Startup Studio

Gus Gehlen pitches his Bongovest

Lincoln is home to a variety of entrepreneurial accelerators and incubators. The goal of the Center for Entrepreneurship's Startup Studio is to complement these by preparing students to take full advantage of them. As a pre-accelerator, we provide students not only with the physical space, but with mentorship from local business people, entrepreneurs and faculty. Participating in the Startup Studio is a collaborative choice and students are expected to review one another's ideas and contribute meaningfully to them. When they are ready for the next step, students are directed to other university services to further develop their business.

As part of the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Startup Studio is free, non-profit, and does not invest of take equity in the companies it accepts. Students from all UNL colleges are welcome to join.

In addition to mentorship and collaboration, the Startup Studio offers:

  • Co-Working and meeting space
  • Computers with access to UNL databases and resources including JSTOR, ReferenceUSA and ESRI
  • 12-person boardroom with conference calling and SMART board technology
  • Computer workstations with high-speed internet
  • Telephone service
  • Printers, scanners and copiers

Startup Studio Resident Businesses

Groove Watersports

Groove is a watersport based tech company that specializes in audio equipment and personal flotation devices (PDFs). The patent pending Groove Vest will allow all watersport enthusiasts to enjoy the music they love, while doing what they love.

Get in the Groove!

Visit Groove Watersports website

Groove Watersports

Activity Coins

Activity Coins was started in 2010 by 15 year old Tayler Sundermann. It strives to take Custom Challenge Coins, a seven decade-old military tradition, and move it into the public sector. These coins represent at their core: honor, membership, and duty.

Visit Activity Coins website

Activity Coins

Put A Sock In It

Put A Sock In It is a non-profit started by two UNL students to help improve the lives of the homeless and needy. Put A Sock In It won a Quick Pitch award at UNL Entrepreneuring Days and used the money to set out permanent collection boxes around campus. Socks are donated, matched, washed, and distributed to those who need them. We are taking the world's lonely socks, making them whole, and giving them back to communities that need them.

Visit Put A Sock In It website

Put A Sock In It

S.M.A.R.T.

S.M.A.R.T. (Strategic Management of Agriculture Related Technologies) is an agriculture technology startup and service provider. Our main focus it to provide technology products and services to the agriculture industry that:

Conserve Resources.
Minimize Inputs.
Maximize Profits.

Visit S.M.A.R.T. website

S.M.A.R.T.