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With CEO and state funds in place, Invest Nebraska financing startups

Invest Nebraska, a 10-year-old private, nonprofit corporation known for its regular business plan competitions, is now funding early-stage startups thanks to the leadership of its first CEO and a pair of contracts with the State of Nebraska.

The May 2011 passage of Gov. Dave Heineman’s Talent and Innovation Initiative put Invest Nebraska in charge of part of the Nebraska Innovation Fund, a new, state-financed fund aimed at helping entrepreneurs. The state’s department of economic development also tapped the organization to manage an Angel Sidecar Fund, which emerged as a result of funding from …

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StirList extends strong run, winning Lincoln Startup Week’s Idea Pitch

Lincoln Startup Week continued Tuesday night with a business plan competition. Invest Nebraska, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development and PitchBurner partnered to create the Startup Week Idea Pitch. Participants had five minutes to share their ideas with a panel of judges for a chance to win $1,000 to help get their idea off the ground.

StirList took home the top prize, continuing its rapid recent ascent. The StirList team first came together on Friday and won Startup Weekend Lincoln …

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Green Bein’ launches Synch, allowing users to build their own games

Have you ever thought about designing your own video game? With Green Bein’ Productions new product, Synch, you can build your own game and then challenge your friends to play it. Deana Ward, vice president of Green Bein’, says that kids and adults love the new product. “Well, the only marketing we …

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Entrepreneurs honored, business ideas pitched at innovation events

The Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship started last week with Innovation Night on Monday and then Tuesday held a venture competition, the Nebraska Innovation Competition. At this year’s Innovation Night, current entrepreneurs were honored with the Nebraska Distinguished Entrepreneur Award. This year’s recipients were Charlie Hull and Clint Runge of Archrival, Steve Kiene of Nebraska Global…

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Green Bein’ awarded $50K to help expand business in Lincoln (Video)

Green Bein’ Productions, Inc. won Invest Nebraska’s third annual venture competition last week at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln. Last Tuesday, Green Bein’ and the four other finalists competed for $50,000. The Lincoln-based entrepreneurs were given 15 minutes and then had an opportunity to answer judges’ questions.
“All five of them did a really great job, but the winner, Green Bein’ Productions Inc., based on the judge’s discussion …

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Energy Pioneer Solutions wins Invest Nebraska’s New Venture Competition

Following the conclusion of last Friday’s Invest Nebraska East-2-West New Venture Competition at the Old Mattress Factory, I spoke with the winner of the event, Scott Kleeb of Energy Pioneer Solutions. I asked him about the backstory of his new endeavor (if Kleeb’s name rings a bell, it’s because he’s ran for public office twice in the last four years, most recently in 2008 for one of Nebraska’s two…

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