About Us. What We Do.

We tip the scales in favor of brilliant, hard-working folks looking to create and grow businesses in Northern Kentucky. We serve as the “thread” for the regional business ecosystem by building a close-knit community that connects entrepreneurs to critical resources and reduces barriers to opportunity.

Our mission is to give your ideas time to grow and prosper.

Why Northern KY?

There are plenty of tech accelerators, incubators, and VC funds—but there’s only one Northern Kentucky. We’re the Southern part of the Greater Cincinnati region, where Midwestern hustle meets Southern hospitality and unbridled grit. We love that Northern Kentucky is a place where entrepreneurs who are hands-on, with a little chip-on-their-shoulder ideas find the opportunity to make their mark.

is made of 11 counties:

  • Boone County
  • Bracken County
  • Campbell County
  • Carroll County
  • Gallatin County
  • Grant County
  • Kenton County
  • Mason County
  • Owen County
  • Pendleton County
  • Harrison County

Supply Chain

eCommerce

Health Innovation

Local Growth

Our Team

Our people are here to connect your idea to the resources and region that will help make it happen.

Dave Knox

Executive Director

About Dave Knox

Dave Knox is a leading startup advisor, investor, speaker, and marketer who closes the gap between Fortune 500 and entrepreneurship through innovation, marketing, and digital transformation. Dave blends classical brand marketing acumen with entrepreneurial instinct to navigate a changing corporate landscape. As Chief Marketing Officer of Rockfish, Dave helped the company become one of the fastest-growing agencies in the country, going from $8 million in 2010 to $70+ million in revenue in 2016. Simultaneously, Dave co-founded The Brandery, one of the top 10 startup accelerators in the U.S. Combining these two worlds, Dave authored the bestselling book, Predicting the Turn: The High Stakes Game of Business Between Startups and Blue Chips. In his latest endeavor, Dave practiced Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition as he bought and relaunched the natural wellness brand Nature’s Willow. Contact Dave at dave@bluenorthky.com.

About Jessica Wert

As Blue North’s Program Director, Jessica welcomes newcomers to the entrepreneurship community and helps them get plugged into our network while overseeing our regional programs and events. Before joining Blue North, Jessica founded her own company, Anew Clothing, and has created a growing community of women entrepreneurs at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) by founding the Women in Entrepreneurship Club and hosting their programs and events. She also won 1st place in the KY Pitch Competition with her business in 2021. Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Management from NKU. She was awarded the Most Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Entrepreneurship during her senior year at NKU. Contact Jessica at Jessica@bluenorthky.com.

Jessica Wert

Program Director

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