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Prodigy Biosciences wins grand prize in 10th annual Venture Sharks business competition

Venture Connectors has named Prodigy Biosciences the winner of its 10th annual Venture Sharks business competition. Prodigy is developing a rapid tableside food testing device that will specifically detect traces of peanuts in food samples. The final round of competition was held May 1, where four entrepreneurs seeking funding for their business plans faced off with a panel of savvy investor sharks...

Applications now being accepted for 10th annual Venture Sharks business pitch competition

Venture Connectors has announced that applications for its 10th annual Venture Sharks business competition are now open. Early-stage companies and entrepreneurs are invited to compete for a $5,000 cash prize, one year of startup coaching and thousands of dollars of in-kind services, provided by the competition’s sponsors. Vogt Invention & Innovation Fund returns this year as the competition’s...

Venture Connectors announces 2018 Venture Sharks semifinalists; preliminary round set for April 9

Venture Connectors has chosen eight semifinalists to compete in the preliminary round of its 9th annual Venture Sharks business competition on Monday, April 9, at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. Doors open at 5 p.m., and pitches begin at 5:30 p.m. During the event, all eight entrepreneurs will present their business plans to a panel of savvy investor sharks fishing for the next great deal....

‘Stache Tank’ yields bright ideas from Bryan Station, Crawford Middle, Brown Elementary students

An Opening Night event plan and hype video, a new specialty food item, and a promotional giveaway for fans will be part of the Lexington Legends’ 2017 season, thanks to the second annual “Stache Tank.” Students from Bryan Station High School, Crawford Middle School, and William Wells Brown Elementary competed this year. Stache Tank is based on the television show “Shark Tank,” in which...

Legends hosting another round of ‘Stache Tank’ competition for area students in January

Stache Tank is back. The Lexington Legends are holding another round of Stache Tank competition, as students on the elementary, middle school and high school levels compete on a variety of project designs connected to Legends baseball at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Stache Tank follows a format similar to the popular television program “Shark Tank,” in which entrepreneurs present their ideas to a panel...

Grilled cheese, tomato soup restaurateurs turn Tom+Chee in Newport into flagship

(Photo from Tom+Chee)   Staff report   From guys selling grilled cheese and tomato soup on Fountain Square in Cincinnati to ABC’s Shark Tank to Lexington, Louisville and now Newport, Corey Ward and Trew Quackenbush have taken their restaurant concept all over but settled on Newport-on-the-Levee as their flagship location.   The Newport-on-the-Levee restaurant will be the location...