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Our mission is to help people pursue their definition of AWESOME by building community around the creation and education of technology and entrepreneurship.

Episodes will focus on those who have been inspirations to our entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout Kentucky. Additionally, we aim to highlight up-and-coming entrepreneurs, innovators, and tech-savvy individuals.

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The Job Winner (Fellowship): Scott Stuckey

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What high schools around the country can learn from Kentucky's teenage entrepreneurs (part 2)
Season 3 | Episode 35 Natasha Sams dives into what it took to make a Kentucky teacher became an innovation leader for the Commonwealth's future entrepreneurs. The Governor's School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) identifies and enables Kentucky high school students to become our Commonwealth's next generation of entrepreneurs. Through our three-week residential experience, GSE participants from throughout the Commonwealth are: 1) introduced to KY's most successful entrepreneurs and fastest-growing businesses, 2) equipped with the tools and skills to create and build their own businesses, and 3) matched with complementary skilled peers to develop business plans and product or service prototypes. The annual GSE intensive program culminates in a pitch competition attended by a large audience representing Kentucky's entrepreneurial ecosystem. In addition, as a direct result of their participation in GSE, participants qualify for some $3 million of scholarships from Kentucky's universities and colleges. Over 500 young Kentuckians have graduated from GSE since our inception in 2013. While all participants gain vital entrepreneurial skills through the program to use as they enter the workplace or continue into higher education, 11 new businesses have already been launched by young entrepreneurs. Others have filed for multiple patents and developed new ideas and relationships that sow the seeds for more business formation. Many alumni have chosen to enroll in entrepreneurial programs at Kentucky universities and attribute this decision to the inspiration they received attending GSE in high school.
15:35
September 15, 2020
What high schools around the country can learn from Kentucky's teenage entrepreneurs (part 1)
Season 3 | Episode 34: Natasha Sams dives into what it took to make a Kentucky teacher became an innovation leader for the Commonwealth's future entrepreneurs.  The Governor's School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) identifies and enables Kentucky high school students to become our Commonwealth's next generation of entrepreneurs. Through our three-week residential experience, GSE participants from throughout the Commonwealth are: 1) introduced to KY's most successful entrepreneurs and fastest-growing businesses, 2) equipped with the tools and skills to create and build their own businesses, and 3) matched with complementary skilled peers to develop business plans and product or service prototypes. The annual GSE intensive program culminates in a pitch competition attended by a large audience representing Kentucky's entrepreneurial ecosystem. In addition, as a direct result of their participation in GSE, participants qualify for some $3 million of scholarships from Kentucky's universities and colleges. Over 500 young Kentuckians have graduated from GSE since our inception in 2013. While all participants gain vital entrepreneurial skills through the program to use as they enter the workplace or continue into higher education, 11 new businesses have already been launched by young entrepreneurs. Others have filed for multiple patents and developed new ideas and relationships that sow the seeds for more business formation. Many alumni have chosen to enroll in entrepreneurial programs at Kentucky universities and attribute this decision to the inspiration they received attending GSE in high school.
27:31
September 8, 2020
To Techstars and Beyond (part 2)
Season 3 | Episode 33:  Here's the conclusion to our live Lunch & Learn podcast with Logan Burchett and Steven Plappert Forecastr reflecting on their journey through Techstars and how they are moving forward during a global pandemic.  This podcast episode was recorded live to catch up with our friends from Louisville, KY Steven Plappert and Logan Burchett of Forecastr to hear of their journey through Techstars and future of the company. Over a year ago in July 2019 we sat down with Logan adn Steven and caught the background story of Forecastr (episode linked here). Forecastr is online software that helps founders build great financial models so they can understand their numbers, make better decisions, and get funded. The Forecastr founding team is a diverse group of serial entrepreneurs with well-balanced skillsets, and a mission to help startup founders everywhere better understand their numbers so they can fulfill their own missions to make an impact.
