News & RSS Feeds

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton promotes entrepreneurship across Eastern Kentucky

November 23, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton traveled across Eastern Kentucky last week, from Wolfe County to Pike County, promoting entrepreneurship to high school students.

In Wolfe County, Hampton attended and spoke at Launch Day: Students' Flight into Entrepreneurship. The event focused on students at Wolfe County High School hearing from local entrepreneurs, representatives from the Kentucky Innovation Network, and Hampton as they learned more about the power of entrepreneurship.

Hampton shared her personal story with students, discussed the significance of entrepreneurship for Kentucky’s economy, and promoted the first annual Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC).

In Pike County, Hampton attended the UPIKE High School Startup Challenge held at the University of Pikeville presenting awards to the top winners of the competition.

Students and organizers of the KVEC event surprised Hampton at the conclusion of the challenge by presenting her with the inaugural Magellan Award given to individuals who embody innovation and champion the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Hampton also made her way to Pike Central High School to share her personal story with students and promote the LGEC.

“Small business is the backbone of the American economy,” said Hampton. “It is critical for students not only to learn about and experience entrepreneurship but also for them to see themselves as the next generation of small business owners.”

More information on the LGEC can be found at

Welcoming Lt. Gov. Hampton to UPIKE were Howard Roberts, Ed.D, dean of the University of Pikeville-Coleman College of Business and David Snow, D.M., director of the Kentucky Innovation Network Pikeville office, SBI program and business competitions and associate professor of business.

There has never been a better time to be a UPIKE Bear! APPLY NOW
UPike Tigers