Startup Founder Assistance

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Startup Founder Assistance

Although both are business models, the terms “startup” and “small business” are sometimes used equally to describe a new businesses. However, these business models are essentially distinct in terms of strategy and objective.


Startup

  • Innovation and Disruption: Startups are centered around a unique, often innovative idea, seeking to disrupt existing markets or create new ones. They are designed to scale quickly.
  • Global Scalability and Market Impact: They prioritize scalability, aiming to reach a broad national or global market. The business model is designed to handle rapid expansion.
  • Investor Funding and Growth-Oriented: Typically funded by venture capital or angel investors, startups focus on rapid growth over immediate profitability. The aim is often to increase valuation for further investment rounds or acquisition.
  • Risk and Uncertainty: Startups operate in a high-risk environment with high potential rewards. The business model may evolve rapidly in response to market feedback and innovation.

Small Business

  • Stability, Local Market, and Traditional Structure: Small businesses often focus on creating stable revenue streams and follow traditional business models. They cater to local or niche markets with a well-understood customer base.
  • Gradual Growth: Growth is usually gradual and scaled based on demand and resources. Expansion is often organic and regionally focused.
  • Self-Funding and Profit-Oriented: They are typically self-funded or rely on small loans and are driven by the goal of generating immediate profits to sustain and grow and own the business for generations to come.
  • Personal Service and Customer Relationships: Emphasis is placed on personal service and developing long-term relationships with customers. The business often reflects the owner’s personal expertise and interests.

Nebraska Startup Academy

Join the Nebraska Startup Academy’s online platform. The Nebraska Startup Academy aims to provide guidance and mentorship to founders, investors, and the community by educating with a specialized curriculum, hosting events with industry experts, and leveraging affiliate relationships to help establish Nebraska as an innovation hub in the Midwest.

SourceLink Nebraska

Do you need help with your startup? Receive personalized assistance from SourceLink Nebraska and begin connecting to the Nebraska resource network. SourceLink Nebraska can help you find the right resources to get your venture off the ground. Request a custom Personal Action Plan today and jumpstart your entrepreneurial journey!


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Beeso Studio

Beeso Studio partners with early-stage tech startups to help them grow and succeed in the long run. We have an experienced leadership team and portfolio of startup partners that new partners can lean on from day one.

John Bunting

Phone: (877) 827-7677
Website

6818 Grover St
Suite #107
Omaha, NE 68106

Center for Entrepreneurship - University of Nebraska Lincoln

The Center for Entrepreneurship provides advice, mentorship, coaching and consulting services at no cost to people with ideas to those with businesses – big or small.

Center for Entrepreneurship

Phone: (402) 472-3353
Website

730 North 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588

Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development - University of Nebraska Kearney

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development is an outreach center at the University of Nebraska at Kearney focusing on improving the economic landscape of central Nebraska through engaging relationships with students, area entrepreneurs and partner organizations and stakeholders.

Sara Bennett

Phone: (308) 865-8199
Website

1917 West 24th Street
Kearney, NE 68849

Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Franchising (CIEF) - University of Nebraska Omaha

The UNO Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Franchising serves as a bridge between the entrepreneurs of tomorrow and the diverse entrepreneurial community in the Omaha, Nebraska area.

Center Information

Phone: (402) 554-2706
Website

6708 Pine Street
Mammel Hall, Suite 303
Omaha, NE 68182

Design Studio - Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management - University of Nebraska Lincoln

Design Studio serves as a connection point between academia and industry, creating a unique opportunity for our partners to engage some of the brightest minds on campus and leverage the value of a Big 10 research institution. Each year Design Studio engages industry partners who provide complex problems for which our student teams develop software solutions using industry best practices in software engineering and business development.

Jody Myers

Phone: (402) 472-6000
Website

123 Kauffman Center
Lincoln, NE 68588

e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Formerly known as the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems helps communities and regions connect, learn, and share best practices for building sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems across North America.

Don Macke

Phone: (402) 323-7336
Website

3833 Dudley Street
Lincoln, NE 68503

eCAMP (Commerce Acceleration and Mentorship Program) - Proven Ventures

eCAMP kicks off with a 4-week immersive bootcamp. During this phase, you'll dive deep into vital areas like market research, digital marketing, customer service, and data analytics. Select startups that exhibit the most potential will be chosen to secure growth capital and continue on the 8-week journey.

Erica Wassinger

Phone:
Website

1004 Farnam Street, Suite 400
Omaha, NE 68102

Engler Entrepreneurship Program - University of Nebraska Lincoln

Engler exists to embolden our people on the courageous pursuit of their purpose, through the art and practice of entrepreneurship.