34:20
September 1, 2020
To Techstars and Beyond (part 1)
Season 3 | Episode 32: This podcast episode was recorded live to catch up with our friends from Louisville, KY Steven Plappert and Logan Burchett of Forecastr to hear of their journey through Techstars and future of the company. Over a year ago in July 2019 we sat down with Logan adn Steven and caught the background story of Forecastr (episode linked here). Forecastr is online software that helps founders build great financial models so they can understand their numbers, make better decisions, and get funded. The Forecastr founding team is a diverse group of serial entrepreneurs with well-balanced skillsets, and a mission to help startup founders everywhere better understand their numbers so they can fulfill their own missions to make an impact. In addition to the founding team, Forecastr is backed by a world-class tribe of 25+ angel investors who understand just how big of a problem financial forecasting and 'good financial hygiene' really are within the startup world today. The idea of Forecastr was born when they saw their customers' frustration with the financial models being used.
28:55
August 25, 2020
The Job Winner (Fellowship): Scott Stuckey
Season 3 | Episode 31: With 34 years of background in education, Scott Stuckey has been improving teaching systems for almost two decades.  Founded for the unique challenges of rural communities, Inquiry Technologies, LLC (InqTech) is a research and development firm with a mission to create new instructional technology that has a positive impact in education, healthcare, and workforce development sectors. Founded in 2012, InqTech has been awarded more than one million dollars from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Cabinet for Economic Development. InqTech’s senior research and design team draws on decades of experience in classroom instruction, technology facilitation, software development, and commercialization. An innate understanding regarding various learner types, computer platforms, data management solutions, and security policies has positioned InqTech as an emerging leader for products and services designed to improve communications and heighten literacy rates for individuals in a wide variety of learning settings.
34:54
June 16, 2020
Marrow: Adam Brown
Season 3 | Episode 30: Adam Brown is the creative director and founder of Marrow: a brand design agency for challenger brands and startups that give a damn. Call him a design zealot, a provocateur, or—if you’re his mother-in-law—a BS artist. With Adam, brands embrace empathy as strategy, value audacity over relevance, and commit unequivocally to the remarkable.  Clients include a craft distillery, a brewery, a coffee roaster, a couple of private colleges, a killer video game publisher, an investigative research company (not spies), contractors, an international design-build firm, a public school system, a fine dining and event caterer, a national flower grower, social causes, non-profit organizations, his mother-in-law, and the very smart people who helped Apple build Siri.  He’s good at lots of things, but he’s most at home in front of clients guiding strategy or behind his computer making something amazing for people who aren’t so easily satisfied. Like his mother-in-law.
32:42
June 2, 2020
CASPER Security (Fellowship): Nathan Armentrout
Season 3 | Episode 28: In 2015, the city of Louisville, KY noticed a big problem: half of all fires involving two or more buildings involved an abandoned property. The city recognized the threat to families and challenged the community to make a solution – and they did. Meet CASPER! CASPER and its suite of sensors constantly monitor abandoned properties for events like smoke detector sirens, break-ins, and floods. When a potentially dangerous event occurs, CASPER alerts both neighbors and emergency services so situations don’t turn into catastrophes. Better yet, through the CASPER Portal, neighbors and city officials can better understand and address activities happening in vacant and abandoned properties by looking at historical activity data. Nathan Armentrout, CEO, and founder, with his team of civic hackers, developed CASPER and soon after piloted 10 devices across 15 homes for six months, culminating in over 100 successful tests, two real-life confirmed detections, and zero false positives. Following the success of the pilot, Louisville is expanding the program to more homes to ensure the safety of all Louisville families living next to abandoned homes.
27:04
May 5, 2020
Nursing CE Central (Fellowship): Shane Slone
Season 3 | Episode 27:  Shane Slone founder of Nursing CE Central has one mission: deliver high-quality nursing CEUs in a convenient, stress-free online environment.  They provide the required continuing education nurses need in a fast & easy online platform. Every detail has been taken into account to make your experience fast, easy, and hassle-free. The platform never requires tests and your certificates are automatically at the completion of each course.  We also understand that the #1 reason nurses seek continuing education is to satisfy the board of nursing requirements. We ensure that all of our continuing education meets the board of nursing standards for our accepted states. 
