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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

Business Academic Center, room 350
859-572-5931
cie@nku.edu
Campus Map/Directions

Rodeny D'Souza
Rodney D'Souza
Director
BC 352
(859) 572-5741
dsouzar@nku.edu
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Sally Allen

Sally Allen
Coordinator
BC 350
(859) 572-5931
allens@nku.edu

Bio

Sally Allen is the Coordinator for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She provides assistance to the Director of the Center in all areas of its operations. A vital part of the center since its inception, Sally leads the operational management, policy development, project management, budgeting, and strategic planning sectors. Sally has been recognized for her service and leadership, as she has received the GCEC (Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers) Distinguished Service Award, the STLP (Student Technology Program) Ambassador Award, the Dean's Citation for Outstanding Staff Member, and the Haile Staff Achievement Award for Collaboration.

Zac Strobl

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

Bio

Zac Strobl is a consultant 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 assisted with the development of The INKUBATOR. Zac is an NKU alumnus with a BS in Entrepreneurship and Marketing.

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Jeff Varrone

Jeff Varrone
Student Coordinator
BC 305
(859) 572-5931
varronej@nku.edu

Bio

Jeff Varrone is the Student Coordinator for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and serves as a part-time faculty member in Entrepreneurship and Geography.  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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