Investor Information


The Cabinet for Economic Development works to help connect investors with qualified small businesses and startups, with the goal of helping those businesses access capital that will enable them to grow.

If you are working with a small business or looking to invest in one, the Cabinet is here to help.

Please note that the Cabinet does not intend or make any endorsement by the inclusion or exclusion of information from this page or site


Opportunities for Investors

Kentucky Angel Investors Network


The Kentucky Angels bring new ventures and investors together across the Commonwealth via monthly online meetings, providing investors access to early-stage deal flow on a statewide basis. Out-of-state accredited investors are welcome too.

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Kentucky Angel Investment Tax Credit


Offers tax credits of up to 50 percent of a qualified investment in Kentucky small businesses.

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Commonwealth Seed Capital


An independent, non-profit fund that invests in early-stage Kentucky businesses to facilitate the commercialization of innovative ideas and technologies.

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Angel Investor Groups

The term “angel investor” originated on Broadway for those individuals that funded productions. Today, hundreds of thousands of angel investors provide backing for entrepreneurs and small businesses in a wide variety of sectors. Kentucky is home to many of these angel investment groups. If you are interested in learning more about joining a Kentucky-based angel investor group, please contact these groups directly.

The Cabinet makes no recommendations on any venture capital groups. The following is provided for informational purposes only.

Bluegrass Angels

The Bluegrass Angels seek to encourage the development of start-up companies and to support new businesses in the region by providing the region’s entrepreneurs with seed capital and management guidance from experienced industry and entrepreneurial veterans.

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Enterprise Angels

The Enterprise Angels are a formal group of 40+ angel investors who seek to encourage the development of start-up companies and to support new businesses in the Louisville area by providing entrepreneurs with seed capital and management guidance from industry and entrepreneurial veterans.

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Lincoln Trail Venture Group

Lincoln Trail Venture Group is a diverse group of central Kentucky citizens interested in angel investing for early-stage development or start-up companies.

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Interested Kentucky-based venture capital groups may be added to this list by contacting econdev@ky.gov.


Venture Capital

Listed below are the names of various venture capital groups in Kentucky. The Cabinet makes no recommendations on any venture capital groups. The following is provided for informational purposes only.

Chrysalis Ventures

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Chrysalis seeks to partner with entrepreneurs to build enduring businesses in industries undergoing significant transformation.

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Meritus Ventures

Meritus is a venture capital fund formed to make equity investments in private, expansion-stage companies in predominantly rural areas in central and southern Appalachia.

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River Cities Capital Funds

River Cities seeks to invest in high-growth IT and healthcare companies that have a market-validated proposition.

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Interested Kentucky-based venture capital groups may be added to this list by contacting econdev@ky.gov.


Private Equity

The following firms, located in Kentucky, provide private equity opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The Cabinet makes no recommendations on any private equity groups. The following is provided for informational purposes only.

Blue Equity

Blue Equity, LLC is an independent, private equity firm that invests in enterprises with solid developmental potential. Blue Equity forms partnerships with existing management teams to leverage the collective expertise of all involved.

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Evermore Investments

Evermore looks to invest in post-revenue-developing companies with focused and committed management teams open to working with a capital partner whose interest is to apply the vast array of skills and resources Evermore has to offer.

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River Hill Capital

River Hill Capital, LLC was organized in June 1996 to develop, establish or expand strategic and managerial relationships with a select group of privately held or small publicly held companies.

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Interested Kentucky-based private equity groups may be added to this list by contacting econdev@ky.gov.


EB-5 Immigrant Investor Information

This is a federal program intended to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. The program sets aside EB-5 visas for participants who invest in approved commercial enterprises based on proposals for promoting economic growth. Under this program, entrepreneurs (and their spouses and unmarried children under 21) are eligible to apply for a green card (permanent residence) if they:

  • Make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States; and
  • Plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers.
Learn about EB-5 designation in Kentucky