16:53
April 21, 2020
Awesome Inc: Brian Raney
Season 3 | Episode 26:  As we start focusing more on what's happening around Awesome Inc, our local community, and Kentucky startups, we go back to our roots and hear from Brian Raney as he shares what started his vision of creating a startup community...  In 2009, a few college friends came together to bring to life an idea. They believed in the potential for Lexington to be a creative, innovative, welcoming community that helped anyone and everyone pursue their definition of “awesome.” This has meant many things over the years (remind us to tell you sometime about Awesome Wedding Engagements and Awesome Airlines), but today it means building the tech and startup community in Central Kentucky. Awesome Inc was founded on the basis of the "give-first" mentality and has grown to be the epicenter for anything related to technology or startups. We strive to make Lexington a better place to live and work, one Oreo at a time. Our Mission: To help people pursue their definition of Awesome  Our Vision: We do that by growing the tech and entrepreneurial community in Central Kentucky Our Method: Grow our community by providing the resources, connections, and a space to make it happen. Brian shares his lessons learned and the struggles that he faced early on (over a decade ago!), which shaped our community to what it is today.
23:49
April 7, 2020
Awesome Inc: WE ARE CHANGING
Season 3 | Episode 25.5: Some things are changing in house and we want you to stay In the know!  Long story short, we've got some fun and new stuff in the works. We're excited to share more of what our awesome team, startups, and community are doing to make Kentucky the best place to live and work.
05:26
April 2, 2020
Adder (Fellowship): Ian Gerard
Season 2 | Episode 25: Ian Gerard, the CEO and product designer of Adder talks about his company making outdoor advertising engagement easy. Adder is a specialized real-time, real-world data analytics platform for out of home and word of mouth advertisers.  Their advertising and audience measurement tools bridge the gap between digital and physical ad spaces and help brands invest directly in their community. Ian Gerard is a lifelong entrepreneur with a passion for stories, space, place, and time. Before Adder, Ian surveyed and mapped construction sites as a geospatial data specialist with Multivista, a startup that became a subsidiary of Hexagon and Leica Geosystems during his time with the company. In 2015, Ian kickstarted his first venture, a community farm focused on providing fresh, local food to the economically disadvantaged. During that time, he learned a lot about building communities and providing value to them. Since then, he's been working to bring modern data science to age-old industries while protecting everyone's right to data privacy.
20:45
February 11, 2020
Enable.ai (Fellowship): Brian Dennett and Eric Roland
Season 2 | Episode 24: Enable.Ai is a social media analytics solution making cutting edge machine learning and natural language approachable to business users. It provides better performance metrics by identifying real moments of engagement and delivers insights on how to build better content for your audience.  Brian comes from the Enterprise software world, having led efforts at recognized brands like Johnson & Johnson, Burton Snowboards, and Colgate-Palmolive. Eric has worked in startups for over 20 years including exits at Tech Republic and Telapoint.
20:20
January 28, 2020
Toggle Health (Fellowship): Jake Miller
Season 2 | Episode 23: Jake Miller is CEO of Toggle Health, a med-tech company that aims to dramatically improve surgical workflows by providing surgeons with a wireless, sterile controller to access their digital world without having to leave the sterile environment. Jake has 25 years of product development experience, 20 of which were focused on launching new businesses & startups in the healthcare space for companies such as Target, Walgreens, & Humana. He holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Bellarmine University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. Jake is experienced in lean launch methodology as a mentor at both the LaunchIt & XLerate Health Accelerator programs. Jake is on the board of Louisville-based New Roots, working to create affordable access for farm-fresh food.
