Welcome to Nebraska's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. Here, you can find the college or department to help you turn a good idea into a great business.
Center for Entrepreneurship Programs
Not sure where to start? The Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship can help you discover which resources are right for you. Whether all you have is an idea or your business is well underway, the Center for Entrepreneurship offers mentorships, workshops, competition and funding opportunities to help you grow.
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From the entrepreneurship and innovation track of the undergraduate management major to graduate level coursework, you'll develop skills needed to innovate through entrepreneurship.
Open to any undergraduate student at Nebraska, the entrepreneurship minor offers two tracks depending on if you are a College of Business student or non-business major.
The center hosts a number of competitions and events that meet you where you are in your entrepreneurial journey and many offer cash prizes.
Provides young entrepreneurs with the resources and connections to be successful. Open to all majors.
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Husker Venture Fund (HVF)
Offers students the opportunity to lead a $1 million fund that invests in early-stage Nebraska Startups. Open to all majors and student applications open each fall. Startups looking for investment can apply for consideration year-round.
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Explores opportunities within franchising and hosts guest speakers. Open to all majors. No business experience required.
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Women+ in Entrepreneurship
Empowers and supports women and other underserved communities in their entrepreneurial journeys. Open to all majors.
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The College of Engineering enthusiastically embraces its unique role as the singular intellectual and cultural resource for engineering instruction, research and outreach within the state.
It provides the people of Nebraska with comprehensive engineering academic programs to fulfill their highest aspirations and ambitions. Students are learn from professors with national and international expertise in their fields, the latest technology, quality facilities, a vast network of successful alumni and friends of the college and caring staff.
In today’s technology-driven world, an education in computing is more valuable than ever. The School of Computing has developed a unique program that offers its students a wide variety of hands-on learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.
Students in all three of our majors will have the chance to learn from world-renowned faculty engaged in cutting-edge research, contribute to real-world projects in our Senior Design course, and connect with classmates and industry professionals at regular departmental events.
The Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design (TMFD) actively engages with constituents and colleagues in Nebraska, across the nation and overseas, and is fully connected to the pulse of the textiles and apparel industries and professions. TMFD is committed to assisting apparel and textile-based entrepreneurs.
The department has expertise to share with entrepreneurs in all phases of soft goods-based ventures, such as:
Engler exists to embolden people on the courageous pursuit of their purpose through the art and practice of entrepreneurship. The program equips its student with the skills, mindset and know-how to build and launch a successful enterprise that aligns with their passion and purpose.
Students receive assistance in exploring entrepreneurship and then in growing their businesses, should they choose entrepreneurship as their path. Students from across UNL as well as entrepreneurs from the community are welcome.
Jacht is a full-service advertising agency in Lincoln, Nebraska. Every Jachter is a student of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and we believe that all it takes to spark insight into action is the fearless pursuit of big ideas.
Guided by industry professionals with 50 years of experience, Jacht is dedicated to exploring creative ingenuity and creating high-quality work that our clients love. Jacht is offered as a capstone course for students in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, but can be taken as an elective for students in other colleges.
The Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science & Management is an honors program that combines business and computer science to produce interdisciplinary leaders.
The Raikes School offers a project-oriented curriculum that helps students develop deep understanding of both disciplines. Innovation happens here in Nebraska. Prospective UNL students can apply to be a member of the Raikes School, and industry partners can engage students through the Design Studio capstone program.
Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) is a university-based business consulting program that provides professional level consulting assistance to small businesses in Nebraska.
NBDC’s Southeast Nebraska location is housed in the Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship (Hawks Hall 315).
NBDC Consultants can help you:
Nebraska Extension promotes entrepreneurship programs, innovation programs and the embrace of an entrepreneurial mindset and skills to create new businesses across Nebraska.
Most programming focuses on K-12 students. See their website to explore involvement opportunities as a college student.
Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC) is a campus designed to facilitate new and in-depth partnerships between the University of Nebraska and private sector businesses. NIC is the place to build the big idea, where imagination meets hard work, and collaboration yields results. NIC provides you and your organization access to culture, talent and resources.
Nebraska Innovation Studio (NIS) is a community-oriented makerspace that serves as a hub for innovators, artists and entrepreneurs. Students can get a membership at a discounted rate to Nebraska Innovation Studio, one of the top makerspaces in the nation.
The 16,000 square-foot facility equipped with a full metal shop, wood shop, rapid prototyping room, art studio, ceramics and textile equipment, screen printing station, and more.
NUtech Ventures leads the university’s membership in the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program, an immersive, entrepreneurial training program that facilitates the transformation of invention to impact. This experiential training program prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory — accelerating the economic and societal benefits of NSF-funded and other basic research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization.
Widely recognized as an effective training program in the U.S. and internationally, I-Corps addresses three urgent national needs:
The U.S. National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-CorpsTM) Hubs form the operational backbone of the National Innovation Network (NIN), which consists of universities, NSF-funded and other researchers, established entrepreneurs, local and regional entrepreneurial communities, and federal agencies.
Hubs work collaboratively to build and sustain diverse and inclusive innovation networks across the country. Through its national and regional training programs, Hubs train researchers to bring promising ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace. UNL is a proud member of the NSF’s Great Lakes Region I-Corps Hub.
The BioTech Connector (BTC) is 7,700 sq. ft. of well-equipped wet-lab space located on Nebraska Innovation Campus. The BTC provides incubation space and services to bioscience startups and high-growth biotech and research-based businesses.
NUtech Ventures is the nonprofit technology commercialization affiliate of the University of Nebraska, serving the Lincoln campus. NUtech's team protects and licenses the university’s intellectual property to companies to promote economic development and quality of life. NUtech also promotes entrepreneurship through programming and sponsored events.
Rural Prosperity Nebraska supports rural economic development with focuses in community engagement, people attraction, community development leadership, community economic development, and regional food systems. Students can get involved by becoming Rural Fellows.
Rural Fellows spend their summers living in Nebraska towns, working on locally-designed projects that support local business, and make progress toward strategic and specific goals to help communities thrive. Rural Fellows commonly create an impact in the following areas:
The Weibling Entrepreneurship Clinic at the University of Nebraska College of Law provides free advice and legal representation to startup business clients throughout the state of Nebraska.
The E-Clinic handles a variety of early-stage legal matters, including entity formation, contract drafting and review, intellectual property protection, regulatory, compliance and other transactional legal matters. Client intake forms can be found on their website.