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Applications for 11th annual Venture Sharks business pitch competition being accepted until March 20

Venture Connectors has announced that applications for its 11th annual Venture Sharks business pitch competition are now open. Early-stage companies and entrepreneurs are invited to compete for a $5,000 cash prize and thousands of dollars of in-kind services. Venture Connectors has partnered with Open i Advisors for operational management of the competition this year. Venture Sharks has awarded more...

Venture Connectors announces 10th annual Venture Sharks semifinalists; preliminary round April 17

Venture Connectors has chosen nine semifinalists to compete in the preliminary round of its 10th annual Venture Sharks business competition on Wednesday, April 17, at Saints Pizza Pub & SkyBar, 131 Breckinridge Lane. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and pitches begin at 5 p.m. During the event, all nine entrepreneurs will present their business plans to a panel of savvy investor sharks fishing for the...

Venture Connectors to host A Southern Drawl blogger Grace Wainwright at June 6 luncheon

Fashion, fitness and travel blogger Grace Wainwright will share the story behind her success as a social influencer June 6 in Louisville. Grace Wainwright Wainwright, whose reach now includes more than 174,000 followers on Instagram, will be the featured speaker and Venture Connectors’ June luncheon. Venture Connectors’ monthly luncheons are held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Muhammad...

Venture Connectors names Innovative Therapeutix winner of 2018 Venture Sharks competition

Venture Connectors has named Innovative Therapeutix Inc. the winner of its 9th annual Venture Sharks™ business competition. Innovative Therapeutix is the developer of LullaFeed, a feeding device for infants that uses music reinforcement. The final round of competition was held May 2, where five entrepreneurs seeking funding for their business plans faced off with a panel of savvy investor sharks...

Venture Connectors announces 2018 Venture Sharks finalists; $30K in cash and services up for grabs

Venture Connectors has selected four startups to compete in the final round of its 9th annual Venture Sharks™ business competition on Wednesday, May 2. Entrepreneurs seeking funding for their business plans will fend for themselves against a panel of savvy investor sharks fishing for the next great deal. The final round will be held during the monthly Venture Connectors’ luncheon meeting at the...

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....

Venture Connectors accepting applications for 2018 Venture Sharks business competition

Venture Connectors has announced that applications for its ninth annual Venture Sharks business competition are now open. Early-stage companies and entrepreneurs are invited to compete for more than $10,000 — roughly $5,000 in cash and the rest in professional services — provided by the competition’s sponsors. This year’s title sponsor is the Vogt Invention and Innovation Fund and in-kind sponsor...