30:31
January 14, 2020
Moolathon (Fellowship): Mac Wilkinson
Season 2 | Episode 22 Mac Wilkinson is the founder and CEO of Moolathon. Moolathon is a social fundraising platform and fitness tracker. It gives charities, teams, groups of all sorts the ability to raise money and awareness for a cause with the miles that a user may run or walk. 
16:07
December 31, 2019
Startup Weekend Lexington 2019
Season 2 | Episode 21 This episode contains a recap of the experiences of three individuals who participated in Startup Weekend Lexington 2019.  Logan Jones is from Ashland, Kentucky and currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky where he recently graduated from UK. He works at Awesome Inc and also works to expand the business he started in 2017, KY Elevated Drone Imaging. Logan is Producer & Co-host of the Middle Tech Podcast, and he is passionate about entrepreneurship, digital media, and building relationships. Isaac Mesiner is a Senior Application Developer at Zudy, building custom web application solutions for enterprise businesses. He is a proud ’17 graduate from Georgetown College where he studied Computer Science and Business. During college, he had the opportunity to intern at Awesome Inc which connected me to the Lexington tech and startup community. That experience sparked an interest in entrepreneurship and attending all the great events Awesome Inc puts on like 5 Across and Startup Weekend! Clay Harrison is a mechanical engineering student from the University of Kentucky with a drive for business and a passion for learning. Clay has worked across the industry and across the world. Most notably, Clay has interned with Toyota in positions from production to R&D, at Common Ltd. in Lodz, Poland, and at Badger Technologies!
26:35
December 17, 2019
LifeOffU: Destin Bell
Season 2 | Episode 20: Destin George Bell is a senior at the University of Kentucky studying marketing. He shares his story about the company he founded LifeOffU in college. From a young age, when he started selling candy out of his backpack to walking around the neighborhood with a lawnmower in high school, he’s been fascinated with business & finding ways to make money for himself. Since coming to the UK, he started a college marketing platform helping connect students to discounts, events, jobs, etc to places like Lyft, Malibu Jacks, Breakout Games, and more, generating over $12,000 in revenue. He is also the president of the UK Entrepreneurship and has brought the club back from death to 62 members & raising over $12,000 in funding over the first two months of the semester. He also recently became the CEO of Synerjii, a startup seeking to improve the way we network. As he nears graduation, he looks forward to sticking around Lexington and fostering the entrepreneurial ecosystem both at UK & Lexington at large.
31:26
December 3, 2019
EZ-Chow (Fellowship): Mo Sloan
Season 2 | Episode 19: Mo Sloan of EZ-Chow sits down to share a little about his company and his personal life and he is onboarded and accepted into the Awesome Inc Fellowship Program. Mo Shares that in order for restaurants to be profitable and thrive in the digital age today, it's important for hospitality organizations to begin operating as e-commerce businesses. His solution is EZ-Chow. EZ-Chow provides an all-in-one digital customer engagement platform for restaurants and hospitality companies. Our platform consists of POS integrated ordering, loyalty application and capability, and digital marketing. By providing the digital customer engagement platform and focusing on increasing the number of times a customer engages digitally with a restaurant, our solution allows the restaurant to generate additional "off-premise" dining revenue with minimal costs. 
16:16
November 12, 2019
NetGain Technologies: Jason Jacobson
Season 2 | Episode 18: Since 1984, NetGain Technologies has delivered IT services to companies across the South Central U.S. NetGain Technologies managed services allow clients to focus on their business growth and Tim Burke, CEO NetGain Technologies' success, secure in the knowledge that their IT infrastructure is always operational and serves their needs. With a multi-state regional footprint and a three-decade pedigree, the company has helped thousands of clients grow their businesses by leveraging best-in-class IT services and solutions. Jason Jacobson was most recently CEO and an owner of NetGain Technologies before leading the sale of the company to a private equity group based in San Francisco. Jason graduated with dual degrees in Management and Finance from the University of Kentucky, where he also studied international business and finance in London. His focus when he started working at NetGain in 2007 was mergers and acquisitions. During Jason’s time at NetGain Technologies, he helped to spin off a non-core asset of the company’s medical billing unit; acquired four I.T. companies in other cities in the region; and opened an additional branch office in Chattanooga, Tenn., after a competing company failed. NetGain was named a Kentucky Best Place to Work for five consecutive years earning it a place in the Hall of Fame as well as being named to the list of top Managed Service Providers in the world since inception in 2013. Jason and wife Shanda have two daughters and a son all age four and under. He enjoys golf, movies, and travel. Jason is also engaged in the Young President's Organization (YPO), serving on the organization's Bluegrass Chapter's board as well as the University of Kentucky’s Gatton School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council.
