Matthew G. Bevin
Old Capitol Annex
300 West Broadway Frankfort, KY 40601
Terry Gill
May 6, 2018
For Immediate Release
Vivek Sarin
Executive Officer

Jack Mazurak

Startup Week Draws `Who's Who' of Entrepreneurs, Investors to Kentucky

Endeavor competition and Rise of the Rest put spotlight on local business innovators

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 6, 2018) - Some of the biggest names and brightest minds in venture capital worldwide will converge on Kentucky, May 7-11, as they consider funding businesses by local entrepreneurs. The events are part of Startup Week, which will also include announcements, partnerships and initiatives to fast track the state’s business innovation environment.

Endeavor, a venture capital fund with a global network of startup incubators, will hold its international selection panel this week. Several companies identified by Endeavor’s Louisville office will participate. A breakfast Monday is open to the public. Tickets are $20.

Local business founders will also pitch ideas to former AOL Time Warner chief Steve Case and “Hillbilly Elegy” author and venture capitalist J.D. Vance as part of the Rise of the Rest Day in Louisville. Case, founder of the $150 million-plus Rise of the Rest seed fund, along with the fund’s manager Vance, will tour various city startups and present a $100,000 check to the pitch-competition winner.


What: Scale-Up Endeavor breakfast and forum to kick off the Endeavor International Selection Panel.

Who: Local and worldwide Endeavor representatives; Globant software founder Guibert Englebienne and Rubicon Global founder Hank Dudgeon.

When:  8 a.m. ET, Monday, May 7

Where: Omni Louisville Hotel, 400 S. Second St.



Rise of the Rest Day breakfast and presentations by Gov. Bevin, Steve Case and J.D. Vance.


Gov. Matt Bevin; Steve Case, co-founder and former CEO of AOL/Revolution venture capital founder/Rise of the Rest founder; J.D. Vance, author, Rise of the Rest seed fund manager.


8 a.m. ET, Friday, May 11


Angel’s Envy Distillery, 500 E. Main St., Louisville 




The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency responsible for encouraging new jobs and investment in the state. New capital investment announced in Kentucky under the Bevin Administration has totaled more than $19 billion, spurring nearly 52,000 projected new jobs. Information on available industrial properties, workforce development assistance, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other economic development resources is available at Follow the Cabinet at, on Twitter @ThinkKentucky and on LinkedIn, and watch the Cabinet’s “Now you Know” video on YouTube.