Steve Beshear
Governor
Old Capitol Annex
300 West Broadway Frankfort, KY 40601
Larry Hayes
Secretary
September 29, 2015
For Immediate Release
 
Jack Mazurak
502.782.1965


Backed by Kentucky Innovation Network, 16th Annual IdeaFestival Sweeps into Louisville

Network to teach how to turn ideas into businesses


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2015) – For the second year, the Kentucky Innovation Network takes the presenting-sponsor role in IdeaFestival, the forum beginning today in Louisville for thinkers, doers, innovators, students, entrepreneurs and some of the world’s most creative minds.

The event, now in its 16th year, takes place through Oct. 2 at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. It includes more than 40 presenters discussing topics including the future of business, technology, science, the arts, education, innovation, philosophy, the universe and more.

“The Kentucky Innovation Network is proud to be this year’s presenting sponsor of IdeaFestival, which has become to be more than just an event. It has become a magnet for the most innovative and creative minds in the world,” said Mandy Lambert, commissioner of business development at the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, which created the Network. “It is the Network’s goal to cultivate these ideas and dreams and turn them into real-world companies. We know that with the right support and guidance, all things are possible, and they are possible right here in Kentucky.”

Through its 13 offices across the state, the Kentucky Innovation Network works with local partners to promote entrepreneurism, build relationships between businesses and help grow startups. The Network backs IdeaFestival as part of its mission to encourage thinkers, idea people and students to translate their flashes of brilliant insight into new business ventures.

At IdeaFestival, the Kentucky Innovation Network and its experienced professionals will showcase the steps needed to start and expand a business. Attendees can stop by the Network’s booth to learn more about getting a startup off the ground and growing an established company.

The agenda includes more than 30 events over the four-day affair, featuring a number of presentations and discussions, as well as film-screening and book-signing opportunities.

Follow @ideafestival and @kyinnovation on Twitter for updates and join in the conversation at #staycurious and #IF15.

For the complete lineup of events at IdeaFestival, visit www.ideafestival.com and to find out more about the Kentucky Innovation Network, go to www.kyinnovation.com.

Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com. Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ThinkKentucky or follow on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/ThinkKentucky. Watch the Cabinet’s “This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency responsible for encouraging new jobs and investment in the state. New capital investment announced in Kentucky in 2015 totaled a state record $5.1 billion, spurring more than 16,000 projected new jobs. Information on available industrial properties, workforce development assistance, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other economic development resources is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com.