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Monday, October 3
 

9:00am

#MakerMonday
Kick off Startup Week Lincoln at Nebraska Innovation Studio (NIS)! Join us from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. for a free event featuring self-guided tours of NIS (the makerspace located at Nebraska Innovation Campus), equipment demos and a Member Made exhibition.

Schedule of Events:
+ Self-Guided Tours of NIS: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
+ Member Made Exhibition: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
+ 3D Printer Demo: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
+ Laser Cutter Demo: 9:30-10 a.m. & 11-11:30 a.m.

Monday October 3, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
Nebraska Innovation Campus 2201 Transformation Drive, Lincoln, NE 68508

3:00pm

Rise of the Rest Fireside Chat, Pitch Competition, and After Party
These events are free and open to the public, but you MUST register at:  https://nvite.com/riseofrest/lincoln

Fireside Chat with Steve Case

Oct. 3rd - 3:00pm - The Rococo Theater - Free

Join Steve Case for a Fireside Chat interview where he will be discussing the city's startup economy. Come listen to Steve talk about the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs, the Rise of the Rest concept, and how this is the best moment in recent history to start and scale a business in Nebraska.

Startup Pitch Competition

Oct. 3rd - 4:00pm - The Rococo Theater - Free

During the Rise of the Rest Pitch Competition, 8 of the most innovative startup companies in Lincoln & Omaha will be given the opportunity to pitch Steve Case and a panel of all-star judges, with a $100,000 investment prize going to the winning startup. Join us to hear from some of the most innovative and creative entrepreneurs in your city as they deliver their 5 minute pitches!

Companies pitching to Steve Case include:

  • Drive Spotter, Inc. - a machine learning platform for training human and machine drivers
  • Gear Supply Co. - Subscription guitar string plans and high quality guitar goods
  • LifeLoop – a platform for senior living that connects staff, families, and residents
  • Nobl Health - creates, markets, and sells technology solutions to hospitals
  • Opendorse - the largest pro athlete influencer network
  • Places VR - VR & AR social platform for people and businesses to collaborate.
  • Quantified Ag - Sensors and data platform for the cattle industry.
  • RaceNote - RaceNote is a motorsports management platform that makes race teams faster
Happy Hour with Steve Case

Oct. 3rd - 6:00pm - The Rococo Theater - Free

After a great day, Steve Case and the ROTR crew will be hosting an open-bar networking party for entrepreneurs, investors, and all other members of the Lincoln & Omaha entrepreneurial ecosystem. Join us to celebrate all the amazing progress in Nebraska, meet the people making it happen, and enjoy a few drinks with new friends!

Those attending the Pitch Competition will have first priority into the Happy Hour, which has limited space, so be sure and register for the Pitch Competition as well!


Monday October 3, 2016 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Rococo Theatre 140 N 13th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

8:00pm

Party on the Square -- Startup Week/LNK DNA Kickoff - Brought to you by Windstream
Kickoff Startup Week and LNK DNA (www.lnkdna.com) with us at Tower Square! After the Rise of the Rest Pitch Competition and After Party, join us over at Tower Square for pizza and great company, and the start to an amazing week. Find out more about all of the LNK DNA events that are happning throughout the week! Celebrate the winner of the Rise of the Rest pitch competition! If you missed the pitch competition, find out who won...although we don't know why you would want to miss it, get registered RIGHT NOW for the Rise of the Rest in LNK: https://nvite.com/riseofrest/lincoln

See you on the Square! 

Party on the Square brought to you by Windstream!

Monday October 3, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Tower Square 1300 P St, Lincoln, NE 68508
 
Tuesday, October 4
 

8:00am

Pipeline Entrepreneurs Coffee
Applications for Pipeline Entrepreneurs 2017 Fellowship Class are now open! Join us on Tuesday, October 4 for Coffee and Networking hosted by Pipeline & FUSE to learn more about the Pipeline Fellowship Program and meet our entrepreneurs. Applications close October 19. 

Tuesday October 4, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Fuse Coworking Fifth Floor, 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

9:00am

Thoughtful Software Design

Why spend the time and energy investing in software design and architecture? Andy Unterseher, software engineer at Don’t Panic Labs, discusses why they believe upfront planning and design is necessary for successful software and companies.


Speakers
avatar for Andy Unterseher

Andy Unterseher

Software Engineer, Don't Panic Labs


Tuesday October 4, 2016 9:00am - 9:30am
The Barnyard (Nebraska Global Basement) 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68058

9:45am

10:00am

Nebraska Department of Economic Development Funding Opportunities
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has several programs that can provide grant or equity funding for you startup company. Attend this session for an overview of available programs.

