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Amplify Louisville Assumes Venture Connectors to Catalyze Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Growth

Louisville, KY, December 13th, 2023 – In a landmark move for the entrepreneurial community, Amplify Louisville, a not-for-profit dedicated to fostering innovation and supporting tech enabled startups, proudly announces it will take on Venture Connectors, a not-for-profit member-based organization with nearly three decades of history in bringing entrepreneurs and investors together.

This strategic move marks a significant milestone in Amplify Louisville’s mission to catalyze the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Amplify Louisville is committed to empowering startups, bridging connections, and propelling the next generation of groundbreaking ventures. This collaborative integration exemplifies the best of the entrepreneurial spirit in Louisville.

Founded 1995, Venture Connectors has been a beacon for entrepreneurs seeking venture connections, providing a platform for networking, mentorship, and collaboration within the startup landscape. With a legacy of nurturing countless success stories, the organization has played a pivotal role in shaping the trajectory of aspiring entrepreneurs.

Amplify Louisville, known for its innovative programs, resources, and unwavering support for startups, and Venture Connectors Leadership saw an opportunity to enhance and expand the impact of both organizations by assuming the membership program, which aligns with Amplify’s strategic vision of creating a more interconnected and supportive environment for entrepreneurs, ensuring that they have access to the resources and connections needed to thrive.

Key benefits of this transition include:

  • Enriched Networking Opportunities: Members of both organizations will now benefit from an extended network of mentors, investors, and fellow entrepreneurs, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange.
  • Comprehensive Resources: The merger brings together a diverse range of resources, including workshops, events, and educational programs, to provide entrepreneurs with a holistic support system for their ventures.
  • Streamlined Access to Venture: By combining the strengths of both organizations, Amplify Louisville aims to streamline the process for startups to connect with potential investors, accelerating the fundraising journey.
  • Continued Legacy: Amplify Louisville is committed to preserving and building upon the legacy of Venture Connectors, ensuring that its longstanding commitment to fostering entrepreneurial connections remains a cornerstone of the merged entity.

“The Venture Connectors Board of Directors is proud of the collaborative integration with Amplify Louisville. We believe it will carry forward the longstanding spirit of Venture Connectors and create a lasting, positive impact in Louisville’s entrepreneurial community.”

– Ben Smock, President, Venture Connectors

“During my over a decade-long journey with Venture Connectors from committee member to board chair, I’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative power of a welcoming and supportive startup community. Venture Connectors was not just an organization; it was a gateway to opportunities, ideas, and invaluable collisions of activities. As we transition to Amplify, I am deeply honored to lead this evolution. Amplify isn’t just a new name; it represents our continued commitment to elevating and expanding the support we provide to entrepreneurs and innovators.”

– Larry Horn, CEO, Amplify Louisville

As Amplify Louisville takes the helm of Venture Connectors, a new chapter unfolds in the history of both entities. Together, they stand poised to create a more vibrant, collaborative, and dynamic ecosystem for entrepreneurs, driving innovation and economic growth. Join us for the next luncheon on January 10th, 2024 at the Louisville Science Center. This session brings together innovation and community growth, with none other than Mayor Greenberg who will join Bryce Butler, Founder & Managing Director of Access Ventures, for a fireside chat. Find more information about the event and membership or sponsor opportunities here.

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