Next week is one of the busier weeks in the Nebraska startup community as 14 startups finish out their time at accelerators and launch into the next phase after their demo days. NMotion’s demo day is Tuesday, Sept. 9 and Straight Shot’s is the next day, Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Here’s everything you need to know about both events:
Where: Innovation Campus conference center, 21st & Salt Creek Roadway. It’s the first major event at the brand new campus.
Who: More than 250 people have RSVP’d so far. You can still get your tickets.
The teams: Adolade, Commissioner.io, oneCanvas, Mowdo, FanStreamm, Quantified Ag, MusicSpoke. Read more about the teams.
How it will go down: At 1 p.m. each team will be introduced and awards will be given to mentors and sponsors. Patrick Riley of the Global Accelerator Network, a network of over 50 accelerators on six continents, will give a keynote on the power of networks and the benefits of accelerators. At 1:30 p.m., pitches begin. Each team will get six minutes to present. A panel will then lead a 10 minute Q&A session. From 4-6 p.m. there will be a “mini trade show” and reception where each team has its own table.
The panel: Nelnet executive Chuck Norris, Bulu Box co-founder, Stephanie Jarrett, startup attorney, Bart Dillashaw.
“We’ve got pretty interesting stories to tell,” said NMotion managing director Brian Ardinger. “There’s a lot to tell in the region this week.”
When: Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Aksarben Cinema, 2110 S 67th St.
Who: More than 450 people have RSVP’d. Tickets are sold out, but interested guests can sign up for the waitlist. Overflow seating opportunities will be announced later this week.
The teams: Borrow For Your Bump, CallOnTheGo, Kitchin, LocalLux, Quest, SitStay, Viirt. Read more about the teams.
What to wear: It can be as formal or as informal as you like, but organizers ask you where black or white. Co-founders will wear colors to allow them to stand out in the crowd.
Pop-up shops: The e-commerce startups, SitStay, LocalLux and Borrow For Your Bump, will have pop up shops in the lobby to show off and sell some of the goods they sell.
How it will go down: Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. Pitches run from 7-9 p.m.
The panel: Silicon Prairie News CEO, Regan Carrizales, former Hayneedle CEO, Doug Neilsen, Lightbank venture capitalist, Ryan Fukushima
Emcee: Adrian Whitsett, KETV reporter
After party: Join the teams after Demo Day for a toast and after party in the theatre’s bar.
“This year, hundreds of companies from across the world applied to join Straight Shot’s second class of tech startups,” said managing director David Arnold. “Over the course of 90 days, we asked these seven high-potential companies to go all in and bet big on their future. The founders have connected with notable mentors from some of the nation’s biggest brands including Silicon Valley Bank and Target and some of our hometown big shots like ConAgra Foods and McCarthy Capital.
“They have been tested relentlessly—everything from their business model, to marketing strategies and even the founding teams themselves have been put through the ringer. Now, they’re ready for the main stage.”