41:33
October 29, 2019
Syndicate: Zach Jenkins
Season 2 | Episode 17: Zach Jenkins of Syndicate is an extremely talented designer based in Louisville, Kentucky. He enjoys building brands, developing products, and when he’s not working he enjoys Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, and Ale8. A few years ago, he released a product for Pelican that launched about as successfully as one could hope! His Spartan Cases MDX Lid Organizer exploded on Kickstarter. Spartan is dedicated to the efficient organization and protection of film and photography equipment. Zach's product has a great post on Medium as well as varying photography and gear community forums.  Currently, Zach has some cool products in his pipeline, but his newest product is from Fifth Made.
54:01
October 15, 2019
the Faithful Platform: Austin Willard
Season 2 | Episode 16: Austin Willard is the founder of the Faithful Platform. In his life and work, he focuses on building relationships and stewarding what God has given to him. He is constantly exploring new opportunities for growth in the jewelry and wedding industry. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing golf, and fishing.  He is on the session (of a Congregation) at Tates Creek Presbyterian Church and helps lead a 210 Leaders group. Since 2016, Faithful Platform has been helping guys walk through the process of buying their engagement, wedding, and anniversary rings by saving clients thousands of dollars, providing them with unlimited options, and educating them on the industry. Their approach separates them from typical retail stores. No longer are guys having to wonder if they got a good deal or not. Their goal is to make sure guys get the best ring for the best price.
37:15
September 24, 2019
EZ Turn: Chase Minnifield
Season 2 | Episode 15: Chase Minnifield is a former defensive back for the Washington Redskins and three-time entrepreneur who was recently inducted into the 2019 class of Forbes 30 under 30. He currently serves as CEO of EZ Turn, the only vendor management digital platform that enables property managers in the student housing business to more efficiently manage, invoice and communicate with contractors. In its first year, EZ Turn has acquired more than 30 clients and managed over $1M in invoices. With EZ Turn's EZ Scheduler, housing unit staff will be more efficient and give their property managers more free time to focus on different tasks. Chase began his entrepreneurial career at the age of 25, post-NFL career, with his first company Helping Hand, LLC, which provides moving, cleaning and apartment turnover services for college dormitories and student housing complexes.
41:16
September 10, 2019
Truman's: Alex Reed
Season 2 | Episode 14: Alex Reed co-founded cleaning startup Truman’s following more than a decade at fan and light manufacturer Big Ass Fans, where he led an expansive marketing division that helped the company grow from $30 million in annual sales to more than $250 million. Alex used innovative approaches to grow the company’s customer base nearly 40 percent annually. At the same time, customer loyalty became so strong that repeat business accounted for half of all orders. He oversaw its expansion beyond a business-to-business strategy to business-to-consumer with the 2012 debut of Haiku, the first Big Ass Fan for homes. After their exit sale in 2017 for $500 million, Alex co-founded Truman’s with Big Ass Fans Chief Operating Officer Jon Bostock. The pair aims to disrupt the cleaning industry with the belief that cleaning should be green, simple,  convenient and cost less.
