Kimel, KrisOur Sept. 2 lunch will feature Kris Kimel, founder of IdeaFestival, who has built a career around the kind of innovation and creativity that propels communities into the future. He will share his passion for embracing “dangerous” new ideas, some of which he is currently pursuing through his Lexington-based science and technology ventures.

Kimel is president and co-founder of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corp., an independent, nonprofit company dedicated to creating an innovation-driven entrepreneurial economy that positions Kentucky as a global leader in science and technology. He is also a founder of two subsidiaries — Kentucky Space LLC and Space Tango Inc.

Kentucky Space is a nonprofit organization focused on research and development, education and entrepreneurial space solutions. For-profit venture, Space Tango, utilizes the unique environment of microgravity to design and commercialize solutions for applications on Earth. Both focus on the design and development of small, high-value satellites and applications, as well as novel space platforms and experiments, particularly in the field of exomedicine, for the International Space Station.

Kimel founded IdeaFestival in 2000, a four-day, international event that centers on innovation, discovery and creative thinking. This year, the event will be held from Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at various locations in downtown Louisville.

A Miami native, Kimel holds bachelor‚Äôs and master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky and was the 1974 recipient of UK‚Äôs Sullivan Medallion.