• University of Pikeville Coleman College of Business (map)
  • 119 College Street
  • Pikeville, KY, 41501
  • United States

The START UP CHALLENGE is for new, independent proposed ventures in the conceptual, seed or start-up stages. The competition is open to anyone in Eastern Kentucky, whether an individual or a team of people. This competition seeks to encourage entrepreneurship in all of Eastern Kentucky and therefore generously defines Eastern Kentucky as all counties east of Interstate 75.

Generally excluded are the following: buy-outs, expansions of existing companies, real estate syndications, tax shelters, franchises, licensing agreements for distribution in a different geographical area and spin-outs from existing corporations. Plans which were presented in a previous Startup Challenge are not allowed to present again. Licensing technologies from universities or research labs is permitted and encouraged assuming the technologies have not been previously commercialized.


Deadline for business plan submissions is November 21. Accepted teams will be notified November 26.

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