UK, Gatton Students in Major Entrepreneurial Competitions

Students from the University of Kentucky's MBA and undergraduate programs will be competing in several major intercollegiate entrepreneurial and business plan competitions over the next few weeks. [ read more ]

Student Entrepreneurs Pitch Ideas at UK Venture Challenge

Congratulations to Mark Manczyk, Phillip Gordon, and the team of Michael Lewis and TJ Barnett for taking home the top three awards at the UK Venture Challenge; held on Feb. 28, at the William T. Young Library UKAA Auditorium. [ read more ]

UK MBA Team 'Red Natural' Reaches Finals in 2015 Georgia Bowl Competition

The Georgia Bowl® is a competition among teams of MBA students from leading colleges and universities throughout the Southeast based on ideas for new businesses that these teams have developed during the preceding year at their respective schools. [ read more ]

UK MBA Team 'AIRboost' Competes in 2015 B.F. Cardinal Challenge

The Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge represents a prestigious, global academic competition with real-world opportunities and experiences designed to stimulate and reward innovative thinking and entrepreneurial persistence. [ read more ]

VACE Wraps-up First Graduate Technology Commercialization Course

The Von Allmen Center recently completed its first ever Technology Commercialization course with team presentations in the Hilary J. Boone Center. [ read more ]

UK/CoD Students Partner with Gatton College for MBA Presentations

Students from the UK/CoD School of Architecture partnered with MBA students in the Gatton College of Business and Economics on business proposals for a variety of products and technologies. [ read more ]

Upcoming Events

April 21

Funding Opportunities
Explore funding opportunities for startup companies.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

127 Wethington Building, University of Kentucky

April 29

5 Across
Come see local entrepreneurs pitch their ideas!

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Awesome Inc., 348 East Main Street, 40507

May 19

Bench 2 Business
Come discuss NSF & NIH funding to accelerate research in the marketplace.

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

UK Boone Center, 40506

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