November 12, 2014

AMA Lincoln Presents: Marketing Like a Start-Up

Lincoln’s start-up scene is on fire. With home-grown talent the drive to build businesses, explore technology and create a better business community, the capital city’s start-up founders are rewriting the marketing playbook. Marketer and entrepreneur Ali Schwanke will moderate a panel of some of the city’s most successful and well known start-up founders to talk about common challenges and uncommon solutions. You’ll learn about:

  • Marketing on no budget
  • Why waiting till it’s perfect is not an option
  • Building brand equity from zero
  • When to take risks and when to play it safe

Panelists from successful Lincoln Start-ups:

Adi Kunalic – Co-Founder and CEO, Hurrdat
Paul Jarrett – Co-Founder and CEO, Bulu Box
Holly Peterson – Co-Founder and CEO, Cinnamon Social
Jennifer Rosenblatt – Founder and CEO, MusicSpoke and Argyle Octopus Press, INC and NMotion Alumni.

When: Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Embassy Suites


Contact Information:
Mary Kate Gulick

November 11, 2014

Lincoln Start-Up Hip Pocket in the News!


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November 5, 2014

ULearn Success Series – Starting a Business vs. Investing in One: Learn from Someone Who’s Lived It

This seminar explores the motives, preparation steps, risks and rewards of founding or buying a new business. Our featured speaker, Karen Linder, will relate her personal experiences in the transition from employee to owner. She will also present lessons she has learned as an Angel Investor, including the considerations made when evaluating early stage startup investments.

November 12

Check-in and registration: 11:30am

Program and lunch: 12:00-1:00pm

Complimentary lunch provided


Champions Run
1380 Eagle Run Dr.
Omaha, NE 68164

Register Here


November 4, 2014

AAF Lincoln: November Professional Development Meeting


Creatively Recalculating Your Daily Design Routine
Overcoming the fear associated with being creative.

Everyone regardless of their specific field of expertise has the capacity to be creative. Everyone has been creative at one point or another. But often pursuing creativity means dealing with an uncomfortable feeling of intimidation and fear. Being creative literally means thinking at a higher level and that is hard to sustain or accomplish when fear sets in. This talk is about encouraging creative moments, exploring inspiration and developing a strategy of creative curiosity that embraces the fear associated with it and allows you to unlock creativity and discover a new realm of creative thinking so you can make creativity more sustainable.

Speaker Bio:

Von is principal of Glitschka Studios a multi-disciplinary design firm in the Pacific Northwest. The studio shines as a creative hired gun for ad agencies, design firms, and in-house corporate art departments all around the world.

Von speaks and writes on the topic of design & creativity, brand identity, marketing and is an adjunct professor of digital illustration and author of five books. You can also find his skill based design courses on

Check-In and Networking
11:45AM – Noon
Lunch and Presentation
Noon – 1PM
Embassy Suites
1040 ‘P’ Street, Lincoln, NE
Members: $16 (students) or $20 (professionals)
Non-Members: $20 (students) or $30 (professionals)


November 3, 2014

Square One: Legal Workshop for Startups Seeking Investment

Square One: Legal Workshop for Startups Seeking Investment

Law College Student Lounge (McCollum Hall, Lower Level)
Tuesday, November 11 @ 5:30 PM

Student Attorneys in the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic will deliver a variety of presentations regarding topics that are important to startup businesses that contemplate seeking investment. Anticipated topics include:

  • Choosing business partners and related lega​l issues
  • Entity formation and structure
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Corporate finance matters relevant to early-stage investors

7:00 PM – Student Attorneys and Professor Brett Stohs hold “office hours” to consult regarding legal issues and explore whether the E-Clinic may be a good fit for participants’ legal needs.

Please RSVP to LeAnn Frobom or Sami Lauf @ 402.472.1680 or

October 29, 2014

Spark Series: How Writing a NY Time Bestseller is like Starting a Startup with Diana Kander


Diana will discuss using lean startup methodology to create one of the least lean products, a book. She’ll talk about how treating the book like a business and conducting interviews and experiments has made a big difference in its success. This talk is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a book or who wants to see how these principles can help their business succeed.

diana-kanderAbout the Diana:
As refugees of the Soviet Union, Diana Kander’s family escaped to the US when she was 8-years-old. By the time she was an American citizen, she had perfected her skills as a capitalist – selling flea market goods to grade school classmates at a markup. Today, Diana is a successful entrepreneur, having founded and sold a number of ventures, a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri and a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest non-profit in the world dedicated to entrepreneurship and education. A Georgetown-educated attorney who left a successful practice to launch her first company, Diana draws on her experience as a founder, investor, and academic to design and implement curriculum in educational institutions and the private sector.

Diana is the author of All In Startup, a New York Times Bestselling novel outlining lessons for launching successful products through a story of a struggling entrepreneur making his way through the World
Series of Poker. A sought-out public speaker, consultant and writer, Diana has advised startup founders and Fortune 500 executives on her methodology for launching customer-focused products and services.

Diana lives in Columbia, Missouri with her high school sweetheart/best friend/husband, Jason, and their awesome son, True.



Wednesday, November 19th
9:00 AM to 10 AM
Catalyst Space
350 Canopy Street, Suite 130
(enter from North 7th Street)

Space is limited. Reserve your seat here!







October 27, 2014

Ignite Nebraska Makers Deadline EXTENDED

The deadline for submission regarding the Ignite Nebraska Makers event has been extended to October 31st. Anyone who hasn’t yet submitted a paragraph summarizing what they make, why they make it, the benefit of the product, and your unique process of making, will have the opportunity to do so.

Please submit your paragraph to Paul Guyer (402.570.5951) at by midnight of October 31st.

The Ignite Nebraska Makers event is geared towards showcasing innovative making within Nebraska. The UNL Maker Club is looking for participants to present their innovative creations to an audience in the Sheldon Museum of Art on November 11that 6PM. Participants will be given five minutes, using 20 PowerPoint slides at 15 seconds each, to explain what they make, why they make it, the benefits associated with the product, their unique process of making, and why we should know about it.

October 16, 2014

Innovation Connect MADE-Lincoln Startup Week Version

Inside Corporate Innovation

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 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 (, 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 the Managing Director of the Nelnet Innovation Hub.

Innovation Connect MADE will be hosted at MacPractice, 233 N 8th Street, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68508 (entrance is the stairs between Buzzard Billy’s and Brewsky’s). Come for the panel, stay for the hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres! There is no cost to attend, but RSVP is required.  Please RSVP to Christina Bartels at

Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a hosted bar, hors d’oeuvres, and to talk about innovation!

October 13, 2014

Spark Series: Prioritize Feedback 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 of 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.


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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.

Have questions about Spark Series – Prioritize Feedback: Sales for Start-ups with Josh Berry? Contact Union Bank & Trust’s Catalyst

Tuesday, October 28th
11:30 to 1:00pm
Catalyst Space: 350 Canopy Street, Suite 130
(enter from North 7th Street)

Lunch is provided
Space is limited

RSVP on Eventbrite

October 9, 2014

Only 16 days Until Lincoln Startup Week!


The Startup Week planning group is hard at work getting ready for a seven-day celebration of our entrepreneurial community!

More events have just been added to the schedule, check them out HERE. Startup Week is free and registration is open so sign up for as many events as you would like to attend.

Startup Week is Oct. 25-31, 2014
Register Here: