Nash Appointed Director of Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship

University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics Dean David W. Blackwell today announced the appointment of Warren O. Nash III as the new executive director of the college's Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship. [ read more ]

Entrepreneurial Pitch Competition Brings SPARK to UK

The University of Kentucky Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting the SPARK Ignite Pitch Competition for local residents that have an idea and/or technology/product in its early stages. Up to 10 companies/individuals from the Bluegrass region will be selected to make five-minute pitches about their concept to a panel of experienced judges. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners. [ read more ]

Venture Studio Bootcamp Team Wins at Georgia Tech!

A team of University of Kentucky students captured first place this past weekend at the Georgia Bowl intercollegiate entrepreneurship competition hosted by Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. [ read more ]

UK Venture Studio helps students turn ideas into businesses

Today’s undergraduates, confronted by a sluggish job market, are looking to universities to teach them how to turn their ideas into their own businesses or nonprofit ventures. [ read more ]

Two UK Venture Studio Bootcamp Teams Earn Top Awards

Two University of Kentucky (UK) teams with an equine focus recently earned top spots in their respective divisions during a local contest for startup pitches. [ read more ]

Lexington Venture Club Recognizes Entrepreneurs; Honors UK's Harvey

Lexington’s fifth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week kicked off Monday, Nov. 16, evening with the Lexington Venture Club (LVC) announcing that the Central Kentucky entrepreneurial community created 280 new jobs and raised $50.6 million in capital funds in Fiscal Year 2015. [ read more ]

Upcoming Events

May 25

SPARK Soiree & Bluegrass Showcase of Emerging Entrepreneurs and University Researchers

Join us for a unique networking experience showcasing regional startups and researchers from the University of Kentucky. See the area’s newest up-and-coming startups, and learn more about cutting edge research being conducted at the University of Kentucky.
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who we are

The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship conducts market research, commercialization assessment, provides assistance with business plans and marketing strategies, offers connections to vetted service providers, and access to federal, state and private funding sources including the federal SBIR-STTR programs and the state SBIR-STTR matching awards.

Von Allmen Center client services include:

Business Planning

  • Assess intellectual property/commercialization potential
  • Conduct market research and competitive analysis
  • Assist in business plan development and financial analysis


  • Provide ongoing management assistance
  • Refer to vetted service providers
  • Provide access to incubator space


  • Develop funding roadmap
  • Provide access to state and private funding resources
  • Guide investor presentation development