We Believe in Your Ideas, Every One of Them

We believe in idea-scribbled napkins and midnight bright ideas. We believe in working late and sleeping in, and we hail to the coffee that gets us through. We believe in the hustle, the grind, and the moments of quiet reflection in between.


Sprocket Is Where
Minds Meet

At Sprocket, every unconventional path and ‘aha’ moment is celebrated. Why? Because we know there is no work-life balance — there’s only ideas and what we do with them. Our job is to connect you to the best space, people, and resources to make yours come to life.

We’re more than an innovation hub — we are a vibrant community where entrepreneurs, startups, and creative minds come together to break boundaries and reshape the future. As a leading digital economic development organization in West Kentucky, we’re dedicated to nurturing tech-enabled businesses, fostering collaboration, and providing the essential resources for success. Here, dreams are transformed into reality, ideas are ignited, and connections are forged.

Whether you are an early-stage startup, a seasoned business owner, or someone with a spark of an idea, our dedicated resources, dynamic community, and support structures are geared to nurture your aspirations.

Growing the Economy – One Startup at a Time

It’s our mission to transform the region into a powerhouse for the digital age, ensuring that our region thrives alongside the rapid advancements of the global market. With Sprocket, we’re not just keeping pace with the future; we’re working with you to shape it.

Jobs Created

Million Dollars invested in local startups

Startups Supported


Minority or Women-owned companies recruited


Consider Us Your Launchpad

Sprocket is your go-to hub for entrepreneurs and their startups. We provide valuable networks that include investors, mentors, and trusted community partners to help you bring your tech-enabled business from idea to exit.


Startup Support

Because ideas don’t hatch themselves. From ideation to launch to exit, our tailored business support and coaching are there for you every step of the way. Benefit from one-on-one mentorship, customized workshops, and hands-on guidance that help you navigate the entrepreneurial journey.

Co-Working Spaces

Our coworking spaces are designed to foster collaboration and creativity, whether you’re a solo entrepreneur or part of a dynamic team. Come find your inspiration in an environment that buzzes with energy and possibility — and internet as reliable as your mom’s meatloaf recipe.



Join a community of like-minded innovators, mentors, and thought leaders who are as passionate about your success as you are. From networking events to collaborative opportunities, we foster a spirit of unity and mutual growth that sets us apart.



Connect, learn, and grow through our regular events that cater to both budding and seasoned entrepreneurs. Engage with industry experts, mentors, and peers in a supportive community that fosters learning and collaboration.


We Believe in Wide-Open Opportunity

We stand on an unswerving commitment to building the future of work. Through innovation, inclusivity, and collaboration, we strive to create accessible pathways to success, empowering individuals to reach their fullest potential and actively shaping a new era where opportunities are boundless for everyone.



We foster a culture that embraces growth and views failure as a stepping stone towards success, inspiring lifelong learning.



We focus on building connections and guiding entrepreneurs, providing the mentorship and support they need for continual development.


We champion diverse perspectives and collaboration, enhancing our community’s ability to solve problems and achieve greater returns.


We fuel a creative environment where technology meets creativity, allowing endless possibilities for world-changing ideas.


The People Behind the Leftover Ramen in the Fridge

Meet the Sprocket Team

Our team is a collective of innovative minds and experienced professionals committed to turning your entrepreneurial dreams into reality.

Monica Bilak, executive director of sprocket


Monica Bilak

Monica Bilak serves with dedication as the Executive Director at Sprocket. She’s passionate about championing a community of entrepreneurs who, through their flourishing businesses, enhance the overall community fabric. Always up for a new adventure, Monica aspires to organize communal activities like kayaking or pickleball.

Hannah Ranval, programs coordinator at Sprocket


Hannah Ranval

She plays a key role in connecting them with resources to turn problems into opportunities. Outside work, Hannah indulges in cross-stitching, embracing Albert Einstein’s philosophy of risk-taking and exploration. She enjoys sharing her passion for this intricate craft with others.

Kaylan Thompson, marketing and communications director at Sprocket


Kaylan Thompson

As the Marketing & Communications Director at Sprocket, Kaylan is drawn to the contagious sense of community and innovation. Contributing to something larger than herself makes every day feel both personal and purpose-driven — a philosophy she wholeheartedly believes in, echoing Kathleen Kelly’s sentiment from her cherished movie, “You’ve Got Mail” — “Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal.”

Karly Caldwell, community coordinator at Sprocket


Karly Caldwell

Karly is Sprocket’s spirited Community Coordinator who always finds a way to brighten up the space! A year before officially joining the team, she had already dipped her toes into the role, helping out a friend and getting acquainted with the Sprocket community. When the official job listing was posted on her birthday, it seemed the stars aligned! A native of Paducah, she has been affiliated with numerous nonprofit organizations but holds Sprocket closest to her heart, celebrating its impact on her local community. Ask Karly about her unique skill of “driving” a yoga ball as a kid. Curious about textiles? She’s your go-to, with knowledge of many different textile hobbies.

Erin Ulrich, events coordinator at Sprocket


Erin Ulrich

Erin is the go-to Office Manager at Sprocket, always approaching operations with a detail-oriented, systems-first approach that supports every member of the team. With three bustling school-aged kids, her days are often filled with shuttling them to practices, games, and lessons. But when Erin does find a moment of blank space, she follows her passions: running, learning Italian, and mastering the art of knitting.

Maggie Choate


Maggie Choate

Maggie is the Grant Writer and University Liaison at Sprocket, where she leverages her passion for community service to help the organization thrive. She enjoys the opportunity to tell the Sprocket story and meet people who share her enthusiasm for their mission. Maggie is a Paducah native and recently graduated from Murray State University with a Baccalaureate degree in Nonprofit Leadership Studies and Business Administration. She initially joined Sprocket as an intern in the Spring of 2023 before becoming a full-time team member!

“I am privileged to be part of an organization that fuels innovation and empowers tech start-ups. I am honored to contribute to Sprocket’s mission of nurturing and supporting tech start-ups, and I wholeheartedly believe in its potential to shape the future of the entrepreneurial landscape of Paducah and Western Kentucky.”
Steve Reid

Advisor + Former Board Member

Get to Know Our Board

John Truitt

John Truitt

Co-Founder, Kalleo Technologies
Sprocket Board Chair

John Truitt

Julie Tennyson

Intellectual Property Attorney
Marcum Tennyson,
Sprocket Vice Chair

John Woeltz

John Woeltz

Entrepreneur, Investor

Ines Rivas-Hutchins

Ines Rivas-Hutchins

Sprocket Board Treasurer

Jared Riley

Jared Riley

Vice President Software Engineering
Computer Services, Inc.

John Truitt

Terry Bradley

Senior Vice President and Chief Deposit Officer
Paducah Bank and Trust Company

Want to Grab Our Coffees?


We’re not a regular office, we’re a cool office. And we promise when you grab us coffees, you’re getting them from Pipers, so that’s awesome. Are you passionate about innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship, and eager to shape the future of work? Join us as an intern and dive into real-world projects, working closely with our talented team, nurturing your skills, and becoming an integral part of our mission to build wide-open opportunities for all.