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Mayor Fischer with VetStart Veterans

Mayor Fischer discussed entrepreneurship with the Spring 2017 LaunchIt entrepreneurs. Prior to his presentation, Mayor Fischer met with the military veterans in the program this spring.

Accessing UofL Scientific Resources

UofL has a multitude of world class institutes, centers and laboratories available to for-profit companies. Whether you're a small business in need of a partner for an SBIR/STTR application or a multinational corporation looking for expertise on a research project, UofL is available to meet your needs.

Contact Will Metcalf at 502-852-1708 or

A list of some of the scientific resources available to the business community may be found at Research Cores.

Peruse a list of UofL life science researchers and their Areas of Expertise.

Revit ~ Accelerating Customer Growth

5 companies received 2.5 hours of customized strategies from marketing experts to increase customer traction on February 15th; the companies were encouraged to implement the proposed strategies and will provide feedback after 6 months.

CLOSED - Registrations for Spring 2017 LaunchIt

Spring 2017 LaunchIt will meet each Thursday evening from 6-9 pm at the iHub from February 16th through April 20th, inclusive. Accepting applications through February 8.

Fall 2016 LaunchIt

Nucleus congratulates Solar IntElect on winning the internal LaunchIt pitch competition. Team member Dr. Josh Spurgeon pictured here with coach Greg Langdon. Interested in a future class? Check out the LaunchIt VIDEO.

Seminar - Cracking the Communications Code

Madison Cork addressed how entrepreneurs can craft their presentations to best communicate their story and engage their audience on October 27th.

Seminar - Fundamentals of Sales & Marketing

Successful entrepreneur Charles Davis provided an overview of sales and marketing fundamentals for early stage companies on October 13th based on experience gained over the course of his career.

Startup Seminar Series ~ Accessing Metro Incentives

Louisville Forward's Keisha Deonarine discussed incentives and other Metro resources available to startups and early stage companies and provided guidance on the appropriate time to access these resources on February 9th.

Indatus e+i Program to Air on KET KY in February

David and Phil discussed their 25 year journey with Planet Telecom, which developed the first fully automated emergency dispatching service, as it morphed into Indatus, a software and data analytics company, to a successful $49M exit in 2015. First airing on KET KY will be on February 19th.

LaunchIt Graduate Logjustrips Wins Venture Sharks Competition

Steve Arkon, a Fall 2014 LaunchIt graduate, won the 2015 Venture Sharks competition on May 6th; pictured here with his team.

Nucleus Hosted SBA Administrator Contreras-Sweet

Nucleus hosted Maria Contreras-Sweet, Chief Administrator of the Small Business Administration, who was in Louisville for the Kentucky SBIR/STTR Annual Conference as part of the Federal SBIR/STTR Tour. Ms. Contreras-Sweet presented Nucleus with a certificate recognizing its role in promoting innovation and growing small businesses for Kentucky and the nation.

Collaboration. Innovation. Entrepreneurship. Funding. Partnerships.

Nucleus is the center that brings together all of the elements essential to innovation and research commercialization success.

As a business center, Nucleus orchestrates recruitment, incentives, shared community and infrastructure services. And, true to its name, Nucleus is positioned to become the center of leading national innovation and research parks.

As an entity, Nucleus' work is integral to the development of the research park currently underway at UofL's Haymarket property in downtown Louisville. In this role, Nucleus is creating a vibrant technology business district at Haymarket along the city's Healthcare / University / Riverfront corridor.

My Custom Bra Wins Spring 2017 LaunchIt Internal Pitch Competition

Michelle and Muggs McGinnis pictured with coach Jake Miller.

Calendar of Events

CLOSED - Spring 2017 VetStart Applications

CLOSED - VetStart applications for the Spring 2017 program. Selected applicants will attend the Spring 2017 LaunchIt program and may then request up to $1,000 for eligible business expenses to help grow their company. Up to five applicants will be selected.

Open Office Hours at the iHub

Open Office Hours is designed to provide complimentary advice from local service providers to startups and early stage companies and is open to any startup or early stage company in the area. KiZAN Technologies LLC, which will provide technology consulting assistance, is the most recent addition; they began hosting Open Office Hours in December. Other companies participating in Open Office Hours are Chrysalis Ventures, Fort Phelps PLLC and Deming Malone Livesay and Ostroff. Use the online booking system for more information or to schedule your Open Office Hours visit.


Fall 2016 VetStart

6 veterans were selected from almost 40 applications for the Fall 2016 VetStart program. They will attend LaunchIt training and being eligible for startup funds upon successful completion of LaunchIt.

Nucleus Congratulates MedicAir

Nathan Edmonds won the internal pitch competition during our Spring 2016 LaunchIt program. His company, MedicAir, is developing a device to provide cold air relief to kids with croup. Nathan was coached by Jackie Willmot (not pictured) and Bob Saunders.

Spring 2016 VetStart Veterans

Mayor Greg Fischer spoke to the 2016 LaunchIt class and met beforehand with the Spring 2016 VetStart veterans.

Nucleus Congratulates TriBlue Engineering

TriBlue Engineering won the Fall 2015 LaunchIt internal pitch competition. Hunter Gerlach represented TriBlue Engineering; Greg Langdon was their business coach.

Grand Opening of 252 E. Market

Nucleus hosted a press conference this morning in the newly renovated training center in the 252 E. Market building to announce the completion of the Trinity Video Communications Center, welcome Code Louisville to this space and announce that Learning House has committed to hosting coding bootcamps in this space in the near future. Pictured are Vickie Yates Brown (Nucleus), Todd Zipper (Learning House), Barry Sawayer (Trinity Video Communications), Mayor Greg Fischer and Dr. Neville Pinto (UofL).

Atria Support Center at The Nucleus Received a Cornerstone Award

The Louisville Downtown Partnership recognized the Atria Support Center at The Nucleus as a significant downtown project at its Annual Awards Celebration on April 13th.

Nucleus Vendor List

We are piloting a Nucleus Vendor list on our website for companies that perform services for start-up and early stage companies.  Vendors on this list, which will be accessible to Nucleus tenants and entrepreneurs in our LaunchIt program, will be required to offer a discounted service in order to participate.  For additional information and to participate in this pilot program, please contact Mary Tapolsky at 569-2059 or

Nucleus Innovation Park Video

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