2009 Spring B2B
The 2009 Spring "Bench2Business" networking event drew more than 100 faculty entrepreneurs to the Boone Center. This B2B event was held in conjunction with the monthly meeting of the Bluegrass Angels, providing faculty entrepreneurs with a unique opportunity to network with area venture capitalists.
Four faculty – Kozo Saito (engineering), IR4TD; Braden Lusk (mining engineering); Peter Oeltgen (medicine), Hibernetics; and Bruce Webb (agriculture), ParaTechs – gave 10 minute presentations on their emerging technologies. Jed Bullard, chairman of the Bluegrass Angel Venture Fund, also spoke.
The event was highlighted by UK President Dr. Lee T. Todd Jr.'s recognition of the 2008 faculty entrepreneurs in the categories of commercialization funding, new licenses, new ASTeCC companies and ASTeCC "graduates." The 2009 Spring B2B was sponsored by the UK Office for Commercialization and Economic Development and the Bluegrass Angels.