FOUNDER FEATURE: Darius and Courtney Pettway, Founders of KidVestors

Darius and Courtney Pettway were inspired to create a solution to show others how to break negative generational cycles and see other families evolve from just surviving to thriving.

They created KidVestors, a financial education program and curriculum dedicated to teaching underserved youth the importance of financial literacy and investing.

By Taryn Skees for Amplify Louisville — December 2, 2022

FOUNDER FEATURE: Lydia Henshaw, Co-Founder of Resolv, Chief Product Officer at Mindfully

Lydia Henshaw has always had a keen understanding for the utilization of tech to solve problems. Read about her entrepreneurial journey that led to co-founding a virtual mental health platform, providing crucial access to care for teens.

By Taryn Skees for Amplify Louisville — August 12, 2022

COMMUNITY CHAMPION: Kayla Meisner, Licensing & New Ventures Manager at KCV

Kayla Meisner works as a champion of founders and innovators in the Louisville community everyday in her role as Licensing & New Ventures Manager at Kentucky Commercialization Ventures which provides resources to the state’s public universities and colleges to transform ideas into services, products, processes, startups, and investments supported by intellectual property.

Kayla shares with us why she enjoys working with founders, what it’s like having a role in the success of a tech startup, and more!

By Taryn Skees for Amplify Louisville — June 24, 2022

FOUNDER FEATURE: Noah Rough, CEO of Groupie

Noah Rough is the founder and CEO of Groupie: Discover, Share, Listen, a downloadable social media mobile application that allows users to share, and review, their favorite albums, songs, EPs, and playlists with friends.

With the mission of building a positive community one song at a time, some of Groupie’s 30+ features include the ability to:

  • discover new music shared via the World and Following Timelines
  • add music to any of your playlists, view your top songs, and artists, from the past month, 6 months, year, and of all time via Your Statistics
  • keep track of your favorite artist(s) and their release announcements
  • write reviews/post music
  • create Custom Lists of your favorite music
  • curate a personall collection of music for a later listening session via Listen Later

Learn more about Groupie, and CEO Noah Rough including how music has personally impacted his life, the top 3 songs that would be on his soundtrack of life and what he would be doing if he were not an entrepreneur.

By Taryn Skees for Amplify Louisville — May 20, 2022

FOUNDER FEATURE: Kwane Watson, Founder and CEO of Kare Mobile, Inc.

Kwane Watson is the founder and CEO of Kare Mobile Inc, an innovative company with a focus on providing comprehensive oral health care in single operatory mobile dental units. After graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1999, Dr. Watson purchased his first practice in West Louisville just a year later. In less than 5 years his practice was the largest in the area and tripled in revenue.

With twenty-one years of dental experience, and as a serial entrepreneur with expertise in logistics, franchising, and real estate, Dr. Watson’s goals are to inspire and provide individual providers the opportunity to obtain affordable practice ownership and increase access to comprehensive oral health care for all.

Read more about how Kare Mobile got it’s start in our interview with Dr. Watson.

By Taryn Skees for Amplify Louisville — Feb 11, 2022

COMMUNITY CHAMPION: Haley Cawthon, Reporter, Louisville Business First / KY Inno

Haley Cawthon, a champion of founders and innovators in the Louisville community, is a reporter for Louisville Business First and the lead writer for KY Inno, which provides media coverage of the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

In this Q&A, Haley shares with us the exciting things to come in 2022 for KY Inno, how she got her start in writing and her thoughts on some of the more memorable founders she has featured this year. 

By Taryn Skees for Amplify Louisville — Dec 23, 2021

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