Our January lunch featured Louisville-based Climavision’s founder and CEO, Chris Goode, who shared the inside story on how the weather services and intelligence platform recently raised $100 million in equity funding.For almost 30 years, Goode has pioneered technology that merges big data with meteorology and remote sensing — a lifelong passion culminating in the launch of Climavision, a gamechanger in ClimateTech.
Our February lunch featured Ian McClure, University of Kentucky’s Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Impact and leader of UK Innovate, who presented “The Case for Kentucky: Why Today’s Sputnik Moment is the Commonwealth’s Calling Card.” When the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 in the 1950s, the U.S. was prompted to increase its investment in defense, research and education to bridge the perceived technological gap between our country and the U.S.S.R. McClure says today’s Sputnik Moment has building for the past two decades. He discussed the resulting U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), and why funding from that bill could be game-changing for Kentucky.
Gen Z and Millennials comprise over half the world’s population, but engaging them effectively demands new tools for new times. Our March lunch featured JK McKnight — founder of Art of Impact, Forecastle Festival and Forecastle Foundation — who journeyed through changing trends and shares the three-tiered engagement platform he crafted over a 20-year career founding and scaling a successful experiential business, nonprofit and agency.
Our April lunch featured a fantastic presentation on how the Russell Technology Business Incubator (RTBI) is creating legacy for Black and LatinX companies. Monica Stewart, Director of Operations for AMPED and RTBI, shared how the incubator prepares founders to successfully launch or relaunch profitable, legacy businesses. She went over how the application process works and some of the essential training founders receive.
Our May lunch featured a “fireside chat” with Dr. Angelique Johnson, founder and CEO of Vissionaireum, a strategic planning company that focuses on business coaching, building inclusive startup ecosystems and increasing access to capital. An “accidental entrepreneur,” Dr. Johnson shared how she is helping businesses become more empathetic and inclusive, which in turn helps them attract the capital and talent they need.