REAP Team Kentucky is building a culture that inspires, supports, and sustains entrepreneurship through utilizing Kentucky’s diverse resources.
Kentucky is transitioning from an economy based on coal and agriculture. It is necessary to set up an infrastructure for new ventures that both urban and rural communities can participate in. With personnel from the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, Bit Source, Tri-ED, Logan Aluminum, Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR), Centre College, and the Future of Work in Kentucky Initiative, REAP Team Kentucky is uniquely suited to take on this challenge.
Innovation Ecosystem Stakeholder Model
Champion Economic Development Extension Specialist, University of Kentucky CEDIK
Research Director at CEDIK
Co-Founder, Bit Source
Executive Director at SOAR
Executive Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
President, Centre College
Founder, Future of Work in Kentucky Initiative
Dr. Alison Davis
Director, Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky & Professor of Agricultural Economics: University of Kentucky
Business Transformation Leader, Logan Aluminum
Director, Legal Operations at Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3)
Chief Communications Officer, Centre College
Founder, WeatherCheck | Fusing Tech and Legacy Industries
CEO, Empire Buildings LLC
Scanning Specialist, Chase Legal Imaging
Founder & Managing Partner, Connectic Ventures
Core Regional Metrics
Ability to develop new to the world innovations from inception through to the market.
Kentucky has a population of 4.3 million. Approximately 2.5 million live in urban areas, and 1.8 live in rural ones.
Culture & Community
Kentucky is divided into 120 counties.
Top industries include healthcare, manufacturing, and retail.
Ability to start and build new to the world businesses from inception to maturity.