Marketing and Entrepreneurship Programs
Great pitches are UNIQUE to you! Some tell a story that highlights a skill or ability. Some describe the ideal candidate and then outline what experiences make you that ideal candidate. Some are funny. Some are moving. Some are hard-hitting. We've even seen people sing and dance—although that isn’t standard. Think of it as your first-chance to impress a potential employer with a solid understanding of who they are AND a clear message of what you bring to the table. Judges will be professionals from 10+ area companies who are also looking to hire YOU!
Sponsored by CIEF, the annual Maverick Business Plan Competition gives UNO students a way to launch great ideas, and maybe even make the world a better place. To compete, students develop a simplified business plan identifying an opportunity and presenting a viable proposal. Winning plans can be based on new or novel innovations, or on a better way to implement existing technology or target new markets.
The Maverick Venture Fund invests seed capital into startups founded by UNO students and alumni. A student venture board researches, recommends and monitors investments of $1,000 to $5,000 under the supervision of local venture capitalists who train the students in the art of startup investing. Students gain insights into the world of Venture Capital and Angel investing. They learn the key principles and concepts necessary to conduct due diligence, calculate investment returns, write term sheets, make investment recommendations and manage the investments made in student, alumni and community ventures.
Each April, CIEF hosts the Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference. For two days, more than 300 UNO students gather at Kaneko in Omaha to hear from some of the nation’s most dynamic entrepreneurs — including recent graduates and students like themselves.
Starting fall 2016, the new Entrepreneurial Living Learning Community (ELLC) will give freshmen of any major the opportunity to live together on campus, learn with like-minded students, and network with Omaha entrepreneurs. Scholarships are available.