University of Kentucky pharmacy professor develops nasal spray to stop heroin and other opioid overdoses

A University of Kentucky pharmacy professor has developed a nasal spray to stop heroin and other opioid overdoses, and his invention has now been fast-tracked by the Food and Drug Administration. [ read more ]

Gun Media's Second Video Game Wins Award at Europe's Gamescom Event

Lexington-based video game developer Gun Media is getting recognition from a worldwide audience as it prepares to kick off the launch party for another latest interactive product. [ read more ]

'MosquitoMate' Develops From UK Entomology Research

Releasing mosquitoes into a backyard may not seem like a method for controlling the pests, but it's actually the idea behind the method of a new company that developed out of research conducted at the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. [ read more ]

UK Playing a Role in 'Pitch' Competitions

Imagine having five minutes to pitch your business idea to a group of investors who could make your dream come true. Sound like a reality show? It is reality, right here in Kentucky. And the University of Kentucky's Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, part of the Gatton College of Business and Economics, is playing a key role. [ read more ]

UK Alumnus, CTO of AngelList Here on May 14, 15

In efforts to expand the discussion connecting startups and investors, crowdfunding and fundraising, University of Kentucky alumnus and founding chief technology officer of AngelList, Joshua Slayton, will return to Lexington to speak at the Lexington Venture Club meeting May 14 and at an "Open Coffee" event May 15. AngelList is a San Francisco based startup that provides a platform that offers an online community and forum, as well as a platform where startups and investors can connect at [ read more ]

UK Team Earns Third Place in Alltech Competition

A team of students from the University of Kentucky brought home third place honors at the second annual Alltech Innovation Competition held this past weekend at the Newtown Pike campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). The event drew business venture ideas from eight Kentucky universities. [ read more ]

UK’s Top Student Entrepreneurs Compete at Idea State U

Three UK undergraduate and graduate student entrepreneur teams won a total $19,000 at the Cabinet for Economic Development’s Idea State U competition last weekend. [ read more ]

'UK at the Half' Features the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship [ Audio ]

The University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics' Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship is encouraging student's entrepreneurial thinking through competitions such as the Venture Challenge and the AllTech Innovation Competition. Warren Nash, Director of the Lexington office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, was the guest on March 16th's "UK at the Half," which aired during the UK vs. Florida game that was broadcast on radio. [ read more ]

Upcoming Events

Aug. 28

KY Angels Pitch Competition: Covington
"Hear pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs in your area"

5:00 pm

UpTech, 112 West Pike Street, 41011

Sept. 17

Lexington Venture Club
"Angel Investment in the Bluegrass"

11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Lexington, KY

Sept. 24

KY Angels Pitch Competition: Lexington
"Hear pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs in your area"

5:30 am

Commerce Lexington, 330 E. High St., 40507

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