The Nebraska Governor’s New Venture Competition is to provide a meaningful learning experience
This competition is for students attending a post-secondary educational institution in Nebraska who are interested in pursuing an entrepreneurial opportunity now or at some point in their careers.
The Competition is designed for contemplated and pre-seed businesses. However, applicants must designate how their business falls into one of the eight industry tracks:
Fintech / Insurtech
Biotech / Healthtech
Emerging Media Arts
Requirements for a Team
Business proposal must be entered in ONE of the eight industry tracks previously listed.
Students may only participate on one team, regardless of track.
Participating teams must be comprised of more than one student.
All student participants must be actively enrolled at a post-secondary educational institution in Nebraska at the time of submission. This includes community colleges, state colleges, and universities.
Teams will submit proposals on Venture Dash.
The maximum limit for seed capital raised by a company at time of application is $1,000,000.
The maximum limit in revenue previously generated by a company is $500,000.
To submit an overview of your venture idea, please address the following questions in a PowerPoint format.
(Maximum of 20 slides)
Note that any submissions that are found to be in violation of these requirements will be disqualified from the Competition.
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December 1, 2023
December 8, 2023
Semi-finalists will pitch a group of judges virtually in 15-minute increments in one day. Semi-finalist judges (6 individuals) will ask questions of the teams. The judges will then choose the 6–8 finalists to move to the final round.
December 21, 2023
11 Finalists will pitch to a group of six judges live from 1:00–5:00 PM during the Nebraska State Chamber’s Annual Meeting at the Cornhusker Hotel. Each team will have 20-minutes: 10-minute pitch and 10-minute Q&A. Expected duration is 4 hours. Winners will be announced during the Nebraska State Chamber Hall of Fame Banquet.
February 1, 2024
Governor Pillen will make the presentation to the winners.
Judges & Teams
2024 Nebraska Governor's New Venture Competition Judges
|Grit Road Partners Ag-Venture Fund
|Seed VC Fund Managing Partner, Private Equity
|Nebraska Startup Academy & Move Fund
|Serial Entrepreneur, Move Fund General Partner
|Chief Operating Officer
|Entrepreneur, Retired Banker
|Nebraska Public Power District
|VP of Customer Services and External Affairs, Chief Customer Officer
|Fast Forward, Inc.
2024 Nebraska Governor's New Venture Competition Finalists
|Geese Goose Stay Away
|Lokahi: Balance Systems
|Emerging Media Arts