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Our Programs

Our programs are designed to ignite passion for an entrepreneurial mindset, fuel desires by providing students with the resources and education to make their dreams a reality, and fan the spirit and culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across campus and the region.
INKUREKA

JUMP START IDEAS

INKUBATOR

MAKE IDEAS REAL

INKUBIZ

MOVE IDEAS FORWARD

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Contact Us

Zac Strobl

David Schneider
Director
BC 350
(859) 572-5931
schneiderdav@nku.edu

 

Bio
 
Dr. Schneider served as the CEO of Rem Brands, Inc., a technology incubator of high performance patented chemistries and proprietary formulas before joining NKU as the CIE Director. Spanning a 30-year career, he brings a wide variety of business experience to the CIE, from launching startups as an entrepreneur to guiding established public and private companies as the president/CEO. He has extensive experience negotiating and executing contracts in multinational environments including North America, Asia and Europe. Dr. Schneider is also the inventor on 29 granted patents as well as several pending patents and has leveraged this technical expertise to help other entrepreneurs pursuing intellectual-based businesses in the region.
Zac Strobl

Zac Strobl
Assistant Director
BC 351
(859) 572-7541
stroblz1@nku.edu

 

Bio

 

Zac Strobl is the Interim Co-Director for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Zac has been working with startups and small businesses since the age of 19. Zac’s experience includes working as a business consultant with the Small Business Development Center at NKU, as well as a startup medical supply company in Chicago where he worked his way up to the management team, has ran his family business, and is the co-founder of The INKUBATOR. Zac is an NKU alumnus with a BS in Entrepreneurship and Marketing.

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Jeff Varrone

Jeff Varrone
Assistant Director
BC 305
(859) 572-5931
varronej@nku.edu

 

Bio

 

Jeff Varrone is the Interim Co-Director for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and serves as a faculty member in Entrepreneurship.  He also works with students on various events and academic programs to prepare them for business opportunities and to help create awareness of entrepreneurship across campus and in the community.  He joined the Entrepreneurship Program while completing his Master’s Degree with a focus on Entrepreneurship at NKU.

Originally from Saint Louis, Missouri, Jeff graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Minor in Entrepreneurship. While attending college, he successfully started and managed an entrepreneurial business venture for three years.

Jeff is also a faculty-in-residence at Callahan Hall (a residential building on NKU’s campus).  He is proud to have won several awards, including the NKU Indelible Spirit Award, the NKU Outstanding Coach/Advisor of the Year, the Outstanding Part-Time Geography Faculty Member Award, and the IdeaStateU Business Plan Competition Faculty Advisor Award. 

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