FUSE has introduced a new scholarship program that is eligible to any student from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who is passionate about accelerating their business or idea.
The FUSE scholarship program provides a full-time dedicated desk membership at FUSE Coworking for one semester, where the student will be surrounded by other innovative entrepreneurs, startups, remote workers and solopreneurs.
This $3,000 value scholarship provides the recipient with the opportunity to plug into the entrepreneurial ecosystem, with community benefits including: free garage parking, access to all FUSE programming, amenities, and mentorship.
The mentors for the program are here to help the students grow their entrepreneurial mindset. The awarded student will receive two hours of mentoring per month from Lincoln’s top business leaders, including:
- Brian Ardinger, Director of Innovation at Nelnet and Founder of Inside Outside;
- Christina Oldfather, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development;
- Alex Kuklinski Director of NMotion;
- Lizz Whitacre, Founder of Pawlytics;
- Paul Jarrett, Founder & CEO of Bulu Group;
- Chuck Norris, Managing Director at Nelnet;
- Clay Smith, General Partner of Speedway Properties;
- and Mike Dunlap, Executive Chairman of the Board at Nelnet.
The inaugural FUSE scholarship was awarded to students, Jack Rowen and Keaton Fricker, who are working on a plug-in called “Socialize.” This business idea will solve the problem of the lack of knowledge students have towards events in the community through a calendar plug-in for students to store upcoming events in one location.
According to Jack, “we found that students, on a regular basis, receive too many sources of information for events in their community and, as a result, do not discover events they might be interested in due to the overload.”
At the end of this program, these students will have the opportunity to share their research and progress to the Lincoln community at a One Million Cups presentation hosted at FUSE.