The New Venture Competition is a celebration of entrepreneurial learning and competition. All student-created, managed and owned ventures are welcome. Graduate and undergraduate business plan competitions will be held for Nebraska students during the two-day event. All graduate students are eligible to participate, including MBAs. Students pitch their business plans to judges from the Lincoln and Omaha business community and field questions on current traction, monetization strategies, risky assumptions and more.
April 4 and 6, 2023
City Union and Sheldon Museum of Art
Apply to Compete
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 24
The New Venture Competition runs in a bracket, or knockout format. Teams advance through two preliminary round. Following elimination rounds, four teams compete against each other for the grand prize. One grand prize of $15,000 along with additional cash prizes will be awarded during the Networking and Awards Reception. Top four have opportunity for further investment up to $25,000 from the Husker Venture Fund
Required documents: Registered teams are required to present an executive summary prior to the last day of registration. Business Plans are not a requirement but are strongly recommended for teams that want to be competitive. *Neither are required as part of the registration process.
Awarded to the team demonstrating the best organization and collaboration
Judges for the New Venture Competition come from a variety of sectors and bring diverse and valued perspectives gained through their professional experiences to their roles in evaluating the competition. Judges also play important roles as role models and sources of encouragement as well as trusted voices to offer constructive critiques and reinforce student learning.
If you would like to become involved as a judge for this or other competitions hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship, please register via the link below.
Register by Friday, March 24
2019 Grand Prize Winner, Hannah Esch, ’20, from Unadilla, Nebraska, founded Oak Barn Beef, which provides a unique farm-to-table experience, selling high quality beef directly to consumers.
2018 Grand Prize Winner, Lizz Whitacre, ’17, from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, turned her passion for pets into Pawlytics, a software company helping foster-based rescue organizations allot more time and attention to animals, saving countless lives of companion animals.
2018 Grand Prize Winners, Joseph Brugger, ’19, and Matthew Brugger, ’19, brothers from Albion, Nebraska, founded Upstream Farms, a single source farm that provides consumers with high quality agricultural products like beef and pork, as well as produces their own whiskey.
2019 – Oak Barn Beef, Savannah Breeders Service
2018 – Pawlytics, Upstream Farms
2017 – Terrace Ag
2016 – Concise Research Group
2015 – Bongo Watersports
2015 – T&B Innovations, LLC
2014 – Stahla Services
2013 – PickIt