Nikki Patterson & Sean Smith, Co-Founders of P.E.P. Rally

Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 9:30 – 11:30 PM UTC

Nikki Patterson & Sean Smith are the co-founders of Edtech startup P.E.P. Rally, a platform that allows schools to share resources while building community and engaging with students. Join us at TEN20 Craft Brewery on Wednesday, August 24th. Doors open at 5:30 PM and the Fireside Chat begins at 6 PM sharp. Tickets to this event are FREE, compliments of our sponsors.

In-person event
Fireside Chat

About this event

Nikki Patterson and Sean Smith are the co-founders of Edtech startup P.E.P. Rally. P.E.P. Rally creates an equitable school experience by engaging students, providing direct access to resources, and community building with its unique virtual community. They instill positive student habits and partner with businesses to incentivize students. 

Join us at TEN20 Craft Brewery to learn more about their founder's story and what's next for P.E.P. Rally.

Meet Nikki & Sean

Their journey into entrepreneurship officially began in 2021, when the pandemic spurred them into action. Prior to this, Sean has dedicated the past 15 years to working in the education system, while Nikki managed a commercial appraisal firm and various online marketing projects for 10 years. These two merged their talents, knowledge, and passion together to form PEP Rally!

Nikki & Sean's founder experience includes:

  • How to take an idea born in the pandemic and bring it to life
  • The impact of Russel Tech Business Incubator and local entrepreneurs like Kela Ivonye
  • How they've leveraged their relationships to line up partners pre-launch
  • How to raise capital to based on an idea to help pay for app development
  • How they've managed life as cofounders and spouses
  • Their plan for driving engagement with users using gamification
  • What P.E.P. Rally stands for
  • and more!

Join us Wednesday to hear their insights on some of these topics. Get your tickets today!


Some of the takeaways from their discussion include:

  • How to launch your idea during economic uncertainty
  • How to build a multi-stakeholder platform
  • How to break into the educational space
  • Keys to success when working with your significant other
  • How to grow an app's userbase - especially when youth are involved
  • and more!

School Supply Drive

In addition to our fireside chat, we will also be collecting school supplies for P.E.P. Rally to donate to their partner schools. Help us support students in need and amplify the voice of a growing startup.

Donation Ideas:

  • Pencils
  • Blue, Black, & Red pens
  • Calculators
  • Packs of Paper
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Folders (preferably plastic)
  • Pencil Pouches
  • Markers
  • Backpacks
  • Lunch Boxes

Check out what happened


  • Nikki Patterson

    P.E.P. Rally


  • Sean Smith

    P.E.P. Rally



  • Keionna Baker

    Amplify Louisville



Wednesday, August 24, 2022
9:30 PM – 11:30 PM UTC

Venue map


9:30 PMNetworking and Drinks
10:00 PMFireside Chat
11:00 PMNetworking


  • Adam Robinson


  • Lisa Bajorinas

    Lisa Bajorinas LLC

    Entrepreneur Advisor

  • Keionna Baker

    Team Member

  • Chase Barmore


    Team Member

  • Kevin Gibson

    Team Member