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What is TechFirst?

TechFirst is a collaborative initiative established by Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI), which brings together top-level industry leaders from tech and tech-related companies to exchange best practices and engage in meaningful growth initiatives that support and develop the region’s technology industry.Top of Form

The mission of TechFirst is to enhance and expand Greater Louisville’s technology ecosystem by developing talent pipelines, promoting a robust innovation culture, and providing resources to businesses in the industry.

The vision of TechFirst is for Greater Louisville to become a flourishing, top-tier destination for technology-based and data-focused opportunities, with its high quality of life, diverse culture, and professional pathways.

Why join TechFirst?

There are several reasons to consider joining TechFirst. Firstly, investors are looking to support Greater Louisville in its growth as a leading destination for technology-based and data-focused opportunities while promoting the region’s high quality of life, diverse culture, and professional pathways.

TechFirst was established to address four major priorities, with a focus on education:

  • Economic Development
  • Talent & Education
  • Density
  • Culture

By joining TechFirst, members can contribute to these priorities and help shape strategic initiatives to support and grow their businesses and the technology community in the region.

If you want to learn more, download our TechFirst Strategic Plan 2023.

Follow @TechFirst_LOU on Twitter.


General Member ($400)*

  • Listing on the TechFirst Directory of Investors and TechFirst webpage
  • Up to two event/announcement promotions via TechFirst Twitter per month
  • Opportunity for sponsorship of TechFirst events/programs
  • Visible support and regular engagement with technology and innovation ecosystem
  • Shape strategic initiatives to help grow business and the tech community
  • Connect to industry leaders and professionals across a diverse range of industries
  • Access to emerging talent pipelines and industry-specific resources, services, and certifications

Silver Member ($1,500)*

  • All General Member benefits
  • Investor spotlight on TechFirst social media
  • Priority registration for exclusive TechFirst events
  • Access to GLI policy committees
  • Use of a tech partner space or access to a premier tech-related resource in partnership with TechFirst members

Gold Member ($3,000)*

  • All Silver Member benefits
  • Sponsor recognition at TechFirst events
  • VIP access and promotional opportunity at TechFirst events
  • TechFirst Twitter takeover opportunity
  • Industry roundtable discussion with GLI CEO

*Note: Investment in GLI is required for TechFirst membership.


Join TechFirst

TechFirst Investors:

  • Amplify Louisville
  • Appriss Inc.
  • Bamboo Health
  • Bellarmine University
  • Centric Consulting LLC
  • Dean Dorton
  • Farm Credit Mid-America
  • KentuckianaWorks
  • Mac in a Snap
  • Net Tango, Inc.
  • Papa Johns
  • Render
  • Story Louisville
  • TECH-Nique, Inc.
  • University of Louisville
  • UPS
  • Vsimple
  • V-Soft Consulting Group Inc.
  • Western Governors University

TechFirst 2023 Guiding Team:

  • Purna Veer, 2023 TechFirst Guiding Team Chair, President and Founder, V-Soft Consulting Group
  • Dave Christopher, Founder & Executive Director, AMPED
  • Larry Horn, Co-Founder & CEO, Amplify Louisville
  • Annie Likins, Chief People Officer, Bamboo Health
  • Richard Teachout, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), El Toro IP Targeting
  • Kevin Geron, Senior Vice President Chief Technology Officer, Farm Credit Mid-America
  • Dean Schlader, Vice President, Business Outreach and Investor Development, GLI
  • Christine Tarquinio, Vice President, Talent, Workforce, & Brand Strategies, GLI
  • Veronica Vaughn, Manager of Economic Development, Industry Networks, GLI
  • Clark Welch, Vice President of Economic Development, GLI
  • Ankur Gopal, Chief Executive Officer, Interapt
  • Brian Luerman, Director of Technology Programs, KentuckianaWorks
  • Justin Falciola, Chief Insights & Technology Officer, Papa John’s International
  • Josh McKee, Deputy Director of Economic Development, Louisville Metro Cabinet for Economic Development
  • Natalia Bishop,  Founder, Story Louisville/Level Up
  • Alisia McClain, Executive Director, TECH-Nique, Inc.
  • Anna Workman, UPS Airlines Systems Development and Support, UPS

Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, GLI
Michael Gritton, KentuckianaWorks
Rebecca Fleischaker, The Louisville Downtown Partnership

For more information, please contact:

Dean Schlader, Vice President, Business Outreach, and Investor Development

[email protected]


Clark Welch, Vice President of Economic Development

[email protected]