartman, who earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, recently took over as director of the Lexington Office of the Kentucky...

Deadline for exhibitors for Soiree and Bluegrass Emerging Entrepreneurs Showcase nearing

If you or your organization is interested in being an exhibitor at the Soirée and Bluegrass Showcase of Emerging Entrepreneurs and University Researchers (SPARK) on Wednesday, May 25, the time to take action is now. The exhibitor application deadline is Thursday, May 12. Click here for the exhibitor application. The Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network and the Von Allmen Center for...

Idea State U competition awards U of L ‘MoveMe’ mobile app top prize of $25,000 during finals

Developers of an app to help people find workout partners and inventors of a waterproof swimwear liner for women each took first place in their categories this weekend during the ninth annual Idea State U finals held in Lexington. The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s Office of Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Kentucky Innovation Network, sponsor and organize Idea State U, a statewide...

UK Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, Kentucky Innovation Network offer sessions

The University of Kentucky Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship and the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network will be hosting two more events for budding entrepreneurs this February that are open to UK students, faculty and staff. Want to learn more about how an idea in a lab becomes a product on the market? Bruce Webb, founder of Paratechs Lab and UK professor of virology and molecular...

Lexington’s TriBlue Engineering takes first place in statewide pitch competition finals

TriBlue Engineering, a Lexington-based startup that developed an efficient system to clean low-quality natural gas, won first place and a $5,000 prize during the statewide finals of the Kentucky Innovation Network Pitch Competition. The competition was part of the annual Kentucky Angel Investors Summit in Louisville. Joseph Alexander, TriBlue founder and president, explained how his system filters...

Global Entrepreneurship Week in NKy/Greater Cincinnati connects visionaries with possibilities

By Hannah Purnell Special to KyForward Say you’re an entrepreneur with a million-dollar idea. Maybe you’ve even secured funding to get started, or perhaps your small shop is already up and running at an unexpected pace, prompting you to wonder about the next step. That’s often the biggest question for startups, regardless of where they are in the process. For a long time, the pathway to small...

Cooler Commander is final winner in Kentucky Innovation Network’s regional pitch competition

Cooler Commander, the latest winner of a Kentucky Innovation Network regional pitch competition, makes life a little easier for adventure seekers and outdoors enthusiasts. The Paducah company’s product received the $1,000 top prize at a pitch competition in Paducah and an invitation to pitch to the Kentucky Angel Investors Network in Louisville in December. Cooler Commander is a tie-down apparatus...

‘Rebuilding West Liberty’ effort a model for entire country; to be featured on PBS show

‘Rebuilding West Liberty Kentucky’ is a Clinton Global Initiative America Commitment to Action that’s rebuilding a small town in coal country devastated by a 2012 tornado as a national model for sustainability. (Photo from Fahe)   In March 2012, the small community of West Liberty was nearly destroyed by a monstrous tornado. Seven lives were lost, 400 homes demolished, $50 million...

Models of Success: GSE's young innovators learn how to turn business ideas into reality

The 2015 Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (All photos provided)   By Brandon Mattingly Special to KyForward   Some day, you may be able to purchase a Walk Easy, Slice Slide or Cord Keeper at one of your local stores, and if you do you’ll have a group of Kentucky high school students to thank.   Those are just a few of the innovative products created by students at this year’s...

Models of Success: GSE’s young innovators learn how to turn business ideas into reality

The 2015 Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (All photos provided)   By Brandon Mattingly Special to KyForward   Some day, you may be able to purchase a Walk Easy, Slice Slide or Cord Keeper at one of your local stores, and if you do you’ll have a group of Kentucky high school students to thank.   Those are just a few of the innovative products created by students at this year’s...

Johnathan Gay: New generation of Kentucky entrepreneurs filling big shoes quite well

  Where Col. Harland Sanders and ‘Papa John’ Schnatter changed the food industry, entrepreneur Dustin Grutza and Craftforce are changing the way people share/locate job information. (Photo from Craftforce.com)   A new generation of entrepreneurs is following in the footsteps of well-known Kentuckians such as Col. Harland Sanders and “Papa John” Schnatter. Where those Kentucky...

Lexington’s TriBlue Engineering wins pitch competition, gets funds to take idea to market

    A Lexington company’s design for a new unit to process natural gas has earned that company additional funds to take the idea to market.   TriBlue Engineering won first place at the Kentucky Innovation Network’s entrepreneur pitch competition in Lexington. The company presented its concept to a panel of local judges and received a cash prize and the opportunity to present to...

Johnathan Gay: New life, fresh beginnings, renewed optimism in Eastern Kentucky

  Springtime is a season for green-shoots: new life, fresh beginnings, renewed optimism. This spring, the same might be said for the economy in Eastern Kentucky. That’s because spring has brought plenty of signs that a new economy may be growing in the region.   It started in late March, not long after the historic snow had melted. That was the month the Kentucky Innovation Network held...

Johnathan Gay: Morehead's space science presence propelling Appalachia, state forward

Could the key to curing cancer, finding traces of water on the moon or developing the next wave of communication originate in Appalachia?   I’ve mentioned in previous columns that Morehead’s space science presence is making waves throughout the country. Talking about the possibilities of this industry is great, but what about its practical application? How can the technology being developed...

Johnathan Gay: Morehead’s space science presence propelling Appalachia, state forward

Could the key to curing cancer, finding traces of water on the moon or developing the next wave of communication originate in Appalachia?   I’ve mentioned in previous columns that Morehead’s space science presence is making waves throughout the country. Talking about the possibilities of this industry is great, but what about its practical application? How can the technology being developed...

The Power of the Network: New program helps entrepreneurs who need legal advice

The Kentucky Innovation Network has volunteer attorneys who proved small business owner with needed legal advice – for free. (Photo from Creative Commons)   By Rachel Gilliam KyForward correspondent   Entrepreneurs across the state now have a new resource to help them succeed.   A program from the Kentucky Innovation Network brings together attorneys who are willing to provide...