Tell your boss you’re taking a half day on Sept. 29. — it’s a busy day for entrepreneurs. The Velocity accelerator program will host their Demo Day starting at 2 p.m. with a reception starting at 4:30 p.m., and then GLI EnterpriseCorp will announce their Hot Dozen later at 5 p.m.
Lucky for us, the events are just across the street from each other. For the first time, Velocity will hold its demo day in Louisville, at the Frazier Museum. The Hot Dozen is at 21c Museum Hotel.
Velocity’s demo day is a chance for the eight companies participating in the third cohort to present their progress to local investors and business leaders. The companies have been going through an intensive startup training program for 100 days by the time they “graduate.”
Tony Schy told me last week that Velocity is doing things differently this year. He’s hired a production company for the event and wants to keep the energy high. He compared his vision to the WWE, complete with light shows and a flashy announcer.
With eight companies participating, it has the potential to drag on, so they’re dropping the keynote speaker and the lengthy introductions. The only addition to the demo day programming is that Alumnify founders and Velocity alumni A.J. Agrawal and Eghosa Aihie are returning to give an update on their growing company.
Demo Day is a ticketed event, but it’s free. So make sure you register. The event also includes and open bar and some light food.
The Hot Dozen costs $10 and has a cash bar, but the food is always excellent.
At the Hot Dozen, EnterpriseCorp shows off 12 of the hottest and most innovative early-stage companies in Louisville for 2014. Last year’s honorees included SuperFanU (now helmed by former EnterpriseCorp chief Tendai Charasika), Bourbon Barrel Foods and New2Lou.
Each company has a table at the event and information about what they do. EnterpriseCorp says the guest list of this event represents the “who’s who of Louisville’s entrepreneurial set.”
The Hot Dozen starts at 5 and wraps up at 7 p.m.