New Venture Competition


New Venture Competition

Tuesday, April 3 – Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Nebraska Union, 1400 R St., Lincoln, NE 68588

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 executive MBAs. Students will 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.

Two grand prizes of $25,000, along with additional cash prizes, will be awarded during the Networking and Awards Reception on Wednesday, April 4.

Registration information coming soon.

The competition helped my put my ideas together to give a unified presentation. It made me focus on what my desired goal for the business really is, so I understood it inside and out.

Grant Suddarth of Terrace Ag
2017 Grand Prize Winner, agricultural economics major
Grant Suddarth with big check

Selected Previous Winners

Maddie Fowler

2017’s Runner-Up Maddie Fowler, MBA student from Tucson, Arizona, is one of the founders of Sportspark, which will partner with Pima County, Arizona, to renovate, operate and re-establish the Mike Jacob Sports Park as the premier complex for youth sports in Tucson, Arizona.

Concise Research Group

2016’s Grand Prize Winner and Thomas G. Guy Startup Team Award Winner was Concise Research Group, which comprises Justin Peet, Ryan Erdmann, Derek Nordgren, and Tyler Friend. Concise Research Group uses comprehensive surveys and empirical data to assist governmental leaders in developing more effective public policies.

Anne Bachmann

2016’s Runner-Up Anne Bachmann, management major from Lincoln, NE, pitched her company, Helping Oats. Her company seeks to develop a healthy, fast-dining experience near college campuses centering around oatmeal.