Nucleus Opens iHub — new home for startups


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A vacant building has been transformed into an inexpensive space for entrepreneurs and startup companies to set up shop and share ideas with their peers. The building, called iHub, was officially opened today at a ceremony attended by University of Louisville President James Ramsey, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth.

    “The iHub will foster entrepreneurs and innovation. It also will give UofL faculty the chance to rub elbows with other creative people as they explore new ideas, develop their inventions and get them to the marketplace,” Ramsey said.

    Nucleus bought the building at 204 S. Floyd St. and renovated it into 2,200 square feet of collaborative working space for innovators who don’t want or need a large office. iHub spaces are $80 per month.

    “The Commonwealth is thrilled to have this tremendous asset for entrepreneurs and small startup companies,” said Beshear. “iHub fosters a spirit of collaboration between creative individuals, sparking the innovations which are so important for Kentucky’s continued economic success.”

    “Creating an entrepreneurial culture for startups in Louisville begins with offering low-cost, easy-access office space – and iHub fills that need,” Fischer said.

    Yarmuth added, “I am proud to join Nucleus for the opening of this low-cost, high-energy space where entrepreneurs can explore and develop new ideas.”

    Nucleus CEO Vickie Yates Brown also announced “e + i” a series of informal discussions between entrepreneurs and iHub innovators.

    Nucleus is Kentucky’s innovation center and the economic development arm of the UofL Foundation.

    For more information contact Mark Hebert at 502-852-3133 or or Vickie Yates Brown at 502-584-7824 or

    Mark Hebert
    Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.