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Nebraska Startup Resources

Gathered by: Jade Jensen

Nebraska—home of the Cornhuskers, Runzas, the College World Series (except not this year disappointed face @ the coronavirus), and Warren Buffet. It’s not for everyone, but it is more than it appears. More times than not, people overlook this state, creating misconceptions and stereotypes. Well, newsflash, there IS more than just cornfields and cattle. AND (as crazy as it sounds) there ARE more things to do than just drive tractors – shocker! The thing is, what people don’t see is Nebraska’s growing startup community and the many resources available to budding entrepreneurs.

Luckily for you, we at appsky have compiled a list of start up resources in Omaha and Lincoln.  If you’re someone who has been dabbling with a “napkin idea” for a while and are looking to turn that dream into a reality, one of these many resources might be a great place to start.

Business Mentorship & Assistance

 

Nebraska Business Development Center

NBDC is funded in part through a cooperative program with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). NBDC consultants are credentialed professionals and are impartial advisors. We help you make the best business decisions for your situation. Source.

Services Offered:

  • Develop a business plan
  • Financial Projections
  • Refine the target market
  • Business Goal Creation
  • Compare financial estimates to industry standards
  • Conduct a cash flow analysis of business
  • Complete a financing package using your financial data

Contact Information:

Address – Mammel Hall 200 6708 Pine Street Omaha, NE 68182

Phone Number – 402.554.2521

Email – nbdc@unomaha.edu

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SCORE – Omaha

Since 1964, SCORE’s seasoned business experts have provided the highest level of business counseling services to help entrepreneurs create and grow their businesses. SCORE is the leading source of ongoing small business counseling, business training workshops and online expert business resources in Omaha, Nebraska and throughout the U.S. As a business resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE operates in cooperation with the SBA to provide entrepreneurs with business information vital to their success, including counseling on financing options, business planning, marketing strategies, product development and more. Source.

Services Offered:

  • Consulting & mentorship for business development
  • Free online workshops cover different specialties of business

Contact Information:

Address – 10675 Bedford Avenue, Suite 100 Omaha, NE 68134

Phone Number – 402.221.3606

Email – score@scoreomaha.org

 

SCORE – Lincoln

    • Lincoln SCORE is a chapter of SCORE, America’s Premier “Mentors to America’s Small Business.”  SCORE  is a national nonprofit association resource partner with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and is dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of the nation’s small businesses.
    • Lincoln SCORE provides free and confidential business advice and counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business and your personal objectives. Lincoln also offers workshops, for a modest fee, for both start-up and in-business entrepreneurs.
    • SCORE volunteers are real-world professionals with time-tested knowledge who donate thousands of hours to help small businesses succeed. Counselors are experts in such areas as accounting, finance, marketing, management, business plan preparation, and more. Source.

Services Offered:

  • Consulting & mentorship for business development
  • Free online workshops cover different specialties of business

Contact Information:

Address – 285 S. 68th St. Place, Suite 208Lincoln, NE 68510

Phone Number – 402.437.2409

Email – nescore39@aol.com

 

The Startup Collaborative – Omaha, NE

  • As a founder, you’ve got a never-ending to-do list. Our customer-centric methodology helps you navigate the early, dirty phase of starting up with clarity and direction. We help you prioritize one critical outcome at a time, all while increasing the value (or valuation for some!) of your startup. 
  • As you continue to drive up the value of your business, especially the value as defined by your customer, we connect you with more and more partners to help it scale. It’s not uncommon for us to matchmake teams, draw in early beta users and find additional investors to grow that business. 
  • For teams that prove early traction, we can pour a little more jet fuel into the tank with our investment capital. 
  •  Source.

Services Offered:

  • Step-by-step lean methodology
  • Guidance through various business steps – market validation, legal, team, growth strategies, etc.