Want to talk one-on-one with NDED staff about a project and if it might be a fit for one of the funding programs? Sign up here for a time slot after the presentation to talk specifically abour your project: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nebraska-department-of-economic-development-office-hours-tickets-28011301557  

Speakers
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Joe Fox

Business Innovation Manager, Nebraska Department of Economic Development


Tuesday October 4, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Fuse Coworking Fifth Floor, 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

11:00am

Automation - Why It Matters and When To Do It

In technology startups, software engineers face many tasks that take energy away from building products. While not all of these distractions can be eliminated, automation can significantly reduce them. Anne Ruskamp, software engineer at Beehive Industries, covers the impact of putting short-term efforts toward automation and how you can identify tasks that are good candidates for automation.


Speakers
avatar for Anne Ruskamp

Anne Ruskamp

Software Engineer, Beehive Industries
Anne is an alumni of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management. From there, she started at Nebraska Global and was quickly connected with Beehive Industries. Anne loves that she gets to tackle new problems each day, having incredible coworkers, and working for a company that emphasizes its employee-empowering culture.


Tuesday October 4, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
The Barnyard (Nebraska Global Basement) 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68058

11:30am

Lincoln Coffee and Code Relaunch and Fall Speaker Draft
Lunch provided.

Tuesday October 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
The Barnyard (Nebraska Global Basement) 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68058

11:30am

Windstream Policy Panel Lunch: A Conversation with Your Elected Officials
Have a conversation with your elected officials over lunch and discuss policy matters that matter to you! Join Senator Adam Morfeld, Senator Patty Pansing Brooks, City Council Member Trent Fellers, and County Commissioner Todd Wiltgen to discuss issues that affect the entrepreneurial community at the state, county, and local levels.

Lunch is free (thanks to Windstream!), but you must register to attend this event. Seats are limited! 

Tuesday October 4, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
Lazlo's 210 N 7th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

1:00pm

Patents, Trademarks and Why They Matter for Startups

Patents can be valuable to a startup companies success.  Startups holding patents are more likely to secure investment, more likely to be acquired, and more likely to achieve long term success than startups without patents (http://bit.ly/2cUpP2N). Find out more about why patents and trademarks are important for startups and what resources are available from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). J. Allen Shriver, Supervisory Patent Examiner with the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office, will share his expertise in this session.

One-on-one sessions to ask specific questions about your startup and patents and trademarks will be available after this session. If you would like to take advantage of these office hours, you must sign up for an individual session here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uspto-individual-sessions-tickets-28009100975.


Speakers
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J. Allen Shriver

Supervisory Patent Examiner, Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office


Tuesday October 4, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fuse Coworking Fifth Floor, 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

1:00pm

Funability - Keeping Developers Engaged, Happy, and Productive

Do you measure how well your culture and processes enable your team to realize the motivations that initially got them into your industry? Chad Michel of Don’t Panic Labs discusses how they use the concept of “Funability” to help their team stay productive and experience satisfaction in their work.


Speakers
avatar for Chad Michel

Chad Michel

Software Architect, Don't Panic Labs
In 2000 Chad graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering. He then graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2003 with a Masters in Computer Science. After college, he worked for STI, MindVision/eSellerate/DigitalRiver, and Internap before ending up at Nebraska Global / Beehive Industries / Don’t Panic Labs.


Tuesday October 4, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Barnyard (Nebraska Global Basement) 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68058

2:00pm

Partnering for Success - Accelerating Your Company's Growth

This interactive panel session will explore the experiences of four startup founders who chose strategic partnerships to grow their business. Come ready to ask questions and learn about why they partnered, how they found a partner, what they would do again, what they would do differently, and ultimately how the decisions they made helped (or hurt) their companies.

Panelists include Mailani Veney (Deal-Any-Day), Ben Pankonin (Social Assurance), Scott Niewohner (Black Box), and Vishal Singh (Quantified Ag).


Moderators
avatar for Brian Zimmer

Brian Zimmer

Business Director, Don't Panic Labs
I have a passion for transforming ideas into viable products and companies.

Tuesday October 4, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Barnyard (Nebraska Global Basement) 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68058

4:00pm

Innovation in Manufacturing
To bring manufacturing back to America, we need innovative technology that is cost competitive and environmentally sustainable. Monolith is doing this after spending the past four years developing a first-of-its kind technology to manufacture carbon black, a commodity material that’s found in everyday products like tires, ink, and electronics. Monolith is now scaling up and building the first large-scale carbon black plant in the US in over 30 years - choosing the heart of America for this monumental next-generation project in manufacturing. Groundbreaking is October 20, 2016 and the plant will be located just outside of Lincoln in Hallam, NE.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Hanson

Rob Hanson

Rob Hanson, Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering [Stanford] | | Monolith, Co-Founder, Chief Commercial Officer, Member of the Board of Directors | | Prior to Monolith, Rob Hanson served as the Global Director of Product Management for AREVA Solar, the solar division of the world’s largest nuclear company. During his time at AREVA, Rob led multiple aspects of the design, manufacturing, construction, commissioning and performance... Read More →


Tuesday October 4, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Nonprofit Hub 211 N 14th St, Lincoln, NE

4:00pm

Tech Crawl
Come check out the local tech start-ups of Lincoln! If you are a job seeker, student, aspiring entrepreneur, or just curious about tech start-ups, come down to The Barnyard to visit with these local companies:

Nebraska Innovation Studio
Turbine Flats/Presage Analytics
Agilx
Quantified Ag
UNL Center for Entrepreneurship
Forgelight Creative
Bugeater Foods
Engler Agribusiness
NMotion
SitStay.com
Evol Empire
Black Box Performance Tracker
Bulu Box
T'Work 

Brought to you by Nebraska Innovation Campus, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, and Don't Panic Labs. 

