Space Design Lab to Open in Downtown Lexington

24 November 2014

Space Design Lab to Open in Downtown Lexington

Space Tango, headquartered in Lexington, KY, today announced that it is opening a Space Design Lab in downtown Lexington. The Lab, expected to open in April 2015, will be located in a historic renovated building at 333 East Short Street.

This facility will further advance the company’s work in small satellites, technology platforms and experiments for the International Space Station (ISS). This includes novel and potentially game changing work in Exomedicine…the research, development and commercialization of medical solutions in the microgravity environment of space for applications on Earth.

The Lab will include engineering, design, testing and biomedical capabilities. It will also provide support and opportunities for emerging space entrepreneurs, including clients of the Kentucky Innovation Network, “makers” and students. The Space Tango facilities are being significantly expanded and upgraded in support of the company’s rapidly growing activities and business in the global entrepreneurial space marketplace. The Lab will also be the engineering hub for Kentucky Space, the R&D and education partner of Space Tango.

“With our business and work in small orbital spacecraft and microgravity R&D on the ISS now growing at such a rapid pace this new Lab has become an absolute necessity,” said Twyman Clements, President of Space Tango.

Space Tango, Inc. (, a for-profit company, strategically utilizes space to discover, design and commercialize innovative solutions for applications on Earth.

Kentucky Space ( is an ambitious nonprofit enterprise focused on R&D, education and entrepreneurial space solutions. The organization has a successful flight and mission heritage involving high-altitude balloons, orbital spacecraft and the International Space Station (ISS).

For additional information contact Twyman Clements at / 859-229-2719 or Kris Kimel at / 859-229-6161.

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Pikeville Hosts First High School Entrepreneur Competition

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Eastern Kentucky is creating the next generation of great entrepreneurs.

The Kentucky Innovation Network Pikeville office organized and sponsored a High School Startup Challenge business plan competition at Pikeville Independent High School. Teams of students developed concepts for new products and pitched those ideas to a panel of judges for cash prizes.

Students Meagan Cochran, Caleb Skeens and Emma Looney took home the top prize for MyPace. The idea behind MySpace is to create a mobile application for runners. The app would utilize a sensor to synchronize a runner’s pace to the beat of the music on his or her mobile device.

“This project forced us to work hard,” the team said. “The most important thing we have gained has been the knowledge that we can succeed at anything we set our minds to.”

Team Lotus earned second place for its concept of calculator software to enhance students’ math skills and reduce calculator dependency. Team Lotus is comprised of Noor Ali, Vianna Le, Faith Runyon and Katie Atkins.

Team iExpress earned 3rd place with the members of Olivia Davis, Michael Gaunt, Kevin Green, Mason Griffith, Sean Hillwig, Beka Lindsey, Bridgett Pennington, Tommy Tackett, Tommy Webb and Austin Wright. iExpress is developing an outdoor recreation application to increase ecotourism in eastern Kentucky.

“There is an unbelievable amount of business information our group learned, and we are grateful to have been able to compete and have this wonderful experience,” Team iExpress stated.

The event also was sponsored by the University of Pikeville Coleman College of Business, Appalachian Wireless and Quick Signs of Coal Run.

The competition was part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and small business creators. One of the goals of the Kentucky Innovation Network is to encourage young entrepreneurs in eastern Kentucky to explore their ideas and to teach them how to start their own businesses.

“This competition has generated tremendous excitement for young entrepreneurs in Pikeville,” said David Snow, director of the Kentucky Innovation Network Pikeville Office. “The students and teachers involved worked diligently on their business plans, and we are all pleased with the results.”

Moving forward, Pikeville Independent wants to make entrepreneurship education a permanent part of their school. The Innovation Network plans to introduce a formal program and partner with the teachers to deliver the content starting next spring.

From assisting startups in assessing an idea, to developing a business plan, to finding grants, loans and capital, the Kentucky Innovation Network helps local companies discover the resources needed to be successful. The Pikeville office operates in UPIKE’s Community Technology Center and serves nine counties, including Pike, Martin, Johnson, Floyd, Knott, Letcher, Perry, Breathitt and Magoffin.

Article: David Snow, Pikeville Innovation Network Office Director

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Gov. Beshear Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

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Cabinet for Economic Development

Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

Joe Hall


Gov. Beshear Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week
Commonwealth continues to receive national recognition for entrepreneurial support

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2014) – Governor Steve Beshear is celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week by recognizing those Kentuckians who create jobs and inspire new ideas here in the Commonwealth.

“Entrepreneurs drive Kentucky’s growing economy,” said Gov. Beshear. “Kentucky has made great strides to support our small business community, encourage innovation and put more Kentuckians back to work. We honor these visionaries and thank them for growing their ideas right here in the Commonwealth.”

Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 17-23, is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and small business creators. Started by the Kauffman Foundation, an international nonprofit focused on entrepreneurship and education, Global Entrepreneurship Week is celebrated around the world.

Kentucky continues to receive national recognition for its support and development of entrepreneurs. The State Entrepreneurship Index ranked Kentucky fourth in the country for its ability to create small businesses, a 45-spot jump from a year ago. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says Kentucky has the highest percentage growth of business establishments in the nation. The Kauffman Foundation and gave Kentucky an “A” rating for small business friendliness.

Last year, Gov. Beshear launched the Office of Entrepreneurship within the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. The goals of the office are to strengthen the state’s entrepreneurial climate, provide guidance and support to startups and assist existing small businesses with growth opportunities.

The Office of Entrepreneurship also oversees the Kentucky Innovation Network. Consisting of 13 offices that reach all corners of the state, the Network offers extensive resources for small and new businesses, including funding initiatives, marketing and sales assistance, along with a variety of financial and incentive programs. All services are provided free of charge.

