Powerful things happen at the intersection of big ideas and passionate people..
Hence the name for the seventh annual Nebraska Summit on Entrepreneurship: Intersect – Connecting Nebraska’s Startup Community.
Organized by the University of Nebraska’s NUtech Ventures and UNeMed, the technology transfer arm of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Intersect will bring together hundreds of innovators, investors and others to meet, mingle and share lessons learned about entrepreneurship and startup businesses. The daylong summit is April 12 at the Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista Hotel & Conference Center.
Brad Feld, a nationally renowned speaker and author and managing director of the Foundry Group, will deliver the morning keynote address about the essential elements of a strong startup community. Based in Boulder, Colo., the Foundry Group invests in U.S. software and internet companies. Feld also is co-founder of TechStars, a mentor-driven accelerator based in Boulder. His most recent book is “Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City.”
Feld said that with enough vision and long-term planning, any city in the world can build a strong and vibrant startup community.
“Intersect is a good example of the type of event that adds to the startup community,” he said. “By itself, it isn’t sufficient – it is just one of many things that need to happen on a continual basis – but it’s a good example of an annual event that glues things together.”
Janice Fraser, a successful entrepreneur and web designer who founded LUXr – an entrepreneur coaching and advising service – will deliver the luncheon keynote. She will discuss best practices on building a lean startup.
Brian Kaiser, chief technology officer and co-founder of Hudl, a Lincoln-based company that develops video software and apps for coaches, athletes and recruiters, is the closing keynote speaker.
Other topics to be discussed at the summit include:
- Developing the right business model for a startup.
- How to execute on early startup success.
- Selecting a co-founder with complementary strengths.
- How students can make their ideas a reality.
In addition to its lineup of speakers and sessions, Intersect also will feature a “Startup Village,” where entrepreneurs can showcase their ideas and talents and get advice on starting and growing their businesses from funders, mentors and other entrepreneurs. Service providers in marketing, design, legal and accounting also will be on hand in the Startup Village to offer advice.
Michael Dixon, president and CEO of UNeMed Corp., said that Omaha has been on the “upswing,” gaining national attention from publications as one of the best places to build a business.
“I think perceptions are changing that we’re no longer considered a flyover state,” Dixon said.
For a detailed agenda, speaker bios, other details and to register, visit the Intersect website!
Registration is $50 per person or $10 per student.