In celebration of the local entrepreneurship community, the Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship honors entrepreneurs and advocates for their innovation, success and entrepreneurial spirit. Nominations for award consideration will open in January 2024 and awards will be presented during the New Venture Competition reception on April 18, 2024.
Nebraska Distinguished Entrepreneur Award
New Company Entrepreneur Award
Start-Up Executive Award
Entrepreneur Advocate Award
New Venture Competition Grand Prize Winners
Presented to the founder of an established, successful entrepreneurial Nebraska company that inspires and demonstrates continued innovation.
Prior recipients include: Brett Thome, Spreetail; Matthew Wegener, ISoft Data Systems / Turbine Flats; Larry L. Snyder, Snyder Industries, Inc.; W. Patrick Clarke, Northstar Financial Services Group, LLC; David Graff, Brian Kaiser and John Wirtz, Hudl; Michael D. Hays, NRC Health
Presented to a firm less than five years old that has proven successful in creating an innovative offering experiencing early growth and success.
Prior recipients include: Jordan Lambrecht, Karley Johnson and Tony Bertino, Pixel Bakery; Vishal Singh, QuantifiedAg; Matt Taylor, Tavern on the Square and The Other Room; Matt Medlock, Paysafe; Paul and Stephanie Jarrett, Bulu Julie Mahlock, Bloom.com; Blake Lawrence, Hurrdat / opendorse
Established for a start-up person who made a positive and significant difference to at least one growth company.
Prior recipients include: Dillon Sadofsky, Presage Analytics; John Hogan, Home Instead Senior Care; Joseph Knecht, Venture Tech; Bill Hipsher, B2 Interactive; Joe Petsick, Proxibid; Thomas G. Guy
Presented to an individual who has made significant contributions in helping move Lincoln’s startup community forward.
Prior recipients include: Christina Oldfather, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development; Dan Hoffman, Invest Nebraska; Gregg Christensen, Nebraska Department of Education
Each year, more than 60 student teams compete in a bracket format for the right to be crowned champion of the New Venture Competition. Four final teams will compete for prize money totaling $45,000.