Kentucky’s youth and young adult entrepreneur programs also are growing rapidly. The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs encourages innovation among high school students. Idea State U, a statewide business plan competition, is designed to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship at the college level.

“Anyone can be the next great entrepreneur, and the Commonwealth offers the resources to make those aspirations come true,” said Secretary Larry Hayes, of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. “We know the key to our future economic prosperity and job creation will come from that person who has a great idea on the back of a napkin. Kentucky is committed to supporting these visionaries every step of the way.”

Learn more about how Kentucky is celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week here.

Louisville’s GearBrake Wins Entrepreneur Pitch Competition Finals in Frankfort

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Cabinet for Economic Development
Old Capitol Annex
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Frankfort, KY 40601

Joe Hall


Louisville’s GearBrake Wins Entrepreneur Pitch Competition Finals in Frankfort
Winners of regional competitions present to Kentucky Angels

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2014) – Three Kentucky entrepreneurs have received a significant boost to grow their businesses.

GearBrake, based in Louisville, took home the grand prize in the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s inaugural entrepreneur pitch competition finals Thursday at the Kentucky Angel Investors Summit in Frankfort.

“This is just another example of how Kentucky is helping to grow our small business community,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “We had a great competition, and all corners of the state were represented. I want to congratulate GearBrake on its success, and I look forward to watching this innovative company grow right here in the Commonwealth.”

GearBrake has developed a specialized brake light system to better protect and alert motorcyclists. Motorcycles are able to rapidly slow down without using brakes by downshifting and engine braking, but other drivers cannot detect this because downshifting doesn’t light up a bike’s brake lights. GearBrake’s patent-pending module can sense deceleration and will automatically flash the brake lights.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, one extra second of warning time can prevent up to 90 percent of rear-end collisions. GearBrake provides as many as five seconds of extra warning.

“We are extremely excited,” said Chris Bailey, founder and CEO of GearBrake. “The local and national buzz surrounding the competition has been amazing, and we’re looking forward to taking the next steps toward putting our product on the market.”

Eight entrepreneurs from Ashland, Covington, Lexington, Elizabethtown, Louisville, Murray, Pikeville and Richmond competed in the finals. The participants, who won their regional pitch competitions earlier this year, presented their business ideas to the Kentucky Angel Investors Network (Kentucky Angels).

Each entrepreneur had five minutes to present his or her business idea to the audience. Voting was based on one question, “how viable is the business concept?”

GearBrake received the highest score and a $5,000 prize toward growing the business. The second and third place finishers also took home cash prizes.

2nd Place: Rely-A-Light: Based in Richmond, Rely-A-Light developed a multi-function table lamp that provides instant emergency light during a power outage. The lamp also acts as cellphone and tablet charging station.

3rd Place: Blink Technologies: The Lexington company developed the BlinkScan, a high resolution digital scanning technology so that every pixel sees every color, making each scan a “full color” image.

“This year’s statewide pitch competitions helped put the spotlight on our growing small business community,” said Larry Hayes, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. “We need to support our local innovators and provide them the tools to turn their vision into a reality. I can’t wait to see what ideas are developed next year.”

The competitions were sponsored by the Office of Entrepreneurship within the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, along with Kentucky Angels and the Kentucky Innovation Network.

Launched in 2013, Kentucky Angels brings new ventures and accredited investors together via monthly online meetings, providing investors access to form deals and partnerships with entrepreneurs statewide. Membership is open to those accredited investors in and outside the state who are passionate about investing in Kentucky companies. To learn more about Kentucky Angels, visit


The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for encouraging new jobs and investment in the state. New capital investment announced in Kentucky in 2013 totaled more than $3.3 billion, spurring more than 14,000 projected new jobs. Information on available industrial properties, workforce development assistance, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other economic development resources is available at



Tri State First Regional Angel Investment Group to Kick off Nov. 18th


We cordially invite you to the kick-off celebration of the region’s first angel investment group!  This group is committed to helping regional entrepreneurs access the capital necessary for the growth and development of new ventures.

Kentucky House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins – Keynote Speaker
Tuesday, November 18, 1:00 p.m.

The Bellefonte Country Club
208 Country Club Drive, Ashland KY 41101

Please RSVP to Mick Fosson

MakeTime to hire UI Visual Designer and Back-End Developer


UI Visual Designer
MakeTime, a fastpaced startup located in Lexington, Kentucky is looking to hire a UI Designer. We are out to change the world of manufacturing one pixel at a time. Truly unique opportunity to shape a revolutionary product!
You will work closely with the founders through multiple customer input driven iterations of our product. We get design. We value design. We want to make amazing UI/UX experience a part of our company from the start.
Technical Skills:
Adobe Creative Suite
Strong knowledge HTML, CSS, Javascript a must
Knowledge of Bootstrap, Angular and/or other frontend
frameworks a plus

Ideal candidate will demonstrate:
Experience designing user interfaces for web and mobile applications
Appreciation for iteration and process
Ability to collaborate with marketing and development team members
Love for exploration and experimentation coupled with attention to detail.
Strong ability to communicate with wireframes (digital or good ol’ pencil and paper)
Knowledge of common design patterns and best practices for mobile and web design

Back-End Developer
Technical Skills:
Deep knowledge of language/framework combo of your choice.
MVP is written in RoR but we are early enough in our development process to freely entertain other options.
Strong understanding of the full application web stack
Ability to leverage web development and testing tools such as Github, Semaphore, etc.
Experience deploying apps on AWS platform.

Ideal candidate will demonstrate:
Appreciation for iteration and process
Experience in leading/managing teams of coders (both onsite and offsite)
Familiar with issues related to code deployment and management
Experience in providing coaching for team members
Please contact
Dmitry “Dima” Strakovsky
with a resume and links to past work