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The Northern Kentucky Collaborative for Economic Engagement is the key connector for entrepreneurs, private sector leaders, investors, educational programs, incubators, accelerators, governmental and economic development organizations, and non-profits. 

Taking a team approach, we offer an interconnected set of programs and events to meet the specific challenges facing northern Kentucky entrepreneurs:

  • Connecting to just-in-time support services
  • Discerning appropriate data for decision-making
  • Accessing specialized programming for the underserved
  • Planning for the next generation of business leaders.

Housed in the Collaborative at 112 Pike Street in Covington, the NKY Innovation Office is there to connect entrepreneurs to mentors, incubator facilities, business support services, and the resources of Northern Kentucky University. Regular office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Please stop by to see the space and what we can offer you! 



RBDG – Enterprise Grant

The RBDG – Enterprise grant expands the NKY Collaborative by targeting economic development in the rural regions of Northern Kentucky, specifically in Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Owen and Pendleton counties. Intentional activities Include comprehensive technical assistance and business counseling to small and emerging companies for the purposes of driving regional job and value creation.

EDA i6 Grant

The EDA i6 grant supports the Northern Kentucky Health Innovation Initiative (NKY-HII), which creates and attracts companies, jobs, and talent in the health innovation sector to northern Kentucky. NKY-HII stimulates and commercializes health innovation by aligning our top economic development, healthcare, university, and startup assets.

EDA SPRINT Challenge Grant

The EDA SPRINT Challenge grant addresses the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, helping the region to thrive in the post-COVID environment and to accelerate long-term economic recovery by increasing entrepreneurship and innovation. enhances the Collaborative to increase regional economic resilience.  

For more information about the Collaborative's grant projects, please contact either Meg Stephenson ( or Valerie Hardcastle (


112 Pike Street, in Covington’s Innovation Alley

4800 square feet of ground level space

Space available for meetings and collaboration

Exterior photo of the Collaborative for Economic Engagement with the sign above the windows overlooking Pike Street.
Interior photo of the Collaborative for Economic Engagement's coworking space with several desks and chairs throughout the space.
Interior photo of the Collaborative for Economic Engagement's conference room with a long table and chairs in the center of the room.
Interior photo of the Collaborative for Economic Engagement's conference room with a long table and chairs in the center. In the back, a garage door is open to the parking lot.


Headshot of Meg Stephenson

Meg Stephenson

Innovation Office Director
NKU Collaborative for Economic Engagement
112 Pike St. Covington, KY 41011
(859) 572-7877