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New Program Aims to Attract Entrepreneurs to Ludlow

A program designed to help entrepreneurs start new businesses will be launched on May 5 in Ludlow. 

Startup Ludlow is dedicated to leading startup ideas from inception to reality while at the same time developing a thriving startup culture in Ludlow.

“The whole concept is to engage people during the idea stage, determine if the idea has feasibility and then help them create a road map to building, funding and launching a startup,” said Keith Schneider of SQUARE1, who has worked with startups including the bioLOGIC Incubator in Covington for more than a decade.

A Startup Ludlow launch party and information session is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Wynners Café on Elm Street in Ludlow.

Ludlow Mayor Ken Wynn said he is excited about the opportunity of startup companies locating and growing in Ludlow after they are launched.

“We have some great storefronts that would be very attractive for new businesses,” said Mayor Wynn, who owns Wynners Cup Café along with his brother, Steve Wynn and nephew Andy Miller. “We have an historic business district, we are close to downtown Cincinnati, we have some great housing stock available and we make it easy for businesses to locate here. I really see this as a chance to continue the revitalization of our downtown.”

Schneider said an active startup community creates jobs, brings new people and investment to the city, generates tax dollars and results in older buildings being renovated into innovative work spaces.

“There is great opportunity for residents of Ludlow who have ideas for new businesses to learn how to make it happen,” Schneider said.

Startup Ludlow will walk participants through various stages of business development including:

  • Idea validation
  • Customer intelligence
  • Prototype development
  • Presentation and elevator pitch
  • Startup roadmap
  • Business model and plan

May 5 is just the beginning; Startup Ludlow will offer mentoring sessions, workshops and more during morning and afternoon sessions in the near future.

“There are some great organizations and incubators around the region, but this is going to be much more intimate and one-on-one,” Schneider. “I’ve been around Startups for the last 10 years, and I truly believe I can help people launch, operate and grow a business.”

For more information or to register, visit go.StartAtSquare1.com.

Staff report/Photo: Wynner's Cup Cafe (Facebook)