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Northern Kentucky University

Name of UC NKU IHEI (Initiative for Health Entrepreneurship and Innovation)
Location 1 Louie B Nunn Dr, Highland Heights, KY 41099
EDA Regional Office Atlanta
Year One 2022
Contact Meg Stephenson, Director for Economic Engagement ([email protected])
Principal Investigator(s) Valerie Hardcastle, Director, [email protected], 859-572-5376
Website https://www.nku.edu/ihi/initiative-for-health-entrepreneurship-and-innovation.html
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An EDA-supported University Center grant will expand the Northern Kentucky University Collaborative for Economic Engagement (the Collaborative), a one-stop shared-services central innovation hub for businesses and entrepreneurs, to include a targeted IHI Initiative for HealthCare Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IHEI). With the backing of regional anchor bioscience and health-related industries and a newly funded wet lab, IHEI promises to strengthen Northern Kentucky’s bioscience and health innovation ecosystem by providing skill development and work force training in STEM, healthcare, and entrepreneurship; applied research for economic development; mentoring for commercialization; and targeted entrepreneurial support for founders. The IHEI will help provide the tools that bioscience and health-related entrepreneurs need to thrive–knowledge, data, talent, and capital.


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