Making Connections with Practical Application

In addition to practical tools, students who participate in UofL’s project management program, which includes a Fundamentals of Project Management and Project Management: Practical Application seminar, gain beneficial industry connections through group…

In addition to practical tools, students who participate in UofL’s project management program, which includes a Fundamentals of Project Management and Project Management: Practical Application seminar, gain beneficial industry connections through group work conducted during class. If I have a question, I know there are people I can reach out to. They’re learning at the...

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Project Management has a Universal Application according to leading instructors

“The project management skillset is truly universal,” Millhollan said. “Anyone who leads a temporary endeavor undertaken to produce a unique product, service or result is functioning as a project manager. Project management can open up a whole world of…

“The project management skillset is truly universal,” Millhollan said. “Anyone who leads a temporary endeavor undertaken to produce a unique product, service or result is functioning as a project manager. Project management can open up a whole world of professional opportunities for people; it’s a growing profession that’s used by every industry and almost every...

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Ray Pait Jr. saw life-changing results in project management

UofL’s Project Management Certificate program is helping professionals learn a new skill set that can help them build better outcomes in their personal and professional lives. H. Ray Pait, Jr., a senior director for safety and security at Churchill Dow…

UofL’s Project Management Certificate program is helping professionals learn a new skill set that can help them build better outcomes in their personal and professional lives. H. Ray Pait, Jr., a senior director for safety and security at Churchill Downs Racetrack, also decided to seek out additional project management training from UofL. One of the...

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Christine Vaughan finds success in project management

Christine Vaughan is the marketing projects and event manager for a start-up with a small team and limited resources. In order to grow, the organization needed to implement more processes and structure. Vaughan was in a position to lead the charge. Vau…

Christine Vaughan is the marketing projects and event manager for a start-up with a small team and limited resources. In order to grow, the organization needed to implement more processes and structure. Vaughan was in a position to lead the charge. Vaughan’s supervisor worked with her to determine that project management training could help provide...

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Driven to Innovate

Finance/Information Systems alum Bill Ready exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit at the heart of the College of Business. A first-generation college student, Bill did not own or have any computer experience until he came to the COB. The intersection …

Finance/Information Systems alum Bill Ready exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit at the heart of the College of Business. A first-generation college student, Bill did not own or have any computer experience until he came to the COB. The intersection of access and opportunity often allows for students to become the most realized versions of themselves, and...

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Distinguished Alumni: Dana Reinhardt

Ask Dana Reinhardt about his success in the insurance and finance business, and he will be quick to point out how much he has valued the wisdom passed onto him by his mentors. Mr. Reinhardt believes in the collaborative spirit of mentoring, as well as …

Ask Dana Reinhardt about his success in the insurance and finance business, and he will be quick to point out how much he has valued the wisdom passed onto him by his mentors. Mr. Reinhardt believes in the collaborative spirit of mentoring, as well as investing in our most important resource, our students. Currency had...

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Laying the foundation: Life in TILE

Only a fraction of what our undergrads learn comes from being in the classroom; consider the math: an average student is taking between 12 and 15 credit hours a semester. In a twenty-four hour clock, a student (at best) will be in class for three to fi…

Only a fraction of what our undergrads learn comes from being in the classroom; consider the math: an average student is taking between 12 and 15 credit hours a semester. In a twenty-four hour clock, a student (at best) will be in class for three to five hours a day. Offering programming and support for...

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Prodigy Biosciences wins 10th annual Venture Sharks competition

Venture Connectors has named Prodigy Biosciences the winner of our 10th annual Venture Sharks™ business competition. Prodigy is developing a rapid tableside food testing device that will specifically detect traces of peanuts in food samples. The final round of competition was held May 1, where four entrepreneurs seeking funding for their business plans faced off […]

Venture Connectors President Elect John Williamson and Amanda Cannady of Prodigy Biosciences

Venture Connectors has named Prodigy Biosciences the winner of our 10th annual Venture Sharks™ business competition. Prodigy is developing a rapid tableside food testing device that will specifically detect traces of peanuts in food samples. The final round of competition was held May 1, where four entrepreneurs seeking funding for their business plans faced off with a panel of savvy investor sharks fishing for the next great deal. The company was selected based on the viability of its idea, the ability of the competition’s prize to positively impact the business and the quality of their presentation.

Congrats also to Brandon Young and Pascal Tags for winning crowd favorite during audience text voting. He will receive a complimentary Venture Connectors membership for two people for one year.

Venture Connectors received more than 30 applications from entrepreneurs across the region Presenters were allowed a few minutes to describe their idea to the judges, who then fired off questions to the presenters in the style of the popular television show, “Shark Tank.” The winner received a $5,000 cash prize, one year of startup coaching and thousands of dollars of in-kind services to help them take their idea to market. Startup coaching will include one-on-one mentoring from established entrepreneurs and advisors on: strategic planning, product/market fit, software development, marketing and promotion, financial advising and modeling, capital fundraising and legal structuring.

The others finalists were:

  • Gluconfidence, a convenient source of fast-acting, concentrated glucose for people with diabetes
  • Pascal Tags LLC, the first completely passive inventory tag allowing for identification without a chip or battery
  • The Read Read, the first device that allows children and adults with visual impairments and blindness to independently learn and practice phonics and braille

This year’s Venture Sharks title sponsor is the Vogt Invention & Innovation Fund. Thanks to many generous sponsors over the years, Venture Sharks has awarded more than $100,000 in prizes since it launched in 2010.