Tom Field

Phone: (402) 472-5643
Website

UNL East Campus
201AF Dinsdale Learning Commons
Lincoln, NE 68583

Entrepreneur and Business Startup Program - TCD eCenter - Twin Cities Development Association, Inc. (TCD)

The Twin Cities Development (TCD) eCenter assists existing and startup companies and entrepreneurs by providing resources and assistance in accessing various services. Twin Cities Development (TCD) is the economic development organization for the communities of Gering, Scotts Bluff County, Bayard, and Terrytown in Scotts Bluff County in Western Nebraska.

Anthony Gurrola

Phone: (308) 633-2899
Website

1620 Broadway
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Entrepreneurship - Doane University

At Doane University, students have the opportunity to enroll in entrepreneurship classes to obtain a minor or certificate in Entrepreneurship. We also offer experiential programming to encourage business startups.

Lisa Tschauner

Phone: (402) 984-4260
Website

1014 Boswell Ave
Crete, NE 68516

Entrepreneurship Center - Central Community College - Columbus

The Entrepreneurship Center is an integral part of the CCC Foundation and CCC. It is under the general direction of a board of directors and staffed by part-time directors. The Entrepreneurship Center partners with several local, state and federal development groups and organizations in providing services.

Kelli Faltys

Phone: (402) 562-1242
Website

4500 63rd Street
Columbus, NE 68602

Entrepreneurship Center - Central Community College - Grand Island

The Entrepreneurship Center is an integral part of the CCC Foundation and CCC. It is under the general direction of a board of directors and staffed by part-time directors. The Entrepreneurship Center partners with several local, state and federal development groups and organizations in providing services.

Aimee Steinhardt-Duysen

Phone: (308) 398-7520
Website

407 W 3rd Street
Grand Island, NE 68801

Entrepreneurship Center - Central Community College - Hastings

The Entrepreneurship Center is an integral part of the CCC Foundation and CCC. It is under the general direction of a board of directors and staffed by part-time directors. The Entrepreneurship Center partners with several local, state and federal development groups and organizations in providing services.

Aimee Steinhardt-Duysen

Phone: (308) 398-7520
Website

550 South Technical Boulevard
Hastings, NE 68902

Entrepreneurship Center - Central Community College - Kearney

The Entrepreneurship Center is an integral part of the CCC Foundation and CCC. It is under the general direction of a board of directors and staffed by part-time directors. The Entrepreneurship Center partners with several local, state and federal development groups and organizations in providing services.

Aimee Steinhardt-Duysen

Phone: (308) 398-7520
Website

1215 30th Avenue
Kearney, NE 68848

Entrepreneurship Center - Southeast Community College - Lincoln

Southeast is a vibrant two-year public institution of higher education serving a primary area of 15 counties in southeast Nebraska: York, Fillmore, Thayer, Seward, Saline, Jefferson, Saunders, Lancaster, Gage, Cass, Johnson, Otoe, Pawnee, Nemaha and Richardson.

Amy Jurgens

Phone: (402) 323-3406
Website

285 South 68th Street Place
Lincoln, NE 68510

Food Processing Center - Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) - University of Nebraska Lincoln

Food Processing Center is a multi-disciplinary resource for the food industry, providing a combination of consulting, educational, technical, and business development services. The Center provides a wide range of customizable services, all delivered in a confidential, price-competitive, and timely manner.

Terry Howell

Phone: (402) 472-2142
Website

271 Food Innovation Center
Lincoln, NE 68588

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center - Western Nebraska Community College - Sidney

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center helps entrepreneurs start new businesses in the Cheyenne County area.

Paula Abbott

Phone: (308) 254-7404
Website

371 College Drive
Sidney, NE 69162

Intersect Coworking and Incubator

A coworking space and business incubator for Norfolk and Northeast Nebraska's entrepreneurs, creatives, professionals, and side-hustlers. Providing members a professional work setting and business resources to move their business to the next level.

Emma Bennett

Phone: (308) 216-1449
Website

509 West Norfolk Avenue
Norfolk, NE 68701

Invest Nebraska

Invest Nebraska provides operational assistance and seed capital, develops entrepreneurial/innovation ecosystems, and collaborates with public and private partners across the state to create jobs and ensure prosperity.

Nichole MacDonald

Phone: (402) 742-7860
Website

801 R Street
Suite 1
Lincoln, NE 68508

LaunchLNK

If you're a startup who wants to build and grow your company in Lincoln, Nebraska, you may be eligible for a spot in this innovative catalyst program.

