Idea Pub: Morning Edition

Networking event aimed at helping UNMC innovators and entrepreneurs connect and collaborate with colleagues and experts from the local venture capital and startup community.

The event is free and open to all, and complimentary coffee and doughnuts will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition to networking, Morning Edition will feature a short, 10- to 15-minute presentation from a community partner involved in the innovation ecosystem and a UNMC innovator with experience developing a new invention and building a startup company.

This month will feature Josh Nichol-Caddy, Technology Commercialization Director for the Nebraska Business Development Center.

Morning Edition will continue on the last Thursday of every month, featuring a new speaker each time. Each Morning Edition will also feature "Office Hours," with UNeMed staff and Nebraska Startup Academy and MOVE Venture Capital founder Charlie Cuddy. Office Hours creates the opportunity for faculty, students and staff to have one-on-one time with MOVE or UNeMed professionals to discuss new technologies or startup potential.

MOVE is a pre-seed and seed venture capital firm focused on investing in Nebraska technology startup companies. The Nebraska Startup Academy is a mentoring program for startup founders, investors and the local entrepreneurial community with the aim of building Nebraska into "an innovation hub in the Midwest."

The next Morning Edition will be held on Thursday, June 27, and will feature Scott Henderson of NMotion, a Nebraska-based accelerator that invests in high-growth startup companies.

Additional planned speakers include, in no particular order:

  • Ben Kuspa, Nebraska Department of Economic Development: Securing state matching funds & prototyping grants
  • Brent Clark, NSF I-Corps Great Plains Region Hub: Why you should've done customer discovery yesterday
  • Ben Walker, Innosphere: How you can benefit from a life sciences incubator program
  • Ben Williamson, Invest Nebraska: What are VCs looking for?
  • Jay Lund, Catalyst: How you build a medtech startup ecosystem
  • Stephen Hug, UNeTech: Adventures in faculty/entrepreneur matchmaking

A more complete and detailed schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

Thursday, May 30 at 9:00am to 11:00am

More dates through November 28, 2024

DRC II, Commons