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Startup competition to headline Louisville Global Entrepreneurship Week

$100,000 in funding on the line for top Louisville-area startup

Louisville, Ky. – EnterpriseCorp, the entrepreneurial arm of Greater Louisville Inc., along with the Kentucky Innovation Network is partnering for a week of events with a focus on Global Entrepreneurship that kicks off Monday, Nov. 16th.

The highlight of the week will be the 2015 Vogt Demo Day on Tuesday, November 17th. A dust-less saw with fewer accidents, greener plastics using bamboo, improved natural gas processing, faster and safer intubation procedures, and an on-demand nail polish and gel system that reduces salon waste are the 5 concepts to be presented to regional investors in a November 17th competition to conclude the Vogt Invention and Innovation Awards. The awards were created to help local manufacturing startups transform into viable and successful businesses in our region. The companies make their pitch for an award up to $100,000 in non-diluted grant funding—a startup opportunity with little comparison across the country.

The five finalists have already received a $20,000 development grant, received weekly 1:1 business coaching by the EnterpriseCorp staff, participated  in a 10-week Lean Start-Up course by Nucleus: Kentucky’s Life Sciences and Innovation Center, appointment of professional mentors selected for compatibility to the project, and prototype development resources through the University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering. This includes advanced software, additive manufacturing and 3D rapid prototyping, micro/nano technology and more. Winners also have access to GE’s, FirstBuild Microfactory, University of Louisville’s Rapid Prototyping Center and Micro/Nano Tech Center, LVL1 Hackerspace, and the Louisville Mini Maker Faire.

Louisville was designated one of eleven “Startup Cities”, along with Albuquerque, Austin, Cleveland, Dallas, Durham/Chapel Hill, Kansas City, Miami, San Juan, Tulsa, and Washington, DC for Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Global Entrepreneurship Week in Louisville is open to the entire community and features the following events:

Open Coffee: How to Work with Freelance Designers/Developers

Monday, November 16, 8:00-9:00am

iHub, 204 S Floyd St, Louisville, KY 40202

One of the most frequent requests from entrepreneurs is how to find freelance designers and developers for everything from creating a basic websites to their first MVP. Join a panel of freelance designers and developers who will help answer 1) When do to hire a designer vs a developer vs both? 2) Where to find freelancers? 3) What to expect in terms of timeline and cost? RSVP:  No registration required.


iHub Open Co-Working

Tuesday, November 17, 8:30am-4:00pm

iHub, 204 S Floyd St, Louisville, KY 40202

Entrepreneurs who have selected iHub as their office of choice for building their company. will gather for day of free co-working. EnterpriseCorp and Nucleus staff will be on site to answer questions. RSVP:  No registration required


Vogt Awards Demo Day

Tuesday, November 17, 5:30-7:30pm

The Pointe

Meet the five 2015 Vogt Award finalists, watch them present and find out who will be the overall Vogt Awards winner and awarded $100,000. Doors open at 5:30 PM, with presentations starting at 6 PM. RSVP: https://2015vogtdemoday.eventbrite.com


Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Dinner

Wednesday, November 18, 6:00-9:30pm

Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center

Honoring Kentucky’s most successful entrepreneurs including this year’s inductees:  George Garvin Brown-Brown-Forman (posthumously), Phil Greer-Greer Companies, Brad Kelley-Commonwealth Brands Tobacco, James Patterson-Long John Silver’s  and James Thornton-Thornton Oil Corporation.  Emerging entrepreneur inductees are:  Alex Frommeyer-Beam Technologies and Peter Tower-Magnolia Photo Booth. RSVP:  www.kyehof.eventbrite.com



Thursday, November 19, 5:30-7:30pm

Galaxie Bar, 732 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202

A celebration with our Startup Louisville community– a virtual hub of all things entrepreneurial in the Louisville region – events, accelerators, work space, funding, hardware & tech groups and connections in support of the innovators, entrepreneurs and startups driving Greater Louisville’s new economy, www.startuplouisville.com. RSVP:  No registration required