Tuesday October 4, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Barnyard (Nebraska Global Basement) 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68058

4:30pm

Students & Startups
All students are welcome who are interested in getting involved in the startup community! List to Eric Dinger, the founder of Powderhook, speak and meet companies looking for intern talent.

Speakers

Tuesday October 4, 2016 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Fuse Coworking Fifth Floor, 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

5:30pm

Revved Up Happy Hour
Join us for drinks and a conversation with Jay Wilkinson, Firespring's CEO. In this interview style presentation he will be talking about Firespring's history and how they became the first B Corp in the state of Nebraska. 

Speakers

Tuesday October 4, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Nonprofit Hub 211 N 14th St, Lincoln, NE

7:00pm

Spotlight LNK
Spotlight LNK is a place to listen to early stage ideas and give helpful feedback. This spotlight is followed by a lesson on coding without computers at Fuse Coworking.

Tuesday October 4, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Fuse Coworking Fifth Floor, 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
 
Wednesday, October 5
 

9:00am

1 Million Cups LNK - Female Founder Stories
Join 1MC LNK for a special Lincoln Startup Week Female Founders panel! Christina Oldfather with the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development will moderate this panel of female founders and explore their stories, the challenges they have faced along the way, and ways they have successfully overcome those challenges.

Panelists include Callie England, Founder and CEO of Rawxies; Jennifer Rosenblatt, Co-Founder of MusicSpoke; and Mailani Veney, Founder of DealAnyDay. 

Moderators
avatar for Christina Oldfather

Christina Oldfather

Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development
Christina Oldfather is the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, the City of Lincoln’s economic development organization. In her role, Christina works to support the startup community and help keep the entrepreneurial momentum going. Christina holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the... Read More →

Speakers
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Stacy Carlson

Stacy Carlson is the COO of SitStay.com and CEO of Gotta Pixel, LLC. Before launching Gotta Pixel, she was the Lead Development Engineer for a graphical software application, Micrografx Picture Publisher. She believes in encouraging other to be strong, courageous, creative and to find joy and inner-acceptance in their uniqueness.
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Brooke Mullen

Fouder, Sapahn
Brooke Mullen is the founder of Sapahn, a social enterprise focused on curating well-designed, ethically made, artisan crafted fashion collections. Founded in 2010 while completing her MA in Human Rights in Thailand with the purpose of connecting rural artisans with sustainable trade using a business model that puts people and human rights first. Eight years later this Nebraska native calls Thailand her home, and Sapahn her... Read More →
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Mailani Veney

Mailani Veney grows businesses with the aloha spirit - ensuring everyone benefits in a relationship. She is the co-founder and CEO of DealAnyDay, a nationwide marketing technology company that provides mobile marketing analytics to help small businesses attract more customers and increase profitability. Mailani created the "Two Magic Questions" approach and has honed it over 25 years - resulting in millions in sales successes and good... Read More →


Wednesday October 5, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
The Barnyard (Nebraska Global Basement) 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68058

10:00am

The Why and How of Buyer Personas
Limited Capacity filling up

Any startup founder knows that customers are the key to success, which is why buyer personas are a critical part of marketing efforts. You need to understand what your average customers look like, what’s important to them, where they are, and how they might find you. Building buyer personas means digging into demographic data and anecdotal feedback as well as behavioral insights, which can be applied to use cases and real-life scenarios. Expert marketer Ali Schwanke will teach you how to build buyer personas and use them to guide your overall marketing strategy.

 

Ali Schwanke is the founder and CEO of Simple Strat, a marketing agency with a focus on strategy first. She’s also a Startup Weekend alumni, co-founder of Ignite Lincoln, and startup community advocate and marketing advisor. 

 

Beverages, snacks, and prize drawings will be provided courtesy of Forgelight Creative.


Speakers
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Ali Schwanke

Ali Schwanke is the founder and CEO of Simple Strat, a marketing agency with a focus on strategy first. She’s also a Startup Weekend alumni, co-founder of Ignite Lincoln, and startup community advocate and marketing advisor.


Wednesday October 5, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Catalyst 350 Canopy St #130, Lincoln, NE 68508

10:30am

Running a Hip Kickstarter Campaign
Limited Capacity seats available

In May of 2016, Mark Zmarzly successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign for the new Hip Money app. He surpassed the $15,000 goal in 5.5 days and ended up raising $21,600, which put Hip Money into the top 50 all-time top apps on Kickstarter. Hear more about the goals, creative elements, and execution of the Hip Money campaign and learn some good reasons to consider a Kickstarter for your own startup.

