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 …Read More
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 …Read More
We’re excited to bring you our 78th Opportunities on the Prairie today, with positions at Silicon Prairie News (that’s us!) Turnpost, Ervin & Smith in Omaha, BitRouter, Integer …Read More
Invest Nebraska Corporation has announced six finalists for the 2011 East 2 West Venture Competition. These entrepreneurs will pitch …Read More
We’re excited to bring you our 58th Opportunities on the Prairie today with positions with MindMixer, Xuba, Proxibid and Project Interfaith in Omaha, Bailey Lauerman in Omaha …Read More
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 …Read More
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…Read More
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 …
Invest Nebraska, in partnership with the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development and the University…Read More
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…Read More