Global Entrepreneurship Week: The Colonel joins the Hall of Fame, mentorship and more


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It’s hard to believe, but Colonel Harland David Sanders, who founded Kentucky Fried Chicken, is not in the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

Is there a more recognizable face of Kentucky entrepreneurship than the Colonel, even after his death? Well, that oversight will be rectified on Nov. 16 at the Hilton Lexington Downtown, when the Colonel and three others will be inducted into the hall of fame as part of the celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

This is just one of several events organized by GLI’s EnterpriseCorp and other entities. IL already has reported on details of the new RevIt marketing mentorship initiative, which will officially be announced on Monday, Nov. 14; Vogt Awards Demo Day on Tuesday, Nov. 15; and the resurrection of the pitch competition 5Across on Thursday, Nov. 17. But the hall of fame induction and other events are on tap as well.

Other inductees include Kent Oyler, chief executive officer of GLI; Carey Smith, founder of Big Ass Fans; and Robert Trussell, former president of Tempur Sealy International. The ceremony also will mark a class of “emerging entrepreneurs:” Tendai Charasika, chief executive of SuperFanU;  Drura Parrish, founder of MakeTime; Rebecca Wheeling, chief executive of ScheduleIT.

Tickets are $100 or $50 for students. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner begins at 7 p.m.

On Friday, EnterpriseCorp will open applications for its new Mentorship Louisville program, which is a matchmaking site through which startup entrepreneurs can seek advice from entrepreneurial mentors, subject matter experts and service providers.

Not to be confused with RevIt, Mentorship Louisville is a one-on-one mentorship, which can provide a quick fix or a long-term solution, if that is something agreeable to both parties. EnterpriseCorp is accepting applications from both the experts and the startups.

On Monday, representatives from the JumpFund will be hosting a coffee and conversation event at Frost Brown Todd for women accredited investors and women entrepreneurs. The JumpFund is an angel investment firm out of Chattanooga, Tenn., that invests in women-led startups. At least two of the companies in its portfolio are Louisville-based: Rooibi Red Tea and SuperFanU.

According to the event invitation, the Jump Fund is “raising a second fund to continue to address both the investment opportunity and funding gap that exists with early-stage, women-led ventures.” The event begins at 9:30 a.m.

More events, especially social events for entrepreneurs, are likely to pop up between now and Global Entrepreneur Week. Events are listed on the calendar of StartupLouisville and updated on social media with the hashtag #GEWLOU