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 ]

UK Venture Studio's 2nd Entrepreneurship Hour Focuses on Local Game Development

The UK Venture Studio, which is a part of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, will be hosting its second Entrepreneurship Hour and Game Demo Day during Lexington's 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Week. This event is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, and is being cosponsored by the UK Department of Computer Science. The session, to be held in Room 299 of the new Gatton building, will feature a panel of local game development companies discussing the growing independent game development industry in the region, as well as some of the games that their respective companies are currently developing. [ read more ]

Friday the 13th game hits Kickstarter goal days before campaign ends

Gun Media’s Kickstarter campaign for Friday the 13th: The Game successfully hit its funding goal of $700,000 with only a few days to go before the campaign concludes on, naturally, Friday, Nov. 13. The game takes a unique approach to its set-up, where the gist is that seven players assuming the roles of camp counselors face off against one player taking charge of Jason in an effort to survive the night. But there’s more to the general idea than that — success isn’t dependent on all of the players surviving the night. If you’re a counselor, winning simply requires your survival. So counselors will have to determine how and when to team up, knowing betrayal could lie around every tree in the forest. [ read more ]

New workshop offers tools, space for entrepreneurs and tinkerers

People who like to make things often share a common problem: They never have enough tools or a big enough workshop. Kre8Now Makerspace, which has its grand opening 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 903 Manchester Street, has a solution. [ read more ]

Upcoming Events

Feb 3

Evening seminar with local investor discussing qualifications for a good investment

Speaker: Warren Nash, Acting Director of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship & Lexington Office Innovation Network Director

Feb 5-7

Georgia Bowl Competition Day in Atlanta


Feb 10

Bench to Business Seminar

A researcher will discuss the process of taking a project from the lab bench and turning it into a successful business. Co-hosted with the ABT Club.

Feb 15

Evening with the Student Sharks! Learn about Bootcamp and how they became "sharks."

Speakers: Liz Marcinkowski, Hanna Nguyen, Conner Verteramo, Jarrod Williams

Feb 24

Bench to Business seminar: a researcher will discuss the process of taking a project from the lab bench and turning it into a successful business. Co-hosted with the ABT Club.

Speaker: Dr. Bruce Webb, Prof. of Molecular Genetics and Founder of Paratechs

Feb 26

Lunch with the Small Business Development Center and a local business owner discussing the process of developing and growing a small business in Lexington

Speaker: Fausto Sarmiento, Small Business Development Center Consultant

Apr 22-23

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