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Louisville Startup is an Implantable Healthcare Pioneer

People often cite healthcare as an area of expertise that may help propel Louisville, KY to greater startup and business prominence in the United States, and Dr. Angelique Johnson is helping us make that happen. She holds undergraduate degrees in mathematics and in...

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How Has Y-Combinator Boosted Louisville’s WeatherCheck

What single Louisville company is part of the same fraternity as Airbnb and Dropbox? It's a company called WeatherCheck, and they now are an alumnus of the prestigious Silicon Valley accelerator Y-Combinator. They're the first and only Y-Combinator company to date...

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How to Make Raising Capital Easier

  Since the very beginning, MetroStart (formerly Metro Startup Launcher) has worked to make it easier for startup companies in our area to raise capital and get started. With a lot of trial and error, we believe we have figured out a much easier way for startups...

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Want to Know More About Patrick Henshaw, LEAP CEO?

Patrick Henshaw came to Louisville about 4 months ago to lead the Louisville Entrepreneurship Acceleration Partnership (LEAP) as CEO. If you're part of our entrepreneurial community, you've probably seen him speak at an event or two. You've probably heard some of his...

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How to Help Save Lives and Build A Successful Startup

Rebah Wheeling was a successful insurance claims adjuster. One emotional day while meeting with a hurricane victim lead to the founding of her fast growing local company - Schedule It. In this podcast, Rebah talks about the emotional moment that lead her to start her...

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How to be Successful with Equity Crowdfunding

Three of the nations experts in equity crowdfunding discuss what's working and what's not working. This is one of the best summaries I've heard. Learn what kind of companies are best for equity crowdfunding, how to prepare for an equity crowdfund, and how to be...

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How to Get Capital for Your Startup

What's the most effective way to raise capital for your startup? How do most companies actually raise capital for their startup in our area? What changes in SEC law have made it easier to reach a lot more investors? What's the best way for YOUR startup to raise...

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Can Louisville be a Leader in the Sharing Economy?

  The "Sharing Economy" has been an amazing driver of wealth and convenience for the world. Companies like Uber, Lyft, and, Airbnb have dramatically changed the way we get from one place to another, stay in one place or another, and get things done. They also...

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How to Find Success with Louisville Angel Investing?

Increasing the number of local angel investors has been the goal of Metro Startup Launcher from the very beginning. We've done a lot of blogs, emails, and podcasts, and now we've participated in two different types of crowdfunding campaigns. How's it going? Well, one...

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How to be a Superman (or woman)

  (This is an email from Steven Kotler, author of The Rise of Superman. I highly recommend this book!) What's Up Good People! Bringing you your monthly dose of high-performance counsel as we leave summer behind and lean in to fall. This one’s on risk-taking—a...

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How to invest in these hot Louisville startups?

Two Louisville crowdfunding projects are rolling right along, and here's the latest on how you can invest: Cuddle Clones The Cuddle Clones® story began when Founder Jennifer Williams was lying down with her best pal in the world, her Great Dane Rufus. Jennifer thought...

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Cuddle Clones just made Louisville startup history!

Jennifer Williams of Cuddle Clones is making Louisville startup history! Cuddle Clones already made world history by creating the only scalable company that allows you to order online and create a lifelike replica of your pet (https://cuddleclones.com/). Now, they...

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How to Boost Louisville’s Rise of the Rest Momentum

What a week we had recently for local entrepreneurs! I hope you had a chance to attend some of the Kentucky Startup events. With Endeavor's International Selection Panel and Steve Case's Rise of the Rest Tour making Louisville its only return city to date, we have a...

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Metro Startup Launcher and 1804’s Onward

Check out the latest edition of 1804's Onward with Raechelle Gray and Alan Grosheider. Learn how Metro Startup Launcher is working to make "micro-angel" investing a reality in the Louisville area. How will this accelerate startups in our area? How will this help angel...

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How to get startups started with Alli from Wicked Sheets

Alli Truttmann just celebrated a HUGE milestone for any business: the 10-year anniversary of her company, Wicked Sheets. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 20% of businesses fail in their 1st year, about 50% of small businesses fail by their...

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How can angel investors make more money?

I've been starting and building companies for 24 years.  During that time, I've also participated in and studied angel and venture capital investments.  For the past year and a half, I've been writing Metro Startup Launcher articles and taking a deep dive into...

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How micro-investing can make you money?

Did you know that the average angel investor in the United States makes a return on their investment of 27%, including losses? How could that be?  Everyone says that people who invest in startup companies lose all their money.  Tell that to the first guys to invest in...

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How to take advantage of the 40% Angel Tax Credit?

One thing that makes a startup investment in Kentucky extremely attractive is the Kentucky Angel Investment Tax Credit. If you're an accredited investor and a Kentucky resident, you can get an amazing tax credit (40 to 50%) on startup company investments. This is a...

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Why should Louisville embrace this type of crowdfunding?

  Anyone who is interested in accelerating our startup community should listen to Episode #157 of Kevin Bupp's podcast.  (Hopefully, Kevin Bupp won't mind us using his picture and promoting his podcast.) CLICK HERE FOR THE PODCAST This episode is titled "Ep #157:...

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How to boost Louisville’s startup ecosystem?

An opinion post by Bill Huston, CEO of Our Crowd Rocks (https://ourcrowdrocks.com):   An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Louisville Steve Case pointed out that the playing field is not level regarding investing. In 2016, 70 percent of venture capital funding went to...

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How Louisville leads the charge in the Rise of the Rest?!

Wow, way to go Louisville!  A couple weeks ago, we posted a message from Tommy Wallace from PNC Bank requesting everyone in the city to go to the Rise of the Rest website and vote for Louisville in the Bring Back the Bus contest.  I also saw many posts, emails, and...

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Want Louisville to be a Rise of the Rest city?

To all our friends in the Louisville area, In June of 2016, PNC’s Regional President, Chuck Denny, was instrumental in bringing Steve Case to Louisville during his “Rise of the Rest” tour. Case is the founder of AOL and started Rise of the Rest to highlight...

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