Nucleus graduates eighth LaunchIt class


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Steve Arkon needed help to get his start-up venture, Personal Mileage Capture, off the ground. He found what he needed in the LaunchIt program offered by Nucleus: Kentucky’s Innovation Center.

    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,&#8221 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.