Bob Myers: A Legacy of Mentorship

Fifty-five years in the service of students is a testament to Bob Myers’ commitment to both the classroom and the University of Louisville. The Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship has seen the College of Business grow from thirteen p…

Fifty-five years in the service of students is a testament to Bob Myers’ commitment to both the classroom and the University of Louisville. The Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship has seen the College of Business grow from thirteen people at their unit-wide meeting in the 1970s to over 200 faculty and staff today. Six...

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Q&A with Kent Oyler

Kent Oyler joined the College of Business in early 2021 as an Executive in Residence. “We are incredibly excited to have Kent join our team,” said Dean Todd Mooradian. “His in-depth knowledge of both the College of Business and the Louisville business …

Kent Oyler joined the College of Business in early 2021 as an Executive in Residence. “We are incredibly excited to have Kent join our team,” said Dean Todd Mooradian. “His in-depth knowledge of both the College of Business and the Louisville business community will deepen and expand our partnerships, help us better serve our city...

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Meet Kaitlin Muzic: Online MBA Student Spotlight

“I wanted to get my master’s degree because I’d like to eventually move into a management role and lead a…team. I think receiving my MBA will play a huge part in that,” shared Kaitlin Muzic (she/her). An Insulation and Die Cuts Commod…

“I wanted to get my master’s degree because I’d like to eventually move into a management role and lead a…team. I think receiving my MBA will play a huge part in that,” shared Kaitlin Muzic (she/her). An Insulation and Die Cuts Commodity Buyer for the sourcing department of GE Appliances and Fall 2020 Online MBA...

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Venture Connectors announces 2021 Venture Sharks winner

Venture Connectors is excited to announce Athelo Health is the winner of our 12th annual Venture Sharks™ business pitch competition. Led by founder Jessica Thurmond, Athelo Health is a B2B SaaS-based mobile application aimed at improving quality of life outcomes for patients with cancer while decreasing costs of service.  The winner was selected during the […]

Venture Connectors is excited to announce Athelo Health is the winner of our 12th annual Venture Sharks™ business pitch competition.

Led by founder Jessica Thurmond, Athelo Health is a B2B SaaS-based mobile application aimed at improving quality of life outcomes for patients with cancer while decreasing costs of service.

 The winner was selected during the final round of competition on Oct. 6, where three entrepreneurs seeking funding for their business plans faced off virtually with a panel of savvy investor sharks fishing for the next great deal. Athelo was selected based on the viability of its idea, the ability of the competition’s prize to positively impact the business and quality of its presentation.

Venture Connectors received dozens of applications from entrepreneurs across the region. During the finals, 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 receives a grand prize package designed to help them take their idea to market, including a $5,000 cash award, one-on-one mentoring from established entrepreneurs and advisors, and other in-kind services provided by sponsors.

Venture Sharks’ presenting sponsor is Amplify Louisville. Cash sponsors are Amplify, the Community Foundation of Louisville and PNC Bank. In-kind sponsors include Amplify, Mightily, Fleur de Lis Communications, Ackerman CPAs and Frost Brown Todd

Judges for the finals event were Dan Beldy, managing director, Airwing Ventures; Paul Ford, managing principal, DS9 Capital; and John Willmoth, founder and managing partner, Poplar Ventures.

The other finalists were:

    • Grouper, founded by Chris Wiedmar, is a social messaging platform that connects users and creators based on their interests, hobbies and passions.
    • HBCU Tour, founded by Nasir Jones, is a subscription-based vendor services platform for current and former students of historically black colleges and universities.

Venture Sharks has awarded more than $100,000 in prizes since it launched in 2010. For more about the competition, click here

Future Security

Ask College of Business student Alexus Maddox what inspired her to explore a career in cyber security, and the answer is simple, “I wanted to work in a career where I felt like I was making every day count.” Alexus’ passion for making the days count re…

Ask College of Business student Alexus Maddox what inspired her to explore a career in cyber security, and the answer is simple, “I wanted to work in a career where I felt like I was making every day count.” Alexus’ passion for making the days count reflects both her commitment to academic excellence and building...

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