The Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC) is a private, nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovative economic development in Kentucky. KSTC is a fast-paced leader with a reputation for developing and managing creative initiatives in education, economic competitiveness and scientific research. Established in 1987, KSTC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of leaders from business, education and government.

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What is KSTC?

The Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation is a private, nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovative economic development in Kentucky. KSTC is a fast-paced leader with a reputation for developing and managing creative initiatives in education, economic competitiveness and scientific research. Established in 1987, KSTC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of leaders from business, education and government.

What is the mission of KSTC?

To enhance the capacity of people, companies and organizations to develop and apply science and technology and compete responsibly in the global marketplace.
This mission is being achieved through investments in the three pillars of knowledge based prosperity and an infusion of entrepreneurial strategies for the creation and growth of initiatives that:

  • maximize basic and applied research,
  • increase deal flow and help build companies, and
  • enhance learning


What are the goals of KSTC?

  • Develop a comprehensive innovation strategy which brings together business, government and education as full partners to leverage the best opportunities for Kentucky's future.
  • Contribute to the creation of knowledge jobs and the international competitiveness of Kentucky's economy.
  • Promote technology development and transfer as well as innovative mind-set conducive to entrepreneurial development.
  • Develop more systematic approaches by which all levels of education (primary through university) contribute to Kentucky innovations.


How is KSTC supported?

Specific initiatives in education, economic competitiveness and research are supported by grants and contracts from private foundations as well as federal and state government. Registration fees and other program revenue support workshop and conference activities. Annual membership dues from businesses, organizations, colleges, universities and individuals support the critical development and management of creative new initiatives in entrepreneurship, education, economic development and research.

What are the benefits of joining KSTC?

Technological innovation has emerged as an essential building block in the creation of new economic opportunities and enhanced competitiveness of Kentucky firms. KSTC members occupy an important position in the science and technology arena in Kentucky.

Members receive regular correspondence about exciting developments in the science and technology arenas, notices of seminars and workshops, conference reports and special briefing papers on KSTC initiatives. Members are invited to KSTC's conferences and other events where interactions between educators and businesspeople and government representatives lead to new collaborative possibilities. KSTC members also have the opportunity to participate directly in the development and implementation of new, innovative KSTC initiatives.

Members are provided special public recognition for their support and involvement with KSTC in publications and at KSTC events.