Contact Information:

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NMotion – Lincoln, NE

  • NMotion is a mentor-driven, education-focused, startup accelerator based in Lincoln, Nebraska. 
  • We bring together capital, connections, and most importantly community to help your startup grow and thrive. The NMotion program contains intense collaboration designed to help entrepreneurs move their business significantly beyond where it is today. We provide an educational curriculum and hands-on mentorship from our team. Companies also benefit from a variety of free or highly discounted services including hosting, legal, banking and more.
  •  Source.

Services Offered:

  • Hands-on Mentorship
  • Valuable Curriculum and Courses
  • Connections to Industry Experts
  • Events

Contact Information:

Address – 151 N. 8th Street, Suite 518, Lincoln, NE 68508

Email – hello@nmotion.co 

The Combine – Lincoln, NE

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. Source.

Services Offered:

  • Commercialization through mentorship
  • Capital Readiness Program
  • Networking Events
  • A network of Partnering Producers
  • Incubation Space on Nebraska Innovation Campus
  • Office Hours from Investors

Contact Information:

Address –2125 Transformation Drive Suite 1000, Lincoln, NE 68508

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Biotech Connector – Lincoln, NE

The BioTech Connector is 7,700 sq. ft. of well-equipped wet-lab space located on Nebraska Innovation Campus. We provide incubation space and services to bioscience startups and high-growth biotech and research-based businesses. Source.

Services Offered:

  • Flexible & Affordable Space
  • Access to Equipment
  • Direct connection to UNL & its resources 
  • Research Partnerships

Contact Information:

Address –21901 N 21st St, Lincoln, NE 68508

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Legal 

Enterprise Legal Studio – Lincoln, NE

We are a boutique corporate and commercial law practice with Silicon Valley roots tailored to serving investors, entrepreneurs, and startup companies in addition to assisting larger enterprise clients with general corporate work. Like many of our clients, we’re lean and semi-virtual, so you get coastal service at Midwest rates. Read more about our practice areas below and drop us a note to say hi if you’d like to learn more. Source.

Services Offered:

  • Business Formations
  • Financing Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Software & Applications
  • General Corporate Law
  • Foreign Companies/Law Firm Teaming

Contact Information:

Address – 701 P Street, Suite 302, Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone Number – 402.230.5577

Email – hello@elegalstudio.com

Husch Blackwell – Omaha

Husch Blackwell helps entrepreneurs direct their passion and vision into viable business models. We offer the voice of experience and a guiding hand to young companies as they develop their products and services and successfully move them to market.
The attorneys on our Startups team are subject matter authorities in dynamic industries such as technology, life sciences and agribusiness. We offer the support necessary to launch and grow startup companies, protect their ideas and realize their business objectives. Source.

Services Offered:

  • Business formation and structure
  • Financing, including identifying investors
  • Intellectual property – patents, trademarks, and copyrights
  • Labor and employment issues
  • Contracts and agreements
  • Real estate
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Tax and estate planning
  • Litigation
  • Mergers, acquisitions and other strategic transactions

Contact Information:

Address – 13330 California Street, Suite 200, Omaha, NE 68154

Phone Number – 402.964.5000

Email -Sarah.Antonello@huschblackwell.com

 

Coworking Spaces

 

Populus Coworking – Omaha, NE

We are very excited about our open coworking at Populus, but we’re offering much more than a table and chair. The focus of Populus is to provide flexibility for you to work in different ways throughout the day. This is why we provide solutions for private offices, dedicated desks, and lots of open common areas. We believe the future of work is all about flexibility. Our goal is to provide space, amenities, and a community that will inspire your work. Source.

Services Offered:

  • Open Coworking Space
  • Conference Room Space
  • Stellar Wifi
  • Snacks + Coffee
  • Gym Facilities
  • Event Opportunities

Contact Information:

Address – 2566 Farnam Street Suite 301, Omaha, NE 68131 

Phone Number – 402.625.7866

Email – hello@populus.co

Commerce Village – Omaha, NE

Commerce Village is a coworking community featuring flexible office space, meeting rooms and workspaces for freelancers, remote workers, and small businesses. Work in a beautiful historic building with world-class amenities and stunning views of downtown Omaha. Source.

