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Lincoln Startup Week

October 25–31, 2014


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Welcome to Startup Week Lincoln!

As you may have heard, Startup Week Lincoln is a free, seven-day celebration of our entrepreneurial community. Join us in a new type of conference that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship. We're led by entrepreneurs and hosted in the entrepreneurial spaces around Lincoln that you love. Registration is open, so sign up for as many events as you'd like to attend! 



Events Schedule



Saturday October 25


Tailgate Kickoff

Join the Lincoln Startup Community to kick off Startup Week and to tailgate before the Huskers take on Rutgers. We'll celebrate the start to the week and the Husker game with Bloody Marys, mimosas, coffee, hot chococate, and other goodies, including cinnamon rolls from Bread&Cup!  Non-alcoholic versions of drinks will also be available.  Get your pre-game on with us and let's get Startup Week kicked off right!  Sponsored by the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development and FUSE Coworking.

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Sunday October 26


Startup Olympics

Grab your startup teammates, family and friends for the second annual Startup Olympics Tournament. Teams will compete at Champion's Fun Center for games, go carts, bowling and more. Have some fun and let off some steam as you compete for prizes and glory.

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Monday October 27


Turn Your Idea into a Startup Business

Does that business idea of yours keep coming to the forefront of your thoughts? Join others who are thinking similar thoughts and learn over the lunch hour what your next actions are to make your idea come to fruition. You will learn how and where to apply for your tax id from Nebraska Department of Revenue. The Nebraska Business Development Center help you understand the basic needs for starting a business. The Nebraska Department of Economic Development will provide information on state programs available to assist your business. Nebraska Bank of Commerce will share which banking products you should consider for your startup business. All registered individuals will receive a free sandwich luncheon provided by Nebraska Bank of Commerce. Register early as this opportunity closes once 24 individuals are registered.

Mega Meetup Mashup @ Rule G

You're invited to celebrate the broad and diverse startup community in our state. All Nebraska entrepreneurs, movers and shakers, and game changers are welcome. If you host or attend any startup, design, development or creative meet ups in the region, we want you here. If you own a startup, work for a startup, or aspire to be in a startup, we want you here. If you're an entrepreneur or work for an innovative corporation, we want you here! If you're a maker, builder or doer, we want you here! Omaha, we want you here! Lincoln, we want you here! Kick off Startup Week Lincoln with the biggest mashup around! Location: Rule G Night Club 350 Canopy St #300 Lincoln, NE 68501

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Tuesday October 28


Get Your Game On -- The Midwest Gaming Community

Find out what is happening in the game development community with Joe Demarco. Joe DeMarco is a writer, an aspiring game designer, and community builder. He is a proud father and husband. Joe is founder of GC Gamers Connect and hopes to help the gaming community by hosting events like game jams, game design workshops, and other networking events. Joe has done contract marketing work for Top Media Studios in Council Bluffs IA, and writing for Harsh Realities. Joe is active in the LNK Game Dev which is the Lincoln based game dev community, as well as the OGDA which is the Omaha Game Developers Association. Joe is constantly looking for ways to improve his skills as a writer and game designer. He is a firm believer in whatever you learn you should in turn teach others, giving back to the community around him. More information is available at: http://gcgamersconnect.com

Spark Series -- Sales for Start-ups with Josh Berry

Whether you are a start-up or an enterprising organization that wants to grow, come to this highly interactive session to hone several sales skills that will improve your probability of growth. You’ll learn why to relish the customer research phase of a new product or idea, how to create raving fans before your start-up or new product is even ready, and several simple tactics to increase the chances someone will take your first sales meeting. Space is limited. Please register. About Our Speaker: Using the same strategies and tools that have helped launch thousands of companies, Josh Berry, the Director of Smart Matter, works with startups or growing businesses to create or refine products, accelerate sales strategy and align growth initiatives with marketing efforts. Coupling a passion for entrepreneurship and extensive experience consulting with larger companies, like The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and The Cheesecake Factory, Josh brings the same results to brand new businesses looking to grow.

