Nebraska Summit on Entrepreneurship Addresses Business in Today's Economy
Educators, business leaders, government officials, entrepreneurs and small business owners from across the state will gather at The Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln for the third annual Nebraska Summit on Entrepreneurship this Friday, February 27. The conference runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and more than 400 have registered. The event is co-sponsored by the University of Nebraska, the Gallup Organization and the Nebraska Business-Higher Education Forum.

Editor's note: Members of the media are welcome. Follow the signs at The Cornhusker Marriott and check in at the registration desk. .
This year's luncheon keynote speaker is Kimberly Loui, assistant vice president and executive director of university initiatives at Arizona State University. Loui is the principal investigator for a multi-million dollar grant from the Kauffman Foundation for cross-campus entrepreneurship. She also led the start-up of ASU’s Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family and is a founding board member of University Public Schools, Inc. Loui will speak on The University as Entrepreneur.

"The University of Nebraska believes in the power of entrepreneurship to transform the economic landscape of the state," said Pete Kotsiopulos, the university's vice president for university affairs. "That's why we believe this conversation is important, especially in today's economic climate. We want to nurture and cultivate entrepreneurship throughout Nebraska."

The summit will feature three major tracks to address timely issues facing entrepreneurs, business leaders and educators today. Panelists include Nebraska business owners, university faculty, venture capitalists, economic development experts and others.

Track 1: Sustaining Entrepreneurship in our Global Economy
Track 2: Financing Entrepreneurship in Today’s Environment
Track 3: Creating New Business Enterprises through Entrepreneurship Education

Other summit highlights include:
Tom Townsend, president and chief executive officer of Scooter’s Coffee, gives his entrepreneurial story of starting a new business and watching it flourish.

Bo Fishback, vice president of entrepreneurship for the Kauffman Foundation, will discuss Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Kauffman Foundation, located in Kansas City, is the world’s largest foundation dedicated to entrepreneurship.

A panel of students from Lincoln Public Schools, Southeast Community College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will share their experiences in the entrepreneurial arena.

For more information, contact: Sharon Stephan,
University of Nebraska
(402) 472 7554 – work or (402) 440-1519 – cell
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