It's no surprise to find Northern Kentucky University graduates among the growing tribe of successful entrepreneurs. NKU’s diverse group of alumni—and even current students—who launch businesses find innovative solutions to everyday problems.
Many of them have won awards and been recognized for theirentrepreneurial drive, including two recent graduates featured on Cincy Inno's Five Under 25 List. These entrepreneurs are passionate, creative risk-takers who work long hours. But ther eisn’t anything else they’d rather be doing.
Owning and running a business is anything but easy, and the reasons for venturing down the path of business ownership vary. Some entrepreneurs want to set their own working hours. Somewant to be their own boss. Some want the opportunity to do business the way they think it should be done.
But for all of our alumni entrepreneurs, there’s one inarguable reason: the chance to put energy into building their own dream instead of someone else’s. NKU nurtures that entrepreneurial spirit through its courses, programs and atmosphere, and its Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
fosters collaboration and professional development. The university sends its graduates into the workforce ready to make an impact. With a world-class education under their belt, all they need is a can-do outlook.
From a one-of-a-kind dessert studio to an IT company, here are just a few examples of what our alumni entrepreneurs have created.