51:30
August 20, 2019
RAADZ (Fellowship): Matt Miller
Season 2 | Episode 13: Matt Miller is the founder of RAADZ, a digital advertising company that aims to revolutionize the way people interact with ads. He is the visionary behind the idea, and the coder who created the platform. In all parts of life he strives for improvement, thus how RAADZ was born. Outside of continuously improving the digital advertising world, he enjoys sports, games, and most outdoor activities. Awesome Inc article: Focus on the Hot Dog
28:03
August 6, 2019
Forecastr: Logan Burchett and Steven Plappert
Season 2 | Episode 12 Logan Burchett and Steven Plappert are the founders of Forecastr, a SaaS model to help startups with their financial planning. They see their product becoming the "Quickbooks" for financial planning and analysis. Logan Burchett is the Outsourced CFO, head of FP&A at Venture First. He has constructed over 100 financial models for startups, CFO for various startups, and helped to raise millions in early stage funding. Steven Plappert is a Techstars alum & serial entrepreneur who Founded Fantasyhub and grew it to 40,000 users. Has been working in finance/marketing at Venture First for the past two years.  Both Logan and Steven have been well prepared because of their involvement with Venture First out of Louisville, KY, which exists to build an ecosystem for entrepreneurs, companies, and investors while providing support throughout their lifecycle.  Listen to how these two are helping eliminate the barrier for startups as they raise capital.
35:56
July 16, 2019
DV8 Kitchen and Saul Good: Rob Perez
Season 2 | Episode 11: With 30 years of restaurant experience, Rob has seen first-hand how to build restaurant brands and how prevalent addiction is in the industry he loves. Along with his wife Diane, he founded Dv8 Kitchen as a social enterprise focused on giving second chance employment opportunities to people in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction through vocational, on-the-job training.  Dv8 Kitchen focuses on providing top-quality food, service, and atmosphere for every guest, and by providing “a better-than-expected” dining experience, the hope is to build a new standard for the second chance employee to live by and to change the way the guests perceive people in addiction recovery.
43:38
July 2, 2019
OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE (Hall of Fame): Chris Sullivan
Season 1 | Episode 10: Chris Sullivan is a co-founder of the Outback Steakhouse restaurant company and a member of the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.  Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame profile | Founders Series video Chris is a graduate from the University of Kentucky and while in college, he would work the busy seasons down in Fort Lauderdale to pay for school, which was his first entry into the restaurant industry. Chris' main restaurant ventures included Steak and Ale, Benningans, Carrabba's before founding Outback. The first Outback Steakhouse was opened in March 1988. From 1991 to 2005, he was CEO of OSI Restaurant (parent corporation of Outback), after serving as the first President of the organization. In 2007, OSI Restaurant was sold for $3.1B to Bain Capital Partners and Catterton Partners. Outback has 968 locations worldwide and also operates over 300 locations of Carrabba's Italian Grills, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Roy's, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Bonefish Grill, Paul Lee's Chinese Kitchen, and several other hospitality-related businesses.
20:03
June 4, 2019
Manchester Studios: Chase Fairchild
Season 1 | Episode 9: Chase Fairchild with Manchester Coffee Co.  and Manchester Studios is the prime example of the Enneagram's Type 7: The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered. Chase he focuses on building relationships first in life and work. He lets people know they come first. He is constantly exploring new opportunities for growth and looking to see where he can connect people personally and professionally.
40:40
May 21, 2019
A Cup of Commonwealth: Allen Warford
Season 1 | Episode 8: Allen Warford with A Cup of Commonwealth, Chocolate Holler, and KRFT Goods is a design guru and entrepreneur with an architectural background and a decade of small business experience. Allen resides in Lexington, Kentucky and highly values his people. His community and value are driving factors in his entrepreneurial and creative pursuits. A Cup of Commonwealth's mission is: Embrace community. Serve others. Create culture. They are known for their culture and great coffee throughout the city of Lexington. 
