SPARK and 5Across
February 24, 2017 - Women in Entrepreneurship
April 2017 - Pitch Competition
May 2017- Showcase
July 2017- GSE Pitch Competition
September 2017 - TBD
October 2017 - TBD
November 2017 - Celebration
Awesome Inc. @ 5 pm
February 22, 2017
April 26, 2017
June 28, 2017
August 30, 2017
October 25, 2017
Finals: December 6, 2017
SPARK Ignite Pitch Competition Student Teams
1st Place LGEC Track - Food Four Good
1st Place ISU Track - Welcome Home
SPARK Women In Entrepreneurship Panelists: Shelia Bayes, Sandra Marlowe, and Rebecca Wheeling.
SPARK Women In Entrepreneurship Rebecca Wheeling, CEO of Schedule it and moderator Connie Harvey.
Join us for the first event of 2017, at the Women in Entrepreneurship Luncheon!
Click here to register!
"What’s it worth to ya?" Panel
Keynote Speaker - Alejandro Cremades, Author of The Art of Startup Fundraising
Keynote Speaker - Alejandro Cremades
Join us for our Angel Investor and Entrepreneur Summit in October!
The Kentucky Angel Investor & Entrepreneur Summit, sponsored by SPARK and the Kentucky Angel Investors Network, will be an educational and networking event. This event is tailored to investors and entrepreneurs featuring presentations by trusted local service providers, investors and representatives of angel and VC groups from across Kentucky, and nationally renowned speaker and author (The Art of Startup Fundraising) Alejandro Cremades. Free book provided as part of registration fee.
To kick off the Summit, join us on Thursday, October 13th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Geeks Night Out. We will have an Open Mic Pitch Competition, and Alejandro Cremades, special guest and speaker for the SPARK Summit, will be hosting a book signing. Admission to Geeks Night Out is free. Location will be announced soon.
July 2016 SPARK Event
1st Place Winner - BarkoPolo
2nd Place Winner - MarGuard
May 25th SPARK Soiree & Bluegrass Showcase of Entrepreneurs and University Researchers
Research Winner - Kate Eddens
Company Winner - AnnuLox, LLC
Congratulations to our 2016 SPARK Ignite Pitch Competition Winners!
1st place winner of the SPARK Ignite Pitch Competition - RaceAssured!
2nd place winner of the SPARK Ignite Pitch Competition - Serandu Custom Boots!
SPARK Ignite Pitch Competition Judges Award - Food Four Good
Register to attend the event here!
Click here to access the pitch application!
Please submit your completed application to Warren Nash by COB April 7th.
February 5 Across Pitch Competition Winner - Race Assured
SPARK Open Coffee for Entrepreneurs
Panel of speakers at SPARK Open Coffee for Entrepeneurs "Lesson Learned" hosted at BroomWagon.
Congratulations to Race Assure on winning last night's 5 Across! Race Assure offers a new method to detect early injury in race horses (and potentially other types of horses).
2016 SPARK After Hours
February 4th, 2016
333 E. Short Street
Join us for SPARK AFTER HOURS, a networking event at Space Tango. This event will include a tour of Space Tango, a Lexington startup utilizing microgravity to discover, design and commercialize solutions on earth. It is amazing how organisms, diseases and cells can change when gravity is removed!
Come network and learn more about what’s happening in space!
2015 5Across Pitch Competition Finals
1st Place Winner: DonorCentric
2nd Place Winner: FinanceU
Lexington Venture Club unveiled its new brand and direction, “SPARK.” Watch our new video to learn more about the new direction of SPARK. We're excited for 2016!
2015 Lexington Venture Club Celebration
This award recognizes those companies, who reported on their annual survey that during July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, that their company raised $1M or more in funding from all sources (i.e. grants, equity etc.) and/or the company hired five or more full time employees.
The Harvey Award is a new recognition that will be given annually as a part of the Lexington's annual Entrepreneurial celebration. The recipient will be selected by the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership partners and will be awarded to an individual or organization that has made a major contribution to the support, success and sustainability of Lexington's entrepreneurial/small business community.
The inaugural recipient of this award, for which it is also named, is Dean Harvey.
Lexington Venture Club
Mariam Gorjian giving a brief description of the Univeristy of Kentucky's new Venture Studio!
Some of the Venture Studio particpants presenting their ideas to the September Lexington Venture Club attendees!
Please join us for our September Lexington Venture Club Meeting on September 16th!