Patents for Makers

Dr. Shane Farritor will share his experiences in patents and patent law from the perspective of a maker. He will discuss patent topics specifically important to makers including: • How do I protect my idea prior to applying for a patent? • Is a patent worth the time and expense? • What characteristics of an idea make it patentable? • Should I pursue a design or a utility patent? • What will a patent do, and not do, for me? Dr. Farritor will address these issues while talking through the patent process from the inception of the idea and to the embodiment of the invention, to the patent application and prosecution, and finally the issuing of the patent and sale of the product. He will describe the most common reasons patents are rejected and talk about both patentability and freedom to operate. Dr. Farritor is not a lawyer or legal expert. However, he has extensive experience in the patent process and is an inventor on about 25 issues domestic and international patents and 40-50 pending applications. This event is brought to you by the UNL Maker Club. The UNL Maker Club is a student initiated effort to fuse together engineering, art, design, and technology into innovative creations and media that spark discussion, solve problems, and inspire humanity, Our club organizes events, lectures, workshops, and activities for our Lincoln community and UNL member base to focus on skills and techniques associated with the maker movement.


+ Add to my calendar 28-10-2014 13:00:00 28-10-2014 14:00:00 6 UP Summit: Patents for Makers Dr. Shane Farritor will share his experiences in patents and patent law from the perspective of a maker. He will discuss patent topics specifically important to makers including: • How do I protect my idea prior to applying for a patent? • Is a patent worth the time and expense? • What characteristics of an idea make it patentable? • Should I pursue a design or a utility patent? • What will a patent do, and not do, for me? Dr. Farritor will address these issues while talking through the patent process from the inception of the idea and to the embodiment of the invention, to the patent application and prosecution, and finally the issuing of the patent and sale of the product. He will describe the most common reasons patents are rejected and talk about both patentability and freedom to operate. Dr. Farritor is not a lawyer or legal expert. However, he has extensive experience in the patent process and is an inventor on about 25 issues domestic and international patents and 40-50 pending applications. This event is brought to you by the UNL Maker Club. The UNL Maker Club is a student initiated effort to fuse together engineering, art, design, and technology into innovative creations and media that spark discussion, solve problems, and inspire humanity, Our club organizes events, lectures, workshops, and activities for our Lincoln community and UNL member base to focus on skills and techniques associated with the maker movement. Catalyst UP Summit Organizer e-mail DD/MM/YYYY
Entrepreneurial Strengths Finder - Map Your Startup Talents

Join this workshop to discover how to use your natural talents to be a successful entrepreneur. Take an in-depth look at the new Gallup Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder which was just released this month and made the bestseller list the first day. Deb Payne, the Idea to Income Coach, is an educator and an encourager; she’s a cheerleader and a coach. Her passion is to connect with people and connect people with each other.

Legal Issues for Startups - The Basics & Beyond

Find out what your startup needs to know from incorporation to vesting. Join Bart Dillashaw, startup lawyer with Koley Jessen, as he talks legal issues and answers questions. Speaker: Bart Dillashaw Bart Dillashaw is a partner at the Koley Jessen law firm in Nebraska, where he practices general corporate and securities law. Bart primarily works with private companies on general corporate and transactional matters, including formation, equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Bart represents venture capital and angel investors on investments in high growth companies. Bart is also actively engaged in the angel and venture capital community in Nebraska and is the President of the Nebraska Angels. In addition, Bart is a mentor for the Pipeline entrepreneurship program and the NMotion and Straight Shot accelerators, and he is also a member of the advisory board of the Entrepreneurship Clinic at the University of Nebraska College of Law. Bart has spoken at local and national conferences on angel investing, including at events hosted by the Angel Capital Association and Dawnbreaker, Inc., and he was a nominee for Service Provider of the Year at the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Silicon Prairie News Awards.

University Resources for Startups

Join Sam Nelson, Associate Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as he outlines the variety of University resources and people who can help startups build and grow.