Services Offered:

  • Speedy Wifi
  • Parking
  • Conference Rooms
  • Printer
  • Fitness Center
  • Networking & Social Events
  • Bike Storage Room
  • Mail & Package Service
  • Onsite Notary

Contact Information:

Address – 950 S 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68108

Phone Number – 402.637.4455

Email – alex@commercevillageomaha.com

 

FUSE Coworking – Lincoln, NE 

Attracting Lincoln’s top technology and talent, FUSE provides coworkers with everything they need to succeed: a place to work with blazing-fast internet; meeting space; and, of course, coffee. On top of meeting the physical demands of a great space, FUSE immerses coworkers in a culture where people can bounce ideas off others and put their brains together to form unique solutions. In short, FUSE gives startups, entrepreneurs, corporate innovators, freelancers, and remote workers a place to call work. Source.

Services Offered:

  • Blazing-fast Internet
  • Meeting Spaces
  • Coffee
  • Networking Events
  • Direct Connections to many startup resources
  • Office space/Coworking space

Contact Information:

Address – Fifth Floor, 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone Number – 402.937.0026

Email – we@fusecoworking.com

 

The Foundry

We’re giving back to the community in two ways: a cost-conscious coworking space for nonprofits and social impact organizations and a full-service 100% give-back coffee shop open to the public. Source.

Services Offered:

  • Coffee Bar
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Coworking space
  • Wifi

Contact Information:

Address – 215 N 14th Street | Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone Number – 402.434.8540

Email – hello@thefoundry.co

 

Networking Events/Meetups

 

One Million Cups – Omaha & Lincoln

Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and engage with their communities over a million cups of coffee, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups in 2012—a free program designed to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country. Through the power of volunteers, 1 Million Cups has grown to more than 160 communities.
As a program of the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups works with entrepreneurs, empowering them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses. Mr. Kauffman believed it was a fundamental right for anyone who had a big idea to be able to bring it to life—and we’re here to fulfill that mission. Source.
When: Wednesdays at 8 am at Do Space
Where: MCC at DoSpace (2nd Floor)
7205 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68114
When: Wednesdays at 9 am at Varies
Where: Varies each month. View Facebook for location information

Bunker Labs – Omaha, NE

When: Varies
Where: Varies – In Omaha – Visit Site for more info
Bunker Labs – a 501(c)(3) non-profit – is a national network of veteran and milspouse entrepreneurs dedicated to helping the military connected community start their own business. We are committed to seeing that every entrepreneur in the military connected community has the network, tools, and resources they need to start their own business.
25% of transitioning service members want to start a business and they need places inside their community where they can connect with the people, resources, and support they need to start and grow their businesses. We’re here for them!
Contact Information:
Valerie Rivera valerie.rivera@bunkerlabs.org

 

Open Coffee – Lincoln, NE

Join the Startup Lincoln community every Thursday morning for Open Coffee. This regular, casual get together every Thursday morning will be an opportunity to share coffee, stories, insights, questions, and connections with fellow entrepreneurs, developers, designers, investors, and folks interested in building a better startup community. If you’re interested in getting connected and staying connected with Lincoln’s startup community, join us. Source.

When: Thursdays at 8 am
Where: Crescent Moon Coffee 140 N. 8th St.

 

Perk Up Thursday Weekly Coffee

Enjoy a brief presentation, refreshments, and relaxed networking. You will have the opportunity to visit with small business owners, startup owners, and the companies that support entrepreneurs. Bring your questions and business cards! Guests welcome.  Source.