Mark Zmarzly is an innovative entrepreneur who is changing banking forever for everyone’s benefit. As founder of Hip Pocket, Mark and his team have developed software that does everything from allowing people to compare their mortgage and retirement savings with their peers to saving money and prepaying debt with a simple swipe right from the Hip Money app.

 

Beverages, snacks, and prize drawings will be provided courtesy of Forgelight Creative.


Speakers
MZ

Mark Zmarzly

Mark Zmarzly is an innovative entrepreneur who is changing banking forever for everyone’s benefit. As founder of Hip Pocket, Mark and his team have developed software that does everything from allowing people to compare their mortgage and retirement savings with their peers to saving money and prepaying debt with a simple swipe right from the Hip Money app.


Wednesday October 5, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Catalyst 350 Canopy St #130, Lincoln, NE 68508

10:30am

Monolith Press Announcement
Monolith's Press Event: An innovative-tech, clean-process manufacturing startup from Silicon Valley, CA that has chosen Lincoln, NE area as their commercial plant facility and is announcing their arrival and up-coming groundbreaking. This first-of-its kind technology is the next-generation of US manufacturing that is cost competitive and environmentally sustainable, and Monolith is excited to bring such an environmentally and economic positive impact to the area.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Hanson

Rob Hanson

Rob Hanson, Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering [Stanford] | | Monolith, Co-Founder, Chief Commercial Officer, Member of the Board of Directors | | Prior to Monolith, Rob Hanson served as the Global Director of Product Management for AREVA Solar, the solar division of the world’s largest nuclear company. During his time at AREVA, Rob led multiple aspects of the design, manufacturing, construction, commissioning and performance... Read More →


Wednesday October 5, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Fuse Coworking Fifth Floor, 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

11:00am

Startup PR Panel
Limited Capacity filling up

Hear from local journalist, Matt Olberding; Silicon Prairie News Managing Editor, Ryan Pendell; and startup PR extraordinaire from Bulu, Mariah Nimmich, about PR for startups. This panel, moderated by Forgelight Creative co-founder and CEO, Tyler Sprunk, will answer your PR-related questions, explore the importance of PR for startups, and cover tips and tricks for effective PR.

Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

Ryan Pendell is the Managing Editor of Silicon Prairie News. In 2009 he received his MFA in Writing from the Art Institute of Chicago. Since then he has taught college writing and has written for regional and national online and print media. In 2014 he was publications editor for the Sundance Film Festival. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

As Director of Public Relations, Mariah Nimmich coordinates Bulu, Inc. press coverage nationally, showcasing Bulu Box and Bulu Marketplace in media outlets like CBS, Buzzfeed, Forbes and more. Her favorite activity is to #BangTheDrum for the achievements of the Bulu Crew! Mariah is also a board member and Communications Chair for nonprofit TEDxLincoln, and heavily involved in Lincoln events like LNK DNA and Startup Week.

Tyler Sprunk is co-founder and CEO of Forgelight Creative and Managing Editor for Cultivate Press. Tyler is also a proud supporter of the startup community through events such as 1 Million Cups, Startup Week, and LNK DNA.

Beverages, snacks, and prize drawings will be provided courtesy of Forgelight Creative.


Wednesday October 5, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Catalyst 350 Canopy St #130, Lincoln, NE 68508

11:00am

Innovation or Extinction? Startup-Driven Innovation Tactics Needed to Thrive in A World of Change & Disruption
Are you looking for better ways to accelerate innovation? When companies as established and innovative as Kodak, Blockbuster, Xerox, Blackberry, Charles Schwab, (the list goes on and on) have been destroyed or altered unrecognizable by the changing landscape of startup-driven innovation, it's time to act.

Join Econic for a primer on Startup-Driven Innovation. Learn about the changing landscape of innovation and how forward-thinking corporations can begin to tap into emerging startup opportunities to think, move and execute at startup speed. 

Speakers
avatar for Brian Ardinger

Brian Ardinger

Managing Director, NMotion
Brian is the managing director of NMotion, a seed-stage startup accelerator and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at NUtech Ventures, the technology transfer arm of the University of Nebraska. Brian is co-founder of the podcast Inside Outside, mentor in Pipeline Entrepreneurs and a member of the Startup Champions Network and Global Accelerator Network. | | Before his work in the startup community, Brian was Chief Marketing Officer at Nanonation working... Read More →
avatar for Josh Berry

Josh Berry

Managing Director, Econic
Josh is a world-class consultant and teacher, especially passionate about helping organizations execute on innovation. He serves as an active mentor and workshop presenter at numerous seed-stage accelerators across the US, giving him direct access to the latest tools and teams in the startup world. Josh has been a speaker and teacher on topics such as Lean Startup, customer development, Business Model Canvas and startup-driven sales/marketing... Read More →


Wednesday October 5, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Econic (enter through Fuse Coworking) 151 N 8th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

12:00pm

Transforming Growth through Marketing Science Experimentation
Developing an innovation and growth-focused company is not just about new tools, but adopting behaviors of launching micro-experiments to test marketing & growth ideas, objectively learning from them, adopting the best and quickly/continuously repeating the cycle - building a system for growth. Jayme Thomason, Founder and Chief Marketing Scientist of Kansas City based Brink Insights (http://brinkinsights.com), blends her background as growth hacker, marketing technologist and content strategist into a framework for building a growth organization. During this 60-minute presentation, you will learn how to build a new scientific framework for marketing, understand how to develop your growth ideas, prioritize experiments, select the right technology stack and track your results.

