In celebration of the local entrepreneurship community, the Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship honors entrepreneurs and advocates for their innovation, success and entrepreneurial spirit.
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.
Presented to a firm less than five years old that has proven successful in creating an innovative offering experiencing early growth and success.
Established for a start-up person who made a positive and significant difference to at least one growth company.
Presented to an individual who has made significant contributions in helping move Lincoln’s startup community forward.
Each year, more than 40 student teams compete in a bracket format for the right to be crowned champion of the New Venture Competition. Two first place winners currently receive $25,000.
Hannah Esch, Oak Barn Beef
Alain Mutabazi and Kane Wellnitz, Savannah Breeders Service
Justin Collier and Lizz Whitacre, Pawlytics
Joseph and Matthew Brugger, Upstream Farms
Grant Suddarth, Terrace Ag
Ryan Erdmann and Derek Nordgren, Concise Research Group
Thomas Frederick and Brock Smith, T&B Innovations, LLC
Grant Stahla, Stahla Services
James Verhoeff, PickIt