Latest Past Events

2024 Startup Appalachia Pitch Competition

The application for the 2024 Startup Appalachia Pitch Competition is open. The competition is presented by Community Trust Bank and supported by KY Innovation. We are looking for Appalachia Kentucky’s next big idea! Startups are the backbone of communities across America, and we believe ideas can start, launch, and scale across our region. Apply now for a chance to win $10,000. The...

Vision2Venture 2023: Cultivating Entrepreneurship in the Classroom

KEDC 904 Rose Road, Ashland

Vision2Venture 2023 is open to all 9-12 educators within the Shaping Our Appalachian Region counties of Kentucky who are interested in integrating entrepreneurial teaching and learning experiences into their classrooms. During this program, participants will acquire the skills necessary to incorporate entrepreneurial concepts into their teaching methods. They will then apply this knowledge in their...


August 2023 Country Music Highway Tribute Show

Whitesburg KY

The Country Music Highway Tribute Show was created after it debuted as part of a SOAR Summit in Ashland in early 2022. In early 2023, SOAR brought tourism commissions and performing arts venues from the Country Music Highway together. They cast the vision of an event that paid homage to the stars of the Highway...