The Kentucky Innovation Station offers a welcoming atmosphere that encourages creativity, collaboration, and most of all -productivity. The space is ideal for budding entrepreneurs and Co-working. Co-working provides a professional space where you can be more productive … and potentially more prosperous. It is inherently more economically sustainable, and shared resources means that it is more Eco-friendly.
The Kentucky Innovation Station Incubator was established to assist early-stage business ventures in the Madisonville-Hopkins County area. Services range from business coaching/mentoring to professional, educational, and capital resources that can assist you with growing your business. It offers space for new entrepreneurs and for those that want Co-working space and or temporary space. The Innovation Station hours and availability will be Monday-Friday 8a-4:30p.
The First Wednesday morning of each month one or two early-stage businesses present their companies to their communities. Every event is free and everyone is welcome and invited to attend! Prior to presenting, the founder prepares by incorporating lessons from the Kauffman Founders School “Powerful Presentations” series, featuring Nathan Gold. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Engage in collaborative and honest conversations with like-minded people in your community.
The 1MC culture is supportive, inclusive and welcoming. You are encouraged to be open and honest about your business and the challenges you face. Everyone that attends 1MC is there to support each other in their entrepreneurial journey.
The Entrepreneurial Division of the Madisonville Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation hosts an annual Idea Competition for High School Students. Hopkins County students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate in the Idea Pitch competition. Each team or individual will pitch their idea for a business. We are very excited to bring students together and introduce them to the wider entrepreneurial Eco-system.
The Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation and the Hopkins County Cooperative Extension Service hosts an Annual Roots To Riches Agripreneurs Conference. The conference is aimed at "Agripreneurs", who are anyone that farms, wants to farm, or is in any way interested in a business that involves agriculture.
Madisonville Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation and the Hopkins County Fiscal Court as co-applicants were awarded a $1.068 Million grant to fund the renovation, equipping and programming of a 7,000 square foot building at 130 N. Seminary Street to help local entrepreneurs, especially those workers and families displaced by coal industry changes, establish their new businesses. The building will contain a number of pieces of equipment for woodworking, metalworking, 3-D printing, plasma-cutting, quilting, and commercial sewing that allow persons to use this equipment on a scheduled basis that would otherwise be unaffordable. In addition, classes will be taught at the location on subjects ranging from how to use the equipment, to how to make or construct certain products, as well as general business assistance topics. “This new Maker Space, named ‘Kentucky Movers and Makers’ ties directly to our Kentucky Innovation Station opening in November a block down the street. The Innovation Station will meet the needs of entrepreneurs who need access to office space, equipment, and technologies, whereas this new Kentucky Movers and Makers facility addresses those entrepreneurs that want to ‘work with their hands’,” said EDC President, Ray Hagerman. Projected open date of the Kentucky Movers and Maker is July 2018.