Response to Kentucky Center for economic policy blog on “Taxing Betting Uniformly”

Executive Summary A recent blog by Pam Thomas of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP) called for a 2% increase in the tax rate on Historical Horse Racing (referred to as Instant Racing) and advance deposit wagering (ADW) at Kentucky racetrack…

Executive Summary A recent blog by Pam Thomas of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP) called for a 2% increase in the tax rate on Historical Horse Racing (referred to as Instant Racing) and advance deposit wagering (ADW) at Kentucky racetracks.  Research conducted by the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program found there would...

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Applications for 11th annual Venture Sharks business pitch competition now open

Applications for the 11th annual Venture Sharks business pitch competition are now open! Early-stage companies and entrepreneurs are invited to compete for a $5,000 cash prize and thousands of dollars of in-kind services. Venture Connectors has partnered with Open i Advisors for operational management of the competition this year. Venture Sharks has awarded more than […]

Applications for the 11th annual Venture Sharks business pitch competition are now open! Early-stage companies and entrepreneurs are invited to compete for a $5,000 cash prize and thousands of dollars of in-kind services. Venture Connectors has partnered with Open i Advisors for operational management of the competition this year. Venture Sharks has awarded more than $100,000 in prizes since it launched in 2010.

Applications are available here and are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20. The Venture Sharks committee will choose the top ideas to compete during the preliminary round of the competition, held April 14, where the field then will be narrowed to four finalists. The final round will be held on May 6 during the regular monthly Venture Connectors’ luncheon meeting.

In both rounds of competition, presenters will be allowed a few minutes to describe their idea to the judges, who then will fire off questions to the presenters in the style of the television show, “Shark Tank.” One lucky survivor will receive a prize package designed to help them take their idea to market. In addition to a $5,000 cash award, the prize package will include one-on-one mentoring from established entrepreneurs and advisors, as well as in-kind services provided by Open i Advisors and other sponsors.

The competition is open to businesses or entrepreneurs from any industry in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee, but presentations for the preliminary and final rounds of competition must be made in person in Louisville. A dedicated LLC or corporation need not have been created, but the idea and business being pitched must not be a direct spinout of a larger parent company. There is no restriction on age of the business, but it must have less than $75,000 of lifetime revenue. The business also cannot have raised, or had invested in it, more than $50,000 from any source at the time of application.

The Venture Sharks winner must agree to use their prize to directly pursue the business opportunity presented in the competition. The winner will be selected based on the viability of their idea, the ability of the final award to positively impact the business and the quality of their presentation. Sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 Venture Sharks competition still are available. For information, contact Ellie Puckett at ellie@openiadvisors.com.

Details and location for the April 14 preliminary event will be announced soon. The May 6 finals event will be held at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. Doors open at 11:45 a.m., and the meeting runs from noon-1 p.m. Register here.

Contagious Enthusiasm

Marketing may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Department of Infectious Disease, but when it comes to developing compelling content, it’s the first thing on intern Tessa Chilton’s mind. A junior Marketing Major at the Col…

Marketing may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Department of Infectious Disease, but when it comes to developing compelling content, it’s the first thing on intern Tessa Chilton’s mind. A junior Marketing Major at the College of Business, Chilton started her internship at UofL’s Department of Infectious...

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Talent Championed

Elshadai Smith-Mensah, a 2019 Honors Scholar graduate with a degree in Marketing and Minors in Entrepreneurship and Management, was selected as a recipient of the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship for her study in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship a…

Elshadai Smith-Mensah, a 2019 Honors Scholar graduate with a degree in Marketing and Minors in Entrepreneurship and Management, was selected as a recipient of the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship for her study in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics in 2020-2021. During this gap year, Elshadai is working with Access Ventures, an...

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The College of Business Website Earns Gold

The UofL College of Business website has won a Gold Award in the Seventh Annual Educational Advertising Awards sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report, the nation’s leading marketing publication for higher…

The UofL College of Business website has won a Gold Award in the Seventh Annual Educational Advertising Awards sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report, the nation’s leading marketing publication for higher education marketing professionals.   The EDMAwards recognizes the best educational websites, digital content, electronic communications, mobile media, and social media. Judges for the Education Digital Marketing Awards consisted of a national panel of higher education...

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University of Louisville’s Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship & Lisa Bajorinas Announce Startups in 2020 “RevIt” Acceleration Program

For Immediate Release:  February 11, 2020 (Louisville, Ky) – The Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Louisville College of Business and startup consultant Lisa Bajorinas have announced the four startups chosen for the annual Re…

For Immediate Release:  February 11, 2020 (Louisville, Ky) – The Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Louisville College of Business and startup consultant Lisa Bajorinas have announced the four startups chosen for the annual RevIt – Accelerating Customer Growth program.  Revlt provides free, tailored marketing advice from marketing and branding experts for early-stage...

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February Lunch: The Rabbit Hole Story

At Venture Connectors’ February lunch, Rabbit Hole Distillery Founder & CEO Kaveh Zamanian shared how the company has become one of the fastest-growing American whiskey brands in the United States. He talked about his strategic partnership with Pernod Ricard, and how he continues to put his creative vision and commitment to innovation to work in fueling […]

At Venture Connectors' February lunch, Rabbit Hole Distillery Founder & CEO Kaveh Zamanian shared how the company has become one of the fastest-growing American whiskey brands in the United States. He talked about his strategic partnership with Pernod Ricard, and how he continues to put his creative vision and commitment to innovation to work in fueling the growth of Rabbit Hole.

In 2012, Zamanian followed his dreams by leaving a successful career as an academic and clinical psychologist to pursue his love of bourbon. He learned the art of whiskey making from some of the industry’s most respected master distillers and developed award-winning personal recipes of bourbon and rye whiskies.

Today, under Zamanian’s guidance, Rabbit Hole honors the time-honored traditions of bourbon making by marrying heritage techniques with innovative distillation and maturation techniques. Rabbit Hole’s distillery on Jefferson Street opened in 2018 in the heart of NuLu,and was recently named an architectural icon of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The brand has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, Maxim and others.