News

FOUNDER FEATURE: Jose Gaztambide, CEO Goodmaps

Jose Gaztambide is the Founder and CEO of GoodMaps and formerly served as COO of Interapt. Jose has an MBA from Cornell University where he was a Roy H Park Leadership Fellow, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, focusing on business development and supporting local entrepreneurs.

By Taryn Skees for Amplify Louisville — Oct 1, 2021


FOUNDER FEATURE: Aaron Jordan, CEO of Black Complex

Born and raised in Louisville, artist, activist and entrepreneur Aaron Jordan was inspired to develop a co-working space that addressed the equity disparities for black professionals, entrepreneurs and founders. Black Complex officially launched in 2020.

By Taryn Skees for Amplify Louisville — Sep 3, 2021


Amplify Makes Two Hires, Gets State Funding Renewed

Amplify Louisville has made two new hires in recent weeks as its funding from KY Innovation has been renewed for a second year.

The local entrepreneur support organization, which succeeded Louisville Entrepreneurship Acceleration Partnership (LEAP) last summer, has brought on Keionna Baker as director of community engagement and Jenn Callahan as director of marketing and business development.

By Haley Cawthon — Reporter, Louisville Business First, Aug 2, 2021


Amplify Welcomes Keionna Baker and Jenn Callahan

As we look forward to the upcoming year we are focused on strengthening the resources we have, continuing our focus on DE&I initiatives, providing events and programming (in-person YAY), looking at new activities to create a sustainable organization, and celebrating all of the activity in our startup community. In order to accomplish these goals, we are excited to share the addition of two new superstars to our team.

By Amplify Louisville, July 12 2021


FOUNDER FEATURE: Eric Wentworth and JD Mitchell, Co-Owners of Modica

Eric Wentworth and JD Mitchell are co-founders of Modica, the world’s first superfood cocktail mix. Prior to meeting in business school at the University of Louisville, JD worked in sales and account management roles at a range of organizations. In addition to starting Modica with JD, Eric Wentworth is also co-owner of The Hub Louisville and The Champagnery.

By Amplify Louisville, June 10 2021


FOUNDER FEATURE: Arielle Clark, Owner of Sis Got Tea

Arielle Clark, a native of Louisville, longed for a sober, safe space for LGBTQ+ people as she went through the growing pains of being a black, queer woman through adolescence and beyond. After quitting a job, she decided to create that space herself and started Sis Got Tea.

By Amplify Louisville, May 14 2021


FOUNDER FEATURE: Buddy Bockweg, Founder/CEO of VSimple and AxisPoint Alliance

Buddy Bockweg’s desire to tackle inadequate customer experiences led to the development of not one, but two companies focused on connectivity and service. He says the success of both are a direct result of “surrounding ourselves with incredibly talented people and our willingness to take a risk.”

By Amplify Louisville, April 9 2021


FOUNDER FEATURE: Shannon Fehr, RockIT Women

Shannon Fehr put on the first Women in Tech (WIT) conference in 2015 because she was tired of being the only female in the room when going to IT events. Now, in addition to being a wedding planner, she hosts annual tech events with more than 500 women in attendance through her company, RockIT Women.

By Amplify Louisville, March 19 2021


FOUNDER FEATURE: Seun Erinle, A.I.R. Labs + Grid Principles

Seun Erinle is an innovator in the tech education and design space and Founder of A.I.R. Labs and Grid Principles. Read our Q&A with Seun to hear about her entrepreneurial journey.

By Amplify Louisville and Queer Kentucky, March 5 2021


Veteran startup founder joins Amplify as second entrepreneur in residence

Natalia Bishop, founder of Story Louisville and co-founder of Level Up, has joined the state-funded organization as an entrepreneur in residence (EIR)

By Haley Cawthon — Reporter, Louisville Business First, Feb 22, 2021


FOUNDER FEATURE: Hishem Alsalman and Carlos Acevedo of Legal Gantt

Read more about the road to entrepreneurship for these law student friends and the biggest challenges and rewards of their journey.

By Taryn Skees for Amplify Louisville — Feb 12, 2021


EXCLUSIVE: Larry Horn details how Amplify aims to build Louisville’s startup ecosystem

The executive director of the new state-funded organization talks about its goals moving forward.

By Haley Cawthon  – Reporter, Louisville Business First, Aug 28, 2020


LEAP entering ‘new chapter,’ new organization gets state funding

LEAP, led by the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council and U of L’s Office of Research and Innovation, will now focus exclusively on startups within the health care industry.

By Haley Cawthon  – Reporter, Louisville Business FirstJul 13, 2020