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The INKUBATOR is an internationally ranked 12-week business accelerator open to all current NKU students and alumni. Created in 2012, the INKUBATOR supports a cohort of 6 - 8 start-ups each summer. Once applicants are accepted, The INKUBATOR staff and mentors provide guidance, team building, access to capital, connections, resources, and a flexible office space to support the start-ups in the program.

The INKUBATOR is a cross-campus initiative that enables students and alumni from different backgrounds to connect and start a business together. Typically, students/alumni come to The INKUBATOR with an idea and leave the program with a validated business model, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), and a plan to continue growing. To date, INKUBATOR graduates have launched 25 businesses, raised over $7 million dollars in outside funding, and created 72 jobs.

Zac Strobl

Zac Strobl - Program Director and Co-Founder of The INKUBATOR. 

Zac has 12 years of startup and small business management experience. He has a B.S. in Entrepreneurship and Marketing, has been a business consultant with NKU's Small Business Development Center, worked his way up to the management team of a startup medical supply company in Chicago, ran his family business, and is a founding board member of a non-profit organization. Zac's experiences and go-getter attitude is why the INKUBATOR program continues to grow.