The Peter Kiewit Student Entrepreneurial Award is designed to recognize University of Nebraska students who have directed their energies, ideas, and talents toward community and business improvements with the creative and innovative use of information technology.
- 2016 Call for Nomination Information
- Nomination PDF | Word
- Application PDF | Word
- Past Recipients
2016 Award Winner: Justin Kyser, co-founder, DivviMap
DivviMap connects drone mapping companies with customers through a mobile app that allows users to keep track of their maps on their smartphones.
Kyser, a senior in UNL’s College of Business Administration who grew up on a dairy farm near Beatrice, came up with the idea for DivviMap after seeing that drone mapping companies didn’t have the necessary infrastructure to share maps with customers in industries such as agriculture, where drone maps can help farmers and ranchers understand exactly what’s happening in their fields. Kyser identified the market opportunity after his experience co-founding Digital Sky, a leading drone company in Nebraska that provides drone services to the agriculture, film and video production, electrical utilities, and engineering/surveying industries.
Kyser earned his private pilot’s license in high school and later attended flight school, where he earned his commercial pilot’s license and an associate’s degree in aviation. He developed a passion for unmanned aviation and started down the entrepreneurial path by creating Kyser Aviation, a commercial drone company.
Kyser’s mentor at UNL is Samuel Nelson, an assistant professor of practice and interim director of the Center for Entrepreneurship.
“I’m extremely honored to have been awarded the Peter Kiewit Student Entrepreneurial Award,” Kyser said. “It’s amazing to me that a student like myself could have the access to resources through the university, and the entrepreneurial community, that I need to be able to pursue my passions. I definitely know that I wouldn’t be where I am without the support of my family and the awesome people who have helped me along the way.”