A one-block alley in Covington, KY—just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati—was officially branded “Innovation Alley” in 2016. And it’s certainly fulfilling its destiny. The district is already home to medical testing firm Gravity Diagnostics, a medical testing firm that processes Covid-19 tests and Bexion Pharmaceuticals, which is developing a drug for brain cancer, and a cluster of early-stage startups.
And that’s not all. Now, Northern Kentucky University is creating NKY-HUB, a “one-stop, shared services, entrepreneurship nerve center” that will call the alley home. According to the City of Covington, some 26 partners have signed on to participate in the NKY-HUB thus far—everything from private-sector leaders to accelerators to educational programs.