VentureConnectors-300x156October’s Venture Connectors Luncheon will celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary with a special panel of speakers … and cake.

The Venture Club of Louisville was founded in 1995 and attracted more than 200 members from 18 states during its first three years. The organization, which rebranded in 2010 as Venture Connectors, has invited back its founders to celebrate 20 years of connecting entrepreneurs to business partners, investors, academics and experts to increase the number and quality of deals being done in the city.

Included on the founders panel are:

Doug Cobb: one of the founders of Greater Louisville Inc., the Cobb Group and Chrysalis Ventures, a three-time Inc. 500 CEO and a three-time Kentucky Entrepreneur of the Year

Robert L. Ogden: founder of the Ogden Group, an investment banking and financial advisory company, and co-founder of factoring company, First Financial Inc.

Jerry Parham: president of Jerome Parham Consulting, and former president and CEO for the African-American Venture Capital Fund LLC.

Mark Pulliam: a real estate consulting, leasing and sales professional with Triumph Development Co.

Tonya York Dees: president of York Management Inc., who works with IdeaFestival, serves on the University of Louisville Board of Overseers, and co-founded the Unbridled Charitable Foundation and the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala

The panelists will discuss what the venture capital landscape was like in 1995 and how it has changed in the past 20 years.

October’s luncheon is on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The Venture Connectors Luncheons are the first Wednesday of every month. These events feature announcements, an entrepreneurial pitch or two, and a keynote panel or speakers.

Tickets are free for Venture Connectors members, associate members pay $30, and it is $40 for students and visitors. The event includes a lunch. You can RSVP and reserve your ticket online here. The Oct. 7 event starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Ali Center.