34:20
May 7, 2019
Atlas Trust: Morgan Franklin
Season 1 | Episode 7: Morgan Franklin of Atlas Trust Real Estate is one of the co-working tenants of Awesome Inc and is always keeping things interesting. On our 2018 Summer Retreat, he led a session on something he cares passionately about, sales. Morgan is a digital marketer who excels within the real estate industry and is in the top 1% of all agents nationwide.   He has a background in corporate finance and private equity, as well as having started several businesses with some pretty awesome failures.  As a mentor and coach for many small startups, Morgan is currently leading an entrepreneurial workshop in Lexington to help people make their dreams an everyday reality.
46:30
April 23, 2019
OmniLife (Fellowship): Eric Pahl
Season 1 | Episode 6: We hear from the 40th company to be accepted into Awesome Inc's Fellowship program, OmniLife. Eric shares the why behind OmniLife - an unfortunate career-ending motor vehicle accident left his friend (and co-founder) Dalton, a former University of Iowa football player, with paralysis in his right arm, in addition to family members being waitlisted for organ transplantations. His passion for medical software in hopes to influence medical support led to what the company is now today. OmniLife (formerly HealthTech Solutions) was founded in 2016 based on the need to make the organ procurement process more efficient. OmniLife's SaaS offers an ability to transplant additional organs by reducing donated organ waste.
18:40
April 9, 2019
Smart Rotation (Fellowship): Madison Hartung and Keith McMunn (part 2)
Season 1 | Episode 5: In part two, Keith identifies why you need to know your story as a startup. He notes that as people, we relate to stories well, and this is a connection founders need to be able to use to their strength when networking and working with customers.  Additionally, we hear from Smart Rotation's founder, Madison Hartung, as she shares the "why" behind her company - Smart Rotation provides automatic rotational scheduling solutions for gymnastics to allow facility owners to focus on providing high-quality gymnastics instruction.
24:42
March 26, 2019
Fellowship: Keith McMunn (part 1)
Season 1 | Episode 4: In this first episode, Keith McMunn shares about Awesome Inc’s flagship entrepreneurial program, The Fellowship. He goes in-depth about his role and what exactly the Fellowship program is. He points out how we serve startup companies across the state of Kentucky while making note of some insights he's observed within the entrepreneurial world. And, Keith talks about naming the newest addition to the McMunn family, his son "Wells."
23:27
March 19, 2019
APAX Software: Dave Mitchell (Startup Weekend Lexington)
Season 1 | Episode 3: APAX Software Senior Developer Dave Mitchell reflects on his involvement and gained experiences after participating in the 2018 Startup Weekend Lexington event. 
22:40
March 12, 2019
Dippin' Dots: Curt Jones (Live from LED)
Season 1 | Episode 2: Recorded live from Base 110 on Lexington Entrepreneurship Day (LED), Curt Jones the founder of Dippin' Dots discusses how he started his company and how Pearse Lyons, the founder of Alltech, both encouraged and influenced him to follow his passions. LED is designed to celebrate, support, and learn from some of the greatest entrepreneurs. The events offered throughout LED promote the local Startup Ecosystem and the players who work hard to make sure Kentucky becomes an even better place to innovate.
23:45
March 5, 2019
Alltech: Aidan Connolly (Live from LED)
Season 1 | Episode 1: Recorded live from Lexington Entrepreneurship Day (LED), Keith McMunn of Awesome Inc interviews Aidan Connolly. Aidan is the former Chief Innovation Officer Alltech & current CEO of Cainthus. He discusses the legacy of Pearse Lyons, the founder of Alltech, and his influence of entrepreneurship across the Bluegrass.  LED is designed to celebrate, support, and learn from some of the greatest entrepreneurs. The events offered throughout LED promote the local Startup Ecosystem and the players who work hard to make sure Kentucky becomes an even better place to innovate.
25:49
February 26, 2019
Awesome Inc: About US
Season 1 | Episode 0: A brief history into Lexington, Kentucky's Awesome Inc and how its played a role in the Kentucky entrepreneurial ecosystem and learning about the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.
04:29
February 18, 2019