Arkon is one of 26 entrepreneurs who recently graduated from the eighth session of the 10-week program, which is designed to assist in the launch of a business or product.

Arkon believes his startup, which provides an easy way to track business versus personal use of company cars, now is poised for success.

“The power of being surrounded by 15 entrepreneurial teams, LaunchIt coaches and an impressive list of speakers was invaluable,” he said.

In the past session, Arkon was the winner of the internal pitch competition. As a result, Nucleus, an arm of the University of Louisville Foundation, will provide his company six months of free rent in its iHub facility and Interapt, a Louisville tech company and Nucleus tenant, donated a prize package valued at $10,000.

“Personal Mileage Capture will have the resources to grow at our iHub facility,” said Nucleus CEO Vickie Yates Brown. “We believe it has great potential.”

The Interapt team looks forward to working with Personal Mileage Capture and we congratulate them on their win at LaunchIt,” said Interapt CEO Ankur Gopal.

The LaunchIt program brings in guest speakers who have been successful in a range of business endeavors. Coaches are experienced entrepreneurs with varied backgrounds.

To date, LaunchIt has graduated more than 200 entrepreneurs.

John Karman, III
John Karman joined the Office of Communications and Marketing in 2014 after a 20-plus year career as a Louisville journalist. He has served as director of media relations since 2015. In that role, he answers reporters’ inquiries and is the university’s main spokesperson. John was a reporter for Business First of Louisville from 1999 to 2013. There, he won numerous awards from the Louisville chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists and American City Business Journals, parent company to Business First. John can die happy after seeing the Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series, although he would also enjoy another title.