Very well, according to Ankur Gopal, founder and CEO of Interapt LLC, a Louisville-based software development firm that is housed in The Nucleus building on the downtown campus.

Gopal looked at parks all over the country – including in such entrepreneurial hot spots as Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas – before deciding to keep his fast-growing startup in Louisville.

“This has been a big move for us,” Gopal said July 15 at a meeting of the advisory board of Nucleus: Kentucky’s Innovation Center.

Nucleus is an arm of the University of Louisville Foundation, which is developing the J.D. Nichols campus.

Gopal said he chose the downtown Louisville site for his company headquarters because he liked the park’s mix of startups, established companies and tenants with ties to the University of Louisville.

Interapt is just one of the success stories on the burgeoning J.D. Nichols campus. Gopal founded the company in 2009, and it already has grown to 86 employees with satellite locations in Chicago, Las Vegas and New Delhi.

At the downtown research park, Interapt is joined by more than 60 other companies, four accelerators and two nonprofit organizations, according to Nucleus president and CEO Vickie Yates Brown.

“I think we are on the right track,” she said of the site’s quick development.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer told the Nucleus advisory board that he expects even bigger things at the park as the neighborhood around it continues to grow.

The urban location is “a huge competitive advantage for us,” he said, adding that coming hotels and restaurants will attract more tenants and workers to the site.

“This area is going to look very different in four years,” the mayor said.

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.