Speakers
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Jayme Thomason

Founder and Chief Marketing Scientist of Kansas City based Brink Insights


Wednesday October 5, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Econic (enter through Fuse Coworking) 151 N 8th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

1:15pm

Startup Branding Breakdown
Limited Capacity filling up

Are you still trying to understand why your company brand is one of the most important elements of your company? Yes?! Then don't come to this presentation. This session which is part presentation, part workshop, part peek-behind-the-curtains isn't meant to make believers of branding. This session is for brand believers looking for concrete explanations and tangible action items to build company brands and help that brand echo throughout company culture. If you're sold on the idea of branding but don't have a damn clue about what to do next, this sesh is for you. Paul Jarrett is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bulu Box and has over a decade of experience in marketing, advertising and branding from Nike in NYC to Adobe in San Francisco - he's gonna break it down for you.

 

Paul Jarrett's Startup and Advertising Agency work experience spans the country. From NYC to San Francisco, Paul has launched million dollar brands such as Neebo and executed multi-facted campaigns for billion dollar brands such as Lowe's and Nike. In 2010, Paul joined Complete Nutrition where he became the Vice President of Marketing and an Executive Board Member. He built the MarComm department, trained dozens of franchises and positioned Complete Nutrition and its products for success in a saturated market. The company's growth skyrocketed. In fact, it was one of the fastest growing startups in the U.S. Paul's experience at Complete Nutrition was the precursor to starting his own company. In 2012, Bulu Box was born.

 

Beverages, snacks, and prize drawings will be provided courtesy of Forgelight Creative.


Speakers

Wednesday October 5, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Catalyst 350 Canopy St #130, Lincoln, NE 68508

1:30pm

Launch Your Idea in 59 Minutes (or Less)
Learn the tools and techniques to move at startup speed and go from idea to prototype in under an hour.

Have a market idea you want to test but don't know how? Learn how to move and execute like a startup and launch an MVP in an hour. Join Econic for a primer on Startup-Driven Innovation.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Ardinger

Brian Ardinger

Managing Director, NMotion
Brian is the managing director of NMotion, a seed-stage startup accelerator and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at NUtech Ventures, the technology transfer arm of the University of Nebraska. Brian is co-founder of the podcast Inside Outside, mentor in Pipeline Entrepreneurs and a member of the Startup Champions Network and Global Accelerator Network. | | Before his work in the startup community, Brian was Chief Marketing Officer at Nanonation working... Read More →
avatar for Josh Berry

Josh Berry

Managing Director, Econic
Josh is a world-class consultant and teacher, especially passionate about helping organizations execute on innovation. He serves as an active mentor and workshop presenter at numerous seed-stage accelerators across the US, giving him direct access to the latest tools and teams in the startup world. Josh has been a speaker and teacher on topics such as Lean Startup, customer development, Business Model Canvas and startup-driven sales/marketing... Read More →


Wednesday October 5, 2016 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Econic (enter through Fuse Coworking) 151 N 8th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

2:00pm

Two Magic Questions for More Success in Relationships, Sales, and Life
Limited Capacity full

"Two Magic Questions" is a disciplined and respectful approach to working with others, to strategic communication, and to focused and faster sales.

Mailani Veney grows businesses with the aloha spirit - ensuring everyone benefits in a relationship. She is the co-founder and CEO of DealAnyDay, a nationwide marketing technology company that provides mobile marketing analytics to help small businesses attract more customers and increase profitability. Mailani created the "Two Magic Questions" approach and has honed it over 25 years - resulting in millions in sales successes and good relationships.

Beverages, snacks, and prize drawings will be provided courtesy of Forgelight Creative.


Speakers
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Mailani Veney

Mailani Veney grows businesses with the aloha spirit - ensuring everyone benefits in a relationship. She is the co-founder and CEO of DealAnyDay, a nationwide marketing technology company that provides mobile marketing analytics to help small businesses attract more customers and increase profitability. Mailani created the "Two Magic Questions" approach and has honed it over 25 years - resulting in millions in sales successes and good... Read More →


Wednesday October 5, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Catalyst 350 Canopy St #130, Lincoln, NE 68508

2:45pm

E-Commerce 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Want to sell your wares online? Jill Liliedahl will give quick and dirty tips for getting online quickly, saving money in key areas, and spending your time on what matters to make the sale.

Jill Liliedahl is a short-nosed dog enthusiast, CEO of SitStay, Chief Popsicler at Pop Art, and co-launcher of Ladies Who Launch-Lincoln.

