The purpose of the RISE program is to support immigrants and refugees in Louisville in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

The concept of RISE was born out of the realization by Mr. Suhas Kulkarni – an immigrant entrepreneur himself and currently Director of the Office for Globalization for Louisville Metro – that Louisville has an untapped pool of talent for city-wide economic development in the form of immigrants and refugees who have made, or could make, Louisville their home. Given organized assistance, this population has the potential of becoming drivers of economic growth in our area.

RISE is a collaborative effort that includes key public and private agencies serving immigrants and refugees in Louisville. Partners in the collaboration include:

Louisville Metro Office for Globalization

Community Services and Revitalization

Department of Economic Growth & Innovation

Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Inc.

Catholic Charities

Jewish Family & Career Services (JFCS)

Greater Louisville Inc.

Kentucky Small Business Development Center

Louisville SCORE

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Louisville Branch)

U.S. Small Business Administration

Community Ventures Corporation.