Startup Week Louisville 2021 Startup Week Louisville 2021
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You Are Never Too Young To Start


Natalia Bishop
University of Louisville, Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Natasha Sams
Governor's School for Entrepreneurs at KEENStart, Executive Director
Malcolm Muhammad
Project G.E.L.
Ricky Mason
BrainSTEM University, CEO

After solving the worlds problems at the CIA, Department of Defense, NASA (ULA), and University of Kentucky, I figured it was time I worked on fulfilling the vision I had for myself. My entrepreneurial/business ventures are a culmination of my passions, education, and experiences manifesting!

Mary Taylor
Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Education, Training and Development Specialist

Mary Taylor is a Training and Development Specialist for the Kentucky

Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Education. One of

Mary’s primary responsibilities is to manage the Tech Ready Apprentices for

Careers in Kentucky (TRACK) Youth Apprenticeship program.  Mary graduated

from the University of Kentucky and has over twenty-three years of experience

in the field of education. Prior to her current position, she was a secondary

Technology Center Career Advisor and an Adult Education Director.


Diverse Paths for Youth Entrepreneurship Youth populations are expected to rise considerably in the coming decades. Challenges such as rising urbanization rates, technological changes, migration, and trade will impact labor markets around the world. Technology will bring significant changes to the labor market. Some estimate that 65 percent of school children will work in jobs that do not exist today. Moreover, technology is already affecting the skills requirements of most occupations. Many young people will decide to become entrepreneurs – and they will need financial resources, mentorship and connections, access to technology, and a set of skills in order to succeed. We need to lay the groundwork for this now. This panel will feature speakers working to support young entrepreneurs in Louisville. The panel will focus on the entrepreneurship experiences youth are having in our community today and identify some of the main challenges and opportunities to become an entrepreneur as a youth, how technology has impacted entrepreneurship, and what support is required to enable youth to solve social problems in their communities around the world.