You are now on the ground floor of a new, exciting, intensive effort to assist entrepreneurs, small businesses and investors in Kentucky.

KYInnovation combines statewide resources assisting:

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We are the central hub for small business support. We meet the needs of founders, investors, innovators and small business owners where they are, connecting them to the resources, collaborators and capital to help companies imagine, launch, grow and scale.

Kentucky Launches University Technology Commercialization Initiative

Big Things are Happening
for Innovation in Kentucky. It Starts Today.

SBIR/STTR 101 Webinar

February 19, 2019 11:00am-1:00pm EST

Topics Covered:

  • What is the SBIR/STTR program?
  • How do I know if my company is eligible?
  • How do I choose between SBIR and STTR?
  • How do I get started?

Following the Webinar, hear from the companies awarded in the most recent KY SBIR/STTR Matching Fund Program



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RISE RFI Respondents and Partners

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Answers about Regional Innovation RFI.

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SBIR/STTR is Back!

Kentucky’s phenomenally successful SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Program is back. Click below for more information on new guidelines and upcoming deadlines:


The Kentucky Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Matching Funds Award Program 2018-1019 Round is open. White Paper Short form submissions are due August 31,2018.

SBIR/STTR Guidelines


KYInnovation is seeking partnerships with organizations to support entrepreneurs, startups, scaleups and innovation-driven enterprises to create "clusters of strength” throughout the Commonwealth. Download the "Request for Information" below.

Once on this site,
1. Click on "Guest Access",
2. In the "Key Word Search", type: *KY INNOVATION PROJECT*.
You will then be directed to the RFI.

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RFP for SBIR/STTR consulting services

KYInnovation has issued a request for proposals to provide consulting services for its effort to increase SBIR/STTR awards in the Commonwealth through a pilot program.

Once on this site,
1. Click on "Guest Access"
2. In the "Key Word Search", type: *SBA FAST AWARD FOR SBIR/STTR*
3. You will then be directed to the RFP.

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SBIR/STTR Peer Review Panel RFP

KYInnovation is seeking experts in SBIR/STTR to support program strategy and to assist in forming Peer Review Panels.

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In The News

Kentucky Launches University Technology Commercialization Initiative

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced formation of the Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3), a national-model partnership between Kentucky’s universities and colleges to translate intellectual property and innovations into market-ready products and startups while providing businesses access to collective public resources. [...]

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Kentucky Named Recipient of Federal Grant to Grow Research and Innovation Pipeline

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2018) – The Cabinet for Economic Development will receive $125,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration to launch a program preparing more entrepreneurs to compete for federal research and development funding. The SBA’s Federal and State Technology (FAST) partnership program funds initiatives that increase the number… [...]

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KY Innovation Featured in National Science/Tech Entrepreneurship Publication

Twenty-four local economic development entities, Small Business Technology Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, incubators, accelerators, colleges and universities were granted $125,000 by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program. The 24 grant recipients, including seven that are members of SSTI (boldfaced below),… [...]

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Success Stories
Meet some of the many successful entrepreneurs who have started businesses here and will tell you,
"You can do it in Kentucky."

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Rebecca Wheeling
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Christi Brown
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AgTech Scientific Testimonial
Mark McElroy
AgTech Scientific
Shopperations Testimonial
Olga Yurovski
MXD Process Testimonial
Mark Franco
MXD Process
Mail Haven Testimonial
Ed Hatfield and Kela Ivonye
Mail Haven
Greater Louisville Inc. Testimonial
Lisa Bajorinas
Greater Louisville Inc.
Healthcare Asset Network Testimonial
Kyle Green
Healthcare Asset Network
Endeavor Testimonial
Jackson Andrews

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