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 16 and 18, 2024
City Union and Rococo Theater (140 N 13th St Lincoln, NE 68508)
Registration is Closed
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.
Registration is Closed.
$15,000: Dyslexico Grace Clausen, Tristan Curd, Bridget Peterkin and Schadrack Shumbusho
$12,500: InforMedic Tan Phan and Pranav Rajan
$10,000: Beacon Maci Wilson
$7,500: Pat on TapAbby Miller
$15,000: Cattle Kettle Seth Daup and Brooke Bode
$12,500: The PALETTE Project Erika Casarin
$10,000: InforMedic Tan Phan, Pranav Rajan, Luke Farritor
$7,500: Now Vertakking Courtney and Sheldon Brummel
$25,000: Corral Technologies Jack Keating
$25,000: LS Lures Hunter Suchsland and Cade Ludwig
$10,000: Heartland Sounds Hailey Demers (Coufal)
$7,500: Playbook Maria Heyen
Oak Barn Beef, Savannah Breeders Service
Pawlytics and Upstream Farms
Concise Research Group
Bongo Watersports and T&B Innovations, LLC