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Kentucky’s Run for the Unicorns Confab Offers Startups a Chance to Tell their Cinderella Stories

You don’t need a pumpkin or carriage to attend the special Unicorn Ball, a black-tie event to be hosted by Run for the Unicorns in conjunction with its business tech networking conference taking place in Louisville, Kentucky, from April 29 to May 4. All it takes is a ticket, which can be purchased for $300 or 15,000 Droid Tokens, to join the party and rub shoulders with artificial intelligence aficionados, blockchain movers, fintech experts and other top business techies.

Run for the Unicorns is a conference, expo and more, being held to attract startups and promote the virtues of doing business in Kentucky (http://ccw.fm/60lXy). The Ball is both epilogue and prelude. It caps the series of talks and presentations put on during the six-day conference. Held on the eve of the Kentucky Derby, it should put the partygoers in the right frame of mind to watch three-year-old thoroughbreds thunder down the one-and-a-quarter mile track at Churchill Downs.

The Ball, with DJ, dancing and fabulous food, is a black-tie event, although exceptions can be made for developers with interesting t-shirts. It will offer creators and developers the opportunity to retell their Cinderella stories. They will get their first chance at a Shark Tank casting call (http://ccw.fm/mA0vW). The open call, to be held at Louisville’s University Club, will offer tech startups the opportunity to pitch their product and business ideas to successful investors and entrepreneurs, known colloquially as Sharks, just like on the award-winning ABC reality TV series.

The 2018-19 season of Shark Tank, its tenth, features Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of AXS TV and the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks; real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; “Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; fashion and branding expert Daymond John; and venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary.

Run for the Unicorns is meant to turn the tech radar on Kentucky. The state is aiming to become a world class technology hub. Held to coincide with the Kentucky Derby Festival, Run for the Unicorns may do for Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, what South by Southwest (“SxSW”) has done for Austin, Texas. The annually held SxSW, attended by around 200,000 people over the course of 10 days, is estimated to generate $315 million in economic activity, or $1,575 per capita. However, the Kentucky Derby Festival, which attracts 1.2 million visitors over two weeks, creates just $128 million, or $106 per capita, while its potential is estimated at closer to $2 billion. The SxSW festival has been credited with making Austin, since 2015, the top destination for startups, outpacing Silicon Valley (http://ccw.fm/eVBv5).

For more information, visit the event’s website at www.RunfortheUnicorns.com

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