2014 Standup for Your Start-up Pitch Competition Application


First Awardees of Bluegrass Angel Launch Grant Fund Announced

MFM One Solutions and Scante, LLC   were the firstawardees of the Bluegrass Angels Launch 
Grant Fund! Each Company received an award of $4,000. [ read more ]

Gatton One-year MBA Debuts Entrepreneurial Elective

Intellectual property, innovation, venture capital, technology and commercialization -- all of these terms and many more will be a living, breathing part of students' lives in MBA 624, one of three new electives making its debut this year. [ read more ]

Entrepreneur Pitch Competition Coming to Lexington

Entrepreneurs will participate in a business pitch competition in Lexington. Similar to the hit TV show "Shark Tank," participants will have seven minutes to present their business idea to a group of potential angel investors, individuals who provide capital for startup companies. [ read more ]

Lexington Venture Club Sponsored Event: Todd Henry "How To Become Brilliant at a Moment's Notice"

Can you improve your odds of having great ideas when you need them most? Yes!
[ 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 www.angel.co. [ 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 ]

Upcoming Events

Oct. 29

Hear pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs in your area

5:00 pm

Awesome Inc, 348 E. Main St. Lexington, KY

Nov. 17

Global Entrepreneurship Kick Off
A variety of local leaders will officially kickoff the week and announce several new companies relocating to the Lexington area

10:00 am

Commerce Lexington, 330 E. Main St. Lexington, KY

Nov. 18

Geeks Night Out
Come network with the In2Lex group during the next Geeks Night Out presented by UK's Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship

5:00 pm

Natasha's Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplande Alley, Lexington, KY

Nov. 19

Venture Club's Entrepreneurial Celebration
Come join fellow entrepreneurs, investors and other supporters of the entrepreneurial community, as we recognize and celebrate the region's startup community

5:00 pm

Grand Reserve, 903 Manchester St. #190, Lexington, KY

Nov. 20

GEW Keynote Speaker – Todd Henry
The Lexington Venture Club is hosting Todd Henry, author of the Accidental Creative and Die Empty, as the keynote speaker of the week as he gives his presentation entitled "How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice,"

3:30 pm

Lyric Theatre, 300 E. 3rd St. Lexington, KY

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