Beverages, snacks, and prize drawings will be provided courtesy of Forgelight Creative.


Speakers

Wednesday October 5, 2016 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Catalyst 350 Canopy St #130, Lincoln, NE 68508

3:45pm

How to Hire the Right Salespeople
Limited Capacity seats available

Hiring the right salespeople can accelerate your growth and catapult your company forward. Hiring the wrong salespeople could hurt your reputation and waste your precious cash. In this small panel, we’ll learn from team-building expert, Marianne Worthington; and founder of Hail Varsity, Aaron Babcock, about how to hire the right salespeople. Bring your questions and join us for a discussion exploring everything from compensation structure to interview techniques and much more. The conversation will be moderated by Forgelight Creative co-founder and CEO, Tyler Sprunk.

Marianne Worthington is the founder of Work Warrior LLC, a company that helps organizations and non-profits build fearless, strong, and skilled teams. Work Warrior focuses on team, leadership, and process development.

Aaron Babcock is the owner and publisher of Hail Varsity, a magazine that covers Nebraska athletics through a combination of world-class photography, unforgettable stories, cutting edge analysis and commentary.

Tyler Sprunk is co-founder and CEO of Forgelight Creative and Managing Editor for Cultivate Press. Tyler is also a proud supporter of the startup community through events such as 1 Million Cups, Startup Week, and LNK DNA.

Beverages, snacks, and prize drawings will be provided courtesy of Forgelight Creative.



Wednesday October 5, 2016 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Catalyst 350 Canopy St #130, Lincoln, NE 68508

4:00pm

SXSW Panel Preview: The Next Wave of Startup+Corporate Innovation
From hackathons to corporate accelerators and nearly everything in between, established companies are tapping into startup ecosystems to kickstart and ignite new innovation efforts. This panel session will tell the tale of how one corporation partnered with community resources to engage the startup community to address a problem in their industry. Hear the raw story - the wins and the mistakes - directly from the corporate leader, the startup entrepreneur and the community facilitator who sparked this innovation.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Ardinger

Brian Ardinger

Managing Director, NMotion
Brian is the managing director of NMotion, a seed-stage startup accelerator and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at NUtech Ventures, the technology transfer arm of the University of Nebraska. Brian is co-founder of the podcast Inside Outside, mentor in Pipeline Entrepreneurs and a member of the Startup Champions Network and Global Accelerator Network. | | Before his work in the startup community, Brian was Chief Marketing Officer at Nanonation working... Read More →
avatar for Josh Berry

Josh Berry

Managing Director, Econic
Josh is a world-class consultant and teacher, especially passionate about helping organizations execute on innovation. He serves as an active mentor and workshop presenter at numerous seed-stage accelerators across the US, giving him direct access to the latest tools and teams in the startup world. Josh has been a speaker and teacher on topics such as Lean Startup, customer development, Business Model Canvas and startup-driven sales/marketing... Read More →


Wednesday October 5, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Econic (enter through Fuse Coworking) 151 N 8th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

4:00pm

Monolith Happy Hour at FUSE Coworking
Monolith Happy Hour hosted at FUSE Coworking. Come to learn about the newest manufacturing plant in the state. We look forward to seeing you all at FUSE!

Wednesday October 5, 2016 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Fuse Coworking Fifth Floor, 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

4:30pm

Is your Business ready for Affiliate Marketing?
Limited Capacity seats available

Not every business is ready to launch an affiliate marketing program.  Learn if you're ready and what it will take to get it off the ground.

Stacy L. Carlson will be leading this discussion on affiliate marketing. Stacy is the COO of SitStay.com and CEO GottaPixel.com. 

Beverages, snacks, and prize drawings will be provided courtesy of Forgelight Creative.


Speakers

Wednesday October 5, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Catalyst 350 Canopy St #130, Lincoln, NE 68508

5:00pm

Innovator's Meetup
Join fellow corporate innovators and startup-driven innovation leaders for mixing, mingling, and networking. Grab a beverage and talk shop with folks building new products, launching new ideas and struggling in the trenches of disruptive innovation.

Wednesday October 5, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Econic (enter through Fuse Coworking) 151 N 8th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508
 
Thursday, October 6
 

8:00am

Open Coffee
Join the Startup Lincoln community for Open Coffee. This regular, casual get together every Thursday morning is 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.

Thursday October 6, 2016 8:00am - 9:30am
Crescent Moon Coffee 140 N 8th St #10, Lincoln, NE 68508

9:30am

What's Your Why
Come attend our super charged 2.5 hour mini “What’s Your Why” workshop. The “why” at the core of your organization can make or break your business, but finding it isn’t so simple. This interactive workshop will start you on your path to creating a crystal clear why to guide your business and it’s growth. 


Thursday October 6, 2016 9:30am - 11:30am
Nonprofit Hub 211 N 14th St, Lincoln, NE

10:00am

Understanding Venture Term Sheets
A primer on the main terms and conditions of venture financings.