When: Thursdays, 10 am 
Where: SCC Entrepreneurship Center • 3rd Floor

Contact Information:

Address –285 South 68th Street Place, Lincoln, NE  68510-2449

Phone Number – 402.437.2524 (Steve Bors)

Email – sbors@southeast.edu

 

Pre-Seed Funding Opportunities

 

Grant Opportunities:

 

Nebraska Innovation Fund Prototype Grant

The Nebraska Innovation Fund (NIF) Prototype Grant is a matching grant that provides financial assistance for product development to businesses operating in Nebraska.
This program is very competitive. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Department of Economic Development (DED) for help understanding the program’s requirements and expectations. DED will guide you to resources for making your grant more competitive.

Nebraska Academic Research & Development Grant

This program offers Nebraska businesses a matching competitive grant for research and development activities done in conjunction with a Nebraska college or university.

Nebraska Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Tech Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Grant Program

The Nebraska Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer Initiative (SBIR/STTR) is a matching grant that provides financial assistance to Nebraska businesses that have received a Federal SBIR or STTR grant.

Click Here For More Details & To Find Out If Your Business is Eligible

Loans:

Nebraska Enterprise Fund – Omaha, NE

Nebraska Enterprise Fund envisions a Nebraska where every small and micro business owner has the opportunity and resources to realize their potential.

  • NEF supports Nebraska’s micro and small businesses by providing capital, training, and technical assistance.
  • The Nebraska Enterprise Fund is the premier Nebraska small business Community Development Finance Institution providing business development services and financing to micro and small businesses across the state.
  • Since NEF’s inception in 1994, it has supported and impacted 19 partners over 2,000 business and more than 5,100 jobs directly and via partnerships.
  • Supports poverty alleviation and financial empowerment through business ownership, asset creation, and job growth.
  • NEF Connects Businesses to Resources:
    To Capital, To Training, To Mentoring. Source.

Contact Information:

330 North Oakland Avenue
Oakland, NE 68045
Phone: 402.685.5500
E-mailnef@nebbiz.org  

Funding:

Maverick Venture Fund

  • The Maverick Venture Fund invests seed capital into startups founded by UNO students and alumni.
  • A student venture board researches, recommends and monitors investments of $1,000 to $5,000 under the supervision of local venture capitalists who train the students in the art of startup investing. 
  • Students gain insights into the world of Venture Capital and Angel investing. They learn the key principles and concepts necessary to conduct due diligence, calculate investment returns, write term sheets, make investment recommendations and manage the investments made in student, alumni and community ventures. Source.

Services Offered:

  • Small funding opportunity
  • Pitch feedback
  • Connections

Contact Information:

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Post Product Funding Opportunities

Invest Nebraska

Invest Nebraska is led by a team experienced at growing early stage and lower middle market companies. We are committed to growing Nebraska’s economy by assisting entrepreneurs and investing capital in those companies that have growth potential. Collaboration with strategic partners, state government, communities, and post-secondary education institutions is important. Source.

Services Offered:

  • Investment Advice
  • Connections to various resources 
  • Access to Capital

Contact Information:

Address – 801 R Street, Suite 1, Lincoln, NE  68508

Phone Number – 402.742.7860

Contact on Website

 

Nebraska Angels

The Nebraska Angels are a network of angel investors who meet once a month to work together to review business plans, listen to pitches, conduct due diligence and negotiate terms for potential investments.  Founded in 2006, the Nebraska Angels membership continues to expand and welcomes new members throughout the year.
On average, Nebraska Angels invest in eight deals annually, deploying close to $5,000,000 in capital.  As the Nebraska Angels are a network rather than a fund, the decision to invest is made on an individual basis, however, the terms of the investment are the same for all angel investors. Source.

 

Services Provided:
  • Review business plans
  • Listen to pitches & provide feedback
  • Provide potential investment

Contact Information:

Address – PO BOX 81431, Lincoln, NE, 68501

Phone – 402-302-0329

Email – info@nebraskaangels.org

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