Ladies Who Launch

Stacy L. Carlson, Jennifer Rosenblatt and Jill Thayer Liliedahl ran themselves and their companies (OneCanvas, MusicSpoke and SitStay.com for Dog Supplies) through startup accelerators NMotion Accelerator and Straight Shot. Join us for a panel discussion (led by Josh Berry) of what the 90-day mentorship program is like, what they learned from industry experts and how they prepared to pitch their businesses to hundreds of people at Demo Day.

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Wednesday October 29


1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers a local entrepreneur an opportunity to present their startup to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Presenters prepare a 6 minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present. Entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather realtime feedback, connect with a community that truly cares about their progress, and walk away feeling like they have advanced their business. The audience also learns a great deal from the presentations. Whether this is through passively listening or deeply engaging with the entrepreneurs, there is much to learn every week from these dynamic and diverse communities. The program takes place every Wednesday morning from 9:00-10:00am in locations all around the country. 1 Million Cups is a program run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. For additional updates, please follow us on Twitter @1MillionCupsOL (https://twitter.com/1MillionCupsOL) or on the web at http://omaha.sites.1millioncups.com

Insights From Silicon Valley

Spend an hour with Augie Rakow, a lawyer who works with Silicon Valley startups. Augie will talk term sheets, networking, and other insights from the tech scene on the west coast. Augie advises startups and investors building the future of how we live and work. Augie studied theological history at Harvard University before becoming a lawyer and is one of the few Americans who has taken the Japanese bar exam. He also worked for many years in intellectual property before focusing on startup corporate work. Super Lawyers magazine named him a Rising Star, an honor reserved for no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in California. Augie is the current Chairman of the Harvard Club of San Francisco. He lives with his wife in Atherton, California. Seating is limited to the first 35 people, so sign-up early.

Free Coworking @ FUSE

Enjoy Free coworking at FUSE and experience the benefits of working with other creative folks.

Office Hours

On Wednesday, October 29 from 2pm-5pm entrepreneurs will have a chance to talk one-on-one with some of Lincoln's finest service professionals that have experience working with new and growing companies. This is a chance to talk to knowledgeable individuals on the business, banking, legal and accounting issues that you have been facing. Fuse Coworking will be opening its doors to host this event. They are located on the third floor above the Mill coffee shop at 800 P St. in the Haymarket. Professionals that will be present will be: Accountant - Matt Westenburg, SP Group Banker - Investor - Lawyer - Bart Dillashaw, Koley Jessen, P.C., L.L.O. Startups - Brian Ardinger, NMotion Small & Medium Business - NBDC Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development - Christina Bartels Tech Shop - HIVE

Nobl Open House

Please join Nobl for an open house as they celebrate their new home in the Lincoln Haymarket! Lazlo’s beer will be on tap along with light appetizers. Come check out the new digs and have a good time! Nobl's new office is located on the second story of the Lincoln Station building. Please use the northeast or northwest doors. The doors to the elevator room will be propped open.

Startup Tech Crawl

Come peruse the local tech start-ups of Lincoln in the Haymarket and downtown areas. Visit the business, get a tour, talk with the entrepreneurs, and learn how their ideas turned into their careers. Participating businesses will be welcoming job seekers, students, aspiring entrepreneurs, and other curious minds from 4pm to 7pm. For companies with virtual offices or distant locations, representing booths will be set up on the dock of The Mill building at the corner of 8th and P. Participating businesses include:  MusicSpoke; GolfStatus/Adolade; Stone Fin Technology; Kidwell; VentureTech; Pitchburner; Phoenix Web Group; Bulu Box; AIM; Quantified Ag; LincTrack; and Fanstreamm.  Ebbeka Design (800 P Street, Suite 301); Nobl (201 N 7th Street, Suite 201); and Hudl (826 P Street) will also be hosting open houses.  Sign up and stay updated at https://www.facebook.com/events/1490406991224086/.  

