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Louisville Startup Week is Coming on Nov. 11-15:  SBN’s Pitch Event & More

Louisville Startup Week is Coming on Nov. 11-15: SBN’s Pitch Event & More

Nov 01 2019

Louisville Startup Week is Coming on Nov. 11-15: SBN’s Pitch Event & More

During the Louisville Startup Week brought to you by Techstars, the Sheltowee Business Network will unveil its new technology tool, called  Sign up early, and receive a free one-month membership in the Sheltowee Business Network. The Konexons platform is a mobile platform being designed to assist Sheltowee Business Network members in staying connected. 

This platform will allow for members to connect with other members and provide feedback on events and companies.  All surveys for the upcoming startup week from Nov. 11-Nov. 15th will be done on the application.  For more information, go to:

New Startup Week Event Announced

The Sheltowee Business Network will be holding a pitch event on Nov. 11 from 3 PM to 5 PM at 900 E. Main St. (The Center by SIDIS), 3rd Floor.  The general public is invited to attend. There will be 7 pitches at 7 minutes each with 5 minutes of Q&A from the judges.  The winner will receive a full-year of the Sheltowee Business Network membership at the Entrepreneurial Level, which is valued at $2,100.  Judges will be: Lisa Benson -  publisher of Louisville First; Brigid Morrissey – Co-Founder of The Root; Alan  Grosheider – CEO and Founder of Blue222; Carlos Ocampo – Principal of Emergence Law; and Natalia Bishop – CEO and Founder of Story Louisville.  For more details on how to participate, write to JR Rose at  For attendance, go to or on Eventbrite.

Other highlights of Startup Week:

The Founder Hunt, Nov. 15—11 AM to 5:30 PM, Churchill Downs, Starting Gate Suites. Registration Required.

As part of Techstars 1st Startup Week in Louisville, a new event is being unveiled called The Founder Hunt at Churchill Downs from 11 AM to 3 PM, then networking and racing action.  This event is designed as a startup pitch in reverse. Research-backed technologies from universities and related facilities are seeking investors and founders who want to build a company around them. 

Attendance is expected from those who are investors, corporate innovators or founders particularly in healthcare, bio tech, or life science in the Midwest region looking for new technology to integrate into their products or services.  Founder Hunt is supported by commercialization efforts at the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky and the Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3).  Other partners include LEAP, and the Louisville CEO Healthcare Council.  The event will be inside Churchill Downs’ Starting Gate Suites. The venue features a bar, several breakout rooms and a balcony overlooking the track.  Attendance is free, but all must register.

TALK’s What 5G Will Bring You, Nov. 15—5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, The Center By SIDIS, 900 E. Main St., Registration on Eventbrite. Find out more at:

 Another Techstars Startup week in Louisville event brought to you by the Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky (TALK) will focus on overviewing the benefits and nuances of 5G for smart cities and other areas, like manufacturing, corporations and even individuals.

Take a deep dive at what Kentucky will see in the areas of 5G, and discuss some of the cities already deploying 5G projects. The presenter is Phillip K. Brown, Government Affairs Manager, Central Area, Crown Castle. Networking begins at 5:30 PM with appetizers and a cash bar.  The presenter will speak at 6 PM.  Attendance is free and you can register on Eventbrite.