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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – For the past three months, six student-led startup companies at Northern Kentucky University have been working to turn their business dreams into reality.
Graduates of the program will now have the chance to demonstrate their progress to some of the top leaders in Greater Cincinnati’s startup world. On Thursday, NKU’s INKUBATOR program will host its fifth annual Demo Day at Cintrifuse.
“We are excited to showcase the hard work of these talented emerging companies,” said Rodney D’Souza, director of NKU’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “We know that powerful new ideas have the potential to change the world, and our INKUBATOR program is proud to help the next generation of entrepreneurs harness the potential of their dreams.”
The INKUBATOR is a rigorous, 12-week business accelerator housed in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, an initiative of NKU’s Haile/US Bank College of Business. Six student-led startups were accepted into the program, and on Thursday will pitch to leaders from across the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky business and entrepreneurship communities.
For the first time, Demo Day will be held at Cintrifuse in Over-the-Rhine. The event will begin at 5 p.m., and graduates will deliver a seven-minute pitch, followed by a Q&A session with the panel of guest judges. A networking event will follow.
However, the companies won’t just be pitching to the judges: members of the audience will vote for the best presentation of the night, and the winning company will receive a $1,000 prize.
The INKUBATOR Class of 2016 includes:
Founded in 2012, the INKUBATOR program is open to all current NKU students as well as to recent graduates.
The program was ranked among the top five in the world by UBI (University Business Incubators) in 2014 and 2015 in two different categories.
For more information, visit inkubator.nku.edu.