​We had a great time opening the doors to our new co-working space for our Grand Opening event. Speeches were given by Sprocket board chairman, John Truitt; President at Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce and Paducah City Commissioner, Sandra Wilson; City of Paducah Mayor, George Bray; Codefi Co-founder, Dr. James Stapleton; McCracken County Judge Executive Craig Clymer; and McCracken County Library Board Chair, Rachel Norton. Each of the speakers spoke about their vision for what Sandra Wilson called, “one of the most exciting new places in Paducah and McCracken county.”

Sprocket board chairman, John Truitt, informed our guests about what the co-working space is intended for and shared Sprocket’s big, hairy, & audacious 10-year goal:

To make Paducah and Western Kentucky a top 10 destination in the U.S. for technology companies to locate and grow their businesses.

We also introduced the 3 winners of the 1ST 50K competition that brought 3 new tech startup companies to Paducah. These winners were chosen out of 169 qualified applications from companies in 28 US states and 23 countries.

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Here are the 3 winners:

NiDiOneNoninvasive Diagnostic Instruments is from St. Louis, Missouri. They provide cost-effective, convenient, and rapid non-invasive point-of-care blood cholesterol testing for patients and their healthcare providers. Discover more here.

SeamlySeamly2D Systems is from Huntsville, Alabama. They develop scalable technology that enables fashion’s digital transformation in today’s connected world to increase profits, reduce waste, and heighten creativity for any size fashion business. Discover more here.

Qbrics helps small and medium businesses create workflows and processes without writing codes. Qbrics Flows is built using Qbrics core technologies Nucleuz (blockchain engine) and CAPLAN (REST API). Patent Pending.

1ST50K awards are made equity-free as an incentive to keep or help relocate innovative digital companies and talented people to the region. It’s made possible from generous sponsorships from public and private institutions that have agreed to work together towards improving the outlook of our community: McCracken County Fiscal Court, Triangle Enterprise, Independence Bank, Bluegrass Blockchain, Kalleo Technologies, James Stapleton, Susan Baier, Julie Tennyson, Ken Wheeler, Sandra Wilson, Connie Johnson, Jill Poimboeuf, and Chris and Nancy Black.

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After the speeches were given, everyone who attended joined us for a ribbon cutting hosted by the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce to commemorate the official opening of the Sprocket co-working space.

Drinks and food were provided as guests networked and toured the space.

Not able to attend and see the new co-working space? Click the link below to take the “virtual tour.”

We still have 10 private office spaces available! Or if you are interested in using our communal space, we encourage you to sign up for a monthly membership. Click the link below to learn more about our membership options and to enroll as a member today.

Thank you to everyone who has helped turn our vision into a reality! Together, we can create a digital economy in Paducah and McCracken County.