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Thursday October 30


Open Coffee

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. •••••• Date: Thursday Mornings Time: 8:00am – 9:00am Place: Crescent Moon Coffee – 140 N 8th St, #10 Lower Level, Lincoln, NE

Tour of the Lincoln Startup Scene

Sign-up to tour some of the key spots in Lincoln's startup scene (limited spaces available). The tour starts at Open Coffee at Crescent Moon and includes stops at Nebraska Global, FUSE Coworking, NMotion, and Catalyst in the Haymarket, as well as Turbine Flats and Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Entrepreneurship Center Weekly Coffee

Join the SCC Entrepreneurship Center for their Weekly Coffee. An informal gathering/networking event, there are no agendas and no RSVP required. Take this opportunity to network with small business owners, startups, the SCC Entrepreneurship Center, Nebraska Business Development Center, Community Development Resources, GROW nebraska, Junior Achievement, Nebraska Main Street Network, SCORE, current incubator businesses, past incubator business, LPS Focus program, and more. Guests are welcome! Weekly Coffee is located on the 3rd floor of the Entrepreneurship Center.

Simple Strategies for Better Event Marketing

Attend this presentation from Zack Zimmerman with the Nebraska Business Development Center and learn how to use the power of event marketing to get potential and existing customers to take four key actions: Sign up; Speak up; Show up; and Follow up. Good marketing is about eliciting a physical and measurable response. In this practical and engaging seminar, you will learn how to find, convert, and keep new and existing customers through effective event marketing. You will also learn best practices related to the who, when, where, and what that makes an event a memorable experience. Learn how events can engage customers. Take your events to the next level using e-mail, social, traditional, and internet marketing tools.

Innovation Connect MADE

Corporate innovation is important for the continued success of established businesses.  However, it isn’t always easy to evolve and drive innovation from within a large, established company.  How can it be done?  How have companies established corporate innovation within their companies?  How can companies figure out when and how to pivot?  How does corporate innovation differ from innovation within startup companies?  You will find out the answers to all of these questions and more at Innovation Connect MADE.  Our panelists will discuss their experiences with innovation within their own companies. Panelists include:

Neil Johnson – Phoenix Web Group:  Neil has been involved in the software/computer/nerd industry for more than 30 years. He started Phoenix Computer Solutions in 1987 which was then rebooted as Phoenix Web Group in 2000. He is intimately involved in all aspects of the business from consulting to creating elegant solutions to our clients' challenges. Neil also plays drums in a band, but no longer tours.

Todd Long – Kidwell:  Todd is the Vice President of Marketing at Kidwell, co-founder of The Big Plate (thebigplate.com), a collaborative community for entrepreneurs and startups, a former Vice President of Sales and Marketing for an Anheuser-Busch Distributor and advisory panel member for Anheuser-Busch, Inc.  Todd is an active member in the Lincoln startup scene, an NMotion mentor, and an advisor to Catalyst for Small Business.  Some of Todd’s responsibilities at Kidwell include corporate innovation.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MBA from Creighton University’s Heider College of Business.  

Scott Gubbels – Nelnet Innovation Hub:  Scott is a Managing Director at Nelnet here in Lincoln.  After receiving his degree at Doane College, Scott was a CPA for 8 years.  He left public accounting to start Nelnet’s tax department a week after they went public in 2003.  During his time at Nelnet, he has participated in over 30 acquisitions, transformed the payroll and benefits area, and enhanced the corporate planning function.  Currently, Scott leads the corporate tax area in addition to standing up Nelnet’s new internal think tank, branded as Innovation Hub.  The “Hub” is focused on expanding the company’s core to develop new, sustainable businesses inside Nelnet.  Scott is committed to creating and conserving shareholder value and these two roles allow him to produce tangible value for both the top and bottom lines.  He is valued as a creative and analytical thinker and a committed and passionate leader.  In addition to his challenging career and involvement in multiple civic organizations, Scott treasures time with his wife Sara and six children.

Come for the panel, stay for the hosted bar and hor d'oevres! There is no cost to attend, but RSVP is required.  Please RSVP to Christina Bartels at [email protected].  

