“Follow not where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

-Dr. Robert Robbins

 

On Tuesday evening, November 15th 2016, over 100 Hardin County business, political leaders, and influencers converged on Boundary Oaks Distillery to celebrate success.  What success was celebrated?

What is Startup Garden?  Startup Garden was created over a year ago by a small group of innovators led by Lisa Boone of the Kentucky Innovation Network.  The goal was to create an environment for entrepreneurs, investors, and those interested becoming an entrepreneur or investor to mix, mingle, learn, and thrive.  It is apparent that the goal has not only been met; but also, surpassed as was evident during the evening celebrating Startup Garden’s one year anniversary.

“Often wrong.  Never in doubt.”

-Carl Swope

Hardin County Startups Celebrated

The Hardin County Startup Garden Celebration was hosted by Boundary Oaks Distillery and Owner Brent Goodin was the keynote speaker.  Brent Goodin shared the Boundary Oaks story and updated us on their success.

Mandy Lambert, the Commissioner for the Kentucky Cabinet For Economic Development attended and shared a few thoughts on entrepreneurship and startup companies in Kentucky.

Dr Robbins was honored during the event as the Hardin County Entrepreneur Of The Year.  The award will also be named after Dr. Robbins to honor his legacy and genius as a successful Hardin County entrepreneur.


“Startups are not for everyone.  Founders must have tenacity, guts, stamina, bull headedness, and a capacity to learn fast and on the fly.”

-Burt Walker

Hardin County Entrepreneur Award Winners Announced

Hardin County Startup of the Year

Hardin County Community Impact Entrepreneur of the Year

Hardin County Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Hardin County Entrepreneur of the Year

 

Hardin County Startup of the Year (Two Winners This Year)

ScheduleIt

Rebecca Wheeling Purcell & Bob Purcell

Scheduleit Startup Garden Hardin County Startup Of The Year

ScheduleIt – Click To Read their story on Hardin Local Startups


Atlas Development Group

Hardin County Startup Of The Year Atlas Development Group Award Presentation

Atlas Development Group is an exciting story of how to start a new company.  


Hardin County Community Impact Entrepreneur of the Year

Kevin Addington

Kevin Addington - Hardin County Community Impact Entrepreneur Of The Year Kevin Addington

Kevin Addington was awarded the Hardin County Community Impact Entrepreneur of the Year due to his vision and work in Downtown Elizabethtown.  Kevin has done remarkable work downtown and no one deserved this award more then Kevin Addington.


Hardin County Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Phil Taul for Hardin Local

Hardin County Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Phil Taul

Phil Taul was selected for the Hardin County Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award for creating Hardin Local (yes we are excited).

Entrepreneur of the Year

Dr. Robert Robbins

Dr Robbins Startup Garden Hardin County Entrepreneur Of The Year

Dr. Robbins has been one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history of Hardin County not only did Dr. Robbins win the award; but in the future, the Hardin County Entrepreneur of The Year Award will be named after Dr. Robbins.

 

Hardin County Startup Garden Awards Honorable Mentions – Nominee Finalists

During the award ceremony several of the finalists for each awards were honored.

Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Finalists – Honorable Mentions

Startup Of the Year Award Finalists – Honorable Mentions

 

The Startup Garden team would like to thank everyone who helped make this celebration a success.  Without the countless hours of donated time and money Startup Garden would have never succeeded.

 

“Half of the businesses employing Americans in 2036 haven’t been started yet.”

-Jim Fugitte

Photography by Denise Goodman

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