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Covington's new Innovation Alley to host startup celebration Oct. 6

Concept sketch of Innovation Alley in relation to Covington's other startup organizations

Innovation Alley volunteer team, from left to right: Tom Voyten (MKSK), Joe Nickol (MKSK), Clete Benken (MKSK), Casey Barach (NKY Innovation Center), Tom Prewitt (Graydon Head)


At a recent convening, the Covington Board of City Commissioners announced that the alley connecting Russell and Washington Streets in Covington will henceforth be known as Innovation Alley.
 
It was later announced the alley will serve as venue for UPSTART, a street celebration of regional entrepreneurship taking place Oct. 6 at 4:30 p.m.
 
The designation acknowledges the cluster of buildings in that area that now or will soon house startups, tech companies and business incubators such as bioLOGIC, Bexion Pharmaceuticals, UpTech and Bad Girl Ventures.
 
“This formal action taken by the City Commission is the first step in recognizing what many people have worked so hard to build during the past 15 years — an innovation district in heart of downtown Covington,” said Casey Barach, director of the Kentucky Innovation Network and Senior VP of Entrepreneurship for Northern Kentucky Tri-ED.
 
The Covington-based MKSK design and architecture firm has developed a strategy for redeveloping and activating the alley with phases that include beautification, restoration and, finally, installation of solar covered parking, flexible public spaces and awnings.
 
An event page describes UPSTART as an opportunity to, “Join small business owners, lenders, advisers and many others in a street festival to celebrate entrepreneurship and get inspiration and advice from existing companies.”
 
The event will feature live local music, beer and food. Click here to reserve tickets.
 
Read the full Soapbox Media story here.

 
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