 

Engler Fall Lecture -- John Eastin, Kamterter Products, LLC

Join the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program for their Fall Lecture program in Hamann Auditorium (Room 115). Hear from John Eastin, Founder and President of Kamterter Products, LLC and Adjunct Professor of Practice at UNL. John is an entrepreneur, the inventor of seed enhancement, seed testing and fertilizer technology patents that are the basis of Kamterter’s service business. He is also is a graduate faculty, teaching and researching the application of basic science to crop improvement, an invitational presenter at national and international professional society and trade organization conferences, and has authored and co-authored scientific papers. The general public is invited to attend this event. Admission is free and a reception will follow the program.  

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Friday October 31


Nebraska Innovation Studio Update

Liana Owad (Visual artist, UNL alumni, & newly appointed Coordinator of Innovation Studio!) and Shane Farritor will be giving a quick update about the progress of Innovation Studio (“the Makerspace”) on Nebraska Innovation Campus. Things are moving forward, be in the loop! Brought to you by the UNL Maker Club, a student initiated effort to fuse together engineering, art, design, and technology into innovative creations and media that spark discussion, solve problems, and inspire humanity.

Creativity - The Role of the Maker

Dr. Shane Farritor is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at UNL, and a standout advocate for enabling others to create and collaborate across disciplines. He is a passionate maker of things, from surgical robots to Windsor chairs. Shane is known for asking “Are you a maker? What do you make?” He is going to speak about a few of his projects and how the creative process plays a role. This session brought to you by the UNL Maker Club, a student initiated effort to fuse together engineering, art, design, and technology into innovative creations and media that spark discussion, solve problems, and inspire humanity.

Kickstarter ‘How-To’

Join Tad Harden, the owner of a local mechanical design firm with a focus on Kickstarter, as he describes the ins and outs of creating a Kickstarter campaign. A number of facets of the campaign will be covered in detail, including setting up a rewards system, creating video content, and developing press releases. He will discuss not just what can help make any campaign more successful, but also the ways to gain information from failure. This session organized by the UNL Maker Club, a student initiated effort to fuse together engineering, art, design, and technology into innovative creations and media that spark discussion, solve problems, and inspire humanity.

From Dream to Product: How to Approach Designers

This panel includes local experts from several different industries around Lincoln. Each of the panelists brings a unique perspective on what they each look for in a new client. Tad Harden is a mechanical designer and runs his own design firm Exact Design LLC. Emily Brodersen is a designer and project manager in the Metal and Art Division of TMCO, Inc., Colby Angst, Director of Business Development at Play Creative, and Sourabh Chakraborty is a web and mobile app developer. Each of these panelists will discuss some of their own experiences with clients; specifically what makes the difference between a good and a great client. Brought to you by the UNL Maker Club, a student initiated effort to fuse together engineering, art, design, and technology into innovative creations and media that spark discussion, solve problems, and inspire humanity.

Welcome to the Jungle - Friday Afternoon Club - Costume Party

Join the Startup Lincoln community every other Friday afternoon from 4-6PM for an opportunity to share ideas, find out about the latest startup activities around town, meet co-founders and teammates, maybe even share a tasty brew from Lincoln’s newest microbrews. In addition to a chance to meet fellow folks interested in startups, we'll have an "open mic" night where you can sign up to pitch your idea, promote your startup activity, or ask a question to the group. PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST! Bring your creative pumpkin carving to win prizes!

Pumpkin Carving Competition

Bring your most creative pumpkin to compete it the Startup Pumpkin Carving Contest. Bring your pumpkin to FUSE's Friday Afternoon Club and Halloween Costume Party (Startup T-Shirts welcome). Prizes and accolades for the most creative and best executed pumpkins! Brought to you by the UNL Maker Club, a student initiated effort to fuse together engineering, art, design, and technology into innovative creations and media that spark discussion, solve problems, and inspire humanity, The club organizes events, lectures, workshops, and activities for our Lincoln community and UNL member base to focus on skills and techniques associated with the maker movement.