Bellarmine ups its tech game

A new online-only program at Bellarmine University allows career-changers to earn a degree in software and data engineering in just one year. The accelerated program includes a philosophy course designed to help students view technological advances through an ethical lens.

Butterfly Program could earn $1M grant

Speaking of Bellarmine, The Butterfly Program it developed with Central High School to help students use computer skills to search databases for evidence of racism, has put Louisville in the running for a $1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Bloomberg named Louisville in its list of finalists, which includes cities from around the world — such as London, Paris, Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro — that are working on a variety of urban problems.

UofL gets $11.3M for liver illness research

The University of Louisville has received $11.3 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support its research into liver-related illness. The award will be given to the UofL Hepatobiology and Toxicology Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) over five years. According to a report, Kentucky leads the nation in increases of cirrhosis-related deaths and in liver cancer-related deaths.

Mentorship for Black-owned businesses

The Academy of Music Production Education and Development (AMPED) has received a $500,000 grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation to support the Russell Technology Business Innovator (RTBI). The RBTI program supports new and existing Black-owned businesses through a year-long mentorship service to meet the need to build more legacy businesses in Louisville.

Calling all tech-based startups

Launch Blue’s Pre-Seed Accelerator is now open and accepting applications. The program is for people with tech-based startups that have the potential to grow into highly scalable and profitable companies. Participants are vetted through a competitive application and interview process. Apply for the Fall 2021 cohort here.