City of Louisville, Metro Development Authority (MDA)
A branch of city government, MDA offers assistance with a variety of business needs, from finding business locations and improving property to potential tax breaks and financial assistance. MDA aims to encourage high-caliber, sustainable development projects and to support new and expanding businesses, thus enhancing the quality of life for Louisville Metro residents.
(502) 574-4140 http://www.louisvilleky.gov/economicdevelopment
GLI’s Client Solutions
Greater Louisville Inc.’s team of experienced economic development professionals connect businesses to prospects, clients, suppliers, professional service firms and business opportunities throughout the region and beyond. GLI Client Solutions can also help with business incentives, workforce, real estate resources, business connections and research services.
GLI’s Enterprise Corp.
A division of Greater Louisville Inc., Enterprise Corp. specializes in developing the region's fast-growth entrepreneurial sector. Enterprise Corp. has helped 35 clients secure over $37 Million in financing, and three of its clients have experienced $68 Million of liquidity.
(502) 625-0047 http://www.enterprisecorp.com/
MetaCyte Business Lab LLC
Founded in 2002, MetaCyte is a for-profit venture development subsidiary of Louisville Medical Center Development Corporation. MetaCyte helps health science professionals, most of whom have never before started a company, build successful businesses with products or services that will ultimately have an impact in healthcare’s clinical setting.
(502) 569-1020 http://www.metacyte.biz/
Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)
The Office of Technology Transfer aids in the transference of results and research from University Research into commercial products and applications.
(502) 852-2965 http://www.louisville.edu/thinker
Greater Louisville Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
A division of Greater Louisville Inc., SBDC provides free consulting services to for-profit small business owners as well as entrepreneurs wishing to start a small business in a nine-county area composed of Metro Louisville (Jefferson County), Bullitt, Carroll, Henry, Oldham, Owen, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties. SBDC also provides small business seminars and workshops at no cost or low cost.
(502) 625-0123 http://www.louisvillesmallbiz.org/
Nucleus, LLC Kentucky Life Science and Innovation Center – where it all comes together
Established in 2008 as the successor to the Louisville Medical Center Development Corporation, Nucleus provides a state of the art model for taking ideas from the mind to the marketplace and beyond. Starting with leading-edge life sciences research and intellectual property generated by the University of Louisville and other local entities, Nucleus brings together partnerships of innovative health, medical device and medical product researchers and entrepreneurs with financial, management, logistics and scientific resources. The result is a dynamic life sciences environment with local and national impact. Nucleus unites the elements to generate economic development and high-paying jobs for the community and state. A catalyst for improved health care and quality of life, not only for Louisville, but for people everywhere helped by the inventions generated here, Nucleus helps Kentucky touch the world.
(502) 584-7824 http://www.nucleusky.com/
Kentucky Science and Technology Corp. (KSTC)
A private, nonprofit organization, KSTC is committed to the advancement of science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovative economic development in Kentucky.
(859) 233-3502 http://www.kstc.com/
Department of Commercialization and Innovation (DCI)
A department of Kentucky’s Cabinet for Economic Development, DCI works to recruit, create and retain high-tech companies and jobs, produce new products and services and develop new and improved services. DCI is engaged in several initiatives, including a Small Business Innovation Research incentive program, a statewide Business Plan Competition, a statewide Science and Technology Assets Database, a statewide Life Sciences and Biotechnology Assessment, the Kentucky Life Sciences Commercialization Program and a Strategic Analysis of Technologies.
(800) 626-2930 http://www.thinkkentucky.com/DCI/DCIHome.aspx
Vogt Invention and Innovation Awards
Up to $250,000 in awards are available each year as part of the Vogt Invention and Innovation Award, a $5 million endowment left by Henry Vogt Heuser. Funds are used to help inventors and innovators develop their products and ideas.
(502) 741-4037 http://www.vogtawards.com/
Sources of Funding
In addition to the state and city funded resources and programs referenced above, Louisville is fortunate to have a significant amount of angel and venture capital funds available.