Launch LNK

Phone: (402) 436-2350
Website


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Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC)

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) is a department of the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha with offices in Omaha, Lincoln, Wayne, Norfolk, Grand Island, Kearney, North Platte, McCook, Scottsbluff and Chadron. Our partners throughout the State include the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Wayne State College and Chadron State College.

NBDC Information

Phone: (402) 554-6263
Website

University of Nebraska Omaha
6708 Pine Street, College of Business Administration, Mammel Hall 200
Omaha, NE 68182

Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force (NETForce)

The Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force (NETForce) identifies and shares resources to further entrepreneurship through education, collaboration and innovation.

NETForce Information

Phone:
Website

Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development West Center - #E127 UNK Campus
1917 West 24th Street
Kearney, NE 68849

Nebraska Innovation Labs

The Nebraska Innovation Labs helps founders (Including non-technical founders) turn their ideas into a real, market-ready, MVP (Minimum Viable Product) at a low cost.

Dillon De Rozairo

Phone: (402) 206-8820
Website

10842 Old Mill Rd
Omaha, NE 68154

Nebraska Startup Academy

Nebraska Startup Academy's core mission is to educate, support, and connect founders, investors, and the community in Nebraska to stimulate our startup ecosystem.

Charlie Cuddy

Phone:
Website

2400 Lake Street
Omaha, NE 68111

Nest:Space™ Entrepreneurship Scholarship Program

The Nest:Space™ Entrepreneurship Scholarship extends a unique opportunity to Central Nebraska entrepreneurs, offering a space to innovate, connect, and thrive in a nurturing environment. This program is dedicated to fostering growth and success in the local business community.

Nest:Space™ Entrepreneurship Scholarship Program Information

Phone: (308) 624-2000
Website

2224 Central Avenue
Kearney, NE 68847

New Venture Network

Helping future business owners take the first step to starting something that can scale!

New Venture Network Information

Phone:
Website


Omaha, NE 68102

NMotion

NMotion powered by gener8tor is a mentor-driven, cohort-based startup accelerator founded in Nebraska.

Managing Director

Phone:
Website

151 North 8th Street
Suite 518
Lincoln, NE 68508

NUtech Ventures

NUtech’s mission is to facilitate the commercialization and practical use of innovations generated through the research activities at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and the University of Nebraska - Kearney.

Brad Roth

Phone: (402) 472-1783
Website

2021 Transformation Drive
Suite 2220
Lincoln, NE 68508

Scale Omaha

Scale Omaha is a regional startup community telling the success stories of technology innovators and business builders here in the greater Omaha region

Scale Omaha Information

Phone:
Website

1901 Howard St
Omaha, NE 68102

Scott Data Center/Scott Technology Center - Incubator Program for Startups

Founded in Omaha in 2002, Scott Technology Center provides space in which businesses can operate and collaborate, develop tech startups, and provide workforce development – in conjunction with the University of Nebraska-Omaha Scott Campus.

Ken Moreano

Phone: (402) 502-6000
Website

6825 Pine Street
Omaha, NE 68106

Startup LNK

In Lincoln, we’re proud to have a thriving and diverse startup community. From weekly and monthly events to strong accelerators, awesome coworking spaces, and plenty of mentors willing to help, Lincoln is a perfect place to build a startup.

Kathy Andersen

Phone:
Website

1128 Lincoln Mall, Suite 100
Lincoln, NE 68508

Tech Nebraska

Connecting people. Advancing technology. Elevating the good life.

Tech Nebraska Information

Phone: (531) 278-1263
Website

1128 Lincoln Mall Suite 302
Lincoln, NE 68508

The Combine

The Combine is a statewide initiative supporting high-growth entrepreneurs in food and agriculture. The program consists of commercialization support through mentorship and a capital readiness program, networking events, a network of partnering producers across the state, as well as incubation space on the Nebraska Innovation Campus.

The Combine Information

Phone:
Website

2125 Transformation Dr Suite 1000
Lincoln, NE 68508

Weibling Entrepreneurship Clinic - University of Nebraska Lincoln

The E-Clinic at Nebraska Law provides free legal services to Nebraska startups. Law students in the E-Clinic are supervised by Professor Brett Stohs and handle a variety of early-stage legal matters, including entity formation, contract drafting, and IP protection.

Brett Stohs

Phone: (402) 472-3271
Website

1875 North 42nd Street
Lincoln, NE 68503

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