Speakers
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Bart Dillashaw

Founder of Dillashaw LLC


Thursday October 6, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Catalyst 350 Canopy St #130, Lincoln, NE 68508

10:00am

Locally Crafted by Windstream

To reinforce their commitment to the local communities they serve, Windstream launched its digital content series Locally Crafted to celebrate the best of independent, local culture across Windstream's vast footprint. From small business owners and craftsmen to bloggers and musicians, Windstream continues to highlight innovative and important individuals that are transforming and evolving their industries. 

KBS Executive Director Sam Chotiner will host a fireside chat with two Lincoln-based entrepreneurs featured in the Locally Crafted series, Christopher James, Founder of Porridge Papers, and Vishal Singh, Founder of Quantified Ag, to discuss their craft and the development of their innovative businesses. 


Thursday October 6, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
The Barnyard (Nebraska Global Basement) 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68058

10:30am

Is a B Corp Right for Me?
A primer on benefit corporations and why they might be attractive for startups.

Speakers

Thursday October 6, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Catalyst 350 Canopy St #130, Lincoln, NE 68508

11:30am

Taking Calculated Risks: Corporate Comfort to Startup Life
A Canadian CPA's story of developing his career within big oil and gas corporate firms to break-out into the start-up world to bring about positive environmental impact with Monolith's innovative technology, and how the quick decision to make the risky leap to another country for a start-up was founded on mutual trust, along with the crucial question he was asked by the engineering co-founders that they needed from him as a financial expert.

Lunch is provided by UBT Catalyst, but you must register via Eventbrite.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Baillargeon

Steven Baillargeon

Monolith, Director of Commercial Development | | Steven Baillargeon is a CPA who previously worked in the oil and gas industry in Alberta, Canada, before moving to Silicon Valley, CA with the opportunity to join the innovative startup, Monolith, in their mission to make a meaningful and positive environmental impact through clean-process manufacturing. When he isn’t commuting daily on his electric powered skateboard, riding the train, and... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 11:30am - 12:45pm
Catalyst 350 Canopy St #130, Lincoln, NE 68508

12:30pm

Lunch and Social Impact!

Revo can’t even begin to tell you how excited we are to have three incredible companies come and share their stories!

Come join us for lunch and listen to our panel of social impact rockstars talk about their why and how they decided to tackle social issues using smart business models. Brooke Mullen, founder of Sapahn based in Lincoln, Andrew Vrbas, co-founder and CEO of Pacha Soap, based out of Hastings, and Leslie Fischer, co-founder of TAGG, based out of Omaha will all be joining us. We’re betting you will be full of food and inspiration when you leave this event!


Speakers
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Brooke Mullen

Fouder, Sapahn
Brooke Mullen is the founder of Sapahn, a social enterprise focused on curating well-designed, ethically made, artisan crafted fashion collections. Founded in 2010 while completing her MA in Human Rights in Thailand with the purpose of connecting rural artisans with sustainable trade using a business model that puts people and human rights first. Eight years later this Nebraska native calls Thailand her home, and Sapahn her... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Nonprofit Hub 211 N 14th St, Lincoln, NE

1:00pm

Don't Let "Back-burner" Legal Issues Burn Your Company
Limited Capacity seats available

From your entity to your employees, the UNL Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic will delve into legal issues that, if ignored, can burn your company.

Thursday October 6, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Catalyst 350 Canopy St #130, Lincoln, NE 68508

1:30pm

Changing the Face of Workplace Giving in Nebraska
Community Services Fund of Nebraska (CSF) facilitates payroll deduction charitable giving programs in Lincoln and across Nebraska. It’s possible for companies of any size to easily put a workplace giving program in place as a benefit to employees that provides them a tool to give to the local charities they want. CSF democratizes philanthropy and reinvents charity for donors who give at work. 

Learn more about CSF, payroll deduction, volunteer opportunities and donor choice in this fun and informative forum. 

Speakers

Thursday October 6, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Fuse Coworking Fifth Floor, 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

1:45pm

Solve Problems. Find Customers
Social impact businesses have unique challenges when creating business solutions to social problems. Come learn how you can find your target market AND solve community issues through asking great questions and researching the right things. 


Thursday October 6, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Nonprofit Hub 211 N 14th St, Lincoln, NE

2:30pm

Intellectual Property Considerations for Startups
Matt Poulsen will discuss a variety of intellectual property issues that startups must consider, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Poulsen

Matt Poulsen

Patent Attorney, Suiter Swantz IP
I am a patent attorney and help startups and small businesses protect their intellectual property.


Thursday October 6, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Catalyst 350 Canopy St #130, Lincoln, NE 68508

3:30pm

Raising Capital 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us as Brock Smith from Invest Nebraska will walk through the foundational funding avenues available to Nebraska startups. From grants to Angel investors, come to find out how you can raise capital to move your business forward. 


