LEXINGTON, Ky. — Launch Blue and the Bluegrass Angels (BGA) lately introduced investments totaling $270,000 into six Kentucky startup firms based mostly on their performances within the latest KY270 startup pitch competitors. The investments, which ranged in worth from $30,000 to $90,000, will assist the businesses advance their innovation-based companies with ongoing assist from Launch Blue and BGA.
These firms had been amongst 12 finalists that pitched to a panel of traders on Oct. 22 as a part of the KY270 competitors. A various group of finalists was chosen by way of a aggressive utility course of that included written and video functions submitted by rising Kentucky startups.
KY270 funding companions are the Bluegrass Enterprise Fund IV operated by Bluegrass Angels, the Kentucky Enterprise Fund (KEF) operated by Kentucky Science and Know-how Company (KSTC), Commonwealth Seed Capital (CSC), and KY Innovation on the Kentucky Cupboard for Financial Improvement. Investments will likely be structured as convertible notes with startup-friendly phrases.
“The Bluegrass Angels Enterprise Fund IV, together with our funding companions, was proud to affix the Cupboard for Financial Improvement and KY Innovation to carry this pitch competitors,” mentioned Chris Younger, who serves as president of BGA and chair of the fund. “We had been happy to see functions from all throughout the commonwealth representing all kinds of companies led by a powerful group of founding groups. The standard of pitches was fairly excessive, making for some tough choices by the judges. We look ahead to working with all the winners to help them in constructing their firms.”
The winners are:
Moolathon LLC (Louisville, Ky.) acquired the highest funding award of $90,000. Moolathon was based in 2017 by former collegiate athlete turned entrepreneur Mac Wilkinson. The corporate’s purpose is to develop the fundraising attain of teams and organizations by permitting them to create digital health fundraisers that their supporters can take part in any time, anyplace utilizing the Moolathon cellular app.
“Being chosen amongst the ultimate 12 firms was an honor in itself … and being chosen because the profitable firm means a lot greater than the sum of funding we’re being awarded. We’re wanting ahead to the doorways this may open for us, and the steerage we’ll obtain now that we’re related to Bluegrass Angels, Launch Blue, and profitable the KY270 competitors,” mentioned Wilkinson.
Synaptek LLC (Lexington, Ky.), a software program platform for evaluation and administration of concussion knowledge for athletes, acquired the second place funding award of $60,000. Private Drugs Plus LLC dba PreventScripts (Paducah, Ky.), Bluegrass Superior Supplies LLC dba HumMed (Lexington, Ky.), BrainStem LLC (Louisville, Ky.), and Pavr Options LLC dba Pav*r (Louisville, Ky.) every acquired funding awards of $30,000.
Every of the six startups will obtain ongoing teaching, mentoring, and providers from Launch Blue as individuals of a particular KY270 cohort of its incubator program.
“It was a privilege to work with our companions on KY270 and see how a lot we are able to do working collectively to assist technical startups in Kentucky,” mentioned Laura Halligan, govt director of Launch Blue. “We’re excited to proceed to work with and assist these wonderful founders going ahead.”
Corporations will obtain a six-month membership to Base110 as a part of the Launch Blue package deal of providers. Base110 is a coworking and shared workplace area in downtown Lexington serving the expertise and artistic markets, and is the house of Launch Blue.
Launch Blue is a pre-seed accelerator program serving early-stage scalable, technology-enabled Kentucky startup firms. Launch Blue’s purpose is to launch nationally aggressive Kentucky startups. Launch Blue gives training and training based mostly on nationally accepted finest practices for startups and helps Kentucky startups compete for alternatives in nationwide accelerator applications the place they’ll appeal to the startup expertise and safe the startup funding that they might want to scale.
Launch Blue was fashioned in 2020 by a consortium of group companions led by the College of Kentucky’s (UK) Workplace of Know-how Commercialization (OTC) and comprising Base 110, Bluegrass Angels (BGA), Bullard, Commerce Lexington, Kentucky Small Enterprise Improvement Middle (KSBDC), Kentucky Science & Know-how Company (KSTC), Superior Inc, and Marrow. Launch Blue funding is offered by KY Innovation, UK OTC, and the US Financial Improvement Administration.
The Bluegrass Angels, one in every of Kentucky’s most energetic angel investing teams, is a volunteer-led group of expert and skilled enterprise leaders who discover, fund and mentor modern, high-tech Kentucky startups looking for long-term success and a financially viable exit technique. By way of its portfolio of Kentucky investments, BGA syndicates with different native traders and angel teams nationwide. BGA’s mission is to spend money on Kentucky startup expertise firms who’ve recognized a transparent exit technique, the power to create robust monetary returns for our members, and a promise to create new jobs for the Kentucky economic system.