The Central Area Innovation and Commercialization Heart, which is headquartered in Bowling Inexperienced and consists of an Elizabethtown workplace, is ready to host a free entrepreneurial summit subsequent month on the Western Kentucky College Small Enterprise Accelerator in Bowling Inexperienced.
Scheduled from 9 a.m. to five p.m. CST Nov. 10, the Summit of the South will embody a day of entrepreneurial coaching, motivation, inspiration, mentoring and networking. The occasion will likely be held in correlation with World Entrepreneurship Week.
Lisa Williams, director of the Innovation and Commercialization Heart, stated the summit will likely be useful to budding and established entrepreneurs alike.
“It’s simply going to be a wealth of data,” she stated.
The occasion will kick off with a light-weight breakfast and remarks from visitor speaker Jim Fugitte, a neighborhood entrepreneur, Ernst and Younger Entrepreneur of the 12 months and a founding father of Lincoln Path Enterprise Group. Attendees then can participate in a number of breakout classes carried out by regional entrepreneurial consultants.
Some matters lined within the breakouts will embody Kentucky small enterprise tax incentives, agricultural alternatives in Kentucky, retaining mental property in Kentucky and the right way to enchantment to enterprise capitalists and angel traders.
“I’ve labored with all of those folks through the years and I do know what they’ll do to assist folks,” Williams stated of these conducting breakout classes. “This can be a likelihood to have one-on-one time with them without charge. So, it is a nice worth.”
Throughout lunchtime, keynote speaker Mary Propes-Reynolds of Bowling Inexperienced will supply remarks, adopted by a enterprise capital panel made up of 5 regional consultants.
The summit is ready to conclude with an Elevator Pitch Competitors for attendees. Though confidential info shouldn’t be conveyed in the course of the pitches, the competitors can result in actual funding alternatives, Williams stated.
The occasion additionally will embody hourly excursions of the WKU Small Enterprise Accelerator, together with areas such because the Collaborative Good Area, Distant Working Area, Scholar Accelerator and the Firm Launch Area. Situated at 2413 Nashville Street in Bowling Inexperienced, the ability serves because the headquarters for the Central Area Innovation and Commercialization Heart.
The WKU Small Enterprise Accelerator is dwelling to greater than 30 startups and progress stage companies. The Central Area Innovation and Commercialization Heart presently is engaged on establishing a small enterprise accelerator and a distant working house on the former Coca-Cola Bottling Firm plant on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown, Williams stated.
“I believe if of us go down there and see what we’ve in Bowling Inexperienced, they’ll actually be excited to assume we are able to get one thing like that right here,” she stated.
Registration for the Southern Summit is required for these trying to attend. Registration may be accomplished by going to bit.ly/3oxywF0 or by scanning the QR code out of your smartphone.
“It’s for startups all the way in which to established firms,” Williams stated. “They’ll profit, I believe, in a technique or one other.”