At Capture Higher Ed, we approve of both the methodology and the results of Insider 502’s recent list of Louisville’s “Startup Standouts,” a data-driven survey of local entrepreneurs making a difference in the community. Capture CEO Steve Huey ranked No. 1 on the list of 38 standout business leaders who are innovators and good citizens, the Insider 502 report says.
Insider 502, which is produced by the news website Insider Louisville, is a digital directory of influential people, businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Louisville area. Like Capture, the directory is pretty keen on studying the data — mining and curating information from publicly available business intelligence resources to identify those making an impact.
“Founding a company and getting involved in community endeavors are factors that weigh heavily on an individual’s ranking,” the report says. “Other variables considered range from leadership roles to board affiliations to social media presence.”
According to the directory, the top 10 “Startup Standouts” founded a cumulative 19 businesses, represent 28 nonprofit and corporate board positions, and have nearly 20 higher education degrees.
Huey, who co-founded Capture Higher Ed in 2011, is an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur with a passion for helping people follow their vision and start their own businesses. He is a mentor in the University of Louisville’s Entrepreneurship MBA program, guiding students as they work toward building scalable startups. Huey is also very active in mentoring several local start-ups, and does dozens of entrepreneurial focused classes each year for organizations like GLI’s Enterprise Corp, Nucleus LaunchIt, and AwesomeInc.
According to the Insider 502 report, civic engagement is a big reason these startup leaders standout. The 38 on the list represent more than 50 nonprofit board positions in the metro area.
Earlier this year, Capture Higher Ed was honored with Inc Magazine’s Top 200 Best Workplaces of 2017 award. Culture is something very important to Huey.
“You know you have a winning culture when you can match people’s personal and professional goals,” he says. “In the start-up world, you don’t set out to do mission-easy or even mission-hard, you set out to do mission-impossible. So while everyone at Capture signed up for a challenge, they also signed up to build the greatest culture in Louisville so we can achieve great things together.”
Check out Insider 502’s latest report here.