Tenants in our facilities are given access to programs, resources and funding opportunities that can turn research discoveries into economic development success stories. We have created an incubator-like environment, supported by an investment fund of $5-10 million, where business leaders can network freely with researchers and developers. Nucleus is an ideal home for entrepreneurs.
Nucleus leaders are connectors. We specialize in coordinating events and efforts that provide our tenants with access to the community as well as to the University of Louisville and its many resources, networking functions, seminars and training opportunities. Our programs include the Long Term Care Idea Hour, which focuses on a different topic relevant to aging care each month, as well as the IDEA Social Hour, which is a group of university and community business people who come together to identify and discuss potential collaborations based on cutting-edge ideas.
Access to Capital Sources
In collaboration with EnterpriseCorp, Nucleus helps tenants navigate and access local, state and national resources and incentive programs aimed directly at start-up companies and entrepreneurs, including institutional venture capital funds, Kentucky Enterprise Funds and SBIR and STTR grants, as well as the Department of Commercialization and Innovation's SBIR/STTR grant matches (which as administered by the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation.) Nucleus is also well equipped to connect our tenants with other entrpreneurial funding opportunities through such organizations as the University of Louisville Foundation, Enterprise Angels and the Yearling Fund.
All tenants of our properties are offered access to the following programs:
LaunchIt, the Lean LaunchPad Entrepreneur Training Program
Designed specifically for start-ups, early stage companies and established companies launching a new product or service, LaunchIt
is a ten-week course focusing on market validation and business plan optimization prior to launch, creating businesses that can compete in today’s marketplace. Experienced leaders in the local business world coach participants in such topics as:
· Utilizing the Business Model Canvas and the hypothesis/design/test insight loop
· Value Proposition and Customer Segments
· Revenue Streams
· Key partners and resources needed
· Identifying funding and working with investors
We are currently scheduling programs twice each year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
Open Office Hours at the iHub
Obtain complimentary advice from local service providers during Open Office Hours at the iHub; open to any startup or early stage company in the area. Participating companies include Chrysalis Ventures, Fort Law Group and Deming Malone Livesay and Ostroff and KiZAN Technologies LLC.
Startup Seminar Series
Nucleus coordinates 3-5 experienced speakers annually to discuss topics of interest to startups and early stage companies. Recent topics have included marketing, exporting, local sources of funding, talking with a banker, and public relations.
Long Term Care IDEA Hours
Long Term Care IDEA Hours represent the regional cluster of aging care research, businesses and start-ups. By sharing resources, knowledge and understanding of the aging care industry needs and gaps, it encourages regional collaboration.