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Venture Connectors Venture Sharks

Prize: Automatic Entry into Venture Sharks Finals

Take your idea from inception to StartUp over the course of the weekend, and the first place prize continues on to the Venture Sharks finale, May 2nd at the Muhammed Ali Center.

The Venture Connectors is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization. It was originally formed in 1995 to bring entrepreneurs and investors together in a professional but relaxed forum.
An important purpose of our organization is to help facilitate and encourage the expansion of business and commercial investment activities in the Kentuckiana region. Our events include monthly luncheons and our annual Venture Sharks™ competition. And, we participate in many other regional, entrepreneurial events such as the Idea Festival, Startup Slams, and the Vogt Awards.
If you are interested in making valuable contacts, exchanging information, or pursuing mutual business opportunities, please join us at one of our events or our monthly luncheons. Luncheon meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month in downtown Louisville from 11:30 to 1:15 PM EST.

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Fort Phelps

Prize: Free consultation and 50% of New Company Formation Package

Fort Phelps will offer a free consultation and 50% of our new company formation package
Fort Phelps PLLC is a full service law firm located in Louisville, Kentucky. Fort Phelps is dedicated to providing its clients with top-notch legal service at an affordable cost. We strive to be an extremely well-balanced firm, by providing a broad range of services. Our attorneys are always available to assist with any of your legal matters; including business/entity formation, domestic relations, mediation, litigation, financial services, intellectual property and technology, and transactional work, such as corporate, capital markets and real estate/finance representations. We value our clients businesses and are focused on a continued and strong relationship.
Fort Phelps sponsors Startup Weekend because Louisville and the surrounding regions will only continue to progress so long as we have individuals and companies of all ages willing to take risks. We want to be be there helping anyone and everyone take those risks!


Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship (in UofL’s College of Business)

Prize: Complimentary Spot in Fall 2018 LaunchIt Class

We are happy to offer one complimentary spot in the Fall 2018 LaunchIt class ($895 value) to the winning team. Additional team members will need to pay $250/person to attend and the concept must be the one worked on during Startup Weekend. The 10-week LaunchIt program will help the Startup Weekend winning team de-risk their opportunity. Working with experienced mentors, they will optimize their business model and become integrated into the local entrepreneurial community.
Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship,
The Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship offers a comprehensive suite of programs that develop and nurture entrepreneurial skills, experiences and opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, doctoral candidates and entrepreneurs in our community.
We support innovation to launch new products, grow new markets and create value.

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KiZAN Technologies

Prize: Complimentary Consultation with KiZAN Technologies

Complimentary 4 hour consultation with 3 consultants, regarding software/systems architecture design and technology road mapping for the solution going forward.

KiZAN Technologies is a regional technology consulting firm that for more than 25 years has focused on advancing the business of our customers – whether they are fortune 500 enterprises or just starting out.
We’ve been active in the startup community for a number of years, whether participating in Nucleus’s LaunchIT programs, participating as members of winning teams past Startup Weekends, or taking eBlu Solutions – a healthcare startup that we’ve partnered with and invested in – through the healthcare focused accelerator XLerate Health.
Several KiZAN team members have volunteered as organizers and/or mentors for current and past Startup Weekends. A fulfilling aspect of what we do at KiZAN, which aligns directly with our mission of “Enabling everyone to pursue what they love”, is to connect with early stage companies to offer advisement on a range of topics that may span from business modeling, to addressing key technological hurdles, to developing a technology roadmap that aligns with the vision and goals of the business.
In that vein, KiZAN is contributing consultation sessions as part of the prize packages for winning teams. We look forward to connecting with you to advance your business!