May 25, 2015

We’re Moving Inside Outside

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We’re Moving Inside Outside

In the coming weeks we’ll be transitioning our efforts at The Big Plate to the Inside Outside Podcast. We’ll still be telling the stories of startups, innovators and creative folks making a difference, but through the lens of a weekly podcast.

You can listen by subscribing on iTunes or SoundCloud or follow along at our Tumblr site. If you like what you hear, please post a comment or review.

We hope you follow us on Twitter (@theiopodcast) and Facebook to stay up to date with our latest interviews and insights.

Meet The Hosts of the Inside Outside Podcast

Hosted by Brian Ardinger (Founder of The Big Plate and NMotion), Matt Boyd (co-founder of Sqwiggle), and Paul Jarrett (co-founder of Bulu Box), the Inside Outside Podcast brings you raw stories, real insights, and tactical advice from founders and startup teams from around the country.

We’d love to hear from you. Let us know your thoughts and welcome to the next chapter of The Big Plate and beyond!

April 1, 2015

Entrepreneuring Days at UNL


 To download the schedule and receive more information about the event go to:

Speakers at the event include: Bill Hipsher of B2 Interactive, Brett Clarke of Branding & Hypermedia, Matt Medlock of PaySAFE, and lots more! View full speaker list here.




March 19, 2015


March Professional Development Meeting
Thursday, March 26th

Suits VS Creatives   |    Cami Travis-Groves
“In advertising, things don’t always go as planned or as designed; tempers flare and conflicts arise. Sometimes it feels like you vs. them or “suits” vs. “creatives.” We’re supposed to play nice, and as a professional, you’re absolutely expected to. But there are times when it’s not easy, and you feel like you’re not being heard. Until now. Come hear Cami Travis-Groves’ step-by-step, fail-proof process to diffuse tantrums and move forward with solutions—every time..”
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)

March 9, 2015

Effective Networking Event

Event Effective Networking was created especially for Lincoln community. It is an easy way how to purposefully expand your network do many different areas according to your interest in one hour.

First meeting is:

Day and Time: Wednesday March 11th at 5:30 pm

Where: Nebraska Global (151 North 8th Street)

If you want to be part of this event please fill form HERE. (You will be also able to see answers of others).

How it works: 

5:29 – You receive profiles of people who you are going to meet today

5:30 – 5:40 – Everyone has 30 seconds for self-introduction

5:45 – 6:29 – Speed Networking session

6:30 – General networking – You can develop conversation with individuals that you have met during the speed session. You can also meet with people you have not talked with yet.


March 4, 2015

Nebraska.Code() is almost here!


We love developers.We love community. It’s why we do Nebraska.Code(), the most content-rich developer conference in Nebraska. Will you be a part of it?

This year has been extremely exciting. We are moving to the beautiful new state-of-the-art NIC Conference Center on the UNL Campus. The response to our Call For Speakers was overwhelming – double the presenters and topics submitted compared to previous years, spanning the wide spectrum of software development.

We have expanded to 3 days this year – doubling the number of keynotes and breakout sessions, and have an amazing venue for a super fun attendee party. Better venue. More content from amazing speakers. Epic party. And a free t-shirt if you register by March 10. How awesome is this?

Nebraska.Code() is March 19th – 21st. Space is limited and the only way to guarantee your spot at this groundbreaking event is to register now!


March 3, 2015

Agile 101 Workshop – “Getting Your Feet Wet”

Saturday, April 18, 2015
7:45 AM – 12:00 PM

5960 S 57th St, Lincoln, NE


Have you been considering agile but are getting lost in terms? Want to know how to take the first step? Maybe you’re ready to go but not sure how to approach your organization? Come join us for a workshop designed to get you moving. We’ll be discussing just what is agile and why is it different from other software lifecycles. We will introduce you to the nuts and bolts of agile so you can sound like a pro. Finally, we’ll talk about what is the right approach for introducing agile into your environment.

Come prepared to learn and participate. This free workshop doesn’t require any experience in agile. If you’re just beginning (or about to) you will fit right in.

Zillow is graciously hosting this first-ever event. Come join us for a light breakfast and registration at 7:45 AM with the fun-filled workshop starting promptly at 8:00. The workshop will conclude with a lunch (also courtesy of Zillow) at 12:00. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

Due to the demand for this event, we will be limiting the workshop to 40 participants with a wait list available. If you have RSVP’d and later realize you will not be able to attend, please be sure to cancel your reservation so that others can attend.

March 2, 2015

InnovateHER Challenge


During the competition in Lincoln, contestants will offer a business plan pitch explaining their product or idea.  The winner will be eligible to contend for one of the final ten national slots and a chance to win a cash prize (1st place = $15,000, 2nd place = $10,000, 3rd place = $5,000) in Washington, D.C. during National Small Business Week May 4-8.

Applications must be completed and submitted no later than 4 p.m. March 16 to be eligible for the challenge in Lincoln March 26.

Please contact Elizabeth Yearwood, Economic Development Specialist at the SBA, at (402) 221-7200 or email if you have additional questions.

February 25, 2015

Join the Lincoln Young Professionals Group!



March 3

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

1135 M Street

RSVP, here

Are you a new member of YPG, or thinking of joining? Attend this event to find out about our organization and learn how you can get involved.

For more information on Lincoln Young Professionals, visit the website here.

February 19, 2015

Clockwork Demon Will be on Kickstarter!


February 16, 2015

Funding American Innovation SBIR/STTR Explained Workshop


Join us Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 7AM – 5PM at the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) Room 158.


Why should you care about SBIR/STTR

  • It’s funding that doesn’t cost equity
  • Funds align well with Angel Investors & VCs
  • Commercialization mentoring available at no cost
  • It’s a $2.3 Billion program

Workshop Benefits

  • Learn key strategies to get your proposal funded
  • Communicate your idea effectively to your chosen agency
  • Get insider tips and winning proposal strategies from experts.
  • Develop a budget for your SBIR/STTR proposal

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Greenwood Consulting Group, Inc. is a nationally recognized consulting resource for SBIR and small business incubators. The Group created an SBIR/STTR outreach program in New Mexico and has critiqued hundreds of SBIR and STTR proposals.


For more information and to register, please visit the NBDC Event Page