Thursday October 6, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Catalyst 350 Canopy St #130, Lincoln, NE 68508

3:30pm

Why Nonprofits Should Make Money, Not Just Raise It

The nonprofit sector has fought the stigma for years because someone decided to name us by our tax status. It’s not the way we should run our businesses – and yes, your nonprofit needs to be treated like a business. In order to allow your mission to not just survive and truly thrive, we need to diversify our revenue, and not continue to rely on traditional donations and grants. Randy Hawthorne from Nonprofit Hub will be leading this workshop, giving nonprofits the tools they need to start generating revenue, and stop depending just on donations to run their nonprofit.


Speakers

Thursday October 6, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Nonprofit Hub 211 N 14th St, Lincoln, NE

5:00pm

Tapping Your Social Power to Create Social Change
Derreck Kayongo shares his incredible story of transformation from his life as a former Ugandan refugee to building a multi-million dollar venture called the Global Soap Project, which provides new bars of soap to underserved communities. The spirit of creating a movement based on social change is explored and Kayongo provides a step-by-step guide on how to get started, overcome obstacles, and eventually thrive.

Brought to you by YP Week, Startup Week, the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, and Windstream.

Speakers

Thursday October 6, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Rococo Theatre 140 N 13th St, Lincoln, NE 68508
 
Friday, October 7
 

10:00am

Designing the User Experience
A talk and short workshop on the fundamentals of human-centered design methods. We will cover a case study which illustrates the process of user experience design.

Speakers
avatar for Nida Abdullah

Nida Abdullah

Lecturer of Graphic Design, Georgia State University
Nida is a designer, researcher, educator, and critic with expertise in co-creation, participatory design and service design. Her research interests lie in issues of collaborative participation and communication at the community level. She is also interested in exploring ad-hoc circumstance around making as a model for design research. | | Nida is currently teaching at Georgia State University where she is also pursuing research... Read More →
avatar for Brandy Luce

Brandy Luce

Design Research Discovery
Brandy is an experienced designer, educator and collaborator. She is edtech savvy and has dedicated her design research to investigating multimedia technologies and solutions for instructional and collaborative use. | | Most recently working with an online instructional system using human centered research practices to helping create experiences and tools that are useful, usable and desirable for students and instructors. She received her... Read More →


Friday October 7, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Fuse Coworking Fifth Floor, 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

12:00pm

Turbine Flats Presents: Gilded Swine + Networking
Come get a bratwurst from the Gilded Swine during this lunch time networking fun, sponsored by Fümarōl.

Friday October 7, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Turbine Flats 2124 Y Street, Lincoln, NE 68503

1:00pm

Startup Talent Infrastructure Update by SCC
Southeast Community College recently developed a facilities master plan to position the college to meet the need for a qualified workforce and affordable access to higher education. SCC has placed a bond issue on the November 2016 ballot to fund the projects. The presentation will include an overview of the proposed plans.

Speakers

Friday October 7, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fuse Coworking Fifth Floor, 151 N 8th St, Lincoln, NE 68508

1:00pm

Turbine Flats Presents: Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners
This panel seeks to explore the successes, struggles, and untold stories of the region's immigrant entrepreneurs. Join us for networking immediately following the panel!

Friday October 7, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Turbine Flats 2124 Y Street, Lincoln, NE 68503

3:00pm

Turbine Flats Presents: Panel Discussion of Entrepreneurship in Music
Brendan Evans will moderate a panel of music industry heavyweights discussing the tenacity and passion it takes to succeed in the field.

Friday October 7, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Turbine Flats 2124 Y Street, Lincoln, NE 68503

4:30pm

Turbine Flats Presents: Founders Horror Stories aka What Not To Do
Local entrepreneurs share sometimes sorrowful, sometimes humorous anecdotes harvested from their startup life. Chairs sponsored by Fümarōl.

Friday October 7, 2016 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Turbine Flats 2124 Y Street, Lincoln, NE 68503

5:30pm

Turbine Flats Presents: Fümarōl
Lincoln mega-startup Fümarōl will share their whirlwind success story from ideation to vehement explosion on the startup scene. 

Friday October 7, 2016 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Turbine Flats 2124 Y Street, Lincoln, NE 68503

6:00pm

Turbine Flats Presents: Bullshi*t Pitch Competition
Compete for top prizes!

You’ve heard of Rise of the Rest, but have you heard the Lies of the Best? Join us for a rousing pitch competition where the company you draw is the company you pitch. Not pitching? The audience will have plenty to do in this fast paced and fun event. Social lubrication sponsored by Fümarōl.

Friday October 7, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Turbine Flats 2124 Y Street, Lincoln, NE 68503
 
Saturday, October 8
 

10:00am

No Girl For Sale Walk
The No Girl For Sale walk on 13th and P is intended to bring awareness that sex trafficking exists in Lincoln. Sponsored by I've Got a Name. For more information, visit: http://www.ivegotaname.org.

Saturday October 8, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

10:00am

Make Lincoln
Lincoln's original maker faire! For more informaiton, visit:  https://makelincoln.com.

Saturday October 8, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm
Trago Park 22nd and U Street, Lincoln, NE