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.

Kentucky’s SBIR/STTR Program

Think of it as “America’s Seed Fund.” The federal SBIR/STTR initiative provides capital to promising innovative research and development efforts to commercialize their efforts.

Kentucky has an aggressive program that MATCHES those federal funds, basically doubling the available capital for a company that locates in Kentucky.

SBIR/STTR Guidelines

KY SBIR/STTR Matching Fund Program 2019-001 is now open. Solicitation window closes and applications are due May 31, 2019. Information about the program and how to apply are included in the guidelines below.

SBIR/STTR Guidelines

Click the video icon to view the most recent SBIR/STTR webinar. Click below to register for the May 14th webinar.


Questions? Email Kristine.Mcniel@ky.gov

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."

Idea State U
Schedule It Testimonial
Rebecca Wheeling
Schedule It
iReport Source Testimonial
Christi Brown
iReport Source
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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