July Lexington Venture Club
The 1st place winner of the GSE student pitch competition was Walk Easy. Walk Easy is a preventative method of care for patients with neuropathy that scans the bottom of the foot for any possible infections/abnormalities and sends a report of this to the patient’s doctor.
The 2nd place winner of the GSE student pitch competion was Slice Slide. Slice Slide is a modern cutting board that allows for easy transfer of cut food to tupperware or bags attached underneath.
The July Lexington Venture Club was our largest regular meeting ever, with over 100 attendees. Thank you for all who participated and made this event such a success!
Thank you to everyone who attended the Lexington Venture Club event, Startup to Success. 23 companies participated in the 2015 Bluegrass Showcase for Emerging Entrepreneurs. Each company set up a small exhibit to showcase their technologies and products. The winner of the showcase was Chrisman Mill Farms.
We were excited to host over 125 attendees at this event. We would like to thank our panelists, Alan Sutherland (Clark Material Handling), Drura Parrish (MakeTime) and Andrew Hunt (nGimat) for a great discussion about their entrepreneurial success and experiences.
We hope you can join us!!
Lexington Venture Club
Please click here to register!!
1st Place Winner of the 3rd Annual LVC Pitch Competition for Student Entrepreneurs – Red Natural
The Company is positioned to become a leading supplier of natural red food coloring replacing Red 40, a synthetic chemical widely used by the food and drink industry in gelatins, puddings, dairy products, confections, beverages, and condiments. Based on a discovery at the University of Kentucky of a new breed of sweet sorghum that produces red pigments in the leaves of the plant, this new, all natural, vegan, non-GMO, source is a direct substitute for Red 40 and much more economical to produce than other natural sources such as purple sweet potatoes and cochineal insect extract. Starbucks, Frito-Lay, and many other companies are rapidly joining the movement to natural food dyes.
2nd Place Winner of the 3rd Annual LVC Pitch Competition for
Student Entrepreneurs – FinanceU
The cost of receiving a higher education has never been higher. With $1.2 trillion of student debt, it is obvious that students do not have enough opportunities to subsidize the cost of college. The current method for awarding scholarships to deserving students is limited to objective criteria and fails to promote meaningful relationships between students and donors. FinanceU is a free, community-based platform that empowers any and all students to “build their own scholarship” through the process of crowdfunding.
January 2015 Luncheon
Ryan Feit, CEO and Co-Founder of SeedInvest presenting virtually to the Lexington Venture Club.
Warren Nash, University of Kentucky Von Allmen Center with presenters from Babylocity, LLC, MakeTime, WeStyle and Scante.
Please join us on January 14th at Hyatt Regency Lexington for our first Lexington Venture Club event of 2015! Click here to register!
Global Entrepreneurship Week Speaker Todd Henry, Accidental Creative
speaks at the Lyric Theatre.
Stand Up for Your Start-Up - Hearld Leader Article
LVC eAchiever Celebration
Commerce Lexington Board Chairman Ken Sagan of Stites & Harbison,
PLLC gave opening remarks at the Lexington Venture Club Celebration.
Warren Nash, University of Kentucky Von Allmen Center, and Gina
Greathouse, Commerce Lexington, reveal 2014 eAchiever figures.
2014 eAcheivers recognized at the Lexington Venture Club Celebration.
LVC eAchiever Celebration
Bluegrass Angels Launch Fund
Panel including Equinext, Gun Media Holdings,
Float, Seikowave, and Earthineer
Scante, winner of Bluegrass Angels Launch Fund
MFM One Solutions, winner of Bluegrass Angels Launch Fund
Laurie Daughtery, Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, introduces the
Governor's School of Entrepreneur teams.
First Place winners, ViviCharge
Julie Wilson, Story The Magazine
Joshua Slayton, AngeLlist
Lamar Wilson, Pheeva
Brittany Moneymaker and Matthew Long, Trifecta Cooking Equipment
Seth McBee, winning pitch - Seke
NOVEMBER, 2013 CELEBRATION
The Lexington Venture Club recognized the first recipients of the Lexington eAchievers award for excellence in entrepreneurship during the November Celebration of Entrepreneurship. Twenty-five start-up companies in the Bluegrass region were honored with the award for receiving at least $1 million dollars in funding and/or creating five new jobs in Fiscal Year 2013. Together, these companies raised over $25 million dollars in capital funds, created 89 new jobs, and have a combined average annual wage of over $60,000. See the list of companies here.
Lexington Venture Club News & Notes