Venture Connectors



Jump in the water with the the sharks during Venture Connectors’ 12th annual business pitch competition!

Early-stage startups in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee were invited to apply for Venture Sharks. The pool of applicants has been narrowed to three finalists, who will face a panel of savvy investor sharks to vie for cash and prizes at Venture Connectors’ regular monthly lunch on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

The finalists are:

  • Athelo Health, a B2B SaaS-based mobile application aimed at improving quality of life outcomes for patients with cancer while decreasing costs of service. Founder is Jessica Thurmond.
  • Grouper, a social messaging platform that connects users and creators based on their interests, hobbies and passions. Founder is Chris Wiedmar.
  • HBCU Tour, a subscription-based vendor services platform for current and former students of historically black colleges and universities. Founder is Nasir Jones.

During the finals, presenters will be allowed a few minutes to describe their idea to the judges, who then will fire off questions to the presenters in the style of the television show, “Shark Tank.” One lucky survivor will receive $5,000 in cash and thousands of dollars in startup coaching and services designed to help them take their idea to market.

The competition would not be possible without our generous sponsors. Venture Sharks’ presenting sponsor is Amplify Louisville. Cash sponsors are Amplify, the Community Foundation of Louisville and PNC Bank. In-kind sponsors include Amplify, Mightily, Fleur de Lis Communications, Ackerman CPAs and Frost Brown Todd.

The final round will be held from noon to 1PM at TEN20 Craft Brewery, 1020 E. Washington St. Register here.