What factors influence climate change policy?

Perhaps the only thing hotter than the heatwave that hit the Pacific Northwest earlier this summer is the debate on climate policy itself. Over the last twenty years, it’s gone from being a topic raised by environmental groups to being part of politica…

Perhaps the only thing hotter than the heatwave that hit the Pacific Northwest earlier this summer is the debate on climate policy itself. Over the last twenty years, it’s gone from being a topic raised by environmental groups to being part of political platforms and campaign talking points. There is little doubt that climate policy...

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Endowment Named for Stanley Hall

“To know Stanley Hall was to love him.” Through tears, that’s the loving summary Corinne Coulter gives of her son. He was a dedicated, passionate member of the cardinal community and the first cohort to pursue a fully online MBA (OMBA) at the College B…

“To know Stanley Hall was to love him.” Through tears, that’s the loving summary Corinne Coulter gives of her son. He was a dedicated, passionate member of the cardinal community and the first cohort to pursue a fully online MBA (OMBA) at the College Business. In September of 2020, Stanley Hall passed away unexpectedly, leaving...

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Applications open for 12th Annual Venture Sharks Pitch Competition

Venture Connectors today announced that applications for our 12th 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 Sharks has awarded more than $100,000 in prizes since it launched in 2010. Applications are available […]

Venture Connectors today announced that applications for our 12th 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 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 Wednesday, Sept. 8. The Venture Sharks committee will choose the top ideas to compete during the preliminary round of the competition, held Sept. 21, where the field then will be narrowed to four finalists. The final round will be held on Oct. 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.

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 2021 Venture Sharks competition still are available. For information, contact Venture Connectors Chairman Larry Horn at lwhorn@outlook.com

Location and details for the preliminary and finals events will be announced soon.

Impactful Algorithms

It’s safe to say that the age-old debate between free will and pre-determination never considered social media, let alone algorithms. The role and purpose this technology plays in our daily digital life has become not only yoked to our habits; they blu…

It’s safe to say that the age-old debate between free will and pre-determination never considered social media, let alone algorithms. The role and purpose this technology plays in our daily digital life has become not only yoked to our habits; they blur the line between passive and active decision-making. For those who knew a time...

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Celebrating Faculty Service

As another school year draws to a close, another set of graduates cross the threshold from students tograduates. Their yet-to-be-written success stories will contain lessons learned from the College of Business professors. Semester by semester and year…

As another school year draws to a close, another set of graduates cross the threshold from students tograduates. Their yet-to-be-written success stories will contain lessons learned from the College of Business professors. Semester by semester and year after year, our professors serve as stewards of knowledge, authors of research, and perhaps most importantly, mentors to...

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Summer 2021 New Staff

Great people make for great institutions. Our success is reflected in the faces of those who pass through the College of Business and impact the world around us. Holly Neeld, Development Holly is the Assistant Director of Development for the College of…

Great people make for great institutions. Our success is reflected in the faces of those who pass through the College of Business and impact the world around us. Holly Neeld, Development Holly is the Assistant Director of Development for the College of Business. Holly has five years of development and fundraising experience, including executive administration,...

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August Lunch: The Entrepreneur’s Canvas

We were excited to welcome Paul Ford as the keynote for our August lunch. Founder and CEO of Traffk, and Managing Principal of DS9 Capital, Paul generously shared his journey and insights into the advantages and disadvantages of building businesses in Kentucky. Traffk is an innovative insurance underwriting and distribution platform designed to build and launch modern insurance products and […]

We were excited to welcome Paul Ford as the keynote for our August lunch. Founder and CEO of Traffk, and Managing Principal of DS9 Capital, Paul generously shared his journey and insights into the advantages and disadvantages of building businesses in Kentucky.

Traffk is an innovative insurance underwriting and distribution platform designed to build and launch modern insurance products and brands that scale. DS9 Capital is a privately held business development company (BDC) focused on commercializing/warehousing IP and launching a portfolio of founder-friendly companies closely tied to insurance and financial services. Paul has successfully launched several companies out of his BDC, with more on the way.

Paul is a Northern California native, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He moved to Kentucky four years ago to improve quality of life and build in the region after surveying several destinations in the United States for his headquarters. Paul’s technology, insurance and economics background helps him carve out opportunities and build incredible networks that enable job creation and economic opportunities in the communities where he operates.