News

UK Venture Studio offers real-world start-up lessons for would-be entrepreneurs

Aspiring entrepreneurs at the University of Kentucky will have a new launchpad for learning the basics of business start-ups with the opening of the UK Venture Studio. [ read more ]

What's Next: Engineering Better Drug Delivery

Tom Dziubla, Gill Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky, studies antioxidant polymers, working to answer the question, "Can we take a material and develop it from things that are antioxidant and turn it into a biocompatible material?" [ read more ]

Super Soul wins Gold Prize in 2015 Oculus VR Jam

Super Soul­­a video game development company based in Lexington, Kentucky­­announced their Gold Prize in the the Oculus VRJam 2015. Oculus, virtual reality company recently acquired by Facebook, announced the winners on June 4th on their official blog. With the prestigious Gold Prize comes a prize package of $100,000 dollars, which Super Soul will use to complete their Virtual Reality game Daydream Blue and bring it to market. [ read more ]

Doubling Down on a Good Thing: The National Science Foundation's I-Corps Lite

The Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are startup seed funds created by Congress to encourage U.S. small businesses to turn Government-funded research into commercial businesses. Eleven U.S. agencies participate in the SBIR/STTR program, with DOD, HHS (NIH), NSF, DOE, and NASA offering the majority of funding opportunities. [ 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 ]

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 ]

Upcoming Events

Aug 18

2nd Annual Kentucky Innovation Network Pitch Competition - London

Come learn about the Kentucky Angel Network and hear pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs from Central Kentucky Region. The winner will receive prize money of $1,000 and qualify to participate in the statewide finals to be held in November.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

KHIC Center, 440 Old Whitley Road, London, KY 40744

Sept 10

2nd Annual Kentucky Innovation Network Pitch Competition - Pikeville

Come learn about the Kentucky Angel Network and hear pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs from Central Kentucky Region. The winner will receive prize money of $1,000 and qualify to participate in the statewide finals to be held in November.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

College of Business - Boardroom, 118 College Street, Pikeville, KY 41501

Sept 18

2nd Annual Kentucky Innovation Network Pitch Competition - Richmond

Come learn about the Kentucky Angel Network and hear pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs from Central Kentucky Region. The winner will receive prize money of $1,000 and qualify to participate in the statewide finals to be held in November.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Central Bank Community Room, 350 W. Main St., Richmond, KY 40475

Sept 23

2nd Annual Kentucky Innovation Network Pitch Competition - Elizabethtown

Come learn about the Kentucky Angel Network and hear pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs from Central Kentucky Region. The winner will receive prize money of $1,000 and qualify to participate in the statewide finals to be held in November.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Brown Pusey House, 128 N. Main St., Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Sept 24

2nd Annual Kentucky Innovation Network Pitch Competition - Paducah

Come learn about the Kentucky Angel Network and hear pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs from Central Kentucky Region. The winner will receive prize money of $1,000 and qualify to participate in the statewide finals to be held in November.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

WKCTC Emerging Technology Center, 4810 Alben Barkley Drive, Paducah, KY 42001

Sept 25

2nd Annual Kentucky Innovation Network Pitch Competition - Murray

Come learn about the Kentucky Angel Network and hear pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs from Central Kentucky Region. The winner will receive prize money of $1,000 and qualify to participate in the statewide finals to be held in November.

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Pagliai’s Pizza, 970 Chestnut Street, Murray, KY 42071

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

Connections

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

Funding

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